Full Job Description
(Those who previously applied need not re-apply)
Position Summary: The New York City school system is the largest in the country, composed of approximately 1.1 million students and 75,000+ teachers in over 1,800 schools. Each year there are over 100,000 students who are homeless and placed in temporary housing, including those living doubled up, or in shelter, foster care, and domestic violence safe housing. Research indicates that students in temporary housing face unique academic challenges and are more likely to be chronically absent than their housed peers.
The Department of Education (DOE) created the Office of Community Schools (OCS) to develop and implement one of the pillars of the education agenda of Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza. Community Schools are places where children have opportunities to learn, gain skills, create joy, and have the experiences that ignite curiosity and allow children discover their passions and talents. Community Schools are committed to bringing equity and using a “whole child, whole community” approach – looking holistically at students, families, and communities to ascertain their most pressing needs and decide together which services will best address those needs. OCS seeks to increase the capacity of schools and community partners providing tailored social services, healthcare, expanded learning opportunities, and similar in-school supports.
Reporting to a Director of Regional Support, the STH Regional Coordinator (RC) acts as the regional liaison, providing support for staffing and special projects to facilitate the work of Regional Managers, and for schools that do not have assigned STH staff, at the behest of the Director of Regional Support. In the course of these duties, RCs will interact with other DOE offices and City agency partners, including the DOE Office of Pupil Transportation, shelter staff, Borough/Citywide Offices (BCOs), and other City agencies.
The RC will be an integral part of a borough-based team that facilitates and monitors services provided in shelters and schools, ensuring consistent adherence to Department of Education (DOE) polices and federal laws and regulations regarding Students in Temporary Housing. This includes compliance with the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and Chancellor’s Regulation A-780. Performs related work.
Reports to: Director of Regional Support
Direct Reports: N/A
Key Relationships: Senior STH team management (including the Director of Regional Support and Executive Director), STH Regional Manager, DOE Office of Enrollment and Office of Pupil Transportation staff, colleagues in the Department of Homeless Services, Human Resources Administration, Administration for Children’s Services and other agencies, community-based organization (CBO) partners, and others.
Provide administrative and program management support to the Director of Regional Support, including assistance with program development and implementation, team communications, and event planning.
Assist in the coordination of site visits alongside Regional Managers to support supervision of field-based staff, relationship management with key partners, and advancing special projects.
Lead the implementation of special projects such as student enrollment in summer programs, engaging families with relocation opportunities, creating customized communications regarding important student and family opportunities, etc.
Respond to families who come to the BCO seeking help to resolve escalated student or family challenges, particularly regarding student transportation, school placement and registration, mid-year transfers, documentation of housing status, and other related issues.
Particularly for schools that do not have assigned STH staff, coordinate with the Director of Regional Support to:
Conduct shelter, hotel or home site visits with families to share information about important services and supports and ensure that basic necessities (e.g., school material, transportation and supplementary educational services) are readily available.
Facilitate trainings for school-, hotel- and shelter-based staff on using trauma informed approaches to recognize support and refer students affected by housing instability to coordinated services.
Facilitate trainings and presentations to families at PTA meetings, school forums, parent teacher nights and other events so families are aware of available resources.
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two (2) years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in "1" above.
Strong skills in relationship management and project implementation.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
An understanding of the complexities of systems that homeless students and their families face, and of the intersections of issues, including trauma, mental health, and domestic violence.
Background in social work or understanding in trauma informed best practices.
Knowledge of McKinney Vento regulations and their application to school environments.
Familiarity with community-based programs serving homeless youth and families and related youth development programs.
Experience working in school-based settings, with knowledge about trauma informed strategies, nonprofit student support services, and youth development approaches.
Ability to work effectively with school-aged youth, educators, families, and communities from a wide range of cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.
Understanding of the social-emotional needs of students in temporary housing and of trauma-informed practices.
Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
Bilingual skills depending on needs of
Strong facility with Excel; moderate knowledge of other Microsoft Office applications, e.g., Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate strong relationship-building skills.
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.
Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2020 until 3:00 p.m.
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.