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PYA Coordinator

Location: Bronx, NY

Department: Foster Care & Adoption

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Manager/Supervisor

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

The PYA (Preparing Youth for Adulthood) Coordinator assures the provision of quality services to adolescents (14 to 21 years old) in foster care by implementing and monitoring a rich curriculum of meaningful events and activities that are designed to prepare the youth as they progress toward adulthood. The PYA Coordinator oversees the PYA Housing Specialist, Career Development Specialist, and Education Specialist. 

Essential Functions:

  • Supervise a team of three PYA specialists: Housing, Education and Career Development, including weekly, individual supervision for each member of the team. 
  • Review the team’s progress notes and case records for accuracy and completeness, including ensuring that progress notes for all youth contacts are entered in CONNX within 72 hours.   
  • Work collaboratively with the Teen Unit Supervisors and the Teen Unit therapist to foster an environment of respect, team work, and unity among staff members.
  • Responsible for the administration of monthly PYA workshops, including but not limited to recruiting speakers/trainers, maintaining the schedule, and entering data on participation.
  • Ensure PYA and discharge checklists are submitted to ACS on a timely basis for all youth.
  • Maintain reports on pertinent data regarding youth in the program.
  • Prepare monthly stipend requests and assure timely distribution of checks to youth.
  • Accountable for all program-related expenditures, including the timely submission of receipts, invoices, etc.
  • Attend agency-based and external training as required.
  • Represent the Agency in citywide meetings/committees relevant to PYA.
  • Oversee contracted projects relevant to PYA.
  • Responsible for planning and supervising trips-educational and recreational-for the PYA youth.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and group supervision with the teen unit.
  • Perform all other related tasks

Qualifications:

  • B.A. in Social Work or related field required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Experience working in CONNECTIONS required
  • Minimum two years' experience working with adolescents in foster care
  • Demonstrated ability to interface with community resources and agency staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Knowledge of NYC foster care policies and regulations pertaining to preparing adolescents for discharge from foster care preferred.
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