Who We Are
Center for Supportive Schools is an anti-racist, fast-paced, collegial, and team-oriented organization wholly committed to helping schools become places where students want to be. Our work directly addresses student disengagement, a root cause of diminished academic performance, students dropping out of school, and other high-risk student behaviors. We partner with schools in three areas: developing all students into leaders; empowering teachers to collaborate with each other and with students; and engaging entire school communities to improve how learning happens.
CSS is driven by the vision that one day, all students will thrive in schools that graduate them prepared for the rigors of college and lives filled with meaningful work, active citizenship, and personal fulfillment.
We are committed to antiracism. Our vision for students will not be realized absent the dismantling of systemic racism that permeates schools and society. Schools are not safe, supportive, engaging, and inspiring unless they address all areas of marginalization and eradicate all the many interconnected forms of oppression. CSS’s focus on antiracism results from the outsized role that racism has played in shaping the United States and its institutions, from the fact that racism intersects with all other forms of oppression and given that which we learn and develop – tools, frameworks, resources – in dismantling racism can be leveraged to abolish all other forms of oppression.
Founded in 1979, we are a national organization currently impacting 65,000 students annually and committed to supporting every K-12 school in the country. Most of our partners are economically disadvantaged communities where the consequences of student disengagement can be most devastating.
About Community Schools
Community Schools offer a holistic approach toward improving academic performance driven by strong, collaborative partnerships among principals, parents, teachers, and CBOs. In Community Schools, parents are real and active partners in their children’s education. Each student is connected to a mentor, club, or social service. The school climate is joyful and positive. Community members spend time at the school, participating in activities ranging from swimming and yoga to financial and parenting workshops.
Extended afterschool or weekend classes are commonplace. An integral part of this approach is the blending of school- and community-based services into the school day, such as health, mental health, counseling, and academic enrichment.
The De Blasio administration believes that Community Schools are instrumental in helping schools catch up or leap ahead, and in putting all of our students on the path to four-year colleges and long-term careers.
The Community Schools in New York City will use key strategies to help students achieve success:
· Meaningful family involvement in decision making around student needs
· Meaningful interactions with community-based services and programs
· Maximization of academic programming, college and career preparation, and extended weekend and afterschool programming
· Robust data monitoring and attendance taking practices
Who You Are
You are passionate about working with schools to build their capacity to offer effective programs to positively impact our youth and their families. You have knowledge of and experience working in New York City with public schools and/or student support services. You have a track record of effectively leading internal and external teams. You bring a wealth of skills and experiences while also identifying yourself as a lifelong learner who is regularly seeking opportunities to grow your skills. You crave opportunities to be reflective about your practice and look forward to receiving feedback to support your continued growth.
You are a thoughtful planner and communicator and strive for excellence in all that you do. You are highly adaptable and ready to do work in ways that work best for the schools you serve. You find energy in working directly with schools and collaborating with colleagues in service of implementing and advancing best practices. You are comfortable with and skilled at working in diverse school settings, with students, family members, teachers, principals, and other school staff. You thrive in an environment where collaborating with colleagues is valued and also thrive working independently. You are highly emotionally intelligent.
You excel at managing administrative aspects of many different programs at once with an exceptional level of detail. You implement different strategies for collecting data from schools and are not afraid to be persistent, while always maintaining a customer service mindset. You have a systems-oriented approach and are always looking for ways to continually improve your practices, the practices of your team, and the practices of the organization you work for to better serve both the organization and clients’ needs.
You care deeply about creating a more just society and believe that improving schools is fundamental to that effort. You are committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. More than anything else, you want to make a difference.
As the full-time Student & Family Engagement Coordinator, you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school’s student engagement strategy. You will also be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with administration, faculty, staff, and students during the traditional school week; creating, strengthening, and maintaining the bridge between the school and community in the efforts of promoting student success; and facilitating and providing leadership for the collaborative process and development of a continuum of services for student success in academics, attendance, and social-emotional development.
