Community Schools Site Director


: $192,290.00 - $192,290.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Nonprofit

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SummaryThe mission of New York Edge is to help bridge the opportunity gap among underserved students by providing programs designed to improve academic performance, health and wellness, self-confidence, character and attitudes for success in life.About Community SchoolsThe Community School (CS) strategy is driven by strong collaborative partnerships among principals, parents, teachers, and Community Based Organizations (CBOs). The model offers a holistic approach toward improving academic performance driven by parents who are real and active partners in their children's education. Each student is connected to a mentor, club, or social service. The school climate is joyful and positive and includes robust data monitoring and attendance taking practices. Community members spend time at the school, participating in activities ranging from participating in the School Leadership Team (SLT) to financial and parenting workshops. The model construct focuses on aligning regular school day curricula with Expanded and Extended afterschool or weekend classes. An integral part of the (CS) approach focuses on the school becoming a center of school- and community-based services embedded into the school day. These services can include but are not limited to health, mental health, counseling, and academic enrichment.Function OverviewThe Community School Director (CSD) will be hired by New York Edge in consultation with the principal and the School Leadership Team (SLT), both of which will be involved in the recruitment, screening and selection of the (CSD). The CSD will report to the New York Edge Director of Community Schools, and will facilitate the implementation and management of programs/activities within the scope of the Community School (CS) initiative. Working closely with the principal and SLT, s/he will be responsible for overseeing programs, services, activities and events to engender student achievement, stronger families and school-centric community development.Roles and Responsibilities* Serve on the school administrative cabinet as an advisor to the principal, SLT and Community School Team (CST), and provide leadership for coordinating the work of different partners within the school, while aligning the work of partners with school faculty.* The CSD will supervise staff, lead and facilitate relevant meetings, and will have decision-making abilities within the context of the community school initiative in partnership with the school principals, as well as, administrators and pedagogical staff.* Work with the CST as a sub-committee of the SLT to maintain a focus on results and track progress, including actively engaging in attendance improvement programs in partnership with the community school, its principal and pertinent staff members (i.e., Attendance School Aides).* Collaborate with the principal, SLT and CST to develop and oversee assets, as well as, needs and resource assessments; develop and cultivate strong relationships and seek input from teachers, school staff, parents and students to determine ongoing needs of students and their families.* Serve as a point person for agencies and programs interested in partnering with the school, and help to broker new partnerships that identify relevant service enhancements and expanded learning and enrichment opportunities aligned with community school goals and needs.* Work with the Parent Coordinator to ensure that families have meaningful opportunities to participate in the school; ensure full implementation of a transformative parent engagement initiative aligned with the CS strategy.* Identify high-need students; coordinate with partners and teachers to target interventions; track and monitor impact of interventions. Is expected that the CSD will lead attendance supports.* Assist with data collection, research and preparation of relevant data to inform decisions made by the principal, SLT and CST in meetings; develop and manage the implementation of action plans.* Establish protocols for ongoing and effective communication among key community players in the community school initiative, including local elected officials, administration and staff, as well as, CBOs and health services organizations, parents, volunteers, consultants and community members.* Oversee full implementation of the CS plan in partnership with the Principal and the SLT.* Identify evidence and research-based practices and/or partnerships that address priority areas for the school community strategy, which may include, but not limited to, the following:* Parent/Family Engagement* Community Engagement* Youth Development* Academic Rigor and Instructional Practices* Health, Mental Health, Tutoring, After-school Programming, Mentoring and early childhood.* Develop and implement ongoing mechanisms to illicit input from teachers, school staff, SLT members, parents and students to determine ongoing needs of students and their families.* Develop, maintain and publicize a schedule of programs/activities offered at the school.* Organize a community school forum to inform school partners about CS reforms, while guiding parents, students, CBO representatives and community residents on how they could actively and productively participate within the scope of the CS initiative.* Promote participation in community school forums and monthly SLT and CST meetings to ensure a strong community voice in the development and implementation of the CS plan.* Provide training and technical assistance to ensure cultural and linguistic appropriateness of service programs and communication efforts.* Assist school and partner agencies with resource management and development, including fund development and grant maintenance.Qualifications and Requirements:* LCSW or M.S. Ed. preferred; ability to skillfully work with a variety of stakeholders and possess an innate ability to "codeswitch" when communicating with students, parents, teachers, administrators, CBO personnel, community leaders and members.* Knowledge of Department of Education (DOE) systems and language and their impact on the community school initiative.* Master's degree in social work, education, health or related field, which includes seven years of administrative experience preferably as a project manager in programs that has various funding sources; or, B.A. in appropriate discipline and ten (10) years of experience as a project manager working with elementary school students.* Case management experience with a deep understanding of how a referral process can be implemented among teachers and partner programs.* Demonstrated work experience in building relationships to advance program goals and objectives, preferably in a youth development setting.* Ability to maintain calm during tense situations and negotiations with a strong ability to create consensus and persuade diverse constituents.* Demonstrated ability to manage complex budgets in excess of $500,000* Knowledge of language and cultures of program participants and their communities; ability to integrate this knowledge into service delivery. Bi-lingual skills (Spanish) highly preferred.* Systems thinker, data-driven decision-maker with data utilization know-how.* Proven ability to energize, motivate and engage parents in community school initiatives.* Excellent command of oral and written communications skills.* MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint proficiency.* Occasional Saturdays and evening hours will be required (as needed)* Salary commensurate with experience.At time of offer and acceptance, the job requires safety and security clearances through the Department of Education and Department of Health.New York Edge is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.Disclaimer: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
Associated topics: chief administrative officer, chief executive officer, director, director of finance, executive vice president, president, president and provost, provost, senior associate, vice president * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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