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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 open positions: School Partnership Specialist; School-Based Student Supports Manager; and 10 hours per week Development Associate; as well as a Volunteer Opportunity for Counselors.

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 (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. 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.

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Qualifications:

  • 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 Partnership Specialist

Start date: By September 2015

Starting Salary: $37,000

Application Process:

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 jobs@cisofchicago.org.

Pre-Interview Questions:

  • 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 (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 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.
  • 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

 

10 hours per week Development Associate


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. 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.

Our current opening is the Development Associate, a 10 hour per-week position. The best candidate will be able to schedule 10 hours weekly in our office at 815 West Van Buren on the same days every week. She/he will have tremendous attention to detail, be successful at completing on-line and database research, and be willing to do what is needed to help us reach our fundraising goal this year. She/he will also have an understanding of our mission and value the work we do in Chicago.
Responsibilities:
The Development Associate will:

  • Maintain the accuracy and integrity of the donor database (E-Tapestry);
  • Identify and research institutional and individual prospects, including giving histories, associations and alignment with CIS OF CHICAGO;
  • Assist in developing an ongoing pipeline of potential new funders at all stages of cultivation and solicitation;
  • Provide support for, attend, and participate in the planning/implementation of development events; and
  • Support the development and implementation of strategies for cultivating donors and prospects as CIS OF CHICAGO continues to serve more at-risk students.

Desired Skills and Attributes:

  • Enthusiasm for mission-driven work;
  • An interest in education and human service issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals;
  • Excellence in communicating professionally with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently; and
  • Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience where attention to detail and follow through can be demonstrated.
  • Superior writing, organization and communication skills and function with ease around donors and Board members.
  • Be able to effectively communicate the mission, goals, strengths and potential of CIS OF CHICAGO.
  • Skilled in databases and proficiency with excel and Microsoft Office.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive donor information.

Reports to: Director of Development

Start Date: To be discussed

To apply for this position, please submit: (a) a current resume; (b) a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in being a 10 hour per-week Development Associate 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 Development Associate” in the subject line. All postings should be directed to jobs@cisofchicago.org.


Pre-Interview Questions:

  • What attracted you to the position?
  • Please list and briefly describe your work experiences that you think make you the best candidate for this exact position.
  • Please list five adjectives that describe your work style.
  • This position requires a consistent schedule, of specific days and hours per-week. Is this acceptable to you?
  • This is a 10 hour per-week position with no benefits. 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?

No faxes or phone calls please.

 

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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