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Temporary Education Advocate - Treehouse

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Skagit County, WA

Treehouse


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Published 26 days ago

February 18, 2021
This position is temporary (March – December 2021), full time at 40 hours per week, and pays $20.50 hourly non-exempt.

About Treehouse:   Treehouse is a rapidly growing nonprofit with a 30-year history of addressing the academic and other essential support needs of children, youth and young adults experiencing foster care. Our services operate throughout Washington State, and we are an emerging leader in the national foster care conversation.

Nationwide only about half of youth in foster care graduate from high school. That’s why Treehouse partners with youth in care statewide as they set and achieve goals to earn their diplomas and make plans for the future.

Join a team that is passionately committed to youth succeeding. With a mission of giving kids and youth in foster care a childhood and a future, we provide education-focused coaching. We partner to offer experiences and essentials that foster community connections, exploration and growth. We fight for systems changes and join forces to pass landmark reforms that reduce inequities responsible for unjust barriers.

Well-loved, community-based and fiercely optimistic, Treehouse is uniquely positioned to partner with youth, schools, organizations, caregivers, social workers and funders. Together, we improve outcomes from childhood through high school graduation and beyond, including a successful launch into adulthood. 

 

We welcome alumni of care and encourage qualified individuals of every race, national origin, religion, age, disability or ability status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to apply. 


Position Summary:

The Education Advocate provides academic advocacy services for students in foster care focusing primarily on school enrollment, academic support, and discipline. This position works directly with caregivers, school staff, and social workers and is responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with community partners. In addition, the Advocate facilitates trainings and provides coaching to build capacity and knowledge around education law, advocacy skills, and foster care. This position will be centered in Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties, and will also serve cases remotely across the state as needed. 

This is a temporary position anticipated to last through December 31, 2021. However, it is possible that funding for this program could change resulting in an extended end date for this position.


Essential Functions: 

Manage an assigned youth caseload, using established case procedures. Procedures include:

  • Improve educational outcomes for youth in foster care by providing educational planning and advocacy.
  • This position works primarily with caregivers, social workers, and school staff (not directly with youth).
  • Review educational history and systematically evaluate educational needs of each case on your caseload through interaction with caregiver, social worker, school staff and other service providers.
  • Provide advocacy around school enrollment and continuity, appropriate education services, and appropriate discipline with an equity lens.
  • Work closely with appropriate individuals/groups to help ensure each youth’s educational rights are upheld under federal and Washington State law.   
  • Acquire consent forms and collect school records.
  • Frequent travel to attend meetings on behalf of youth and to build relationships with schools, caregivers, social workers, and other service providers within coverage area.
  • Serve statewide cases remotely as needed to eliminate waitlists.
  • Conduct training sessions for caregivers, social workers and community partners.
  • Provide caregivers and social workers with resources to support student’s education and social emotional development and address other needs
  • Schedule and facilitate interagency meetings, negotiate services, facilitate transportation plans, assist with credit transfer or retrieval, negotiate disciplinary appeals, etc.
  • Maintain complete, accurate and updated case records for each youth in program database.
  • Use the program database as a case management tool to monitor and record efforts on a daily basis.
  • Report on case progress to supervisor and team on established schedule.
  • Provide timely feedback, communication, and reports to social workers and caregivers.
  • Provide recommendations on success stories to represent organizational mission upon request.
  • Work remotely from the local Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) office and provide outreach and support to other DCYF offices in the area.


Additional Functions:

  • Attend all-staff and team meetings (within and outside primary service area).
  • Support overall Treehouse operations as an ambassador for the mission. 
  • Attend trainings and workshops as requested. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Required

·         2 years’ experience providing advocacy of and support of youth experiencing foster care.

·        Demonstrated understanding of federal and state education law, including special education.

·        Ability to set boundaries and utilize support services to manage personal impact of working on behalf of youth who have experienced trauma.

·        Demonstrated ability to build positive, authentic and effective working relationships with individuals of various ages, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds and abilities.

·        Experience providing support services to youth and caregivers from diverse and traditionally underserved populations, including students of color, low-income students, or students with disabilities.

·        Must thrive working remotely while maintaining relationships with coworkers and managers.

·        Ability to maintain records and data to support effective evaluation processes and analysis, and use program data to inform decision making and service delivery strategies.

·        Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.

·        Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

·        Consistent attendance and punctuality needed.

·        Ability and aptitude with Microsoft Office Suite and other technology necessary for successful day-to-day functioning in business environment.

·        Reliable transportation and if driving on Treehouse business, current driver's license and minimum WA State driver insurance coverage required.  Driving record must be approved by Treehouse insurance provider. 

·        Must satisfy Washington State criminal background requirements for working with youth and vulnerable adults.


Desired

·        Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, General Education, School Counseling, or Social Services related field.

·        Knowledge of educational and community resources available to promote educational attainment for youth.


Physical and Mental Requirements:

·        Mental Effort - attention to detail, effectively interact with others, apply critical thinking skills to (evaluate and apply procedures, identify cause-effect relationships, synthesize knowledge and skills, evaluate outcomes, prioritize and solve problems and tasks), active participation in meetings, long periods of client interaction, read and understand written policies, protocols and client records, direct activities of others, influence or advocate for others.

·        Emotional Effort – recognize and respect personal boundaries of self and clients, adapt to changing environment/stress, deal with unexpected emotional support needs of self and clients, handle strong emotions of youth and adults, respond effectively and appropriately to needs of youth experiencing trauma

·        Physical Requirements Long periods of sitting, extensive computer work, using office/computer equipment. Ability to travel to client, school, and DCYF office locations.

·        Working Conditions - typical business office environment, working from home, DCYF offices, in public locations and school facilities. Treehouse’s Seattle office is a dog friendly work environment.


This position is temporary (March – December 2021), full time at 40 hours per week, and pays $20.50 hourly non-exempt. Treehouse also offers a generous paid time off plan, free medical, dental, vision, and 403(b) plan.

To apply, please provide your resume and cover letter through Treehouse’s Careers site explaining how you meet the required skills and abilities. This position will be posted until February 18, 2021 at 5:00PM.

About Treehouse:   Treehouse is a rapidly growing nonprofit with a 30-year history of addressing the academic and other essential support needs of children, youth and young adults experiencing foster care. Our services operate throughout…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary
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Benefits

Treehouse also offers a generous paid time off plan, free medical, dental, vision, and 403(b) plan.

Treehouse also offers a generous paid time off plan, free medical, dental, vision, and 403(b) plan.

Location

On-site
Skagit County, WA

How to Apply

To apply, please provide your resume and cover letter through Treehouse’s Careers site explaining how you meet the required skills and abilities. This position will be posted until February 25, 2021 at 5:00PM.

To apply, please provide your resume and cover letter through Treehouse’s Careers site explaining how you meet the required skills and abilities. This position will be posted…

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