The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) helps children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Learn more about CAS at www.childrensaidsociety.org.
CAS has been operating community schools in New York City since 1992. Community schools are partnerships between schools, health care providers, nonprofits, government and others designed to overcome the barriers that stand in the way of learning and healthy development, especially for those students living in poverty. These schools feature a wide range of programs, services and opportunities – including but not limited to early childhood centers, health clinics, after-school, summer camps and parent education – that are coordinated and integrated to support the comprehensive needs of children.
CAS is seeking a professional to implement the City Connects model – an innovative approach to optimizing student supports – at Community School 61 in the South Bronx. City Connects is an evidence-based strategy developed and implemented by Boston College in collaboration with public schools and community agencies in Boston and Springfield, MA. The approach calls for an assessment of the strengths and needs of every student in a school and the development of individual plans that connect all students to a tailored set of internal and external supports and resources that are monitored closely. CAS is piloting this model at CS 61 and seeks a full-time Connections Coordinator to carry out the key responsibilities, which include:
• Establish and lead a Student Support team and process in the school that identifies and responds to the strengths and personal developmental needs of each and every child in the school.
• Connect students to a range of prevention, early intervention and intensive services programs that address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development of each student.
• Develop and enhance community partnerships with varied community agencies to meet the identified needs of students, families, and the school.
• Collaborate with school staff, including classroom teachers, to implement the model.
• Promote the model of student support to the school community, families and community agencies.
• Engage families and caregivers in understanding and supporting the education of their children and the ways in which academic outcomes are enhanced by serving the social / emotional and personal development needs of the child.
• Collect data on the implementation of the model and the delivery of services
• Master’s degree in Social Work (LMSW)
• Experience working in a school environment
• Evidence of culturally competent practices
• Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse staff, a diverse student body and families, as well as a team of professionals at both the school and the university
• Experience in urban public schools
• Fluency in Spanish
• Experience using data to guide practice
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Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer