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
As the full-time Community School Associate (BECA), you will be responsible for working in collaboration with and under the direction of the Community School Director for the day-to-day management of the community school’s strategy in a grades 6-12 school in the Bronx, NY. You will ensure that the community school strategy is implemented at exceptional levels of quality with full support, buy-in, and regular communication with stakeholders across the school community. You will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with administration, faculty, staff, students, and families in support of the school and community. You will create, strengthen, and maintain the bridge between the school and community in the efforts of promoting student success. You will facilitate and provide leadership for the collaborative process and development of a continuum of services for student success in academics, attendance, and social-emotional development.
You will also be responsible for assisting with the development of implementation action plans, troubleshooting implementation obstacles, and planning for sustainability. You will assist in tracking the school’s progress against performance goals, collecting school data, and supporting program evaluation activities.
Your additional responsibilities may include working at school events, which may entail coordinating and executing event logistics, such as set-up and clean up. You will play an integral role in modeling best practices to increase student and family engagement. Over time, you may be asked to support any or all of CSS's leadership solutions that may be implemented at the school.
What You'll Do
Community School Strategy
- Build and maintain relationships with administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, and community partners in the school community to promote student success
- Assist with communication between the Community School team and teachers, school staff, parents, and students, which may include organizing mailers, delivering invitations to students in classrooms, and other communication strategies
- Participate and engage in meetings with faculty and other school-based staff to plan for specific program implementations, problem-solve implementation obstacles, and ensure program sustainability
- Utilize findings from needs assessment process, including school and student-level data; focus groups with parents, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners; and school climate and culture survey
- Assist in the development and maintenance of a schedule of student-centered programs and activities offered at the school
- Assist in the implementation and maintenance of processes that encourage referrals to programs and services offered at the school; provide timely feedback to those who make referrals; and alert the Student Success Team to the need for programs not already offered
Student Support and Engagement
- Provide ongoing and continuous student support during remote and in-person learning
- Participate, as necessary, in weekly Student Success meetings to identify and support interventions and supports
- Engage with students during lunch periods and after school to develop relationships and engage them in Community School Initiatives, including special events, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and other school programs
- Identify needs of chronically absent students, implement action plans with student, and track and monitor impact of interventions on a weekly basis, as part of periodic Student Success meetings
Family Support and Engagement
- Provide ongoing and continuous parent support during remote and in-person learning
- Support in school website design, upkeep, and maintenance
- Support and coordinate the school’s technology program, which includes but is not limited to: providing technology support for students, families, and staff; supporting development and upkeep of BECA website for communication purposes; and collaborating with the school’s Sprint hotspot liaison
- Implement behavior management strategies during school transition times and community gatherings
- Show up with a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and flexibility in a climate of shifting priorities
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 bring a wealth of skills and experiences in the field of education 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 school 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 have a systems-oriented approach and are always looking for ways to continually improve your practices.
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.
What You've Done
Education: You’ve likely earned a bachelor's degree in education and/or social work. You have knowledge of and experience working in the New York City public schools.
Professional Experiences and Personal Qualities/Skills:
Strong technology skills, including Adobe Photoshop, Google Suite, and Google Classroom. Bilingual (English and Spanish) is a plus. You have demonstrated exceptional abilities to problem solve, plan, and prioritize. You have a “roll-up-your-sleeves” entrepreneurial, startup attitude. You have knowledge of and experience working in education reform and student support services and the proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment managing multiple projects. You possess a high level of interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, including the ability to build relationships internally and externally and to manage effective teams.
In addition, you have likely demonstrated the following attributes:
- Excellent listening, writing, and speaking skills
- 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 education reform
- Knowledgeable in social-emotional learning and 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 evenings and weekends when required for successful and timely completion of projects
- 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
- Experience with school-based program evaluation
- 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
- Program implementation experience preferred
- Knowledgeable in technology, specifically in Adobe, Zoom, Microsoft Suite, and Google Suite (specifically Google Classroom and Google Meet)
- Remarkable references
Schedule, Salary, and Benefits
The anticipated starting date for this position is Spring 2021. The salary range for this position is $50,000-$55,000. CSS offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan, including health, dental, and vision.
The Community School Associate will be based at Bronx Early College Academy (BECA) located in Bronx, New York. Occasional travel to New Jersey will be necessary for trainings and other staff events.
How to Apply
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.