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Education Consultant

Date Posted:  Nov 23, 2021
Requisition ID:  200341

Fort Wayne, IN, US, 46806

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.


Hire Salary:

This position hires at the minimum salary of $40,170.


About the Department of Child Services:

DCS protects children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family support and preservation. The Department also administers child support, child protection, adoption and foster care throughout the state of Indiana. 

Mission:  The Indiana Department of Child Services engages with families and collaborates with state, local and community partners to protect children from abuse and neglect and to provide child support services.

Vision: Indiana children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities.

Values: Respect, Prevention, Safety, Stability, Permanency, Responsibility, Accountability, Continuous Improvement

About the Job:

Children involved in the child welfare system experience multiple risk factors that may keep them from succeeding in school.  Additionally, children in DCS care are often required to change schools because they are moved from one placement to another. DCS is responsible for promoting education stability for youth in care and for incorporating strategies to improve educational outcomes for youth in care into the case planning process. However, the education system is complex, making navigating and resolving the various issues, barriers and needs of our youth extremely challenging. 

The Education Consultant provides expertise to DCS staff, families, students, and schools regarding the educational needs of youth in DCS’ care. They work to ensure the educational needs are met and provide a seamless transition for students entering new and unfamiliar school environments. This position is assigned to multiple DCS local offices and/or regions and requires extensive traveling.

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 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.
  • Make recommendations on improving educational outcomes for youth in DCS’ care based on such a educational outcome analysis. 
  • 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, improving educational outcomes for this population and 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.
  • Develop and provide trainings to agency staff and school districts on the educational needs of children involved in the child welfare system and strategies for ensuring these needs are met.
  • Prepare and disseminate 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 personalized attention and 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.
  • Assists 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 We're Looking for:

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work or Related Field preferred, Bachelor's required.
  • Current Indiana Educator’s License or ability to renew license is required.
  • Classroom teaching experience in the last three years.
  • Extensive knowledge of Indiana Education and Special Education law

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work or Related Field preferred, Bachelor's required.
  • Current Indiana Educator’s License or ability to renew license is required.
  • Classroom teaching experience in the last three years.
  • Extensive knowledge of Indiana Education and Special Education law
  • Broad understanding of the child welfare, education, mental health, and juvenile court systems, so as to understand the common educational challenges facing foster youth and how they might be resolved
  • Ability to establish cooperative relationships with other organizations, individuals, and groups of highly divergent political, social, and economic viewpoints, of diverse professional and occupational skills and interests, and of greatly divergent ethnic, cultural, religious, and nationality backgrounds
  • Experience and knowledge in fields such as youth development, education, child welfare, and juvenile justice
  • Ability to reconcile competing and contradictory interests and obligations
  • Knowledge of program planning and evaluation essential
  • Requires excellent time management, communication, decision making, presentation, human relations, and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills presenting information to internal and external organizations
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office – including, but not limited to, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel
  • Access to reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and maintain automobile insurance in compliance with Indiana law. Ability to travel 50%.
  • Classroom teaching experience within the last three years. 


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne