Why Communities in Schools?
By bringing resources, services, parents and volunteers into schools, Communities In Schools creates a community of caring adults who work hand-in-hand with educators to make sure young people have the tools they need to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS is the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life.
Become a Part of Our Team!
CIS of Memphis is hiring Student Support Specialist to join our team for the 2018-2019 school year. The position is school-based located throughout Memphis across a variety of educational settings (High schools in both Shelby County Schools and Achievement School District School settings). The Student Support Specialist will be responsible for overall planning, managing and implementing of the Communities In Schools operations at one school-based site. We are looking for passionate individuals who want to work with students in a school environment. Bring your passion, sensitivity to and strong concern for the needs of children, youth, and their families to our team!
As a Student Support Specialist you will:
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. Additionally, 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.
Build, lead and/or integrate into existing site team that works closely with district leaders, school administrators, staff and teachers in the implementation of the Communities In Schools model, in conjunction with broader school improvement plans already underway. The site team may include school staff or faculty and/or other community partners. This process will include the building and nurturing of school staff relations, relationships with school and community partners, and the engagement of volunteers for the delivery of services.
Lead the annual needs assessment process. This process will be based on multiple data sources including data collected by school districts and schools as part of overall school improvement initiatives; surveys and discussions with staff, parents and students; and evaluation results from the previous year.
Lead the development and implementation of the site plan. The plan will include measurable objectives, as well as procedures for delivering school-wide services, targeted and sustained services, monitoring and adjusting services, and evaluating and reporting effectiveness.
Manage the consent/enrollment process and create individualized student plans for participating students.
Monitor and adjust services. The Student Support Specialist will regularly monitor and adjust services as needed to maximize effectiveness and impact.
Evaluate the effectiveness at achieving school and student individualized goals. The Student Support Specialist will implement the CIS systematic data collection plan to evaluate the effectiveness of services in achieving school-wide goals and individualized student goals. Regular reports will be provided to school and affiliate leadership to guide planning site services for the following year. The Student Support Specialist will also contribute to affiliate level reports for partners, the state office and the Communities In Schools national office.
Assist with other organizational and project activities, as needed.
Successful Candidates possess the following skills and competencies:
Passion for, sensitivity to, and strong concern for the needs of children, youth, and their families
High level interpersonal and communications skills; high degree of comfort relating to diverse ethnic populations and audiences
Embraces metrics and data-driven reporting to share and promote the success of CIS programs
Possesses the integrity and determination to work both independently and as a member of a team, willingly asks for help when needed
Curious about best practices in integrated student services and persistent in adapting and adjusting CIS programs as new trends emerge
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
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
Solution-oriented ability to navigate complex school environments
Detail-orientation and commitment to follow-up and follow-through
Solid computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as database experience.
Bachelors in Youth Development or Education, with a preference for Masters level degree
Demonstrated relevant work or volunteer experience in education, social services, mental health or a related field desired
Knowledge of the CIS philosophy, process, history, and network a plus
Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.
Salary Range for the position: 40k - 48k
Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
Retirement Plan (401k, IRA)
Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
Target Hire Date: September 11, 2018