Jul 25, 2019

Community School Site Specialist

$50,966 - $56,131 yearly
  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Baltimore City Public Schools 200 E. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21202
Full-time Community Engagement and Outreach

Job Description

Job Summary 

Under the direction of the Office of Communications, Engagement, and Enrollment, the Community School Site Specialist will be responsible for facilitating the implementation of the community school strategy in a designated school. A Community School is created through a set of intentional partnerships among the school and other community resources that promote student achievement, positive conditions for learning, and the well-being of families and communities so that schools become the hubs of the community. In partnership with the school principal and broader school community, the community school coordinator will assess the needs of the designated community school and will form strategic school-community partnerships based on the identified needs to help eliminate barriers to academic success for students and families. Ideal candidates will demonstrate strong experience and capacity in the following core competency areas: planning, asset/resource mapping, stakeholder engagement, partnership development, relationship management, student and family support, family and community engagement, communications, and reporting.

Essential Functions 

  • Serves as liaison between school and external partners.
  • Raises awareness of partner resources.
  • Conducts needs assessments and match school’s needs with partner resources.
  • Facilitates communication, planning, and collaboration among partners.
  • In partnership with the school leadership team, school family council, student support teams, and external stakeholders, the coordinator will conduct periodic needs assessments and resource mapping for the school, students, and the community; and lead the development and implementation of the Community School Action Plan.
  • Integrates community school strategies with overall school goals (e.g., climate, attendance, behavior, and achievement).
  • Coordinates and promotes consistent opportunities for collaboration between and among school leadership, faculty, staff, students, families, and partners.
  • Cultivates new and strengthen existing school-community partnerships to leverage additional resources to address identified challenges that impact the school community in the areas of physical & mental health, family support, community engagement, academics/education and youth development.
  • Stewards relationships with partners by organizing and participating in regular partner meetings and other opportunities for information sharing and relationship building that foster shared ownership and responsibility.
  • Manages the service coordination of school-based supports, including the tracking and monitoring of data to support strategy implementation and evaluation.
  • Provides advisement to school leadership on the efficient use of resources to ensure fidelity in the process of creating and managing the community school implementation budget.
  • Serves as a liaison and connector for many different areas (family and community engagement, youth development, and strategic partnerships), including active membership and participation on school-based teams (e.g., student support team, school family council, attendance team, and school leadership team).
  • Builds awareness and expand the reach of the community school strategy in the identified school and surrounding community through strategic communications and community engagement efforts that work to elevate the stories and voice of the youth and families served by the school and community resources.

Desired Qualifications

  • Associate degree from an accredited college or institution required; Bachelor’s degree in education, health, social work, public policy, human services or related social sciences preferred.
  • At least two (2) years of successful experience working with urban public school systems, including development and implementation of youth development programs, community organizing, family engagement and/or education policy.
  • Knowledge and understanding of community school principles and national standards for success; with demonstrated experience cultivating academic partnerships for powerful learning experiences, creating integrated health and social supports, and authentically engaging families and communities for student and school success.
  • Experience developing and facilitating training, meetings, and/or professional development to expand the capacity of internal and external stakeholder groups.
  • Experience conducting needs assessments and using data to develop, implement, and adapt action plans and strategies.
  • Experience working in public school setting(s) in areas of concentrated poverty.
  • Experience managing multiple projects with competing priorities and ability to oversee a cadre of staff, partners, and volunteers.
  • Ability to write and communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to demonstrate inclusive and equitable practice in resource development using a racial equity frame to ground the work.
  • Capacity to develop effective working relationships with people from a variety of different ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual, and generational backgrounds to ensure the success of all children.

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