Careers

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Success Coach—Full Time

Position Summary:

Responsible for the provision of case management services to specific targeted students identified as having key risk factors for school failure and dropping out.  The designated risk factors are: missing 10 or more days of school; failing at least one core class; at least one school suspension; and a grade point average of less than 2.5; students may have one or more of the risk factors.  Case management services include: a comprehensive assessment of student needs; the development of an individual service plan with the student to address priority needs; linking or connecting the student to services to address needs specified in the service plan; monitoring student progress and making adjustments in services as warranted; advocating for services not readily accessed; and evaluating the impact of services on desired outcomes (attendance, behavior, academic achievement and graduation). The Coach position works predominantly in a school setting where access to students is greatest; s/he may conduct home visits in order to have contact with parents and other family members and observe students’ home settings. The goal is for students to view the Coach as a consistent adult who is there to understand his/her comprehensive needs and to secure support services to remediate the needs and build student assets.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assessment of student assets and needs
  • Development and implementation of individualized service plans with students and their parents/guardians
  • Connecting/linking students to appropriate service providers identified in plan and reflective of their needs, assets and priorities.
  • Monitoring student progress and making service adjustments based on progress assessment.
  • Evaluate impact of services on student outcomes.
  • Collaborate and coordinate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.

Position Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of childhood and adolescent development and exceptional skill in interacting with K-12 students of all ages, gender, race/cultural identity, sexual orientation and gender identification.
  • Significantly above average organizational skills and the capacity to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Exceptional communication skills—verbal, listening, writing and interpreting. The capacity to understand and convey complex information in an understandable manner.
  • Advanced interpersonal relationship skills and the capacity to form effective connections with diverse individuals and organizations.
  • Experience, knowledge and demonstrated skill in conducting and writing up assessments, both free-form and standardized.
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or a related professional area, particularly one that emphasizes assessment as the basis for planned intervention. Previous experience in a relevant practice setting required. Master’s degree with experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently without direct ongoing supervision; experience working in a host setting (a setting managed by an entity other than the employer). Capacity to respond effectively to the concerns and preferences of a person in charge other than the supervisor (e.g. the building principal).
  • Capacity to maintain focus and discipline on accomplishing specific, key accountabilities while remaining adaptive and flexible.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a cover letter and current resumé for consideration to:  cloc@ciskalamazoo.org.

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Youth Development Worker—Part Time

Position Summary:

This position provides delivery of Communities In Schools After School Program is funded through the Michigan Department of Education (21st Century Community Learning Centers) at eleven elementary and four middle school sites in the Kalamazoo Public Schools.

A Youth Development Worker can expect to work approximately 3.5 hours per day Monday through Thursday from September until June.  Staff development or meetings may be required on Fridays.  The beginning rate of pay for this position is $9.00 per hour.  This position reports directly to the After School Coordinator.

Position Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Responsible for participating in data evaluation and collection.
  • Assist with and participate in continuous program quality improvement.
  • 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 related to the CIS After School Program 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.

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.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a cover letter and current resumé for consideration to:  cloc@ciskalamazoo.org.

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