Western Heights Education Specialist

Jun 13, 2024 | Job Opening

CAC has an immediate opening for a full-time Education Specialist who will work to ensure that all children and youth living in Western Heights, ages 0-18, have access to a cradle to career continuum of education supports that will improve their academic, social and emotional outcomes. This position will work directly with families, CAC case managers and school personnel to identify education and positive youth development needs, connect children to supportive services and monitor progress towards goals. The Education Specialist is responsible for meeting the outcomes of the Choice Neighborhoods initiative.

Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. A minimum of two years childhood education; social services or related field experience is preferred. Previous local work history with the at-risk or poverty level population a plus. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for the degree requirement. Knowledge of Knox County and its geographic environs and community resources is desirable. Must be flexible and willing to work a varied schedule if necessary. Must have a valid Tennessee driver’s license and a reliable automobile for daily use (mileage reimbursed). Background check and physical required. This is a full-time position.

Salary: $39,464 ($19.67 per hour) depending on qualifications. Excellent benefits including employer paid health insurance, life insurance, contributions to pension plan, co-pay dental insurance, vacation days, sick leave and generous holidays.

Resumes may be emailed to: CACHR@knoxcac.org

See complete job description below.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

KNOXVILLE-KNOX COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE
SPECIAL PROJECTS JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Western Heights Education Specialist

Summary: An employee in this classification is under the direct supervision of the Western Heights Program Manager. The Education Specialist will work to ensure that all children and youth living in Western Heights, ages 0-18, have access to a cradle to career continuum of education supports that will improve their academic, social and emotional outcomes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

  • Support developmental and learning goals for Western Heights children ages 0-18, maintaining an active caseload of 1:30.
  • Review case management intake assessments and help formulate education support plans.
  • Establish specific goals for children and youth in case management and coordinate with parents/guardians to achieve goals.
  • Serve as liaison between parent, school system, after-school partners and CAC case management team.
  • Maintain records, make reports and compile data in the data information system.
  • Monitor progress and outcome achievement towards youth-specific goals including improved academic success, increased attendance, incresed participation in positive youth development and improved physical and social- emotional well-being.
  • Serve set days of the week at middle and high schools serving Western heights youth.
  • Work regularly with Beaumont Magnet Academy Community Schools Site Coordinator to coordinate supportive services and parent engagement activities.
  • Work regularly with CAC case management team to ensure that all academic and positive youth development activities are aligned with Choice Neighborhood outcomes.
  • Attend meetings with school administration, parent/teacher meetings, KCS sub-committees, after-school network and other peer groups and share information received from those groups with the case management team.
  • Create flexibility to working hours in order to attend community events and engage with residents.
  • Provide support and guidance to families with children during times of transition or crisis including housing relocation, instances of housing instability, risk of youth not graduating from high school, chronic absences, failure to successfully perform on tests, etc.
  • Support parents/guardians in navigating school and school district policies, parent information portals, etc.
  • Support parent and family engagement, which may include performing home visits and attending parent/teacher and youth engagement events.
  • Make referrals to appropriate community resources and enroll children in high quality early childhood education, youth development and out of school programs.
  • Develop and maintain a contact list of key school staff/leadership and a school calendar for each school serving Western Heights that includes but is not limited to key progress, report card, parent teacher association meetings, meet the teacher night, parent/student engagement nights, holidays, fall/spring breaks, early dismissal days and teacher in-service dates.
  • Coordinate activities that support post-secondary and workforce readiness, which may include connecting referrals to job training, internship opportunities and career counseling.
  • Build school and afterschool partnerships, including representing CAC at partner meetings, presenting information during teacher trainings and co-facilitating Choice Neighborhood education and youth development partner groups.

Knowledge and Abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required.

  • Knowledge of the mission of CAC and the mission and goals for the Transforming Western Project.
  • Knowledge of social service resources in the community related to serving families.
  • Knowledge of case management methods and skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally, in writing and interpersonally.
  • Ability in building and maintaining partner relationships while managing key contacts.
  • Ability to function as part of a team and hold privileged information in a professional and confidential manner.
  • Ability to ascertain facts by personal contact, observation and examination of records and reports.
  • Ability to perform basic math functions.
  • Ability to prepare accurate reports and plans.
  • Ability to use a computer to access databases, record activities, perform data tracking and report outcome results.
  • Ability to create and execute accurate reports, business correspondence, plans and procedures.
  • Ability to speak and present publicly.

Preferred Qualification: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. A minimum of two years childhood education. social services, or related field experience is preferred. Previous local work history with the at-risk or poverty level population a plus. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for the degree requirement. Knowledge of Knox County and its geographic environs and community resources is desirable. Must be flexible and willing to work a varied schedule if necessary. Must have a valid Tennessee driver’s license and a reliable automobile for daily use (mileage reimbursed).

Salary: Skill Level 8