Youth Development Navigator

Full Time
Irvington, NY
Posted 2 months ago

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Job CategoryAvailable Jobs, Other
Job Description:"Job Summary: The Youth Development Navigator will be focusing on increasing the amount of academic support, preparation for college, career, and independent adulthood Abbott House provides to approximately 26 youth (ages 14 to 20) who reside in our group homes and with foster families in Westchester County. Programming will include homework help, tutoring, test preparation (e.g., ACT/SAT, Regent's exam), literacy and STEM activities, college advising and tours, and/or other enrichment activities, so that participants improve their grades, graduate high school, and pursue secondary education or training. The project will take place throughout the year, both during after-school hours and during the summer. Duties and Responsibilities: The Youth Development Navigator will be responsible for strategic planning for the program; manage field trip and guest speaker logistics; oversee program expenditures; and oversee evaluation methods and reporting for the program. The Youth Development Navigator will meet with each participant one-on-one on an ongoing basis. With awareness of each participant’s schedule, needs, interests, and strengths, the Youth Development Navigator will collaboratively develop an individual plan with each participant and continually monitor its implementation. It is intended that the person in this position will serve as a mentor and ally to participants, someone who is separate from the social workers and mental health professionals engaged in their care. This person will be flexible, meeting participants in the homes of their foster families, in their group homes, and at the Irvington campus of Abbott House. The Youth Development Navigator will also act as an intermediary and advocate for participants, travelling to their schools to meet with teachers and school administrators to gain an understanding of what participants need to succeed academically. The Youth Development Navigator will demonstrate success in program implementation, management, and evaluation. He or she will have expertise in operations as well as leadership in the community and the capacity to develop strong community relationships. A four-year post-secondary degree is required for this position but a Master’s degree is preferred. The Youth Development Navigator will oversee academic tutors and educational enrichment specialists (literacy, STEM, etc.), who will all have subject area expertise, a bachelor’s degree, and at least two years’ experience providing academic support to youth, preferably at-risk youth. Will also coordinate meetings with fair futures and ensure all necessary documentation and connections notes are completed. ACADEMIC JOB DUTIES: Re-engage disconnected youth and help them re-enroll in an academic setting; Assess the fit between the young person and their current academic setting and help them transfer into a better-fit high school or high school equivalency (HSE) program, if needed; Visit the young person’s school/program and build relationships with school staff, review transcripts and academic data, provide educational advocacy, and discuss progress towards graduation/HSE obtainment; Ensure young people are attending school and have the supports and resources they need to be successful, such as tutoring, individualized educational plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, or other special accommodations; Expose students to post-secondary pathways, such college and/or accredited vocational programs, starting in the 9th grade (or as early as possible); Assist students with post-secondary planning, along with the guidance counselors and/or College Specialists and Career Development Specialists; Connect the student to the College Specialist to apply to colleges, opportunity programs, and all forms of financial aid, funding, and scholarships; To Apply submit resume to . This position is located in Irvington, NY."
Qualification:"About You: You are the ideal candidate if you are passionate about the social services field and empowering underserved communities. Being detail oriented, organized, driven, flexible and responsive are critical attributes to be successful in this role. You have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (Master's preferred) You have at least two years of experience working with at-risk or system-involved young people. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: This Position requires: Strong foundation in academics and working in academic settings Strong written and verbal communication skills; Strong time-management, organizational skills, and attention to detail; Ability to troubleshoot, advocate, and navigate obstacles Open to learning how to use and interpret data to inform decision-making; Ability to effectively collaborate in team settings and build relationships with external partners; Ability to use Motivational Interviewing techniques; Ability to use trauma-informed techniques; Experience working with vulnerable youth; Knowledgeable about youth resources and services; Ability to facilitate therapeutic peer groups."
Anticipated Start Date:5/6/2023
Job Type:Full-Time
Salary:$60,000 to $65,000 annually

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