JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Currently, Friends of Island Academy is hiring for the following positions:

Youth Advocate for Education

Youth Advocate/Career Coach

Youth Advocate

Data Support Associate

Positions will be posted until filled.


 

Title: Youth Advocate for Education

Organization Description

Friends of Island Academy (Friends) was founded in 1990 to anchor, support and develop capacity among young people newly released from jail in New York City. A pioneer in adolescent reentry services, Friends builds on connections developed with young people while in custody, and leverages those relationships to provide post-release, neighborhood-based supportive services. Young people become members of Friends and develop personal milestones and goals in the arenas of health and well-being, education, employment, youth leadership and community participation.

Position Background and Description

Friends’ Kalief Browder Center for Education provides instructional and instruction-related services to young people coming home from Rikers Island along with other criminal justice involved youth. These include three separate initiatives: a ReStart Academy for youth seeking to gain a regular high school diploma; the Hampshire School, an offsite HSE/paid internship program; and an on-site High School Equivalency (HSE) class. The Education Advocate will provide support to the students in the Hampshire School and the on-site HSE class and support the larger goals of the Youth Reentry Network.

Essential Responsibilities

Provide daily, consistent support to students in our Hampshire School and on-site HSE class

  • Engage in and foster positive, trusting relationships with students and improve school climate and culture by encouraging staff, student and family involvement in education;
  • Provide students with responsive and attentive support and encouragement to maintain consistent attendance and positive participation in learning activities;
  • Support and assist in the teaching and learning by encouraging supportive and inclusive learning environments;
  • Effectively create a caring and successful learning community, inside and outside the school, through modeling positive behaviors;
  • Ensure students are learning in a safe, violence-free, and supportive learning environment;
  • Assist students in the development of effective strategies in areas such as academics and social and emotional learning;
  • Provide pertinent and effective workshops to students that engage and spark their interest, provide exposure to new ideas and experiences, and broaden their worldview;
  • Maintain communication with parents/care givers, other members of the school communities, probation officers, attorneys and other service providers;
  • Establish connections with community partners, maintain knowledge of the services they provide, and assist families in accessing community services, resources and supports.

Work closely with other members of the Kalief Browder Center team

  • Assist and support with intakes and testing, and other administrative processes;
  • Enter regular progress notes in ETO, our participant database; maintain attendance data; provide monthly and quarterly statistics and reports as needed;
  • Communicate positively and effectively, and interact as a collaborative team member.

Participate in Friends’ community-based advocacy team

  • Participate in weekly case-conferencing sessions as appropriate;
  • Help organize and build Friends’ Community Meetings and other activities;
  • Support other youth needs as time permits;
  • Keep current by participating in job-related training and staff development.

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or relevant experience working with youth population;
  • Two years of experience youth and young adults who are systems involved (i.e. juvenile justice, child welfare, etc.);
  • Two years of experience working in a community based setting providing education-related support;
  • Integrity, flexibility and a profound commitment to the youth we serve;
  • Commitment to working collegially and in a team-based setting;
  • Experience/training in youth development;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and an understanding and belief in strengths-based youth development philosophy;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and other business software; experience with data tracking/entry and report development.

Preferred

  • Experience with trauma informed practices;
  • Experience in restorative justice practices;
  • Experience with mediating and de-escalating conflicts in a youth center or classroom setting.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter (Microsoft Word or PDF format) as attachments in an email to Gina Lee at glee@friendsny.org with “Youth Advocate for Education” in subject line.


 

Title: Youth Advocate/Career Coach

Organization Description

Friends of Island Academy (Friends) was founded in 1990 to anchor, support and develop capacity among young people newly released from jail in New York City. A pioneer in adolescent reentry services, Friends builds on connections developed with young people while in custody, and leverages those relationships to provide post-release, neighborhood-based supportive services. Young people become members of Friends and develop personal milestones and goals in the arenas of health and well-being, education, employment, youth leadership and community participation.

Position Background and Description

The Youth Reentry Network (The Network) is a newly-created Demonstration project developed in collaboration with the New York City Department of Correction and other public and private partners to launch, implement and evaluate the feasibility and impact of an innovative system of case expediting, pre-release planning and neighborhood-based aftercare and support for the youngest people admitted to and released from DOC custody in New York City.   The Network is designed to work with all adolescents (16-17) and approximately half of young adults (18-21) who are admitted post-arraignment to Rikers Island, at three primary points of intervention: upon admission, transitionally and post-release in their neighborhoods.

