Community School Director

The Community School Director (CSD) is responsible for the implementation of the Communities In Schools Community School model at Fulton Elementary School in the School District of Lancaster.  The CSD achieves this through coordinated efforts with the school building leadership team, CISPA leadership, community partners, students, and families.

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 diverse range of supports to children, youth, families, and communities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement data-driven interventions related to key priority areas which include, but are not limited to: improving daily student attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism, increasing positive student behavior, increasing parent and family engagement.
  • Work to align programs, strategies, and events with the benchmarks of community schools
  • Promote the Community School model in public settings to seek additional and stronger program and business partnerships
  • Generate reports and share outcomes with stakeholders, including CISPA, the building principal, the school leadership team, district employees and leadership, and other stakeholders
  • Develop relationships and partnerships with neighborhood residents, community-based organizations, local businesses and communities of faith to support the goals of the School Support Plan
  • Coordinate distribution of donated basic need items at the school site
  • Recruit, train and supervise school-based volunteers
  • Utilize Communities In Schools’ on-line 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
  • Participate in regular supervision and staff meetings as scheduled both CISPA and school/district leadership
  • Attend monthly supervision meetings with CISPA’s Executive Director as well as the school district’s leadership, as requested
  • Work collaboratively with other CISPA affiliate staff as well as school district staff and officials to further the community school movement
  • Serve as a well-informed and professional ambassador of both Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania and the School District of Lancaster

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.

Other Preferred/Required Knowledge and Skills

  • 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 ability to work independently
  • Clear criminal background check, FBI clearance, child abuse clearance, Mandated Reporter Training certificate and TB Testing required.

Position Structure

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

Reports to: Executive Director

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 Jessica Knapp,