8601 Rainier Ave S
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The mission of Communities in Schools of Seattle (CIS-Seattle) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
CIS-Seattle works in under-resourced schools to ensure that all students have the support they need to succeed in school and life. CIS is the nation’s leading dropout prevention program founded on the premise that students can and will achieve academically when resources to address their academic and social needs are tailored, coordinated, and accessible. CIS-Seattle is an accredited CIS affiliate operating as an independent nonprofit organization at 9 schools in South and Southwest Seattle.
CIS-Seattle currently provides in-school and out-of-school support for close to 5,000 students at Chief Sealth and South Lake High Schools; Aki Kurose and Denny Middle Schools; and Pathfinder K-8, South Shore K-8, Highland Park, Dearborn Park and Van Asselt Elementary Schools.
Intensive case-management support is provided to approximately 10% of students at each school who are at risk of dropping out – identified by three primary risk factors: low attendance, lack of school engagement, and class failure. Our students come from low-income backgrounds (81%), are students of color (90%), and have experienced homelessness or have been involved in the foster care system (13%).
CIS-Seattle places a site coordinator at partner schools to provide intensive case management and collaboration activities for the 10% of students most likely to drop out, as well carry out 4-6 school-wide activities. Students are selected for the program based on data-driven criteria surrounding attendance, behavior, coursework, and family need.
Goals for the participants in this program include:
- Improved academic performance (goal: 70%);
- Advancement to the next grade (goal: 70%);
- Reduction of high school drop-outs;
- Graduation for all high school seniors;
- Increase in attendance for students with high absence rates (goal: 70%).
ABOUT THE POSITION
CIS-Seattle is hiring a full time Site Coordinator based on-site at South Lake High School. The Site Coordinator offers a tailored approach that connects students and families to community resources, while also addressing basic needs (e.g. food and housing). The Site Coordinator will provide broad school-wide, small group, and individual strategies designed to create a culture that promotes accountability and school-community connections for all students. The Site Coordinator is a key member of the South Lake community and works in partnership with a leadership team and a new Family Cultural Navigator, who will directly engage families in school and community-wide decision making and activities. School-based interventions are designed to improve academic achievement and reduce truancy for all students served. The Site Coordinator forms partnerships with community-based organizations and other agencies to help provide critical resources to students and their families.
Case Management works with students at the highest risk of dropping out of school, which is the primary focus of the Site Coordinator. They will manage a caseload of 20-30 students needing critical resources necessary to address social and emotional needs. Through the coordination of individual and group interventions, as well as prevention activities, the SC plays a key role in helping students stay in school and graduate.
Job Location & Schedule
Typical hours are 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday, reporting to South Lake High School (8601 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118). Some travel to/from school sites and various meetings and events, as well as some evening and weekend hours may be required.
School-based Services: 75% of time
- Manage overall CIS model at South Lake High School, including: coordination and implementation of an annual site plan in partnership with the school site. Ensure that needs assessment, service delivery, data tracking, and evaluation/reporting takes place.
- Identify off-track youth and develop, implement and sustain comprehensive, targeted and customized strategies to get them back on track.
- Secure community support and partners to meet school and students’ needs. Successfully build relationships with community members and service providers for identified program needs. Identify and incorporate various community resources that best meet the needs of the school site and its students.
- Coordinate linkages to needed academic, physical or social services. Provide overall scheduling and coordination of volunteer/student activities. Maintain regular contact with collaborating agencies. Serve as a communication conduit for gathering/exchanging information.
- Intervention and referrals for at-risk youth: Assess students’ social and emotional needs. Provide and/or coordinate individual and group intervention for teens affected by substance abuse, mental or physical health concerns, pregnancy or parenting, gangs, domestic violence, homelessness, as well as youth involved in foster care or with juvenile courts. Connect students with Seattle Public School resources or other community-based resources, as appropriate. Coordinate prevention activities. In collaboration with school staff, monitor Student Learning Plans to identify students for services.
- Connections to college, career opportunities, internships: Create a link with the community to provide job shadowing, career exploration, and post-secondary opportunities.
- Other duties: Supervise volunteers (including an AmeriCorps member). Support and participate in school orientation, open house, and parent events. Serve as a resource to the whole school and consult with staff. Follow procedures for referral processes, assess student needs and strengths related to social, emotional and behavioral issues, and parental consent. Adhere to procedures regarding communication and coordination with teachers, administrative and referring staff, including confidentiality. Maintain effective relationships with students, their families, school staff and administration. Other duties as assigned.
Evaluation and Documentation: 10% of time
- Document progress and track student and family outcomes in areas targeted by Student Learning Plans, in addition to tracking attendance, discipline and achievement data.
- Ensure accurate documentation.
- Track outputs and outcomes to meet the Best Starts for Kids and other CIS grant reporting requirements.
- Contribute outcomes from South Lake toward CIS quarterly and annual reports.
- Provide program information and overview of accomplishments to the Executive Director, CIS board, Grant writing consultant and District personnel as appropriate.
General Administrative Tasks: 15% of time
- Consult with school administrators, parents and staff as requested or appropriate to the work with students.
- Participate in interdisciplinary meetings with school staff, the CIS team, and other resource agencies involved in collaborative services.
- Conduct outreach and develop partnerships with other agency service providers.
- Participate in CIS planning and program evaluation.
- Represent CIS at events and meetings, as necessary.
- Work collaboratively with all CIS staff to maintain a positive CIS image; Understand and demonstrate the CIS mission, goals and initiatives within the community.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The salary range for this position is $42,000 - $46,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience. CIS-Seattle also offers an excellent benefits package including 20 Paid Time Off (PTO) days each year on top of summer and winter Seattle Public School breaks off (equivalent to 8 weeks off a year), as well as 100% employer paid medical and dental, individual professional development funds, and more.
- AA degree with five plus years’ experience working with teens or young adults, Bachelor's degree with three years’ experience working with teens or young adults, or Master's degree with one year of experience, or equivalent.
- Strong youth engagement and relationship-building skills, particularly with at-risk youth.
- Commitment to social justice.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with schools, students, parents, community representatives and the general public.
- Excellent facilitation skills.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Flexibility, collaborative spirit.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Strong computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
- Valid Washington state driver’s license, access to reliable transportation and proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage.
- Ability to lift 25 lbs on an occasional basis.
- Commitment to helping young people stay in school and prepare for life.
- Experience in education, social services, counseling, juvenile justice, or anti-poverty.
- Knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, economic status, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).
- Comfort and competency in a multicultural environment.
- Training in grief counseling with adolescents.
- Ability to speak in a language in addition to English, especially Spanish and/or Somali.
- Advanced CPR/First Aid Training.
Minimum Education Required