Every school . . . safe, supportive, engaging, and inspiring.
About Center for Supportive Schools (CSS)
The Center for Supportive Schools (CSS, formerly Princeton Center for Leadership Training) advances the efforts of schools across the country to develop all students into leaders who help make their schools safer, more supportive, engaging, and inspiring.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. Our work directly addresses disengagement from school, a root cause of students dropping out of school and other high-risk behaviors for students in urban, suburban, rural, economically disadvantaged, or more affluent communities.
Since 1979, CSS has partnered with 500 schools and our impact can be seen in the experiences of 425,000 students. CSS partners with schools to help overcome disengagement by engaging all members of the school community in the relationships and meaningful dialogue necessary to effect substantial and sustainable change in all students’ school experiences.We accomplish this through a thoughtful and collaborative planning, teambuilding, and training process with school leadership and other stakeholders; an intensive train-the-trainer strategy; user-friendly, rigorous, and relevant curricula; on-site technical assistance; fidelity monitoring; and program evaluation. CSS offers a wide variety of solutions, such as:
CSS is a fast-paced, collegial, and team-oriented environment where each staff member plays a critical role in changing life trajectories for students and transforming school cultures.
For more information about CSS, 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 athletics 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.
Jersey City Public Schools seeks to implement a Community School Model in a K-8 school, in an effort to serve the needs of all students and to implement specific prevention and intervention solutions. This evidence-based approach will integrate a focus on academics; health and mental health services; social services; afterschool and summer enrichment activities; expanded learning opportunities; positive youth development; and family and community supports that are critical to improving outcomes for all students. This will be the first community school in Jersey City. This innovative approach will allow Jersey City Public Schools to fulfill its vision to foster the, “School as Community, the School in the Community and the Community in the School for the children and families.”
Title:Community School Coordinator, K-8 School, Jersey City, NJ
General Position Description:The full-time Community School Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day management of a community school strategy. The Community School Coordinator will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with administration, faculty, staff, and students as the “community organizer” of the school and community. The Community School Coordinator will create, strengthen, and maintain the bridge between the school and community. The Community School Coordinator will facilitate and provide leadership for the collaborative process and development of a continuum of services for children, families and community members within the school neighborhood. The Community School Coordinator will assist the school in developing implementation action plans, troubleshooting implementation obstacles, and planning for sustainability. He/she will track the school’s progress against performance goals, collect school data, and support program evaluation activities. Additional responsibilities include managing community partnerships and facilitating at School Leadership Team (SLT) and Community School Advisory Board meetings. Initially, the Community School Coordinator will support implementing a community school strategy. Over time, he/she may support any or all of CSS’s leadership solutions that may be implemented at the school. The Community School Coordinator 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.
Detailed Position Responsibilities:
Education:Bachelor’s degree required
Other Preferred Qualifications:Bi-lingual skills (English and Spanish)
Professional Experiences and Personal Qualities/Skills:
The ideal candidate will demonstrate extensive knowledge of and experience working in and/or with urban 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.
He/she will also demonstrate the following characteristics:
Supervisor: Catherine Bell-Nti, Executive Director, New Jersey
Schedule and Salary:The anticipated starting date for this position is June/July 2018. The salary is competitive and based upon experience.
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. Jersey City Board 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 in its work and staff. CSS’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action related policies are available upon request.