Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC)is a not-for-profit organization that works to ensure a high-quality education for New York students who face barriers to academic success, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds. AFC works on behalf of children and youth who are at greatest risk of academic failure due to poverty, race, ethnicity, disability, homelessness, immigration status/limited English proficiency, or involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. We use uniquely integrated strategies to advance systemic reform, empower families and communities, and advocate for the educational rights of individual students.
The Robin Hood Project at AFC partners with roughly 20 other Robin Hood-funded organizations (such as domestic violence shelters, hospitals, tutoring agencies, and mentorship programs) to help their staff assist clients who are struggling with education-related issues, including problems relating to literacy, learning disabilities, truancy, and emotional and behavioral disorders. The Project, which also includes a staff attorney, another advocate, and a project director, builds the capacity of these organizations through training and technical assistance so they can better address the educational needs of their clients. Additionally, the Robin Hood Project works directly with families served by these organizations by providing legal representation and advocacy.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Providing advocacy to families experiencing school-related difficulties such as inappropriate special education placements and services, enrollment issues, or suspensions. This may include conducting client interviews, assisting clients with school admissions, locating educational resources for clients, and advocating for students at school meetings or suspension hearings using key laws and policies.
Providing training and workshops to parents and staff at partnering agencies on a variety of education-related topics.
Providing on-going technical assistance to staff at partnering agencies with the aim of building the capacity of these organizations to better address students’ educational issues.
Tracking and recording project statistics and preparing data for grant reports.
Serving as a liaison to partner organizations, helping to identify shared goals, and fielding inquiries and concerns.
BA or BS degree required. Master’s degree in social work, education, or a related field strongly preferred.
Experience in education or social services required.
Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and work both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Applicant should be highly-organized and able to multi-task.
Strength in oral and written communication skills. Experience presenting to groups is preferred.
Ability to identify, analyze, and creatively resolve layered and complex problems.
Commitment and ability to empower the families that are the focus of AFC’s mission.
Experience with program development and implementation a plus.
Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
Salary is commensurate with experience and includes generous benefits.
How to apply:
Please send an email with “Robin Hood Advocate” in the subject line with a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates should highlight any personal or professional experience that demonstrates their connection to the populations that AFC serves. No phone calls, please. Only candidates being scheduled for interviews will be contacted. The position is available immediately, and resumes will be considered on a rolling basis.
AFC is an affirmative action employer that actively encourages applications from a broad spectrum of people, including people of color, with disabilities, and of diverse religions, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds.