Job Title: Community School Director

Location: Greater Johnstown School District, Greater Johnstown Elementary School

The Director is responsible for the implementation of the Communities In Schools Community School model, through coordinated efforts with the principal, partners and leadership team.

What is a Community School?

A Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families, and communities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement data-driven interventions related to key priority areas which include: 1) Improving daily student attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism, 2) Increasing positive student behavior, 3) Increasing math and reading proficiency among students performing below grade level
  • Work to align programs, strategies, and events with the benchmarks of community schools
  • Engage parents/guardians through increased communication and family events
  • Promote the Community School model in public settings to seek additional and stronger program and business partnerships
  • Generate reports and share outcomes with stakeholders, Communities In Schools, the building principal, the school leadership team, and additional funders/donors/educators as requested by supervisor
  • Develop relationships and partnerships with neighborhood residents, community-based organizations, local businesses and communities of faith to support the goals of the leadership team and the key priority areas
  • Provide regular supervision for all assigned staff (when applicable) and volunteers to support the operation of the community school
  • Coordinate distribution of donated basic need items at the school site
  • Recruit, train and supervise school-based volunteers
  • Manage program budgets, grant funds or contributions received to support community school related activities
  • Participate in Core Team meetings and serve as lead of Leadership Team
  • Utilize Communities In Schools’ online data management system (CISDM) to gather, maintain and report on student academic, attendance behavioral success in school and offered programs
  • Submit reports, as directed, to Senior Director of Programs and Embedded Affiliates
  • Understand all policies and procedures of the assigned school site and school district
  • Participate in regular supervision and staff meetings as scheduled by Senior Director of Programs and Embedded Affiliates and school leadership
  • Attend CIS events/project events, as directed by Senior Director of Programs and Embedded Affiliates
  • Research and apply best practices from other Community Schools and Communities In Schools sites and from local and national educational and service programs
  • Serve as a well-informed ambassador in furthering the CIS mission, its goals, and programs

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, social services, education, or related field.
  • Master’s Degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 4-5 years of related experience working with youth, within public education or community-based organization.
  • Experience should reflect leadership in program management and delivery, collaboration, supervision, and evaluation.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.

Other Preferred/Required Knowledge and Skills

  • 4-5 years’ relevant experience within public education or a community-based organization.
  • The ability to work effectively with a broad range of representatives from public and private service organizations, public education, neighborhood organizations, parent groups, and local government.
  • Ability to work with diverse educational and social issues to assist students in achieving academically and socially.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with obtaining and tracking of information, as well as the use of data management systems.
  • Knowledge of local human service network and effective child behavior modification interventions.
  • Ability to manage details and work independently.
  • Flexibility, resourcefulness, enthusiasm, and high energy.
  • Clear criminal background check, FBI clearance, child abuse clearance, Mandated Reporter Training certificate and TB Testing required.

Position Structure

  • Full-time, 12-month position.
  • Standard schedule for full time is up to 40 hours per week.
  • Some weekend and evening work may be required.
  • A schedule may vary according to programmatic needs, events, and activities.
  • On-going employment in this capacity is dependent on the availability of funding.

Reports to: Senior Director of Programs

Reasonable Accommodation

Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania, Inc., will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.

Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job:

  • The employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk,
  • The employee may need to drive long distances,
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • The employee may need to use close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee will need to utilize basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, printers, fax machines, etc.

 

Interested applicants submit CISPA Employment Application, cover letter, resume and salary requirements via email to Shelly Grim, shelly@cisofpa.org.