The Youth Advocate/Career Coach will join a team of Friends Youth Advocates based in the community and work with recently released youth to facilitate their engagement with the world of work and support their employment needs – from job readiness to short and long term employment goals. As time permits and the necessity arises, the Career Coach will supplement the work of the Youth Advocates in other areas.

Essential Responsibilities:

Provide career coaching and job readiness preparation to recently released youth.

  • Conduct regular individual and group sessions for youth participants focused on work readiness and self-awareness as it relates to employment and careers and on building the soft skills needed to obtain and sustain an employment opportunities;
  • Help participants build and refine resumes;
  • Match program participants with potential internship and employment opportunities based on skills, aptitudes, and interests;
  • Provide individual and group employment coaching;
  • Maintain on-going contact with youth as well as with other Friends’ staff working with them;
  • Track and maintain data for all youth participants in ETO, Friends’ participant database.

Identify and cultivate internships and employment opportunities for justice-involved youth.

  • Conduct active employer outreach/marketing to develop short-term labor, paid internships, job shadowing opportunities, and permanent employment for youth;
  • Maintain on-going contact with program participants, employers and potential employers;
  • Proactively promote job retention through support and advocacy;
  • Connect youth to post-release neighborhood-based employment and training services, as appropriate.

Participate in Friends’ community-based advocacy team

  • Participate in weekly case-conferencing sessions as appropriate;
  • Help organize and build Friends’ Community Meetings and other activities;
  • Support other youth needs as time permits;
  • Travel between borough based offices as needed to meet with youth participants and advocates.

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or relevant experience working with youth population;
  • Two years of experience youth and young adults who are systems involved (i.e. juvenile justice, child welfare, etc.);
  • Two years of experience working in a community based setting providing work readiness support, job training facilitation, or teen programming;
  • Integrity, flexibility and a profound commitment to the youth we serve;
  • Commitment to working collegially and in a team-based setting;
  • Experience/training in youth development;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and an understanding and belief in strengths-based youth development philosophy;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and other business software; experience with data tracking/entry and report development.

Preferred

  • Experience with trauma informed practices;
  • Experience in restorative justice practices;
  • Experience with mediating and de-escalating conflicts in a youth center or classroom setting;
  • Bilingual.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter (Microsoft Word or PDF format) as attachments in an email to Gina Lee at glee@friendsny.org with “Youth Advocate/Career Coach” in subject line.


 

 Title: Youth Advocate

Organization Description

Friends of Island Academy (Friends) was founded in 1990 to anchor, support and develop capacity among young people newly released from jail in New York City. A pioneer in adolescent reentry services, Friends builds on connections developed with young people while in custody, and leverages those relationships to provide post-release, neighborhood-based supportive services. Young people become members of Friends and develop personal milestones and goals in the arenas of health and well-being, education, employment, youth leadership and community participation.

Position Background and Description

As part of Friends’ Youth Reentry Network, Youth Advocates are at the core of implementing an innovative system of pre-release planning and neighborhood-based aftercare and support for the youngest people admitted to and released from DOC custody in New York City.   The Network is designed to work with all adolescents (16-17) and approximately half of young adults (18-21) who are admitted post-arraignment to Rikers Island, at three primary points of intervention: upon admission, transitionally and post-release in their neighborhoods.

Youth Advocates serve as mentor, case manager, navigator, facilitator and coach to individual youth with whom they first connect upon admission to Rikers. Youth Advocates will split their time between Rikers and the community, and will work some Saturdays.

Essential Responsibilities:  

Develop relationships with young people in jail and custodial settings prior to their release, with the goal of creating and following individualized plans during and after custody

  • Connect with youth at one of several facilities which house adolescents and young adults on Rikers Island upon admission;
  • Spend time in new admissions houses on a rotating schedule, providing early contact and concrete, limited supports, including family outreach
  • Reach out to youth significant other/family and other potential support systems available to youth;
  • Conduct consistent weekly visits leading up to the release date, allowing time to cement relationships and meet with families prior to the youth’s release;
  • Follow youth and maintain on-going contact as they move through general population;
  • Reach out to and develop relationship with families of youth;
  • Gather relevant information to create an individualized plan that includes reaching out to community organizations that will serve the young people upon release;
  • Gauge young person’s readiness to make positive changes/improvements in their life;
  • Collaborate with in-house court advocacy team to identify young people who need additional support at court, assist young people with follow through on this plan.

