COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF MID-AMERICA
At Communities In Schools of Mid-America we do whatever it takes to help students overcome barriers to school success caused by low-income, poverty or other risk factors. We approach this challenge with a focus on teamwork and collaboration built on the strengths of our dedicated staff members. If you would like to know more about being part of the CIS of Mid-America team, take a look at our current career opportunities below or contact us.
1ST OPEN POSITION:
Affiliate Development Specialist
Communities In Schools of Mid-America (CIS of Mid-America) is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve as Affiliate Development Specialist for the CIS of Mid-America State Office. The VISTA member will be responsible for the growth and enhancement of state office core program development, alternative services program development, and resource development efforts through fund identification and departmental capacity building in order to expand quality services to students within the CIS of Mid-America network. Activities would include: research, design, and implementation of projects in CIS of Mid-America core programming that will benefit the entire affiliate; collaboration with resource development in identifying funding sources and grant writing, enriching donor programs, providing checks and balances in organizational marketing, and data clean-up; creating engagement opportunities in alternative services, researching and evaluating alternative community-based programs, and expand new strategies focused on alumni engagement. The VISTA member would serve from the CIS of Mid-America State Office in Lawrence, KS and would work with the entire CIS of Mid-America network (Northeast, Central, Mid, Southwest, and Southeast, KS as well as Kansas City, MO, Tulsa, OK, and Iowa).
2ND OPEN POSITION:
Parsons or Pittsburg, KS
Communities In Schools of Mid-America (CIS of Mid-America) is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve as Operations Coordinator for Southeast Kansas. The VISTA member will be responsible for the growth and development of systems within resource development, community awareness and engagement, and program development in order to expand quality services to students within the CIS of Mid-America network. Activities would include: research, creating site/community profiles detailing resource gaps, cultivation of local donors, representing the affiliate at relevant community events and meetings, pursuing local community provider/volunteer source partnerships for events, and evaluating current program development and implementation. The VISTA member would serve from the CIS of Mid-America Southeast Kansas Area office in Parsons or Pittsburg, KS and work throughout the Southeast Kansas region (Parsons, Pittsburg, Fort Scott, and Chanute, KS). For more information or to apply for this position, contact Sophie Archuleta at Sophie.Archuleta@cismidamerica.org. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and three references.
Tulsa Choice Neighborhood Project
Reports to: Tulsa Metro Director, Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc.
The CIS (Communities In Schools) Education Specialist provides oversight and implementation of selected initiatives and activities related to education in the Eugene Field neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma in partnership and close collaboration with the Urban Strategies, Inc. team and in accordance with the FY2017 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation (CNI) Grant for the transformation of the Eugene Fields neighborhood. This includes all education strategies across the continuum from early childhood to adult education. Each education strategy may consist of multiple programs and activities designed to direct new and innovative Human Capital building programs into distressed urban core neighborhoods and to improve the ability of low-income residents to become more self-sufficient. Specific job duties include:
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Coordinate Services for Students and Families
• Create a Results Count Annual Action Plan that is informed by data and used to serve as the road map for local education planning and work coordination
• Develop and submit weekly work plans for accountability
• Build partnerships based on data, create and implement education tactics designed to advance Urban Strategies national education strategies, performance measures and indicators
• Provide regular reports as assigned to endure HUD and Urban Strategies reporting compliance
• Identify ad track targeted children 0-18 and adults, include them in LEARN and other tracking systems to monitor their educational progress
• Collect or confirm a FERPA on each child enrolled in Case Management that will be effective for the duration of the CNI grant period
• Serve as an expert on the needs of target children and families to inform the development grant applications and special initiatives
• Coordinate and collaborate with CIS Site Coordinators at Eugene Field feeder schools and CIS Tulsa Metro leadership to build successful educational partnerships, track leverage and regularly convene partners to share data, learn about partner’s work, align resources and contributions and collaborate on special initiatives, as appropriate
