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Education Specialist

In partnership with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Sheltering Arms has launched a new program that will serve as an Annex for the Nicholas Scoppetta Children’s Center pre-placement program for children entering the foster care system.  This new Bronx-based short-term, residential program serving young children between the ages of 0 to 12 years old, will be called the Children’s Center Annex.  The Children’s Center Annex provides a home-like, co-ed, developmentally appropriate setting for younger children, including sibling groups. The Annex is designed to be warm, colorful, and child-friendly, and staff will be trained in trauma informed practices allowing them to provide a nurturing environment for children entering foster care.  


Sheltering Arms is seeking a Education Specialist for our Children's Center Annex in the Bronx. The Education Specialist will operate within a professional, trauma informed and client-centered environment. Serve as the liaison between the agency program, ACS and the NYC DOE. Communicate with the schools of origin for the children in the facility and advocate for their needs. Provide tutoring / educational enhancement to various ages, including pre-school aged children through age 12. Work within multi-disciplinary team to develop goals inclusive of all children’s educational needs and ensuring that they are appropriately placed to avoid and eliminate any risk to their educational development.  


Essential Functions:

  • Establish a collaborative and interactive relationship with the Department of Education, Committee on Special Education and Committee for Preschool Education and all other related services.
  • Establish immediate communication with the child’s school of origin to assure minimal disruption to education.
  • Attend case specific parent/teachers school conferences and other education, related conferences.
  • Document communication with schools and related collaterals, as well as children and their families in appropriate record.
  • Assist in obtaining report cards and individual educational plans from DOE.  
  • Attend educational forums at New York City Children’s Services or any other institution.
  • Provide appropriate educational activities for pre-school aged children.
  • Provide tutoring  / enhancement as needed
  • Complete educational assessments as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Master’s in education preferred, Bachelor's required.
  • Must possess comprehensive knowledge of New York City’s Board of Education and has the ability to negotiate all aspects of this system to access services for identified clients.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Access, Excel and Word.


It is the policy of Sheltering Arm that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.


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