Careers

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After School Coordinator

Position Summary:

Full-time school year position managing an after school program for middle school students to extend the learning day for homework help, life skills, enrichment experiences and extra support for core academics. The individual in this professional position will:

  • Plan and deliver developmentally appropriate activities consistent with the needs of program participants
  • Assess student needs
  • Supervise youth development staff
  • Collaborate with teachers and other staff

Position Qualifications:

    • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, child development or similar areas
    • Must meet requirements for child care licensing as a program director
    • Significant experience working with children, particularly young adolescents, with demonstrated knowledge and skill with that developmental level
    • Above average organizational and communication skills—listening, writing, speaking and interpreting
    • Previous supervisory experience preferred

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

If interested in being considered, please submit resumé and cover letter to Alonzo Demand (ademand@ciskalamazoo.org).  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

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IT Assistant – temporary, part-time

Position Summary:

This is a temporary, part-time position that will help the organization to develop a comprehensive picture of the technology available to and in use by CIS staff and deploy new technology that will increase the organization’s efficacy.  The individual will:

  • Assess technology available and in use by CIS staff and/or students at 20 schools and a central office, including:
    • Annual inventory
    • Documenting user-reported challenges or issues with the equipment, troubleshooting as able
    • Documenting operating system and other software installed on machines
    • Documenting log-in process for each machine
  • Assist with the deployment of tablets or similar technology, including providing technical assistance to end users and troubleshooting issues
  • Create user guides and/or other reference materials to use to train or assist staff in the use of technology available to them
  • Identify areas where technology could be used, or used differently, to improve work processes and assist in developing and piloting solutions

It is anticipated that this position will work 5 – 10 hours per week from January through April with the potential for additional hours in May – early June, if desired.

Position Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft products
  • Working knowledge of Apple products
  • Working knowledge of computer networks (design and administration) a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate complex information so that it can be easily understood by others both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills
  • Ability to identify and implement process improvements
  • Ability to travel to various locations across greater Kalamazoo

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

If interested in being considered, please submit resumé and cover letter to Colleen Loc (cloc@ciskalamazoo.org).  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

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Marketing & Events Assistant – temporary, part-time

Position Summary:

This is a temporary, part-time position that will support some of the organization’s marketing and fundraising activities and events during Winter-Spring 2018.  The individual will:

  • Work with CIS staff to create, schedule, and publish content on social media platforms, in line with the CIS brand and organizational goals
  • Update organization’s website as needed
  • Attend identified CIS events, activities, programs in the schools to capture photos and/or video for organization’s use in digital or print content
  • Carry out assigned responsibilities to assist CIS staff with tasks related to the organization’s annual Champs Celebration. Must be able to work on Wednesday, May 9 for the event.
  • Carry out other assigned responsibilities that support fundraising, marketing activities

This position will work an average of 7 – 10 hours per week from January to mid-May, with more hours anticipated in the spring.

Position Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Experience managing social media accounts, especially for an organization or group
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience with WordPress websites a plus
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite a plus
  • Ability to travel to various locations in the greater Kalamazoo area

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

If interested in being considered, please submit resumé and cover letter to Colleen Loc (cloc@ciskalamazoo.org).  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

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Senior Director of Site Services

Position Summary:

Senior leadership position within a Kalamazoo non-profit organization whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  Oversees and manages programs and services that impact over 11,000 children and youth, IN SCHOOLS, emphasizing whole-child needs and an integrated support model to assure academic achievement and college/career-ready graduation.

The position is responsible for a service delivery unit which is comprised of 140+ employees and an annual budget of $3 million.  Supervises and develops two Associate Directors as well as directly overseeing and supervising five coordinator-level positions.  Operates collaboratively with a team of other senior leaders in the organization

Position Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a human service area or education with several years of experience at the management/supervisory/leadership level.
  • Strong background in child/adolescent development and demonstrated ability to design and deliver complex service delivery systems that result in improved achievement, development and overall well-being.
  • Knowledge of and experience with public schools highly desirable.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Competitive salary and benefits.  Interviews will begin in early January.

