Lantern Community Services

Children's Education Specialist


The Children's Education Specialist is responsible for assisting with the planning, organizing and enrollment of education services for children with their parents living in residential sites. The Children's Education Specialist assists parents with locating the best educational opportunities for their children and developing long-term education goals. In addition, the Children's Education Specialist will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in supportive housing serving individuals impacted by serious mental illness, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders and homelessness.

Classification: Non-Exempt

Reports to: Education Service Manager

Location: Bronx, New York

Position Type:

This is a full-time position with a variable schedule based on the needs of clients and employers. This may involve flexible evening hours. Lantern staff may be asked to change work schedule and hours depending on the operational needs of the site and the agency.

Essential Functions:

  • Build partnerships with parents and families in developing quality educational services to children.
  • Inform parents about participating and attending DOE events: Parent/Teacher conferences & School Choice Workshops.
  • Assist with the transition of children to Pre-K, Kindergarten, Middle School and High School and help parents with completing school application process.
  • Assist young adults interested in obtaining their high school equivalency diploma through the National External Diploma Program (NEDP).
  • Provide programming to prepare children academically: Tutoring, Book Club, Music.
  • Ensure the Children's Education Checklist is completed at the building sites.
  • Provide educational advocacy and 1:1 support to youth and families to support them to achieve their education goals.
  • Oversee the college application process for college-bound youth.
  • Participate in bi-weekly meetings with social services staff to coordinate services and generate ideas to help children achieve their education goals.
  • Attend trainings and staff meetings, as required.
  • Document all client work in confidential electronic records.
  • Complete reports as directed by supervisor.
  • Perform other job-related duties, as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Master's Degree with a focus on Education preferred; Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 2 years' experience providing education services to diverse populations is required.
  • Experience working for the New York City Department of Education or Educational Programs preferred.
  • Understanding of the New York City Department of Education admission process.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent writing ability, demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to perform complex tasks with limited supervision.
  • Must have strong computer skills in Microsoft Office & Zoom.
  • Must possess the ability to work independently and successfully. Must be flexible and be willing to support the building team and Lantern goals.

Preferred Experience:

  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance use or chronically homelessness
  • Some knowledge and experience in working with early childhood mental health and adult disability services.

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Work Environment: This job operates in a supportive housing site and works with a population who experiences mental illness, addiction, disability, HIV, and other chronic illnesses.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; stoop and or kneel. Use hands to type, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to and talk or hear and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 5 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Some positions at Lantern Community Services have work responsibilities at more than one work site as well as field work in the community. These employees are required to travel between sites during the work day with physical demands that could include walking up to .25 miles, climbing stairs and carrying work materials that could weigh up to 8 lbs.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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