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Part-time TechLink Coordinator

 

Organization Overview
Founded in 1996, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) (www.newyorkersforchildren.org) protects, ensures, and promotes the safety and well-being of NYC’s children and families, with an emphasis on youth in foster care. New Yorkers For Children funds, incubates, pilots, and implements much needed programs to improve outcomes for New York City youth in, and transitioning out of, the NYC child welfare system. NYFC’s work falls into two areas: direct scholarship programs for older youth in foster care and innovative programs that test promising practices in the NYC Child Welfare arena. In additional to direct scholarship programs, NYFC operates a youth-led and youth-elected Youth Advisory Board (YAB) comprised of youth currently in foster care or alumni of foster care. NYFC partners with the New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services and the 26 privately funded foster care agencies on all programmatic work.

About the Position
NYFC is recruiting a part-time coordinator to support a new initiative they are piloting along with several other partner organizations.

Through a unique public/private partnership, Google, Hopeland, New Yorkers For Children, and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services are launching an innovative STEM career pathways program for transition-age (i.e. high school) youth in foster care. Called “TechLink,” the initiative will enable a cohort of 25 youth to receive computer science education through Google’s Code Next program as well as a variety of other services and supports, including coaching, career development, and stipends.

Research has found that the most effective programs for transition-age foster youth embrace a comprehensive services model that includes education, employment, and supportive services. As described in greater detail below, the initiative will feature Google’s Code Next program as its foundation, providing participants with a strong background in digital literacy, fundamentals in computer science, and one-on-one mentoring opportunities. This will be complemented by a range of supports, including educational and career planning.

This position will report to NYFC’s Senior Director of Communications, Development and Grants with a dotted line report to ACS’s Assistant Commissioner of Employment.

Position Description
New Yorkers For Children is seeking a passionate, organized part-time professional to coordinate the Techlink Program. The position is 20 hours per week.

The Techlink coordinator will
• Serve as the lead contact, mentor, and credible messenger for youth in foster care participating in the TechLink program; advance participant engagement; ensure that they are well supported to meet program obligations and have a rewarding experience; facilitate peer groups and leadership opportunities for participants
• Provide coordination among strategic partners, including convenings of Advisory Group meetings; serve as liaison among participants, partners, and advisory group
• Ensure outreach and engagement of the participating foster care agencies and youth
• Promote existing ACS and supportive programs including Fair Futures and Columbia University’s YA WORC to TechLink participants and ensure effective and seamless integration into the TechLink program model
• Support foster care agencies to collect data as progress will be evaluated against several Key Performance Indicators
• Work with agencies to establish a selection process to identify the first cohort of 25 youth in foster care—those who are in their sophomore year of high school--who will serve as the inaugural TechLink Scholars over a three-year period
• Maintain up-to-date contact lists of all partners and youth participants
• Track distribution of youth stipends
• Track attendance and participation

Key Qualifications
• Former experience in the foster care system a plus
• Must have graduated from, or be currently attending, college/university
• Ability to engage young people and work from a strength-based, trauma-informed lens
• Strong leadership and communication skills
• Strong organizational and administrative skills
• Understanding and appreciation of Information Technology and youth Career Development work a plus
• Ideal for someone interested in pursing a career in public administration, social work, advocacy, or technology
• Ability to coordinate with a range of stakeholders and serve as the youth coordinator of this pilot
• Motivated, self-starter who can follow directions but also create and lead new initiatives
• Position is funded for one-year with a strong possibility of renewal for two additional years
or more. A great opportunity to grow with a program as it grows
• Ideal for someone looking to be part of a high-profile pilot

Compensation
The position is part-time, 20 hours a week at $20+/per hour.

How To Apply:
To apply for this position, please submit a complete application package including:
1. Resume
2. A cover letter outlining how your skills and qualifications meet the position requirements
3. Three references with current contact information

Deadline to apply: November 10, 2021

Please email application package to info@newyorkersforchildren.org

Resumes submitted without a cover letter and references will not be reviewed. No phone calls, please. Proof of the COVID-19 Vaccination required.

NYFC Support Counselor

 

Organization Overview

Founded in 1996, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) protects, ensures, and promotes the safety and well-being of NYC’s children and families, with an emphasis on youth in foster care. New Yorkers For Children funds, incubates, pilots, and implements much-needed programs to improve outcomes for New York City youth in, and transitioning out of, the NYC child welfare system. NYFC’s work falls into two areas: direct scholarship programs for older youth in foster care and innovative programs that test promising practices in the NYC Child Welfare arena. In addition, to direct scholarship programs, NYFC operates a youth led youth-elected Youth Advisory Board (YAB) comprised of youth currently in foster care or alumni of foster care. NYFC partners with the New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and its network of non-profit foster care agencies on all programmatic work as well as over 32 community partners. NYFC manages 30+ unique grants annually on behalf of ACS as well as oversees several large-scale multi-year pilot programs delivered through community partners.

About the Position

NYFC is seeking a passionate, organized full-time professional with counseling experience to provide a range of supportive services that benefit the youth we serve as an organization. The New Yorkers For Children Youth Counselor is a multifaceted position focused on connecting the youth we serve with holistic support focused on Mental Health. The Counselor will serve as a major point of contact for youth in need of wellness support.  This position will work closely with New Yorkers For Children’s current and past participants, staff, NYC foster care agencies and other external partners. The Youth Counselor will provide support for all NYFC signature programs.

The Youth Counselor tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain an active caseload of scholars and meet with scholars as required
  • Provide individual counselling sessions to youth as assigned
  • Offer regular group support on areas as defined
  • Provide direct mental health assessment and ongoing support
  • Function as an integral part of a collaborative team
  • Provide case management and referrals for those needing additional services
  • Complete all documentation in a timely and professional manner including: inputting case notes, data collect data for monthly, quarterly and yearly NYFC reporting as well as program evaluation as requested
  • Attend weekly supervision with supervisor to ensure quality and uniformity of services
  • Provide support for other youth development events
  • Attend and actively participate in NYFC’s Staff Meetings, Program Team Meetings and other events
  • Assist NYFC staff with the assessment of crises occurring
  • Develop reports as needed on programs
  • Complete other assigned tasks as needed

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in mental health counseling, or social work
  • 2-5 years of experience working with youth post graduate
  • Ability to engage young people and work from a strength-based, trauma informed lens
  • Flexible and strong time management; must be able to work independently
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Motivated, self-starter who does well with direction, has strong collaborative skills and has the ability to create and lead new initiatives
  • Excellent communication skills: Facilitating Groups (virtually and in-person; one-on-one and group);
  • Ability to prepare accurate and timely reports
  • Familiarity with these platforms: Salesforce, Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Former experience working within the foster care system a plus

Compensation

The Youth Counselor is a full-time position. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, and ancillary benefits; vacation, sick and holidays; life insurance; flexible spending pre-tax plans and commuter pre-tax benefits.

Schedule:

  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Must be flexible to work one evening per month and an occasional weekend

How To Apply

To apply for this position, please submit a complete application package including:

  1. Resume
  2. A cover letter outlining how your skills and qualifications meet the position requirements
  3. Three professional references with current contact information

Email applications to program@newyorkersforchidlren.org or apply via Indeed at https://www.indeed.com/job/youth-counselor-cafd54e7e04b8b73.

Resumes submitted without a cover letter and references will not be reviewed.

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