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New Alternatives for Children of New York City


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Published 18 days ago

New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning not-for-profit agency in Midtown Manhattan, with a satellite Bronx office, dedicated to serving children and families with medical complexities, disabilities, chronic illnesses and behavioral challenges. NAC is currently seeking qualified social workers to work as a Behavior Specialist in the Foster Care and Adoption.

Reports to: Director of Treatment Family Foster Care

Responsibilities:

  • Maintains a maximum caseload of eight children.
  • Works directly with the child to develop his/her social and academic skills to promote special talents, interests, and recreational pursuits with the child.
  • Develops a behavioral plan and /or contract with input from the child, foster parent(s) and birth family to optimize the child’s functioning and mental health in the family and community.
  • Develops a recreational plan in conjunction with the foster parent on each child on his/her caseload.
  • Identifies community resources for the child
  • Advocates for the child within his/her school. This includes providing technical assistance to the classroom teacher and paraprofessional (if applicable) using the ABC model. This also includes coordination with NAC’s Education Department.
  • Maintains accurate and timely record keeping.
  • Facilitates and supervises visits between the child and birth family on a prearranged schedule.
  • Maintains weekly face to face contact with the foster parent and child in the foster home or community. Two face to face contacts per month must be in the foster home.
  • Maintains weekly phone contact with the foster parent.
  • Participates in all family-team conferences regarding their case load.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, special education, or related human service field is required.
  • Direct experience working with children is required.
  • Experience working with emotionally disturbed children is preferred.
  • Effective behavior analysis, conflict resolution, and crisis intervention skills are valuable.
  • The ability to serve as a possible role model to children is necessary.
  • Knowledge of health-related factors in working with physically disabled and/or chronically ill children who have psychiatric diagnoses is valuable.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills are essential.

New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning not-for-profit agency in Midtown Manhattan, with a satellite Bronx office, dedicated to serving children and families with medical complexities, disabilities, chronic…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Entry level

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Proficiency in Spanish is desirable.
  • Proficiency in Spanish is desirable.

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY:

Please indicate " Behavior Specialist " in the subject line when applying. Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Mary Ann Code

Human Resources Department

New Alternatives for Children

37 West 26th Street, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10010

eFax: 929-273-7865

Phone: 212-994-7938

To learn more about New Alternatives for Children, Inc., please visit our website: www.nackidscan.org

New Alternatives for Children, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity, entity and inclusion.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please indicate " Behavior Specialist " in the subject line when applying. Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Mary Ann Code

Human Resources Department

New…

Location

37 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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