 

If interested in being considered, please submit resumé and cover letter to Alonzo Demand (ademand@ciskalamazoo.org).  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

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Youth Development Worker, CIS Literacy Buddies after school program — Part-Time

Position Summary:

This position supports the CIS Literacy Buddies after school program and reports to the Program Coordinator.  The CIS Literacy Buddies after school program serves approximately 10 high school students and 20 elementary school students to provide them with additional support for the practice of literacy skills, homework completion, and opportunities to engage with pro-social and pro-education role models with the goal of improving students’ attendance, academics, and behavior.  This position will provide supervision for the high school student participants, beginning at 2:20 PM,  and will then assist the Program Coordinator with the implementation of program activities with all students until approximately 5:45 PM.   The program will be in session Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 6 – May 31.  This position will also support the required training for the high school students on February 1.  It is anticipated that this position will work an average of 7 hours per week during the program period.

Position Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older with high school diploma and relevant experience.  Post-secondary courses or credential/degree in relevant field strongly desired (i.e. Youth Development, Childcare Administration, Education, Recreation, etc.)  Reliable transportation.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

If interested in being considered, please submit resumé and cover letter to Colleen Loc (cloc@ciskalamazoo.org).

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Program Coordinator, CIS Literacy Buddies after school program — Part-Time

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for implementing the CIS Literacy Buddies after school program.  The CIS Literacy Buddies program serves approximately 10 high school students and 20 elementary school students to provide them with additional support for the practice of literacy skills, homework completion, and opportunities to engage with pro-social and pro-education role models with the goal of improving students’ attendance, academics, and behavior.  The Program Coordinator will supervise and implement planned activities with all program participants from approximately 3:45 – 5:45 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 6 – May 31, 2018, at Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary.   The Program Coordinator will also support the required training for the high school students on February 1.  It is anticipated that this position will work an average of 5 – 6 hours per week during the program period.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Manage student enrollment, transportation, attendance, student behavior
  • Supervise and support a Youth Development Worker, as well as enrichment providers and/or volunteers
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the CIS Site Coordinators for the high school and elementary school students, as well as other CIS staff
  • Serve as a representative of Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo in the school and support positive and effective relationships with all building stakeholders – principal, teachers, support staff, parents, etc.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in child development, human services, education, public administration, or related area
  • Experience working with youth
  • Supervisory and/or management experience highly desirable

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

If interested in being considered, please submit resumé and cover letter to Alonzo Demand (ademand@ciskalamazoo.org).  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

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Public Policy Associate, School-Based Health Initiative — Part-Time

Position Summary:

This position is a 20-24 month position with an average of 20 hours per week.  The position is responsible for developing a thorough understanding of the service delivery and reimbursement mechanisms for children’s behavioral health services within the state of Michigan, and specifically within Kalamazoo, for the purpose of determining gaps in access and intervention that compromise education achievement and success for Michigan’s children and youth.  This position will work closely with key stakeholders to develop and implement a strategy for modifying current state policy, resource allocations and practice that will improve education outcomes. The goal of this position is to improve the means by which children’s behavioral health services are accessed, delivered and reimbursed, focused on improved public education outcomes—attendance, behavior, academic performance and graduation.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Project Director and Project Implementation Team for the Michigan Health Endowment Fund School Based Mental Health Initiative for the purpose of receiving information “on the ground” of how access, service delivery and reimbursement currently works in Kalamazoo and to fully comprehend what barriers there are.Develop a comprehensive white paper on the need for easily accessible behavioral health services for school age children/youth in order to improve school achievement and graduation.
  • Develop a comprehensive analysis on the common and consistent barriers to accessing, receiving and paying for appropriate behavioral health services that effectively impact school success.
  • Effectively communicate with a wide range of key stakeholders on the behavioral health needs and service delivery and reimbursement barriers, including leaders and public officials in education, behavioral health, government, legislature, etc.
  • Develop a comprehensive white paper on the key, recommended components of an effective behavioral health delivery system, including reimbursement mechanisms and policies that have the specific purpose of improving educational success and graduation.
  • Develop a sound, sustainable advocacy strategy for the improvement of behavioral health services for school-age children/youth in Michigan.
  • Lead the implementation of the advocacy strategy.

