This position is the primary liaison and educational champion in the areas of education for dependency children.
Liaison between Family Support Services (FSS), Duval County Public School (DCPS)l, Cas Management Office (CMO), Children Legal Service (CLS) and Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) programs to meet the educational needs of the children under FSSs supervision and to facilitate the implementation of the interagency agreement between FSS and the Duval County Public Schools and requirements under ESSA. Facilitate Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Early Education staffings and attend any related Multidisciplinary Team meetings if needed.
Provides advanced knowledge and expertise in the local, state and federal laws that govern education in child welfare, act as an expert in educational best practices; participate in meetings, activities, and initiatives at local, and state organizations.
Monitor, facilitate and consult with caregivers, CMOs, GALs and service providers to ensure that the best education decisions are made for students in FSSs system of care including identifying students who meet the legal requirements for a surrogate parent
Provide educational information when appropriate to CMOs and provide training as requested for PRIDE, Pre-Service and for the system of care.
Review all shelter information with the DCPS liaison to ensure a smooth transition into care.
Oversee transportation requests and work towards ensuring DCPS is notified of any changes so there is no lapse.
Attend job related trainings, meetings, events and participate in special projects as assigned.
Perform other duties as assigned
Education: Bachelors degree required.
Experience: Familiar with the Duval and Nassau County Schools. Ability to navigate the school system, policies, regulations, procedures, MOU's and adhere to Federal Guidelines. Knowledge of educational practices and policies including IEP, 504, and specialized education plans. Proficient in facilitating meetings and staffings.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
For Jacksonville to be an economically, culturally, and socially vibrant city for everyone, we must do all that we can to ensure that our children are able to reach their full potential. We have a shared responsibility to build the health and well-being of our next generation and secure a better future for our city. Healthy, nurturing, and supportive environments and experiences in childhood lay a stable foundation for lifelong health and development.
Our mission is to be the leader in providing safety, stability, and quality of life for all children by working with the community to strengthen the family unit.
Our vision is that children grow up connected to their own families, supported by families and embraced by the community; that children have the opportunity to achieve in school and to learn to be productive citizens; and that citizens of Duval and Nassau counties, organizations and agencies recognize that child protection is a community responsibility and represents the best interests of all county residents.
As the lead agency in Northeast Florida, FSS is responsible for administering, outsourcing and managing its services to the community, both directly and indirectly, in partnership with other local case management organizations (CMOs).
We collaborate with Daniel Kids, Jewish Family & Community Services and the National Youth Advocate Program to provide services that impact hundreds of at-risk children and their families every day. Our Nassau service center provides direct services to children and families in Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Hilliard, Callahan, Yulee, Bryceville and surrounding areas.
Together, we provide a comprehensive system of care to keep children safely in their homes. We mobilize to stabilize families without the need of intrusive and costly interventions.