Youth Services Specialist

Job Title:             Youth Services Specialist

Department:      Placement Services

Location:             Brooklyn

Established in 1893, Helen Keller Services mission is to enable individuals, who are blind or have vision loss to live, work and thrive in their communities of choice.  HKS is a pioneer in the field of blindness rehabilitation and education.  Serving children from birth to age 5, the Children’s Learning Center is the only center in New York City that specializes in serving children who are visually impaired, blind and/or have multiple disabilities.

This is an exciting time to join our team here at Helen Keller Services.  We have opened a new school that we designed from the ground up.  The new classrooms are large and well furnished with lots of adaptive toys and equipment.  The classrooms have 8 children, 1 teacher and 2 assistant teachers in them.  The teaching staff is encouraged to be creative in their lesson planning and learning materials are plentiful.  We are centrally located at 180 Livingston Street which is accessible by the B, D, F, A, C, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains.  This is a full time staff positions with full benefits including a 403B retirement plan and a tuition reimbursement program.  We follow the New York City Department of Education calendar plus a 6 week summer session.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Youth Services Specialist is responsible for the execution of HKSB’s Mission, goals and objectives through operational delivery of services to the HKSB Youth Services Program. Working in conjunction with the Director of Youth Services (DYS) the Youth Services Specialist is responsible for:

  • Overall implementation of the ExploreAbility program

  • Coordination of staff schedules for Career Exploration Week and ExplorAbility

  • Developing and conducting Job Coach orientation program

  • Oversight of Job Coaches during orientation period

  • Conducting pre-vocational workshops

  • Program activity development

  • Student enrollment outreach

  • Completion of NYSCB reports and billing associated with the youth service programs

  • Completion of NYSCB requisitions/authorizations and reports for WETs

  • Some travel to other site locations/field trips required.

The Youth Specialist will participate in identifying opportunities for participants in Youth Services programs and execute the delivery of these services and programs to youth serviced by HKSB. The Youth Specialist will work closely with counselors of the NYS Commission for the Blind [“the Commission”] and other partner agencies. 

The Youth Services Specialist is responsible to understand the financial, compliance and risk management aspects for YS programs.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Social Work, Psychology or Human Relations Field; Master’s degree in Special Education preferred. Minimum 3 years’ experience in vision loss/blindness or related field. Prior Managerial/Supervisory experience preferred.

Please Send Resume and Cover Letter to: hr@helenkeller.org