60 O Street Northwest
District of Columbia
Seeking an Education Engagement Specialist to work in our Family Services program. This position will make the world a better place by making a difference in the lives of children and their parents as they navigate the DC Public School system. For your hard work and dedication, we offer a family-oriented work environment, an exemplary benefits package, and competitive salaries- to say the least.
Position Description: The incumbent will empower and build parent's confidence and knowledge of the laws of the educational system that impacts them and their families. Lead and support education-related processes, activities, and initiatives within the department. Refer students to the appropriate behavioral, vocational and educational support services. Provide training to staff and residents.
Required: Master's Degree in Education, Social Work or Counseling. Must have 4+ years of experience in the education field and 2+ years of experience in special education with grades K-12. Must have experience working in the DC Public School System or Charter School system; experience with navigating the educational system. Valid Driver's License and access to own vehicle.
Preferred: Previous supervisory experience and experience working with families in a residential setting. Experience with early childhood development programs.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of navigating DC Public Schools, Charter schools and Private school systems
- Knowledge and understanding of grades K-12 and special education
- Knowledge of laws and legal rights of students and parents and the effect on families (i.e.. McKinney Vento, IDEA, etc.)
- Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for motivational enhancement interviewing and for career counseling and guidance.
- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and individualized services.
- Knowledge of 504 planning and IEP process as well as know how to advocate for needed accommodations for children impacted Skilled in identifying signs and behaviors of ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.
- Familiarity with the practice of restorative justice in schools.
- Advocacy and Consultation: Support our families during 504 planning and IEP Process. Identify signs and behaviors of ADHD, ADD, dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and ensure that the laws and ethical theories are upheld in the best interest of the children. Provide crisis intervention and practice Motivational Enhancement Interviewing when difficult situations occur at schools.
- Engagement: Provide parents with the resources and knowledge to navigate the school system. Collaborate with parents and school personnel to discuss children's progress. Resolve behavioral, academic needs and determine priorities for students.
- Program Management: Manage several educational related projects for volunteers, staff and the afterschool program.
Reports to: Chief Program Officer, Family Housing.
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
To Apply: Go to our career page at http://www.some.org/about_jobs.html and click on the search icon to locate this position. Follow the instructions to complete your on-line application profile to be considered. No phone calls please.
SOME, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or liability for service in the Armed forces of the United States. SOME, Inc. is also a Drug Free Workplace.
Minimum Education Required