Partnership Associate, Community Schools

Job Type

Part Time




715 Ocean Terrace
Staten Island
New York
United States


Position Summary: The New York City school system is the largest in the country, composed of approximately 1.1 million students and 75,000+ teachers in over 1,800 schools. In February 2015, the Department of Education (DOE) created the Office of Community Schools (OCS) to develop and implement one of the pillars of the education agenda of Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña.

 The Office of Community Schools (OCS) is building a system of Community Schools. This system supports schools to leverage resources and partnerships to increase opportunities for children and families, and create more welcoming schools environments.

 Community Schools are places where children have opportunities to learn, gain skills, create joy, and have the experiences that ignite curiosity and allow children to discover their passions and talents.

They support the social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of students by offering a coordinated approach to increasing opportunities for young people and improving the academic performance of students through partnerships among principals, parents, teachers, and community-based organizations (CBOs).

 In addition to the 220+ Community Schools in the City’s portfolio, OCS supports all schools and districts with CBO partnerships, afterschool programs, and community engagement. OCS Partnership Associate will support schools to work with community-based organizations (CBOs). Partnership Associates work with the NYSED and New York City agencies to develop and manage school / CBO partnerships in various programs and initiatives. This primarily includes working with NYSED staff who are responsible for program support, compliance and management of Extended School Day/ School Violence Prevention grants (75%). Additional responsibilities include coordination with other city agencies (e.g. – Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene [DOHMH], Parks Department, etc.) (15%) and providing further program support and coordination for other OCS special initiatives (10%).


Reports to: Director of Service & Programs, Office of Community Schools

Position Type: Part-time Consultant (35 hr/work) - 8 month

Office Location: Staten Island

 Key Relationships: The Director of Service & Programs, the Director of Strategy and Partnerships, other Office of Community Schools Leadership and Program Managers, Borough Field Support Centers, Superintendents, principals and school-based staff, other DOE divisions, CBOs, NYSED, Corporation for National and Community Service, DOHMH, and other New York City agencies.



  • Oversees the implementation and management of NYSED funded Extended School Day/ School Violence Prevention day school and after School grants. Responsibilities include:
  • Provide project and fiscal management support to schools and CBOs in each one of the cohort of schools;
  • Conduct regular school visits to ensure quality programming and adequate student attendance;
  • Connect schools to DOE resources from different divisions to help meet specific needs;
  • Support reporting and compliance within NYSED funded ESD/SVP grants
  • Work closely with L&G Evaluators, schools and CBOs to ensure that annual performance reports are submitted to NYSED for all ESD/SVP grants; and
  • Work with the ESD/SVP Site Coordinators at schools to ensure that resources are efficiently utilized in compliance with grant requirements and grant proposals.
  • Coordinates with OCS Operations team to implement budget and program modifications as necessary
  •  Serves as liaison between schools and CBOs to resolve issues regarding use, safety, security, facilities, school food, and other pertinent areas.
  • Advises and manages development of new funding opportunities through requests for proposals and other similar approaches, as needed.
  •  Coordinates with ESD/SVP site coordinators and grant vendor to provide professional development opportunities and capacity building to schools and CBOs, increasing content understanding and improving program quality.
  •  Collects and analyzes program data to maintain quality of services, improve school partnerships and meet accountability and reporting measures.
  • Seeks to connect partnership work with NYSED, schools, CBOs and other partners to larger Community Schools strategies, goals, and objectives.
  • Represents DOE Office of Community Schools at public events and conferences.
  • Other special projects, as assigned.


Level of Language Proficiency

Qualification Requirements:

1.   A master’s degree from an accredited college in education, guidance, educational administration and supervision, or a related field; or

2.   A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and one (1) year of full-time satisfactory professional experience in educational program administration, career or occupational program administration, or as a state certified or licensed teacher; or

3.   A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State's department of education or a recognized accrediting organization plus five (5) years of full-time, satisfactory professional experience in education administration in one or more of the areas listed in "2" above; or

4.   A combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to the requirements in "1," "2," and “3” above. However, all candidates must have at least an approved four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent.



  •  Expertise in school and CBO partnerships, effective after-school models and program requirements.
  • Expertise in Youth Development Practices
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Knowledge of DOE policies and procedures.
  • Experience in mediation and conflict management.
  • A systems thinking approach, with the ability to make connections and align services to better support innovation in student engagement and learning.
  • Ability to think strategically and translate insights into action, mobilizing disparate groups of people toward a common goal.
  • Knowledge of NYS Education Department grant funded programs.
  • Exceptional project management skills, including planning, designing, documenting, follow-up, and problem-solving skills.
  • Superior research, reporting and analytical skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, take initiative, comfortably switch gears, and prioritize workload.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Expertise in all Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.




It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree