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Education Advocate



Reports to: Director of Education and Employment


The Education Advocate will be charged with developing relationships with teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators of those CASES participants identified as most at risk for truancy and poor school performance based on their educational histories and assessments. Because many truant participants remain engaged in program activities, the Education Advocate will work to strengthen the link between the program and schools in order to reinforce participants’ connection to their schools. The Education Advocate will also be responsible for Study Hall where participants can work on homework, study skills, Regents Prep or any other academic support needed.

The education advocate will work with students and parents to assist with any school placement needs that may arise.

As a member of the Education and Employment team, the Education Advocate will work closely with team members and other staff to ensure participants have program plans

This position works with youth in all boroughs and requires travel to all boroughs to meet with school officials. This position will split time between our Downtown Brooklyn and Harlem offices.

This position will require a flexible schedule as school visits may be as early as 8 am or as late as 5 pm.

Specific responsibilities include:

· Escorting participants to school appointments as needed;

· Developing useful contacts and contact information and directing parents and participants to make better use of in-school resources to help solve problems;

· Obtaining attendance for students and entering it in the database in a timely manner;

· Working with case coordinators, social workers, substance abuse counselors and teachers to coordinate a response plan for truants and sharing this plan with parents, schools and participants;

· Communicating with schools about those activities and achievements of participants that are relevant to school success;

· Serving as Alternate Chief Examiner for the TASC exam and attending necessary training; and

· Completing education assessments


· Bachelors Degree required; specialization or Masters Degree in Education or related field a plus;

· Strong interest in youth and education;

· Comfort with traveling throughout the 5 boroughs;

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

· Ability to work with diverse groups of people;

· Ability to navigate complex bureaucracies and develop creative approaches to building relationships; and

· Experience with New York City Department of Education a plus.

Benefits: Here at CASES we offer benefits that will assist you in making the most of your career and your life. Our programs include health and wellness insurance which is offered through Aetna. A retirement 403(b) plan is held with Principal, education, and training. Additionally, our portable ancillary benefits are offered through Aflac, Legal Shield, and ADP Flexible spending account; which is then deducted through payroll along with commuter benefits, additional short-term disability, cancer, additional income protection, hospitalization coverage, and identity theft protection.


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Posted on 03/15/17; CVMHA ID #10824