Next-Gen Youth Support Coordinator – (1FTE)

Our Mission: The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to all families, especially those with children and youth with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities. FCSN is partnering with NextGen Careers to connect eligible students to intensive career coaching and employment supports and to support their families during this process.

The NextGen Youth Support Coordinator will work with and supervised by Director of Transition Projects to oversee FCSN’s partnership with NextGen staff and administration.

Job Summary:

FCSN is partnering with Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s NextGen Careers initiative to connect eligible students to intensive career coaching and employment supports and to support their families during this process. NextGen is targeting three locations in Mass North (Lowell and Lawrence), West (Springfield and Worcester), South (Boston, Braintree, and Roxbury) with the goal of providing more intensive supports to students, ages 22-30, to enable them to find and maintain long-term employment.  The NextGen Youth Support Coordinator will work with and supervised by Director of Transition Projects to oversee FCSN’s partnership with NextGen staff and administration.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Oversee and conduct FCSN outreach and recruitment activities designed to recruit youth for NextGen Careers programs
  • Identify and coordinate activities of 4 Community Liaisons in NextGen targeted regions.
  • Work with NextGen/FCSN staff to plan and facilitate recruitment activities, including but not limited to attending resource fairs, offering presentations, approaching local schools, community organizations, clubs, businesses, agencies, etc. to foster connections and increase awareness of NextGen programs
  • Work with NextGen Careers and FCSN marketing teams to develop content for recruiting youth participants
  • Be an enthusiastic representative of FCSN in the community
  • Return calls and respond to emails about the NextGen program and making referrals as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the team’s response to calls and emails from English-speaking families.
  • Respond to student questions, calls and emails from NextGen participants
  • Attend family-facing meetings and events to share information about the NextGen program and resources, using materials developed by the program.
  • Perform data entry to document presentations and direct communication with families.
  • Attend required supervision and staff meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience
  • Ability to engage youth in the age range for NextGen participants
  • Must agree to FCSN’s request for a Massachusetts Criminal Record Information (CORI)
  • Bilingual preferred in English and one of the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Mandarin Chinese, or Vietnamese.
  • Ability to work a consistent schedule that includes early evenings and may include some weekend hours.
  • Existing connections within diverse language communities, and ability to build new connections with prioritized communities.
  • Access to transportation and ability to travel for some in-person meetings.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Ability to navigate computer technologies including database, videoconferencing, email and Microsoft Word.

To Apply:

Send your resume and cover letter by email to the Federation at fcsnjobs@fcsn.org; or by mail to: Federation for Children with Special Needs, Attn: HR, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Boston, MA 02129

The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) embraces the diversity of our staff and is committed to increasing the diversity of our organization.  As an EEO employer, FCSN is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and candidates for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally protected status or designation.   Also, we welcome parents of children with special needs or those with a disability to apply!