Initially, the Student & Family Engagement Coordinator will support establishing and implementing a community school strategy under the direction of the Community Schools Director. Over time, you may support any or all of CSS’s leadership solutions that may be implemented at the school. The Student & Family Engagement Coordinator will ensure that the student engagement and development strategy is implemented at exceptional levels of quality with full support, buy-in, and regular communication with stakeholders across the school community.
What You’ll Do
· Build and maintain relationships with administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, and community partners in the school community to promote student success
· Conduct a needs assessment process, including reviewing school and student-level data; conducting focus groups with parents, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners; and reviewing and/or conducting school climate and culture survey
· Meet with identified students during assigned times of the school to support students’ attendance and academic performance
· Develop and implement ongoing mechanisms to illicit input from teachers, school staff, Community School Team members, parents, and students to determine ongoing needs to promote students success
· Coordinate, plan, and facilitate on-site technical assistance meetings with faculty and staff to plan for specific program implementations, problem-solve implementation obstacles, and ensure program sustainability
· Assist in the implementation and maintenance of processes that encourage referrals to programs and services offered at the school; provides timely feedback to those who make referrals; and alert the Student Success Team to the need for programs not already offered
· Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources
· Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants
· Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs
· Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors
· Identify needs of chronically absent students, assist in the application of interventions, and track and monitor impact of interventions on weekly basis, as part of weekly Student Success meetings
· Collect and monitor program implementation data and student data for each partnership and initiative implemented, and assist in the development of a “dashboard” views that allow easy data analysis and interaction by the Student Success Team, Community School Team (CST) and other school stakeholders
· Other responsibilities, as needed
Education: You’ve earned a High School Diploma and have bi-lingual skills (English and Spanish)
Professional Experiences and Personal Qualities/Skills:
You likely have demonstrated extensive knowledge of and experience working in New York City public schools; exceptional abilities to problem solve, plan, and prioritize; a “roll-up-your-sleeves” entrepreneurial, startup attitude; knowledge of and experience working in education reform and student support services; proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment managing multiple projects; and demonstrated high level interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, including the ability to build relationships internally and externally and to manage effective teams.
In addition, you have likely had the following experiences and have demonstrated the following attributes:
· Excellent listening, writing, and speaking skills
· Ability to work weekday evenings
· Highly effective time-management, goal-setting, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
· Ability to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information from various sources
· Strong public speaking and group facilitation skills
· Knowledgeable in issues related to K-12 schools and adult education
· Knowledgeable in student support services
· Ability to obtain and utilize student and school data to drive decisions
· Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
· Flexibility, resourcefulness, and willingness to work different student populations throughout the work week (adult learners and traditional high school students)
· Ability to use discretion and judgment in handling confidential and sensitive information
· Knowledge of and an enthusiastic commitment to the organization’s mission, solutions, and offerings
· Connections with community-based organizations and experience facilitating partnerships with these organizations
· Ability to work effectively with school-aged youth, educators, families, and communities from a wide range of cultural, social, and economic backgrounds
· Experience working in school-based settings, with knowledge about tenets of community organizing, student support services, and youth development theories
· Ability to work collaboratively, with strong relationship-building skills
· DOE fingerprinting and background clearances
· Program implementation experience preferred
· Knowledgeable in technology
· Remarkable references
The Student & Family Engagement Coordinator will be based at a New York City partner middle school in Brooklyn. Occasional travel to CSS’s Manhattan office will be necessary.
Schedule, Salary, and Benefits
The anticipated starting date for this position is September 15, 2021. The salary range for this position is $52,000–$62,000. CSS offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan, including health, dental, and vision insurance, and a 403(b) plan with employer match.
Interested applicants are requested to apply immediately by emailing a cover letter and CV/résumé to email@example.com. Please include (1) the title of the position in the subject line of your email and (2) where you found the position posting in your cover letter. If possible, please email all documents in PDF format. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. NYC Department of Education fingerprinting and background clearances will be required.
Center for Supportive Schools is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and equity in its work and staff. CSS’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action related policies are available upon request.