Prevention Specialist

Location US-NY-New York
Job ID 2024-2272
Job Family
Job Type
Shift Days
Monday - Friday
Shift Hours
9:00am - 5:00pm
Salary Range
$50,872.50- $58,172.50/year
Hours Per Week


At The New York Foundling, we trust in the power and potential of people, and we deliberately invest in proven practices. From bold beginnings in 1869, our New York-based nonprofit has supported hundreds of thousands of our neighbors on their own paths to stability, strength, and independence.  We help children and families navigate through and beyond foster care. We help families struggling with conflict and poverty grow strong. We help individuals with developmental disabilities live their best lives, and we help ur neighbors access quality health and mental health services—core to building lifelong resilience and wellbeing. Together, our interrelated programs provide a whole-person, whole-family, and whole-life approach that unlocks solutions for a lifetime.


Prevention Specialists play a key role in implementing The New York Foundling's Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP). CAPP’s primary mission is to support families and communities by taking a three-pronged approach to preventing child abuse and maltreatment. Working with a second Prevention Specialist, each Prevention Specialist will present CAPP's Child Safety Workshop to more than 10,000 NYC school children each year. Team members are responsible for teaching children how to recognize, resist and report physical and sexual abuse. Additionally, Prevention Specialists will facilitate trainings on similar topics for school professionals, parents, and community members. 




  • Complete all required trainings, including a 6-week training program designed to teach the performance and content skills necessary for CAPP’s curriculum.
  • Along with one co-worker, present the Child Safety Workshop to schools in each of the five boroughs,
    requiring travel throughout the five boroughs and coordination with co-presenter. Prevention Specialists may be required to make more than one presentation per day, and will be responsible for set-up and clean-up before and after presentations.
  • Meet individually with children to discuss, using minimal facts interviewing standards, any disclosed safety concerns.
  • Liaise with school counselors/social workers/teachers immediately before Workshop commences to review minimal facts interview procedure and provide appropriate follow-up resources and reference materials.
  • Complete intake of any disclosures following each presentation, including contact with New York State Central Registry, if appropriate.
  • Following each presentation, meet with team partner, school counselor/social worker to determine follow up recommendations for each disclosure of abuse.
  • Document disclosures and follow-up notes as instructed.
  • Communicate any concerning cases immediately to Supervisor.
  • Follow-up with school partners as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the planning and promotion of program workshops and events. (Creating flyers, communicating with partners and stakeholders, etc). 
  • Participate in case meetings.
  • Facilitate full-day professional trainings on minimal facts interviewing and recognizing signs of child abuse and maltreatment for school counselors, social workers, and other school support staff.
  • Facilitate parent and community workshops on topics of abuse prevention. Prevention Specialists may be required to facilitate up to 2-3 of these workshops monthly. Workshops may be remote or on location and at times, may require work outside of the traditional 9:00am - 5:00pm workday.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Salary Range: $50,872.50- $58,172.50/year


The New York Foundling is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse employee population, the Foundling will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.


  • B.A. in Social Work, Psychology; Sociology, Mental Health Counseling, Education,
    Health Sciences or closely related degree.
  • Ability to stand holding 10 lb life-size puppet for hour-long Child Safety Workshop presentation
  • Experience working with children
  • Ability to work as a partner and confidently on their own
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Excellent organizational and technological skills; proficient in Microsoft Office suite (WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT)
  • Flexible, punctual, and comfortable speaking publicly
  • Ability to multi-task, as well as work independently
  • Valid NYS Drivers License; access to a car strongly preferred.

Education Required



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