• Develop and maintain, in collaboration with CIS Tulsa staff, an updated Educational Resource Portfolio in a digital format separated out by services for youth and adults that can be used by CNI Case Managers, CIS staff and families
• Represent Urban Strategies at local meetings, take notes and write up reports to share learning and points of connection
• Work with CIS Tulsa Metro Director to troubleshoot education related matters as needed
• Meet regularly with CNI Case Managers to ensure that all job related duties are aligned and provide coaching as needed
• Participate in CIS Tulsa Team meetings on a regular basis to ensure that all job related duties are aligned and that collaboration and coordination are in place for effective and efficient functioning and provision of services
• Work with parents or guardians to endure that children and youth enroll in, and have a full access to opportunities to succeed in school. This includes providing referrals and tracking service connections
• Secure in formation about school choice opportunities, make it readily available, and assist families in navigating the various options so that parents and guardians can make informed decisions about what is best for their child (ren)
• Ensure the education data integrity within LEARN and facilitate the documentation of stories to support outcomes
• Coordinate with CIS staff to provide service provision and outcome data from LEARN that is relevant to and necessary for CIS
• Maintain connections with families and students on CNI caseloads and provide coordination and connection to education related services during the summer months.
• Educate CIS Team and serve as liaison for the CNI Grant with CIS staff
• Promote cooperation and collaboration of the CIS team with school staff and administration, the Urban Strategies, Inc. team and the CIS management team
• Maintain communication with the CIS management team and school staff
NONESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Other duties as assigned by Supervisor
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Experience in working with schools and/or at-risk students, program implementation and administration, volunteer training, case management and proven leadership skills. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with school administrators, personnel, students, parents and the public. Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
Bachelor’s Degree in social work, education, public administration, or related field, at least three years of work experience demonstrating the ability to manage all aspects of a project AND at least two years of experience administering complex contracts or grants required. Master's Degree (MSW or similar) preferred. Spanish fluency preferred (if applicable).
Work Environment Office/School/Community
Lifting Requirement 25 pounds
Travel Requirements Occasional travel, including training, home visits and field trips, etc.
Valid driver’s license
Pass various background checks
The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
OTHER POSITION INFORMATION:
Other position requirements:
• A passion for community building and ability to share that enthusiasm with residents, staff and the larger community
• Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to analyze and synthesize large amounts of detailed information an communicate key points in a concise manner
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and desktop publishing software; proficiency in SPSS or other data analysis software is a plus
• Strong interest in social entrepreneurship
• Ability to function as part of a cross-disciplinary team
• Ability to hold privileged information in a professional and confidential manner
• Flexibility to attend evening and weekend functions and to travel occasionally as required
Direct Budget No
Indirect Budget Yes
Major System (MIS) or Process Responsibility:
• LEARN Choice Neighborhood Grant data system
As a staff member of Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc. you are a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect as outlined in the employee handbook. Failure to properly report to the appropriate child welfare authority and your supervisor can result in disciplinary actions up to and including termination. See Mandated Reporter Policy in the Employee Personnel Manual for specific details.
The duties and responsibilities of this position are subject to change without prior notice.
To submit an application:
Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be required to pass state and NSOPR background checks prior to hiring. Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
OPERATIONS Coordinator - Kansas City, MO
Communities In Schools of Mid-America (CIS of Mid-America) is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve as Operations Coordinator for Kansas City, Missouri The VISTA member will be responsible for developing systems for resource development, community awareness and engagement, and program development in order to expand quality services to students within the CIS of Mid-America network. Activities would include: research, creating site/community profiles detailing resource gaps, cultivating of local donors, representing the affiliate at relevant community events and meetings, pursuing local community provider/volunteer source partnerships for events, and evaluating current program development and implementation. The VISTA member would serve from the CIS of Mid-America Kansas City, Missouri area office in Kansas City, MO and work throughout the Kansas City Metro region.