Position Status: Full time, total of 1700 Service Hours, 40 hours weekly
Duration: 10.5 month service term, August 16, 2019 – June 30, 2020, may vary according to CIS site location
Location: Whatcom-Skagit County (Locations in Mount Vernon, Bellingham, and Blaine)
Reports to: CIS Affiliate Executive Director and Program Manager
Benefits: Health insurance, student loan deferment, subsidized childcare (if qualified)
Stipend: $14,150 annual living allowance
Upon completion of service: $6,095 Education Award
Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. By bringing community resources into the schools to address children’s unmet needs, Communities In Schools provides the link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to teach, and students – many in jeopardy of dropping out – have the opportunity to focus on learning.
Communities in Schools of Washington has several AmeriCorps positions open for the 2019-20 academic year, serving at both elementary and middle schools in Whatcom and Skagit counties. The AmeriCorps Site Coordinator will serve at a designated site alongside a CIS Site Coordinator.
With CIS Site Coordinators, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the CIS model of integrated student supports in designated school sites. This school-based position identifies, coordinates, and engages students and families with community resources to address the identified needs of students and their families and through developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive activities and social/emotional supports.
• Support Site Coordinator in the development of a school support plan with measurable objectives, strategies for delivering and monitoring school-wide and targeted services, and evaluation of impacts and reporting to internal and external audiences.
• Lead and coordinate site plan strategies to deliver evidence-based, accessible school-wide services for students experiencing barriers to academic success.
• Provide direct support services to targeted students and their families to address the school needs of their student(s) with a case load of approximately 45 students.
• Increase parental engagement and involvement through outreach and coordination of individual meetings and school-wide events related to needs, interests, and concerns of parents and staff.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of school-wide and targeted strategies through a systematic data collection process reporting on families and students supported.
• Support CIS resource development and communications by providing content for grant proposals, marketing opportunities, and hosting site visits as required.
• Coordinate service delivery and activities and serve as a communication conduit with collaborating agencies to gather/exchange information and build partnerships.
• Work closely with school staff to coordinate a team approach to address the social and emotional needs of students experiencing barriers to succeeding in school.
• Promote cultural diversity and inclusion for ALL students and families, with special emphasis on activities that promote belonging, cross-cultural interfacing, and overlapping goals and aspirations among students and their families.
• Attend trainings, participate in committee work, and other CIS of Whatcom-Skagit initiatives that strengthen the framework and approach of the entire CIS of Washington network.
· Minimum of 18 years old at the start of service.
· U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
· Pass criminal history checks (NSOPR, State criminal history and FBI fingerprint).
· Bachelor or Associate’s Degree, preferably in the areas of social service, education, youth development, public administration or a related field. Prior volunteer or work experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
· Strong computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and email software.
· Access to reliable transportation, a Valid Driver’s license and proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage is preferred to support a successful member experience. May be required at some service locations if public transportation is limited and does not support activities of member position description.
· Experience working with children, youth and families. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school staff, students, parents, community representatives and the general public.
· Strong verbal and written communication skills.
· Excellent coordination, organization and time management skills.
· Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
· Flexibility and collaborative spirit.
· Strong initiative and drive to complete tasks with minimal supervision.
· Ability to define problems and identify solutions.
· Commitment to helping young people stay in school and prepare for life.
Members may not engage in prohibited activities as outlined in the member service agreement.
How to Apply
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and three references to HR@ciswhatcom.org or apply online at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=46936&fromSearch=true.