FHI 360 is seeking an innovative professional for the role of Community School Director to organize and support the day-to-day responsibilities of implementing a community school model at David Paterson Elementary School in Hempstead, LI. The approach calls for an assessment of the academic, socio-emotional, and physical strengths and needs of student, a review of the existing supports and interventions, and the development of a school-wide community school plan. The Community School Director will become part of the school community in order to collaborate with and support the principal, school staff, the community engagement team, parents, partners, and members of the community by initiating, facilitating, and maintaining programs and strategies that help the school set and meet an integrated vision and goals of becoming a community school. The Community School Director will be based at the school, but will be part of the FHI 360’s Schools US Education department.
Responsibilities and Principle Activities:
- FHI 360 seeks a full-time Community School Director to carry out the key responsibilities of the Community Schools approach. Principle activities include:
- Communication and Relationship Building
- Connect with the school community through meetings and a variety of communication channels.
- Foster strong relationships with teachers and school support staff and regular collaboration with these groups to support the transition to a community school.
- Develop strong relationships with families and students. Conduct outreach and help facilitate the referral process to available resources. Help families/caregivers to understand and support relevant academic, social, emotional, and developmental supports.
- Help ensure that all students are connected to a range of prevention, intervention, and support services that address their physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development.
- Serve as a liaison for agencies and programs interested in partnering with the school, and help broker new partnerships that help to meet the identified needs of students, families, and the school.
- Build relationships and mechanisms to effectively link the school day to extended day learning opportunities and afterschool programs.
- Coordinate programs offered by afterschool providers, mental health providers, family programs, health clinics and supports (including vision, dental, etc.), parent education, etc.
- Participate in monthly Community Schools meetings.
- Support universal tier 1 interventions such as: positive youth development and the implementation of the Developmental Asset Profile Survey (DAP) survey, etc.
- Be a family engagement champion by coordinating ongoing outreach and communications.
Data Based Supports
- Support a collaborative community assessment to determine ongoing needs of students and families.
- Work with data specialist to analyze the implementation of the model and the delivery of services. Research and prepare relevant data to bring to meetings as evidence of what is working, where challenges need to be addressed, and what next steps should be taken.
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree and 5-8 years experience working in a school or youth development environment, in particular with urban public schools and urban youth.
- Strong administrative skills.
- A Master’s degree in School Counseling or Social Work, or LCSW / LMSW, or a Master’s degree in Education or other related field may be a good fit, but not a requirement for the position.
- Awareness of culturally competent practices and a deep knowledge of and connection with the school community.
- Ability to engage and connect with parents and families.
- Ability to work effectively with middle school youth, families, and communities from a wide range of cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.
- Comfort both in working alone and collaboratively, with strong relationship building skills.
- Willingness and flexibility to work evenings and weekends, as school and community events require.
- A self-starter, visionary leader, who can also manage and coordinate many projects at one time.
- Knowledge of youth development theories, and experience working to nurture and develop youth, especially around their social, emotional, and academic development.
- Highly effective written and oral communication skills. Expertise with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Prezi, and other productivity and communication tools.
- Facility with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and the ability to present data in meaningful ways.
- Familiarity with available student support services.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Fingerprinting and background clearances will be a requirement.