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Educational Alliance, Inc. Social Work and Inclusion Manager in New York, New York

The 14th Street Y is an East Village Community Center part of the Educational Alliance, a 127-year-old New York institution, and is a vibrant, dynamic organization serving New Yorkers from all walks of life. We serve everyone regardless of the language they speak, where they come from, or their socioeconomic status. We believe that everyone should have a chance to live a better life and that arts and culture, education, health and wellness, and social services can help lay that foundation.

JOB PURPOSE

The 14Y Youth Programs Social Work and Inclusion Manager is instrumental in the program management and development of 14Y Youth Programs supportive services and a holistic approach to disability inclusion. The Social Work and Inclusion Manager oversees the broad implementation of support and disability-inclusion services for a neurodiverse group of young people (grades k-8) and their families participating in youth programming at The 14th Street Y. In addition to ensuring supportive services, the Social Work and Inclusion Manager will partner with the 14Y Youth Programs Team to ensure all programs are supportive spaces that meet the needs of our current community and future participants.

The Social Work and Inclusion Manager is responsible for conducting intakes with families, creating individualized care plans, and overseeing the implementation of these plans throughout 14Y After School, 14Y Youth Classes, New Country Day Camp, and New Country Pride Camp. Additionally, this role will supervise multiple seasonal staff and year-round bachelors-level interns and masters-level interns, who provide direct support to children.

SCOPE OF INFLUENCE

  • Direct Client Group: Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral needs, and/or socio-emotional needs and their families

  • Directly Supervises: Support staff and interns throughout 14Y Youth Programs

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

Support Program Management and Program Development

  • Partner with Youth Programs team to ensure appropriate, diverse, and quality program offerings for participants

  • Maintain relationships and grow partnerships with organizations and universities who provide Bachelors and Masters-level interns (NYU, Hunter College, BMCC, etc.)

  • Attend U.J.A. Disability Taskforce meetings as an active participant in New York disability-inclusion initiatives and as a 14Y representative

  • Consult on disability-inclusion related grant applications, managing necessary reporting and implementation on obtained grants when necessary

  • Consult with all members of Youth Programs leadership to ensure inclusive practices throughout all programmatic areas (program, operations, hiring, etc)

  • Maintain shared documents with tools and resources for staff, children, and families, as they related to areas of inclusion and mental health support

  • Keep diligent and organized records of relevant interactions, conversations, meetings, incidents, etc. with participants, family members, and staff via Youth Programs database

  • Manage support screening and intake processes for 150+ children, including updating intake forms and methods of data collection as needed

  • Partner with 14Y Benefits Coordinator to ensure families have access to relevant government funding opportunities and can use funds towards approved programming (e.g. Self-Direction through OPWDD)

  • Speak with inquiring families about Youth Programs and ensure up-to-date tracking spreadsheet with new family inquiries

  • Attend weekend and evening recruitment and family events, as needed

Hiring and Supervision

  • Supervise support team staff members, following a restorative approach to supervision that includes regular check-ins and evaluations

  • Oversee the 14Y Youth Programs Internship program, including direct and indirect supervision of all interns (ranging from high-school to masters-level)

  • As MSW intern supervisor, conduct weekly 1:1 supervision, collect and review process recordings, create educational plans, facilitate bi-weekly group supervision, conduct site visits with field advisors, and any additional contractual obligations as they relate to university requirements

  • Update existing and create new job descriptions for support staff roles, as needed

  • Partnering with Associate Director of Youth Programs, interview and hire seasonal support staff

  • Manage the CLASSP internship program (a grant subsidized program), ensuring high school and college level placements are filled, all necessary paperwork is completed, and stipends are dispersed

Direct Practice

  • Conduct biopsychosocial assessments via intakes with children with I/DD (ASD, ADHD, etc.) or other behavioral or socioemotional support needs and their families prior to the start of programming

  • In collaboration with children and their families, develop individualized care plans that ensure appropriate support, accommodations, and goals are clearly defined

  • Oversee the implementation of individualized support plans, ensuring staff have the tools and educational resources they need

  • Collaborate with relevant members of individual students’ care team, when needed (e.g. classroom teacher, therapist, psychologist, etc.)

  • Screen new program participants to ensure programming has proper supports prior to enrollment

  • Provide direct support and crisis management when needed for all individual children and groups, using Restorative Justice practices, trauma-informed care, etc.

  • Through a foundation of restorative justice practices, facilitate conversations and activities with groups of children as needed when there is an identified need

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or comparable field (Licensure and SIFI-Certification strongly preferred)

  • 3+ years working with school-aged children with disabilities and their families

  • 2+ years working in a supervisory capacity

  • Proficient in diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite and ability to learn new systems

  • Ability to work a 5-day work week that includes Saturdays during the school year and a Monday-Friday work week in the summer months

EEO Info

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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