Position Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in health or human service related area with knowledge/experience in public policy.
  • Exceptional communication skills—both verbal and written.
  • Advanced analytical skills and the demonstrated capacity to understand and represent the functioning of large institutions and/or systems of care, including reimbursement mechanisms and costing models

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Send cover letter and resumé to Alonzo Demand, ademand@ciskalamazoo.org. Interviews will begin in early November and continue until positions are filled.

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Youth Development WorkerCIS After School Program—Part-Time

Position Summary:

This is a part-time position working approximately 3.5 hours per day after school, Monday – Thursday with staff development on Friday (times vary by school) for an approximate total of 18 hours per week from September – June.  

The Youth Development Worker is responsible for providing delivery of CIS after school programming funded through the Michigan Department of Education (21st Century Community Learning Centers) at one of our eleven elementary and four secondary sites in the Kalamazoo Public Schools by creating and facilitating programming for students.  This position works closely with other youth development workers, instructional leads, and the CIS After School Coordinator to ensure that programming runs smoothly and is delivered in an effective manner on a daily basis, and reports directly to the CIS After School Coordinator.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Develop age-appropriate activities and/or clubs related to reading, writing, math, and CIS-selected themes.
  • Assist students with assigned homework.
  • Manage and address student behavior.
  • Serve as a positive role model for youth.
  • Support the college-going culture within the Kalamazoo community.
    Attend all mandatory trainings as required and other trainings upon availability.
  • Attend CIS meetings and other events as requested.
  • Monitor and comply with Michigan childcare regulations for compliance to maintain quality standards.
  • Participate in data evaluation and collection.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all CIS related information.
  • Participate in continuous program quality improvement.
  • Exhibit a commitment to the values expressed in CIS mission and vision.
  • Work effectively with the site team as well as volunteers and partners/providers.
  • May occasionally be asked to be a part of special groups (i.e., work groups) or standing committees.
  • May occasionally participate in community awareness and public relations activities.
  • Other duties as needed.

Position Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma with relevant experience required; post-secondary courses/degree in relevant field strongly desired (i.e. Youth Development, Childcare Administration, Education, Recreation, etc.)
  • Strong appreciation for candidates with math and/or literacy backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience working in youth development program(s).
  • Ability to interpret, comprehend and transmit complex and detailed instructions.
  • Ability to pay close attention to and manage details while maintaining a focus on the big picture.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and work independently as well as produce work in a timely manner.
  • Knowledge of Child Care Licensing Rules and the MDE 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills.
  • Understands and embraces diversity and inclusiveness in thought, word, and actions. Exemplifies these values.

Compensation begins at $10.00 per hour.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Position will remain open until filled.  Please submit a letter of introduction and a current resumé to: cloc@ciskalamazoo.org.

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Site Coordinator —Part-Time

Position Summary:

The Site Coordinator is responsible for implementing the Communities In Schools (CIS) Integrated Student Services (ISS) model within the designated school building, including collaborating with the CIS After School Program when applicable.  The position oversees and manages resources and strategies designed to improve student success in school as measure by proficiency in academics, behavior and school day attendance. The position fulfills the responsibilities of the Title I Resource Coordinator position where applicable. The position manages and supports a site team (VISTA, interns) and designated community resource providers and volunteers to achieve CIS goals and implement a building site operations plans. S/he connects the right resources to the right students at the right time to meet school-wide and student specific needs.