Leverage relationships and release plans established with young people during custody and provide neighborhood-based supports

  • Prepare and support families for a youth’s transition home from justice system involvement prior to release from custody;
  • Facilitate and support youth enrollment, engagement and academic advancement;
  • Connect youth to post-release neighborhood-based services, both in-house and through partner organizations, to support individual progress in overall youth development and to leverage natural supports and services in the neighborhood on behalf of youth members;
  • Facilitate and support young people’s engagement with the world of work;
  • Leverage relationships with formal and informal community members/leaders, local vendors, faith-based supports;
  • Address and navigate system-related barriers on behalf of youth and families.

Take responsibility for youth met on Island and continue to work with them as they develop and change their plans and goals

  • Maintain on-going contact with youth as well as with individuals supporting youth;
  • Track and maintain data for all youth worked with.

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or relevant experience working with youth population;
  • Two years of experience youth and young adults who are systems involved (i.e. juvenile justice, child welfare, etc.);
  • Two years of experience working in a community based setting providing crisis support and/or case management;
  • Integrity, flexibility and a profound commitment to the youth we serve;
  • Committed to working collegially and in a team-based setting;
  • Experience/training in youth development;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and an understanding and belief in strengths-based youth development philosophy;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and other business software; experience with data tracking/entry and report development;
  • Individuals with prior criminal justice involvement are encouraged to apply, but must be able to gain clearance on Rikers Island (no contact with criminal justice system for two years, including parole or probation).

Preferred

  • Experience in education, conflict resolution, and/or counseling;
  • Experience with or understanding of trauma-informed practices;
  • Bilingual;
  • Experience in program start-up and/or working in a secure/custodial setting strongly preferred.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter (Microsoft Word or PDF format) as attachments in an email to Gina Lee at glee@friendsny.org with “Youth Advocate” in subject line.


 

Title: Data Support Associate

Organization Description

Friends of Island Academy (Friends) was founded in 1990 to anchor, support and develop capacity among young people newly released from jail in New York City.  A pioneer in adolescent reentry services, Friends builds on connections developed with young people while in custody, and leverages those relationships to provide post-release, neighborhood-based supportive services.  Young people become members of Friends and develop personal milestones and goals in the arenas of health and well-being, education, employment, youth leadership and community participation.

Position Background and Description

Friends of Island Academy’s Youth Reentry Network (The Network) is a newly created Demonstration Project developed in collaboration with the New York City Department of Correction and other public and private partners to launch, pilot, implement and evaluate the impact of an innovative system of case expediting, pre-release planning and neighborhood-based aftercare and support for the youngest people admitted to and released from DOC custody in New York City.

SCOPE:

The Youth Reentry Network recognizes the crucial role that data plays in supporting core staff functions across the varied locations, including our core services of providing advocacy and case processing and mitigation services, reporting for funder requests for information, staff supervision, and the development of strong, evidence-informed programming. The Data Support Coordinator is responsible for routinely producing monitoring reports, maintaining data, quality assurance and data integrity in the Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) database used by Network staff for data and documentation purposes. The Data Support Coordinator will also routinely extract data from the NYC Department of Corrections systems to facilitate and improve Network efforts on Rikers as well as in the community. The Data Support Coordinator will assist with end user support, staff training, system documentation, configuration and testing of system enhancements and bug fixes, query and report building, and quality assurance, with the goal of supporting service delivery.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in the development of target trackers and monitoring indicators; implement and support use of target trackers and monitoring indicators.
  • Assist in the refinement of data reports and data entry that will improve alignment with required reporting needs, including review of programmatic procedures designed to collect data in real time.
  • Provide support to the Network Leadership Team and Building Coordinators to maintain databases for coordination of services, using the various database systems, including assisting with quality assurance, and troubleshooting.
  • Coordinate with Network Team to identify needs at field level for technical assistance in reporting and tracking data; provide support and technical assistance through coaching, support, and developing handbooks and manuals.
  • Run daily and weekly reports for program staff that supports and promotes effective service delivery.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, preferably in Social Sciences, Information Systems, or related field.
  • Experience with social service case management or program management software, client relationship management, relational databases, or other information systems for case/client management preferred.
  • Previous experience working in a non-profit or social service agency environment helpful.
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with ETO desirable.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to follow instructions fully is essential.
  • Solid organizational, prioritization, and time management skills required.
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work in a diverse team environment and independently, and to meet unexpected demands.
  • Ability to effectively deliver both on-site and virtual/remote technical assistance to a diverse and cross-cultural audience.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please send resume and cover letter (Microsoft Word or PDF format) as attachments in an email to Gina Lee at glee@friendsny.org with “Data Support Associate” in subject line.