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Education Services Specialist
ChildNet, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit community-based care (CBC) agency servicing Broward and Palm Beach County. We are contracted with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, to provide case management support to abused, abandoned, and neglected children. ChildNet is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and employs over 450 staff at its location in Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida. There are current needs for individuals interested in working with the families and children to become Certified Case Managers. ChildNet provides on-site training for qualified individuals to prepare them to obtain their Florida certification as a Child Welfare Case Manager. Becoming a Child Welfare Case Manager is an opportunity for select individuals to help vulnerable children through family reunification, adoption, or independent living. Case Managers work with parents, children, foster parents, group homes, the Broward Sheriff's Office, the County's Juvenile Justice System, and many support services to meet the goals of ChildNet and the Department of Children and Families.
Job Summary: Serves as a liaison for ChildNet and the School Board to support issues as it relates to education for youth under Department supervision.
Responsibilities: Monitors, facilitates ChildNet’s policies and procedures and its System of Care related to educational services in Broward County Public School System by:
- Providing advanced knowledge and expertise in the local, state and federal laws that govern education and child welfare.
- Participating in meetings, activities and initiatives at local, state and national organizations to enhance the interaction between the two systems; advocates for educational and school-based services for clients; resolves client problems.
- Updating guidelines and incorporates these guidelines into the Fostering Student Success Training Manual.
- Developing and presenting curricula and training materials related to education and the public school system through scheduled sessions with the advocates, supervisors, and School Board of Broward County (SBBC), foster care designees, Guardians and Attorneys Ad Litem, and the Child Welfare Legal Services Attorneys of the Attorney General’s Office.
- Providing to the superintendent of schools an updated list of children in foster care residing in licensed settings to confirm the identity of the youth who are actively enrolled in school and their location; providing the child’s school and SBBC Dependency Court Liaison a copy of the foster care salmon form each time there is a change in a child’s status in foster care that affects the delivery of education services.
The items listed above are intended to provide an overview of the essential functions of the job. This is not an exhaustive list of all functions and responsibilities that the position may be required to provide.
Skill / Requirements
* Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Mental Health, or related field
* Art least two (2) years of work experience in the education field.
*Two (2) years’ work experience in human services or child welfare programs preferred.
* Strong computer skills to include Microsoft Office 365 Suite and strong data entry skills
* Must be available to work a flexible schedule to include nights and weekends in order to meet with children and families.
* Able and willing to work with a diverse client population.
Building Collaborative Relationships: The ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.
Initiative: Identifying what needs to be done and do it before being asked or the situation requires it.
Thoroughness: Ensuring that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully preparing for meetings and presentations; following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.
Results Orientation: The ability to focus on the desired result of one's own or one's unit's work, setting challenging goals, focusing effort on the goals, and meeting or exceeding them.
Customer Orientation: The ability to demonstrate concern for satisfying one's external and/or internal customers.
ChildNet is committed to equal employment opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, disability, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, veterans status or military service obligation, medical condition, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression and any other status protected by applicable law. Including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and CFOP 60-10, Chapter 4. ChildNet is also a Drug-Free Workplace (DFWP).
This Position is funded through the CBCIH grant therefore, is a one year assignment only extendable if the grant is approved.