Community School Director

Job Type

Full Time




55 Broad Street
New York
New York
United States


Community Schools align resources in a school building with vision and purpose, resulting in improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. This offers a holistic approach toward improving academic performance driven by strong, collaborative partnerships among principals, parents, teachers and community-based organizations. In Community Schools, parents are active partners in their children’s education, the school climate is joyful and positive, and expanded learning opportunities are abundant.

Core outcomes are two-fold. At the student-level, community schools aim for increased attendance and student engagement; connectedness to adults; development of social and emotional skills; and improved academic performance. At the school-level, Community Schools aim for improved school culture; more actively engaged families; and seamless service delivery with partner organizations.

The Community School Director will focus on aligning existing resources within the school, and will work to bring in new resources that address areas of community need.


School Partnership-Building:

  • Serve as an advisor to the principal, providing leadership for coordinating the work of different partners (i.e. other nonprofit organizations, volunteers, etc.) within the school, and aligning the work of these partners with the school’s mission and school faculty strategies
  • Work with school leadership to maintain a focus on results and track progress
  • Develop strong relationships with parents, students, and teachers, and ensure that all stakeholders understand what a community school is and how it supports student achievement

Management of Community School Vision and Implementation:

  • Organize and lead a Community School Team, comprised of school leadership, teachers, staff, parents, CBOs, and other community members
  • Engage school community in collaborative vision setting and needs assessments
  • Spearhead program survey strategy for school administration, teacher, student, and parent voices, ensuring that regular feedback is incorporated into planning and implementation of the Community School model
  • Manage action plans, oversee implementation of school community initiatives, and monitor program quality
  • Serve as point person for new partnerships and relationships, ensuring new partner services align with the needs of the school community

Expanded Learning Time (ELT):

  • Work with SLT, teachers and partner agencies to integrate expanded learning and enrichment activities before, during or after the school day
  • Build relationships and mechanisms to effectively link the school day to expanded learning activities
  • Assist the school in identifying outside providers for ELT as necessary
  • Monitor quality of after school programing, troubleshooting where appropriate
  • Manage structures and procedures to ensure alignment, quality, and safety

Attendance Improvement:

  • Serve as key member on school’s attendance team, including (but not limited to) using the New Visions data tools for tracking and coordinating student interventions. Assist with data collection and research, and prepare relevant data to bring to meetings
  • Organize and oversee assets and needs assessments and seek input from teachers, school staff, parents and students to determine ongoing needs of students and families. Identify high need students, coordinate with teachers to target interventions, and track and monitor impact of interventions

Family Engagement Support:

  • Work with Principal, SLT, and Parent Coordinator to implement a transformative model of family engagement that creates strong school-to-home partnerships for learning
  • Support special events that promote family engagement
  • Manage effective communication strategies to ensure families are connected to school resources

Data System Oversight

  • Ensure systems are in place to meet reporting requirements for City Year and grant funding (either 21st Century funding or SIG grand funding).
  • Work with school and community partners to create and implement data collection and review processes to ensure data-informed decision-making
  • Ensure all student attendance and data is submitted accurately and in a timely manner
  • Analyze reports to determine progress toward goals

City Year Team Support  

  • Conduct consistent formal observations of AmeriCorps Member service, collaborating with Impact Manger to provide asset-based coaching and mentorship 
  • Collaborate with Impact Manager to provide professional development support for AmeriCorps Members, connecting AmeriCorps Members to leadership opportunities within Community School initiatives, and facilitating formal trainings as appropriate
  • Support Impact Manager in any and all Community School related initiatives
  • Attend City Year Staff meetings and school-based City Year Team meetings

Additional Qualifications

  • BA required, MSW preferred
  • Bi-lingual skills a plus
  • Ability to work effectively with school-aged youth, educators, families and communities from a wide range of cultural, social and economic backgrounds
  • Experience working in school based settings, with knowledge about tenants of community organizing, student support services, and youth development theories
  • Ability to work collaboratively, with strong relationship building skills
  • Ability to work nights and/or weekends as required by the school community (flex time will be provided for additional days/hours worked)
  • DOE fingerprinting and background clearances
  • AmeriCorps or Peace Corps experience a plus

Compensation and Benefits

Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please complete the online application and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter in the "Resume/CV" field on the "My Experience" page. Internal applicants should apply through cyresource.