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Transition Family Support Specialist

WIOA Student & Family Support Project (MRC)

(Part-time or Full-time 30 – 40 hours per week)

Mission: The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children 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.

Position Summary: This position provides student, family support, information, technical assistance, and training to parents of young adults with disabilities and their professional partners. The position will coordinate with Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) area offices in the Boston, North, and South area districts to support students and families, as well as, provide transition-related trainings across the state.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provide relevant information and referral on transition-related topics in a timely manner by phone, email, by mail or in person to students, parents of students with disabilities and the professionals with whom they work, including outreach to undeserved and unserved families and communities.
  • Conduct outreach to underserved and unserved families, communities, and the organizations that serve them.
  • Ability to communicate with transition age students and help them to express their goals for after high school.
  • Support students and families with individualized transition planning and connection to resources for employment, benefits and independent living.
  • Promote awareness regarding existence of WIOA Student & Family Support Project, including transition fairs, local and statewide conferences.
  • Record and compile intake of student and family support, case management, and outreach to MRC contacts.
  • Develop a personal knowledge of topics related to parent requests through use of literature, personal contacts, electronic resources, and professional development.
  • Work with project staff to complete WIOA activities and Federation staff in support of the agency, as needed.
  • Participates in project staff meetings, Federation staff meetings, the annual Federation Visions of Community conference and, staff-development activities.
  • Performs other tasks and assumes other responsibilities as assigned by project director.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. A combination of education and related experience may be substituted.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students and parents, as well as, a variety of agencies, service providers and professional organizations on issues related to special education and vocational rehabilitation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of special education, specifically for transition age youth.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills. Proficient writing skills is required.
  • Team player; a good sense of humor is helpful.
  • Possess a Driver’s license and ability to travel statewide

To Apply: Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email to hr@fcsn.org. By mail to Federation for Children with Special Needs, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Boston, MA 02129.

Note: This position is based in Boston and reports to the Director of Transition Project. This position can be part-time (@30 hours per week) or full-time (@ 40 hours per week) and is eligible for employee benefits, as determined by FCSN policies.

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!