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Education Consultant

Date Posted:  Aug 5, 2022
Requisition ID:  386483
Location: 

Fort Wayne, IN, US, 46774

 

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

 

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

 

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

 

Salary:

The starting salary for this position is $40,170.

 

About the Department of Child Services:

Mission:  The Indiana Department of Child Services leads the state’s response to allegations of child abuse and neglect and facilitates child support payments. We consider the needs and values of all we serve in our efforts to protect children while keeping families together whenever possible.
Vision: Children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities.
Values: We at the Indiana Department of Child Services empower our team, in collaboration with state and local partners, to make decisions in the best interest of every child in our care by embracing:

  • Respect for all
  • Racial justice
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • A culture of safety
  • A commitment to continuous improvement

 

Role Overview:

The Education Consultant acts as a consultant and liaison between the Department of Child Services (DCS) and educational institutions throughout the state responsible for ensuring the educational needs of youth in the agency’s care are met and providing a seamless transition for students entering new and unfamiliar school environments.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Serve as a subject matter expert and resource to DCS staff and external stakeholders, including school districts, biological parents, relatives, foster parents, and service providers. 
  • Provide guidance and recommendations to DCS caseworkers regarding working with parents and families to navigate education issues and develop a sustainable plan for how to address such issues in the future. 
  • Emphasize the importance of community collaboration by communicating and advocating to agency staff and school districts about the importance of working together to identify and address the educational needs, including the need for special education services, of youth in DCS care. 
  • Manage the development and implementation of education initiatives for agency regions and local offices.  
  • Develop trainings for parents, relatives and foster parents including staff providing consultation in building their capacity to support the educational success of children in DCS’ care. 
  • Develop methods of collecting educational outcome data and provide analysis and trending information to the agency executive and senior management. 
  • Develop systems and processes to ensure timely transfer of information between DCS, school districts and the Indiana Department of Education such as timely transfer of education records, notice of medical needs and prompt scheduling of conferences.  
  • Partner with and serve as a liaison between DCS, school districts and the Indiana Department of Education to develop and implement strategies for addressing the educational needs of youth in DCS’ care, ensuring a seamless transition for students transferring to a new school. 
  • Collaborate with the agency local offices, school districts and Indiana Department of Education to develop processes and communication strategies to ensure individual children are quickly enrolled after moving to a new placement and that appropriate educational services are provided. 
  • Work closely with agency staff and service providers to ensure the agency is complying with policies regarding post-secondary education and older youth obtaining financial aid, scholarships, and other funding to support their transition to post-secondary education. 
  • Prepare and disperse resources that can assist agency caseworkers and school districts in assessing and meeting the educational needs of youth in DCS’ care. 
  • Follow-up with caseworkers, clients, and school districts regularly; when barriers are identified, advise, and refer clients as appropriate. 
  • Maintain comprehensive records in the case management system to ensure children receive on-going follow-up. 
  • Identify and build capacity of educational services and resources available in the agency local offices and educate caseworkers on such programs. 
  • Assist agency caseworkers with developing plans to identify and resolve a child’s unmet educational needs such as participating with families, case staffing/planning sessions and school conferences. 

 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:  

  • Broad understanding of the child welfare, education, mental health, and juvenile court systems so as to understand the common educational challenges facing youth and how they might be resolved. 

  • Advanced knowledge of educational institution programs and offerings. 

  • Advanced knowledge of youth development, education, child welfare and juvenile justice. 

  • Extensive knowledge and skills related to navigating the complex network of education and special education related services. 

  • Ability to establish cooperative relationships with internal and external organizations, individuals and groups of highly divergent political, social, and economic viewpoints, diverse professional and occupational skills, and interests, or greatly divergent ethnic, cultural, religious, and nationality backgrounds. 

  • Ability to reconcile competing and contradictory interests and obligations. 

  • Knowledge of program planning and evaluation. 

  • Strong development and networking abilities. 

  • Ability to counsel and give academic advice. 

  • Ability to work effectively in both one-on-one and group settings. 

  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access

     

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne