Education Liaison - Monterey County, CA – No longer accepting applications

The Position

Team Description 

Compassionate Education Systems is an initiative aimed at improving the educational outcomes of children and youth experiencing homelessness, in foster care, or who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. The Monterey County site operates at youth, community, and systems levels to ensure students identified as McKinney-Vento are seen, lifted, and heard by the many adults entrusted to support them and are empowered to graduate from high school with many opportunities ahead of them. NCYL partners with Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, Monterey County Office of Education, and other community-based stakeholders to implement this regional program. 


NCYL seeks an Education Liaison for our Compassionate Education Systems demonstration site in Monterey County, operated in collaboration with Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. This position is aimed at improving education outcomes for youth identified as McKinney-Vento eligible. This is a great opportunity for someone passionate about advocating on behalf of students and supporting academic success. 

Essential Functions  

  • Provide direct support to students attending school in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District to improve educational outcomes and monitor key indicators of educational engagement such as attendance and behavior.  
  • Maintain frequent communication and collaboration with school staff, parents/guardians, caregivers, other service providers in educational planning.   
  • Provide individualized coaching and support to help youth experiencing homelessness develop the skills and capacities needed to champion their own education. 
  • Provide coaching and support to parents/guardians, relatives, caregivers, and other adults serving as educational decision-makers for young people to ensure they are equipped to actively support the youth’s education. 
  • Assist with facilitating school stability efforts, such as immediate enrollment.  
  • Frequently attend meetings on behalf of youth and to build relationships with schools, caregivers, and other service providers within their community. 
  • Support capacity-building efforts via presentations and trainings to sites. 
  • Track required data in a consistent and timely manner. 
  • Keep well informed on policies and laws relevant to the McKinney-Vento Act and education.  
  • Support youth and families by providing linkages to community resources. 

Required Qualifications 

  • Ability to pass DOJ & FBI background checks 
  • A valid California driver’s license and regular access to a reliable vehicle 

Other Qualifications 

  • Knowledge about and ability to advocate in education 
  • Awareness of community agencies and resources in the Monterey County that serve youth and families experiencing homelessness  
  • General knowledge of McKinney-Vento education rights at the State and Federal level 
  • General knowledge of Special Education processes and laws relevant to youth experiencing homelessness 
  • Demonstrated ability to build rapport with youth and families 
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize a racial justice lens 
  • Ability to work well autonomously and as a part of a team 
  • Ability to stay organized with multiple work streams and frequent change 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills  
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information  
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred but not required 

Physical Requirements   

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Requires ability to travel, to work from shared working spaces in schools, and to work remotely on an occasional basis. 

Salary, Benefits & Location 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The salary is competitive at $73,307.00 annually.  

NCYL provides a robust benefits package including health, dental, vision, and life insurances, generous vacation and sick benefits, flexible spending account, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan, and short-term and long-term disability insurance. 

Candidates must reside in or near Monterey County, California. This position requires weekly travel to multiple sites in Monterey County. 

How to Apply 

No longer accepting applications.

Applicants with lived experience in the child welfare or foster care systems, 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.