Education Liaison Specialist

REPORTS TO: Program Manager

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY:    The primary role of the Education Liaison Specialist is to provide educational instruction, career development, counseling and planning to Larkin Street youth.  The Education Liaison Specialist provides youth with daily group and individual instruction in GED preparation, literacy and numeracy. The Education Liaison Specialist will coordinate with the education staff to facilitate youth’s transition from GED or High School Diploma services to postsecondary education.

SUPERVISES:                                  None

EXEMPT STATUS:                         Non Exempt

UNION STATUS:                             Union

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide up to eight hours of group instruction per week
  • Facilitate education tutoring drop in hours
  • Regularly meet with youth to gauge progress and work on areas of improvement
  • Coordinate with other Larkin Street Academy staff to provide more opportunity for education and employment services
  • Coordinate with Larkin Street Youth Services case managers and program sites to ensure the best possible services are delivered
  • Work with other area service providers to provide the greatest array of options to youth citywide
  • Complete all required data collection takes place and information sharing is completed.
  • Monitor and track client’s progress in the workplace and/or educational placement through regular communication with key players (employment supervisors, teachers, academic advisors, etc.)
  • Provide administrative support to ensure the effective functioning of the Larkin Street Academy facility.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to the requirements of this job description.
  • Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
  • Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
  • Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with the responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of staff and to the youth in which we serve.
  • Actively strive to upgrade professional skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience.
  • Maintaining the strictest of confidentiality.
  • Ability to work with a diverse staff and excel in a multi-cultural environment. 
  • Responsible for supporting program services within the milieu.  For example, crisis intervention or helping to maintain the safety of the program.
  • Responsible for contributing towards the care and welfare of staff and to the clients we serve.
  • Other duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL & LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups of individuals
  • Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage priority action items
  • Requires ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 25 lbs.
  • Ability to reach, bend and walk.
  • Finger manipulation.
  • Ability to comprehend complex materials.
  • Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately.

EDUCATION: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Psychology, Social Work or related field

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE:

  • Ability to develop creative curriculum and education plans for youth using an assets building approach.
  • Desire to work in Social Services and/or with homeless and runaway youth.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize projects in a fast paced environment.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

COMPENSATION:

  • Competitive Salary & Excellent Benefits:
  • Starting at DOE
  • Choice of Kaiser medical plans, plus dental and vision- (with coverage at no cost for one of the Kaiser and Dental plans as well as Vision for Employees only)
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible spending accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation- (starting at 3 weeks, increasing to 5 weeks by year five)
  • Sick time
  • 11 Paid Holidays + Floating Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health Advocate Service
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Paid Sabbatical following 5 years of employment
  • 403(b) retirement plan

This position is represented by SEIU 1021 under a collective bargaining agreement.

Larkin Street reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.

Larkin Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit a cover letter and resume to employment@larkinstreetyouth.org  then in the Subject Box please indicate the position that you are applying for.

Larkin Street Youth Services is an equal opportunity employer. Larkin Street Youth Service seeks qualified candidates with interest in the non-profit sector. We are committed to embracing diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for any open position in which they feel qualified.