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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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Marketing Coordinator—Full-Time

Position Summary:

Provides diverse marketing and communications support for Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS) in an independent setting to assure the long-term sustainability of the organization.  Primary duties include understanding the organization’s target audiences, creating relevant and compelling messaging for those audiences, and delivering that message through a variety of communications channel with the goals of increasing awareness of CIS and increasing engagement in CIS’ mission.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities

  • Assist with the development and implementation of the organization’s marketing, communications, and public relations strategies as set with the Board of Directors’ Marketing Committee, Executive Director, and Senior Director of Development & Business Engagement
  • Develop and maintain an editorial calendar for the organization
  • Create, produce and distribute original content through multiple channels, including layout, design, copywriting, editing, proofing, photography, in conformity with CIS graphics and branding standards and ensuring consistent look, style, and feel
  • Maintain knowledge of and implement best practices for writing, designing, and delivering content given the communication channel and track performance indicators/metrics for the channel
  • Manage organization’s website and social media.  Track website and social media metrics and provide analysis of findings and recommendations
  • Provide counsel and technical assistance to all staff on branding, marketing, communications and public relations.
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement assigned events that increase awareness of the organization and its mission, raise funding or other support for the organization, or strengthen relationships with stakeholders.  Represent CIS at assigned events, meetings as needed
  • Cultivate media interest in the organization, including developing relationships with target media and ensuring appropriate and timely response to requests

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, creative writing, English, or related area.  Previous experience in marketing, communications, or related area, especially in the nonprofit or public sector, strongly preferred
  • Prior graphic design and copywriting experience
  • Strong preference for photography and/or videography skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and common social media platforms, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.  Previous experience with website management and Google Analytics a plus
  • Strong project management skills with ability to work independently with limited supervision, meet deadlines, anticipate quickly changing needs, and exercise good judgment
  • Demonstrates exceptional organizational abilities including prioritizing among multiple tasks, maintaining an effective work-flow across a week, month or other period. Able to function independently in a setting where other staff is in and out and not always immediately available
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.  Ability to function as a member of a team and interact with various stakeholders.  Excellent command of the English language, including speaking, writing, grammar, spelling, etc.
  • Interacts effectively over the telephone, face-to-face or via email with a variety of CIS stakeholders including students, families, Board members, businesses, donors, etc.  Strong customer service orientation and the ability to form trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of constituents.
  • Demonstrates the ability to interact in a positive and helpful manner with all customers both internally and externally.  Reflects commitment to building a supportive work environment and maintains a positive attitude at the work place and toward his/her job.  Demonstrates strong teamwork knowledge and behavior.
  • Exhibits a commitment to the values expressed in CIS mission and vision and creates and maintains a positive CIS image
  • Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and/or early mornings in order to cover work responsibilities
  • Ability to drive plus the availability of an insured vehicle

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 resume to: ademand@ciskalamazoo.org.

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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 resume 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 resume to: ademand@ciskalamazoo.org.

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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 resume to: ademand@ciskalamazoo.org.

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