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Communities in Schools of Memphis: High School Graduation Specialist

About Communities In Schools of Memphis

The mission of Communities In Schools of Memphis (CIS of Memphis) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The vision of CIS of Memphis is to strengthen our communities by addressing non-academic barriers to ensure schools have equitable access to services and interventions, empowering students to graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary opportunities. The organization’s core values are passion, diversity, innovation, community and integrity.

At CIS of Memphis, we are “all-in” for kids. It is our passion – it is our mission. At CIS of Memphis, we partner with Shelby County Schools, the Achievement School District, Charter Management Organizations, and Independent Charter Schools, to provide tailored resources and create communities of caring adults who work hand-in-hand with educators to make sure young people have the tools they need to stay in school and achieve in life.

Through the implementation of our evidence based model of Integrated Student Supports, this school year we expect to connect approximately 12,000 students in 30 schools to targeted interventions and services by bringing community resources into schools, thus mitigating and eliminating non-academic barriers to student achievement. CIS of Memphis embeds full-time Student Support Specialists in schools to individually case manage students as well as connect the whole school to services. We achieve this mission by hiring bright, creative, and innovative team members who have a passion for what we do. Going forward, the organization is preparing to deepen its reach and impact and to thrive amid a resulting period of significant organizational growth. At CIS of Memphis, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer for the benefit of our employees and community. Being smart and good at what you do is all that matters.

Brief Job Summary:

CIS of Memphis is hiring a High School Graduation Specialist in January/February 2020 to join our team for school based work in a High School setting. The High School Graduation Specialist will be responsible for overall planning, managing and implementing of the Communities In Schools Integrated Student Support Services Program Model at a school-based site. We are looking for passionate individuals who want to work with adults and students in a school environment. Bring your passion, entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic, and strong concern for the needs of children, youth, and their families to our team!

Communities In Schools of Memphis’ High School Graduation Theory of Change

By supporting the development of strong relationships focused on building strong social, emotional, and academic competencies for young people, Communities In Schools of Memphis (CISM) will significantly improve attendance, behavior, and course performance for students. These focused and intentional activities and practices guide the CISM and larger CIS network to our intended outcomes – to increase the number of students graduating from high school and ensures that students are equipped for college, career, and civic engagement. The future evolution of CISM’s work is to fulfill the second and final part of ensuring our students are achieving in life. Our CISM High School Graduation Specialist execution of the effective practices core to our model will facilitate CISM students to be college and career ready and engaged as positive citizens throughout their communities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a CISM High School Graduation Specialist

Coordinate and lead the delivery of evidence-based services based on best practices and risk-factor research. Targeted and sustained services will be coordinated and provided at the school site for specific 10th and 11th grade students. The Graduation Specialist will work in partnership with the CISM College and Career Specialist assigned to the same High School to achieve High School Graduation goals and post-secondary outcomes.
Provide ongoing case management and direct support for students, including goal setting and individual/group sessions. This also involves some opportunities for individual, intensive support services.
Lead the annual needs assessment process. This process will be based on multiple data sources including data collected by school districts, county and schools as part of overall Opportunity Youth initiatives; surveys and discussions with staff, parents and students.
Assist students with identifying personal interests and life goals by administering aptitude tests
Incorporate various methods to provide basic skills remediation for students; tutoring and study skills training that will lead to literacy and math skill development.
Provide students with an opportunity to explore careers and understand labor market information, using a variety of career exploration tools and experiences
Successful candidates possess the following skills and competencies:

Has passion for, sensitivity to, and strong concern for the needs of children, youth, and their families
Possesses high level interpersonal and communications skills; high degree of comfort relating to diverse ethnic populations and audiences
Embraces metrics and data-driven reporting to share and promote the success of CIS programs
Possesses the integrity and determination to work both independently and as a member of a team, willingly asks for help when needed
Is curious about best practices in integrated student services and persistent in adapting and adjusting CIS programs as new trends emerge
Applies basic child and adolescent development principles utilizing a trauma-informed lens;
Has experience with restorative practices, school-level attendance and behavior improvement strategies and student-centered supports
Takes initiative and is innovative
Manages multiple tasks effectively and remains focused across a variety of priorities
Thinks strategically and work toward practical goals and outcomes
Possesses the flexibility to accommodate evolving and unanticipated needs of a start-up project
Has solution-oriented abilities to navigate complex school environments
Is detail-oriented and committed to follow-up and follow-through
Has solid computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as database experience.
Education/Prior Experience:

Bachelor in Counseling/Psychology, Youth Development or Education, with a preference for Masters level Career Counseling/Psychology degree
Demonstrated relevant work or volunteer experience in education, social services, mental health or a related field desired
Knowledge of the CIS philosophy, process, history, and network a plus
Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Competitive Salary Range for the position: 38k – 48k
Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
Retirement Plan (401k with Employer Matching)
Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
Target Hire Date: January/February 2020

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