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The School Partnership Specialist is a relationship builder and an integral part of the organization’s Partnership Team, a group of professionals who manage our school partnerships and relationships, and others that manage the partnerships of more than 200 agencies, institutions, and individuals that provide services mainly in the areas of the arts, college and career readiness, physical health, and behavioral and mental health.


Together, members of the School Partnership Team work closely with school personnel to meet the unique needs of each school community, execute a partner training series, monitor the quality of community partner programming, and play supporting roles in a variety of other organizational projects as needed in addition to working to make meaningful school and community partner connections. By focusing on building relationships with school personnel and connecting schools to programs, services, and basic needs items, the School Partnership Specialist ensures that all CIS of Chicago partner schools have the resources they need to provide their students with meaningful, relevant, and high-quality opportunities. They are responsible for maintaining a portfolio of school partners, which includes regular communication, data collection, school visits, and most importantly, relationship management.


CIS of Chicago seeks a highly motivated and skilled professional for this role. The preferred candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, experience working with or in urban school districts, and an understanding of quality teaching and program delivery practices.


POSITION COMPONENTS:

Manage School Partners:

• Build positive and productive relationships with school personnel including each school’s leadership and administration

• Develop and implement strategies for creating partnerships between schools and our network of community partners

• Actively refer available student-focused programs and services to key liaisons at 30-40 of Chicago’s public schools

• Follow-up on these referrals regularly to ensure that connections are being made or that alternative services are being referred to meet need; and gaining feedback as to the efficacy of the connected program

• Train and provide ongoing assistance to key liaisons at 30-40 Chicago public schools related to needs assessments, program evaluation, partner appreciation, and building awareness about CIS of Chicago

• Research and identify potential service providers to meet key needs of all schools in the CIS of Chicago network, plus guide the initial stages of those partnerships


Data Management:

• Collect and analyze data related to school partner program connections and monitor school/ agency partnerships to improve our support of schools and increase program connections

• Maintain detailed reports of school and agency partnerships for the portfolio of schools

• Complete required monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting


Trainings:

• Help plan and facilitate trainings and networking events (ACTIVATE series) for school and agency partners to build and deepen partner capacity and collaboration

• Identify credentialed speakers, work with team members to assign roles and responsibilities, and create evaluation and feedback pathways


Other Duties:  

• Represent CIS of Chicago in relevant community or coalition groups

• Support the work of the Partnership Team with positive and innovative solutions to challenges

• Assist with other organizational projects, as needed


Desired Skills and Attributes:

• Adept at cultivating meaningful partnerships while setting clear expectations and achieving organizational outcomes

• Enthusiasm for and understanding of mission-driven work

• Ability to work both collaboratively and independently

• Flexible and capable of working in a fast-paced environment

• Strong computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, video conferencing technology, as well as database experience

• Skilled at multi-tasking and meeting multiple deadlines concurrently

• Persuasive, appropriately assertive, and empathic in professional communication

• Solution-orientation and ability to problem-solve

• Strong written and oral communication

• Excellence in communicating with diverse audiences

• Detail-orientation and commitment to follow-up and follow-through

• Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of urban public school environments





Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree

• Minimum of two years of relevant work experience 

• Experience working with urban public schools strongly preferred

• Customer support experience a plus

• A criminal background check through Chicago Public Schools and verification of employment and degrees is required; name must not appear on the CPS’ Do Not hire list

• Daily driving is a significant portion of this position; applicants must have a valid driver’s license, applicable insurance, and daily access to a reliable vehicle


Reports to: Associate Director of School Partnerships


Start date: Immediately


Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit:

(a) a current resume;

(b) a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in being a School Partnership Specialist at CIS of Chicago and what makes you a uniquely strong candidate for the position; and

(c) in a document separate from the cover letter, brief responses to the pre-interview questions below (up to 300 words total).

Applicants that do not submit all three elements of the requested materials will not receive consideration. Please attach all three documents in a single e-mail and include “2021 School Partnership Specialist” in the subject line. All postings should be directed to jobs@cisofchicago.org. No telephone calls, please.


Pre-Interview Questions:

1. What attracted you to this position?

2. How familiar are you with Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods? What experiences have you had with the city? To what areas are you most connected? (If you have not had experiences in Chicago but have had substantive experiences working or volunteering in an urban environment elsewhere, please name the city/cities and describe those experiences.)

3. Please list five adjectives that describe your work style.

4. Do you have reliable, daily access to a vehicle for work-related travel throughout the city, as needed?

The School Partnership Specialist is a relationship builder and an integral part of the organization’s Partnership Team, a group of professionals who manage our school partnerships and relationships, and others that manage the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 21, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Benefits

Health, dental, life eligible after period of time

401K

Generous vacation, personal & sick time

Health, dental, life eligible after period of time

401K

Generous vacation, personal & sick time

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficient in written and oral English skills

Bi-lingual Spanish welcome

Proficient in written and oral English skills

Bi-lingual Spanish welcome

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Chicago, IL
Associated Location
815 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Suite 300

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit: (a) a current resume; (b) a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in being a Community Partnership Specialist at CIS of Chicago and what makes you a uniquely strong candidate for the position; and (c) in a document separate from the cover letter, brief responses to the pre-interview questions below (up to 300 words

total). Applicants that do not submit all three elements of the requested materials will not receive consideration. Please attach all three documents in a single e-mail and put “School Partnership Specialist” in the subject line and send to jobs@cisofchicago.org.

Pre-Interview Questions:

Pre-Interview Questions:

1. What attracted you to this position?

2. How familiar are you with Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods? What experiences have you had with the city? To what areas are you most connected? (If you have not had experiences in Chicago but have had substantive experiences working or volunteering in an urban environment elsewhere, please name the city/cities and describe those experiences.)

3. Please list five adjectives that describe your work style.

4. Do you have reliable, daily access to a vehicle for work-related travel throughout the city, as needed?

To apply for this position, please submit: (a) a current resume; (b) a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in being a Community Partnership Specialist at CIS of Chicago and…

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