The Site Coordinator is among the primary representatives of CIS within their building and is responsible for assuring effective relationships with all building stakeholders—principal, teachers, support staff, parents, etc. S/he collaborates with other CIS staff within the building, including the After School Coordinator when applicable and school staff to ensure that effective Tier 1 (school-wide) and Tier 2 & Tier 3 (individual student) services are in place to effectively address to student needs. The SC provides case management services to designated students and fulfills all requirements associated with that role.

The Site Coordinator is the internal bridge builder within the school, making connections between students and resources, parents and resources, teachers and providers, etc.  The Site Coordinator engages parents to assure that students are able to receive maximum support for success. This position provides competent leadership for integrating the site’s academic and extended day strategies that result in optimal impact on school-wide and individual student outcomes.  The Site Coordinator works with the entire CIS team, the site team, school personnel, parents, volunteers, and community provider organizations to implement the ISS model.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in child development, social work, public administration, education or related area plus a minimum of two years of experience working with children, adolescents and families and a well-developed knowledge base on the needs/issues of children and families. Master’s degree helpful. Supervisory and/or management experience highly desirable. Required communication skills may include being bi-lingual (Spanish -listening, interpreting, speaking, and writing) – for an elementary site.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Position will remain open until filled.  Please submit a letter of introduction and a current resumé to Alonzo Demand (ademand@ciskalamazoo.org).  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

 

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Senior Site Coordinator

Position Summary:

The Senior Site Coordinator (SSC) is responsible for implementing the Communities In Schools (CIS) Integrated Student Services (ISS) model within the designated secondary school building.  The position assesses students’ needs, develops both building-level and individual student plans to address those needs to remove obstacles to student success.  The SSC develops, oversees and manages resources and strategies to improve student success in school and in life as measure by proficiency in academics, behavior and school day attendance.  The position coordinates and supports a site team (including interns, designated community resource providers and volunteers) to achieve CIS goals and implement a building site operations plan. S/he connects the right resources to the right students at the right time to meet school-wide and student specific needs and monitors and adjusts plans based on progress assessments.

The Senior Site Coordinator is a primary representative of CIS within his/her building and is responsible for assuring effective relationships with all building stakeholders—principal, teachers, support staff, parents, etc. S/he collaborates with other CIS staff within the building, including the After-School Coordinator when applicable and school staff to ensure that effective Tier I (school-wide) and Tier II & III (individual student) services are in place to effectively address to student needs. The SC provides case management services to designated students and fulfills all requirements associated with that role.

The SSC is the internal bridge builder within the school, making connections between students and resources, parents and resources, teachers and providers, etc.  The SSC engages parents to assure that students are able to receive maximum support for success. The SSC provides competent leadership for integrating the site’s academic and extended day strategies that result in optimal impact on school-wide and individual student outcomes.  The SSC provides leadership to internal and external stakeholders on behalf of CIS to implement the Integrated Student Services model.

This is a full-time, school-year (43 weeks) position.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate human service area such as social work that affords the appropriate training in assessment, child and adolescent development and appropriate interventions preferred with at least two years of relevant experience.  Equivalent education and training will be considered.
  • Supervisory and/or management experience highly desirable.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Position will remain open until filled.  Please submit a letter of introduction and a resumé to Alonzo Demand (ademand@ciskalamazoo.org).  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

 

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Executive Assistant —Full-Time

 Position Summary:

Full-time year-round position that is shared among members of the senior leadership team of CIS, working approximately half-time to support the Board of CIS and its Executive Director and the remaining time in support of the senior leadership team comprised of five senior directors in site services, development and business engagement, finance, hr and facilities, community engagement and student investment and quality and evaluation.  This position provides high-level, organizational support to the leadership of a complex organization and is responsible for maximizing productivity, continuity and capacity-building for the governance and leadership activities of the organization.  Develops and implements systems to assure organization and access to information.  Able to represent the Executive Director and other senior leaders in preliminary requests, able to solve basic problems and convey information to internal and external audiences, such as staff, Board members and community partners.

