Education Liaison - Maricopa County, AZ – No longer accepting applications
FosterEd Arizona is a part of the Compassionate Education Systems initiative at NCYL, aimed at improving the educational outcomes of children and youth in state care. This initiative operates at systems, youth, and community levels to ensure students in foster care experience compassion by the many adults entrusted to support them and are supported on their path to graduate from high school with many opportunities ahead of them. NCYL partners with the Governor’s Office, Department of Child Safety, and other stakeholders to implement this statewide program, with regional focus areas in Pima, Maricopa, and Yavapai counties.
NCYL seeks an Education Liaison for the FosterEd Arizona program in Maricopa County, a collaboration with the Arizona’s Department of Child Safety (DCS). This person will be passionate about improving education outcomes for youth in the foster care system. This is a great opportunity for someone passionate about advocating on behalf of students in foster care and supporting academic success.
- Provide coaching and support to biological parents, relatives, caregivers and other adults serving as educational decision-makers for young people under DCS supervision.
- Advocate for special education/section 504 services, school of origin retention, and in school disciplinary proceedings.
- Frequent communication and collaboration with school staff, biological parents, caregivers, DCS, social workers, and other service providers to create education plans for youth.
- Attend frequent meetings to advocate on behalf of youth.
- Support capacity-building efforts via presentations and trainings to community partners.
- Track required data and enter case notes in a web-based case management tool in a consistent and timely manner.
- Keep well informed on policies and laws relevant to child welfare and education.
- Support youth and families by providing linkages to community resources.
- Ability to obtain an Arizona Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card
- Be able to pass Department of Child Safety background checks
- A valid Arizona driver’s license and regular access to a reliable vehicle
- Minimum of two (2) years of experience working with youth in the foster care system.
- Knowledge of the legal protections for youth in foster care under Every Student Succeeds Act.
- General knowledge of Special Education processes and laws relevant to foster youth.
- Knowledge of trauma-informed and culturally sensitive practices.
- Demonstrated ability to quickly build rapport with youth and families, especially through virtual/remote engagement.
- Ability to identify school-based and external community-based resources and make appropriate referrals.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate and coordinate services with community agencies in a professional manner.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work well autonomously and as a part of a team.
- Commitment to NCYL’s mission and ability to utilize a racial justice lens.
- Excellent creative problem-solving skills.
- Ability to navigate cloud servers, Zoom, phone systems and other software.
- Bilingual proficiency in Spanish preferred.
Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
Salary, Benefits and Location
This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is competitive at $58,696.00 annually.
NCYL provides a robust benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, generous vacation and sick benefits, flexible spending account, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan, and short-term and long-term disability insurance.
The applicant must reside in or near Maricopa County, Arizona. This position requires travel to multiple sites in Maricopa County, Arizona, and the ability to work remotely.
How to Apply
No longer accepting applications.
Applicants who have lived experience within a child welfare or foster system, and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply.
It is the policy of NCYL to provide equal employment opportunities to all Applicants (including Employees) regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, national origin, age, abilities/disabilities, neurotypicality, socioeconomic status, veteran status, marital status, prior convictions, or any other protected classifications under federal, state, or local law.
Meet the Team
FosterEd Arizona is a part of the Compassionate Education Systems initiative at NCYL, aimed at improving the educational outcomes of children and youth in state care. This initiative operates at systems, youth, and community levels to ensure students in foster care experience compassion by the many adults entrusted to support them and are supported on their path to graduate from high school with many opportunities ahead of them.