Alpha Rae

Education Consultant (48791)

US-IN-Evansville
2 months ago
ID
2017-2388
# of Openings
1
Category
Administrative/Clerical
Length of Assignment
6+ Months
Working Hours
8:00AM - 4:30PM
Pay Rate
DOE
Area of City
47713

Overview

This position is traveling between the following counties: Posey, Gibson, Pike, Vanderburgh, Warrick, and Spencer. All counties are on Central time except for Pike County, which is on Eastern. 

 

 

Responsibilities

  • Serve as a subject matter expert and resource to staff and external stakeholders, including school districts, biological parents, relatives, foster parents and service providers
  • Have extensive knowledge and skills related to navigating the complex network of education and special education related services
  • Provide guidance and recommendations to FCMs on how to work with parents/families/schools to navigate education issues and develop a sustainable plan for how to address such issues in the future 
  • Emphasize the significance of community collaboration by communicating and advocating to staff and school districts about the importance of working together to identify and address the educational needs, including determining if the need for special education services of youth in care is present 
  • Develop and present trainings for parents, relatives, staff, school districts, local agencies and foster parents, with the intent to help build their capacity to support the educational success of children in  care and provide strategies to assist them
  • Develop systems and processes to ensure timely transfer of information between school districts and the Department of Education, including timely transfer of education records, notice of medical needs, prompt schedule of move in and/or 504 conference, etc.
  • Partner with and serve as a liaison between the Indiana Department of Education, school districts and agency to develop and implement strategies for addressing the educational needs of youth in care, improving educational outcomes for this population and ensuring a seamless transition for students transferring from residential placement and/or to a new school 
  • Work with the Indiana Department of Education, school districts and agency offices to develop processes and communication strategies to ensure individual children are quickly enrolled after moving to a new placement and that appropriate educational services are provided
  • Work closely with Collaborative Care and Independent Living staff to ensure that older agency youth are aware of opportunities of post-secondary education, financial aid, scholarships and other funding supporting their transition to post-secondary education
  • Updates calendars for each county listing school schedules (including days off, testing periods, and start/end dates) for all school corporations in each county and provides to each local office prior to the start of the new school year.
  • Prepare and disseminate resources that can assist FCMs and schools in assessing and meeting the educational needs of youth in care, including but not limited to extracurricular activities, summer camp opportunities, and community partners
  • Identify and/or build capacity of educational services or community resources available in the Region(s) and educate agency staff about these programs and how to access them
  • Maintain an updated contact list each school year of these resources/community partners
  • Assist FCMs with how to develop plans to identify, address and resolve a child’s unmet educational needs including participating in child and family team meetings, case staffing or planning sessions, and/or school conferences (IEP, discipline, etc) as appropriate
  • Provide expert testimonies in court or via written statement regarding the educational status of youth in agency care, as requested by local agency legal counsel
  • Work is broad in scope due to the integration of other disciplines into overall work objectives. Judgment is exercised in the assessment and educational plan formulation and interpretation of project guidelines. The incumbent uses knowledge of child welfare practice and educational expertise to make recommendations regarding child and adolescent educational plans and educational milestones to the agency and the court concerning provision of services and/or placement of abused and/or delinquent youth and is called upon to make decisions of significant and immediate consequence to these youth and their families.

  • The incumbent may be required to work from more than one location during a given work week which may include travel within a specified geographical area or travel to a central location for meetings and training.

Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Education or Education Related Field
  • Current Indiana Educator’s License
  • Extensive knowledge of Indiana Education and Special Education law
  • Broad understanding of the child welfare, education, mental health, and juvenile court systems, so as to understand the common educational challenges facing foster youth and how they might be resolved
  • Ability to establish cooperative relationships with other organizations, individuals, and groups of highly divergent political, social, and economic viewpoints, of diverse professional and occupational skills and interests, and of greatly divergent ethnic, cultural, religious, and nationality backgrounds
  • Experience and knowledge in fields such as youth development, education, child welfare, and juvenile justice
  • Ability to reconcile competing and contradictory interests and obligations
  • Knowledge of program planning and evaluation essential
  • Requires excellent time management, communication, decision making, presentation, human relations, and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills presenting information to internal and external organizations
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office – including, but not limited to, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel

 

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