"Communities In Schools of Chicago has been instrumental
in helping the school provide services that have led to the improvement
of the school's learning environment as well as the academic performance
Zelma Woodson, Principal, Jenner Academy of the Arts
Job Openings 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 two open positions: School Partnership Specialist; and School-Based Student Supports Manager.
School Partnership Specialist
Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and community organizations to improve student success. During the 2014-2015 school year, CIS of Chicago expects to connect more than 1,000 services and programs to more than 50,000 students and families. 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 nearly 200 different cities and communities.
The school partnership specialist’s primary responsibility will focus on linking a variety of programs and services to support students at 33 Chicago public schools. The school partnership specialist will be expected to maintain regular, positive communication with key adult leaders at all schools in his or her portfolio. They do not, however, provide direct student services. This position requires a person who is detail-oriented, outcomes-focused, and highly skilled in relationship-building.
The school specialist will work closely with the organization’s Senior School Specialist and a team of colleagues to ensure that schools in the CIS of Chicago network access the programs and services students need to learn, stay in school and succeed in life.
Develop and implement strategies for creating partnerships between schools, neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, and community institutions;
Actively refer available student-focused programs and services to key liaisons at 33 Chicago public schools;
Follow up on these referrals regularly to ensure that connections are being made or that alternative services are being referred to meet need;
Train and provide ongoing assistance to key liaisons at 33 Chicago public schools related to needs assessments, program evaluation, partner appreciation, and building awareness about CIS of Chicago;
Research and identify potential service providers to meet key needs of all schools in the CIS of Chicago network, plus guide the initial stages of those partnerships;
Maintain detailed records of school and agency partnerships, including significant data entry responsibility for portfolio of schools;
Help plan and facilitate trainings and networking events for school and agency partners to build and deepen capacity;
Observe and monitor agency/school partnerships and services connected;
Assist with other organizational projects, as needed.
Desired skills and attributes:
Enthusiasm for mission-driven work
Ability to work collaboratively and independently
Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines
Ability to cultivate meaningful partnerships while setting clear expectations
Persuasive, appropriately assertive and empathic in professional communication
Solution-orientation and ability to problem-solve
Strong written and oral communication
Excellence in communicating with diverse audiences
Detail-orientation and commitment to follow-up and follow-through
Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of urban public school environments
Bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree plus compensatory experience
Minimum of two years of work experience desired
Experience working with urban public schools preferred
Daily driving is a significant portion of this position. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and reliable daily access to a vehicle
Reports to: Senior School Specialist
Start date: June 2015
Starting Salary: $37,000
To apply for this position, please submit: (a) a current resume; (b) a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in being a School Partnership Specialist at CIS of Chicago and what makes you a uniquely strong candidate for the position; and (c) in a document separate from the cover letter, brief responses to the pre-interview questions below (up to 300 words total). Applicants that do not submit all three elements of the requested materials will not receive consideration. Please attach all three documents in a single e-mail and put “2015 School Partnership Specialist” in the subject line. All postings should be directed to email@example.com.
What attracted you to the position?
Please list and briefly describe your work/volunteer experiences in education and/or related fields.
How familiar are you with Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods? What experiences have you had with the city? To what areas are you most connected? (If you have not had experiences in Chicago but have had substantive experiences working or volunteering in an urban environment elsewhere, please name the city/cities and describe those experiences.)
Please list five adjectives that describe your work style.
Do you have reliable, daily access to a vehicle for work-related travel throughout the city, as needed?
The salary for this position is $37k/year plus a robust benefits package, non-negotiable. Is this acceptable to you?
If we have follow up questions, or would like to schedule an interview, how and when can we best reach you?
School-Based Student Supports Manager
Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools 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 offices in 180 different cities and communities.
CIS of Chicago places Student Supports Managers in five 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. CIS of Chicago has a long-term vision of expanding this work to 20 schools in the next five years. Each school-based SSM will work in one public 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 at an elementary school with a focus on students in sixth through eighth grades.
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;
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;
Solution-oriented ability to navigate complex school environements;
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.
Master’s Degree in Social Work preferred, Education, Counseling, or other youth development field may be also considered.
At least three years of experience working with adolescents, their families, and urban public schools is highly desired.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – please write “Student Supports” in the subject line to ensure that your materials get directed appropriately
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