Working Conditions: 

Typical office working conditions, where there is no physical discomfort due to temperature, dust, noise, and the like. Some lifting required for obtaining, transporting, and storing office supplies and equipment, 15 pounds. The ability to work independently and perform word-processing, data input, compiling reports, generating correspondence, and the operation of other office equipment required. Requires driving between locations—school settings, agency settings, businesses; Michigan driver’s license and the availability of a vehicle required with the capacity to obtain automobile insurance and adequate coverage.  Must be able to work occasional evenings, weekends, and/or early mornings in order to cover work responsibilities. Must complete requirements for a criminal background check.  Must be able to regularly observe students and other staff, as well as the ability to hear questions and comments from a variety of stakeholders giving and seeking information.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides comprehensive administrative and organizational support for the leadership of Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo, including the governing board, the Executive Director and up to five senior directors, with responsibility for developing, managing and storing systems of information, such as student records, board governance, legal documents, historical records of the organizations, correspondence, reports, etc.
  • Maximizes the productivity of the Executive Director and Senior Directors by handling routine communication and problem-solving, scheduling and internal/external coordination of activities. Able to sustain organizational routines in the absence of the leadership and work independently.
  • Supports all Board governance functions including Board meetings, Committee meetings and special events, providing scheduling, room and food arrangements, agendas and other advance information, meeting summaries, etc.
  • Coordinates the specialized needs for support with other staff, including assistance with special projects in marketing, accounts payable/receivable, events management, mailings, reporting, etc.
  • Develops and maintains an advanced understanding of how the organization works, including relevant history, procedures, work cultures and work styles. Makes recommendations for continuous improvements in supporting the management, communication, coordination and maintenance of information. Uses up-to-date technology (hardware and software) to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Able to maintain a very brisk work pace, managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously with advanced capacity to work in an open environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Effectively utilizes standard office technology, both hardware and software including word processing, data bases, electronic mail and other software supporting presentations and publications.
  • Consistently demonstrates significantly above average communication abilities in listening, speaking, writing, understanding and transmitting complex information. Able to accurately and completely summarize, report, interpret and convey information from a variety of media, including meetings, telephone calls, written documents, etc.
  • Understands the sensitivity and need for confidentiality and discretion and consistently demonstrates the capacity to maintain privacy and mature judgment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal relationship skills and a strong customer service orientation, inspiring confidence in his/her capabilities, judgment and work ethic.
  • Consistently demonstrates the value of diversity in word, thought and deed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

Seasoned executive office professional with several years of progressively more responsible administrative support for individuals in leadership positions. Previous experience in a not-for-profit or service or education setting desirable, with brisk work pace and multiple, complex demands.  At least some college or the equivalent required; Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • Requires experience with Microsoft Windows or similar operating system, including use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Microsoft Publisher: knowledge of Microsoft Access highly desirable. Experience with other data base software and demonstrated capacity to use the software for data entry, data analysis and reporting.
  • Sound math skills and experience with office-based computation functions. Experience with databases and with the ability to produce tracking reports in an understandable manner—graphs, charts, analyses, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills required, including oral, written, and interpersonal skills to interact with leadership, public, co-workers, volunteers, clients, and others. Ability to independently develop routine reports and correspondence.
  • Mature judgment, integrity and reliability and the ability to manage shifting demands and priorities in a calm, effective manner. Ability to take initiative to complete tasks independently and/or to seek direction or clarification when needed.
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and transmit written or verbal detailed and complex instructions in order to plan and perform job responsibilities according to deadlines and other requirements.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Position will remain open until filled.  Please submit a letter of introduction and a current resumé to Alonzo Demand (ademand@ciskalamazoo.org).  To help ensure your submission is received, please either email your materials as a PDF and/or do not include the word “resumé” in your email subject line.

 

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