Who We Are
Center for Supportive Schools is a 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. 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. For more information, please visit www.supportiveschools.org.
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:
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 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 programs 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 to better serve 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 Community School Associate you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school’s strategy in collaboration and under the direction of the Community School Director. You will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with administration, faculty, staff, students and families in support of the school and community, with special emphasis on student and family engagement during both in-school and remote learning instruction and enrichment. You will facilitate and provide leadership for the collaborative process and development of a continuum of services for student and family success in academics, attendance, and social-emotional development, while creating, strengthening, and maintaining the bridge between the school and community in the efforts of promoting student success.
You will assist the school in developing implementation action plans, troubleshooting implementation obstacles, and planning for sustainability, with specific support and coordination for the school’s technology program and partnerships. You will assist in tracking the school’s progress against performance goals, collect school data, and support program evaluation activities.
Additional responsibilities may include managing community partnerships that relate to student and family engagement and development, and participating as necessary in Student Success and Community School Team meetings. You will also support the school’s administrative, attendance, enrollment, and high school application processes. Initially, you will support establishing and implementing a community school strategy under the direction of the Community School Director. Over time you may support any or all of CSS’s leadership solutions that may be implemented at the school. 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.
What You’ll Do
Support the School and Faculty
Build and Develop Relationships
What You’ve Done
Education: You’ve likely earned a bachelor’s degree in the area of education or social work.
Professional Experiences and Personal Qualities/Skills:
You likely have bi-lingual skills (English and Spanish), as well as technology skills with Google suite, MS programs, etc. You 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:
The Community School Associate will be based at South Bronx International Middle School located in Bronx, New York. Occasional travel to New Jersey will be necessary for trainings and other staff events.
Schedule, Salary, and Benefits
The anticipated starting date for this position is Summer/Fall 2020. The salary is competitive and based upon experience. CSS offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan, including health, dental, and vision.
Interested applicants are requested to apply immediately by emailing a cover letter and CV/résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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