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Working at Communities In Schools of Chicago is more than just a job. You will interact with a broad range of community-minded professionals in our schools and with our community partners, and impact Chicago public school children who need help the most. We are a close-knit team that collaborates and thrives when faced with big challenges. And we are looking for like-minded people to join us.

Current Opportunities
Communities In Schools of Chicago currently has three opportunities: Field Supervisor and School-Based Student Supports Manager as well as a Volunteer Opportunity for Counselors.

 

FIELD SUPERVISOR

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and community organizations to help students stay in school and be successful. During the 2015-2016 school year, CIS of Chicago is partnering with 123 Chicago public schools and expects to connect 1,000 services and programs to more than 50,000 CPS students and their families. In addition CIS of Chicago places full-time staff – Student Support Managers – in five Chicago public schools. Our staff in these schools work directly with students at-risk of dropping out as well as helping connect services to the whole school.

CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in more than 150 different cities.

The mission of Communities In Schools of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed. The organization’s core values are Impact, Integrity, Justice and Relationships.
The Field Supervisor will manage a growing team of Student Support Managers (SSMs) embedded at our partner schools. The Field Supervisor will provide direct oversight to the team as they implement an integrated student support program addressing individual and whole-school needs.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and supervise team of Student Support Managers (SSMs)
    • Provide weekly, direct supervision for SSMs -- programmatic and clinical
    • Plan and coordinate regular team meetings
    • Coordinate and provide professional development for the SSMs throughout the school year
    • Implement on-boarding process for new hires
    • Update and maintain training manuals
  • Program Implementation
    • Ensure the Communities in Schools model of Integrated Student Supports is implemented at each school site with fidelity to national standards and in compliance with Chicago Public School policies
    • Establish relationships with school administration and regularly communicate with them throughout the year
  • Data, Analysis and Reporting
    • Monitor and audit data collection for quality control and accuracy
    • Analyze data for internal program improvement and external reporting
  • Additional organizational responsibilities
    • Work with Director of Strategy and Planning to ensure successful and sustaining implementation of program
    • Represent CIS of Chicago at events and meetings
    • Lead or assist with other organizational projects as needed

Desired Skills and Attributes:

  • Expertise in basic child and adolescent development principles utilizing a trauma-informed lens
  • Experience with restorative practices, school-level attendance and behavior improvement strategies and student-centered supports
  • Experience providing clinical supervision, including case management strategies, self-care, group strategies
  • Skilled at developing structured systems
  • Ability to drive self and others to organizational outcomes
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently
  • Persuasive, appropriately assertive and empathic professional communication
  • Strong analytical skills working with both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Detail-oriented with a commitment to follow-up and follow-through
  • Solution-oriented ability to navigate complex school environments
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Solid computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as case management database experience

Qualifications

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with at least seven to ten years of relevant experience working with youth, their families and urban public schools. (Advanced degree in education or other youth development fields may be considered)
  • Previous supervisory experience within a professional setting
  • Bilingual candidates (Spanish preferred) and minority candidates strongly encouraged to apply
  • Daily driving should be expected for this position. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and reliable daily access to a vehicle
  • A criminal background check and verification of employment and degrees is required

Reports to: Director of Strategy and Planning
Work Environment: The position will be primarily located at the CIS of Chicago main office but will require daily travel to schools and community settings.

To apply or for further information, please write or email (no faxes or phone calls please):

Director of Strategy and Planning
Communities In Schools of Chicago
815 West Van Buren Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607

jobs@chicagocis.org – please write “Field Supervisor” in the subject line to ensure that your materials get directed appropriately

 

School-Based Student Supports Manager

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and community organizations to improve student success. CIS of Chicago links existing health, human and other support services to 125 Chicago public schools. CIS of Chicago partners with more than 150 community organizations and agencies across the city that provide their programming in the schools at no cost to the student or school. Connected services include health services and education, violence-prevention, and arts and academic enrichment programs. CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with a presence in more than 150 cities and communities across 26 states.

CIS of Chicago places Student Supports Managers in CPS school sites to provide integrated student services addressing both school-wide prevention, education and enrichment priorities as well as targeted and sustained support and interventions for individual students with high need. Each school-based SSM will work in one school in Chicago to establish and maintain this school-based program. CIS of Chicago is seeking a Student Supports Manager (SSM) to implement our integrated student services program.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and coordinate the delivery of evidence-based services based on best practice and risk-factor research.
    • Widely-accessible, school-wide services will be provided to help address identified needs or to build and reinforce student assets.
    • Targeted and sustained services will be coordinated and provided at the school site for specific students who are identified as having the greatest risk of eventually dropping out of school. This includes ongoing case management and direct supports for students, including goal setting and individual/group skill-building and support sessions.
  • Lead annual assessment process of needs for student and school community.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the site plan, including defining measurable objectives and procedures for delivering services.
  • Work closely with school administrators, staff, teachers and other school partners in the planning and implementation of CIS of Chicago’s integrated student supports model in coordination with broader school improvement strategies underway.
  • Research and cultivate potential service providers to meet identified needs at the school, guide the initial stages of those partnerships, and expand the relationship to other faculty.
  • Manage the consent/enrollment process and create individualized student plans for participating students.
  • Maintain detailed records of school and agency partnerships and student needs, interventions, and progress through the use of tailored database systems.
  • Regularly monitor and adjust services as needed, to maximize effectiveness and impact.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of services as measured by achievement of school benchmarks and student individualized goals.
  • Generate reports for CIS of Chicago, school and agency partners.
  • Assist with other organizational and project activities, as needed.

Desired skills and abilities:

  • Apply basic child and adolescent development principles utilizing a trauma-informed lens;
  • Experience with restorative practices, school-level attendance and behavior improvement strategies and student-centered supports;
  • Solution-oriented ability to navigate complex school environments;
  • Work both collaboratively and independently;
  • Innovate and take initiative;
  • Effectively manage multiple tasks and remain focused across a variety of priorities;
  • Think strategically and work toward practical goals and outcomes;
  • Flexibility to accommodate evolving and unanticipated needs of a start-up project;
  • Cultivate meaningful partnerships while setting clear expectations;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellence in communicating with diverse audiences;
  • Detail-orientation and commitment to follow-up and follow-through; and
  • Solid computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as database experience.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree required; Social Work preferred, but Education, Counseling, or other youth development field of study may be also considered.
  • At least three years of experience working with adolescents, their families, and urban public schools is highly desired.
  • Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply.
  • Minority candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, car, and insurance.
  • A criminal background check and verification of employment and degrees is required.

Reports to:

Director of Strategy and Planning, CIS of Chicago – primary
Principal, assigned school site – secondary

Work Environment: The position will be primarily located in Chicago public school site. Training, weekly organizational and team meetings and supervision will occur primarily at the CIS of Chicago office.

To apply or for further information, please write or email (no faxes or phone calls please):

Director of Strategy and Planning
Communities In Schools of Chicago
815 West Van Buren Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607
jobs@chicagocis.org – please write “Student Supports” in the subject line to ensure that your materials get directed appropriately.

 

CIS of Chicago Seeks Dedicated, Skilled Counselors
Who Want to Help Students in Need

Communities in Schools (CIS) of Chicago is one of the largest child-serving non-profits helping to ensure Chicago Public School (CPS) students learn, stay in school and graduate prepared to succeed. One of the ways that we accomplish this is by working with a broad array of partners to support the social, emotional and physical health needs of students across the city.

CIS of Chicago developed the Mental Health Support Project (MHSP) in 2012 to meet a consistently high need of most our school partners: increased access to therapeutic support services for students. To help schools address this gap in school-based mental health services, CIS of Chicago is now recruiting dedicated mental health professionals to provide pro-bono individual and/or group counseling to CPS students during the 2015-2016 school year.

Interested in volunteering your time and talent to this great project? If so, CIS of Chicago will work with you to find a school that would be a good fit for:

  • Your interests and areas of expertise
  • Your schedule and availability
  • Any preferences you may have regarding geographic location

While you are providing counseling at the school, CIS of Chicago will:

  • Maintain ongoing communication with you and the school
  • Help remedy any potential challenges
  • Provide free supervision/case consultation with a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC)

To learn more about this project and how you can begin working with our team to identify a school that could benefit from your support, please contact:
Karen Roddie, LSW
312.829.2475 ext. 37
kroddie@cisofchicago.org

Melissa Richardson, MA, LCPC
312.829.2475 ext. 36
mrichardson@cisofchicago.org

About CIS of Chicago
Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and community organizations to improve student success. During the 2015-16 school year, CIS of Chicago expects to connect 1,000 services and programs to more than 50,000 CPS students and their families. More than 85 percent of these students live in low-income households that earn less than twice the federal poverty level. Connected services include health services and education, violence-prevention and arts and academic enrichment programs.
CIS of Chicago links existing health, human and other support services to 125 Chicago public schools. CIS of Chicago partners with more than 150 community organizations across the city that provide their programming in the schools at no cost to the student or school. CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in more than 150 different cities and communities.

  • The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
  • The vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed.

The core values of our organization are: Impact, Relationships, Justice and Integrity.

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