Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and community organizations to help students stay in school and be successful. During the 2017-2018 school year, CIS of Chicago is partnering with 146 Chicago public schools and expects to connect 1,850 services and programs to more than 71,000 CPS students and their families. In addition, CIS of Chicago places full-time Student Supports Managers in ten Chicago public schools – our Intensive School Partners. Our staff in these schools provide intervention services to a caseload of 50 students who are at risk of dropping out, as well as helping connect support services to the whole school.
CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national not-for-profit organization with offices in more than 150 different cities.
The Mission of Communities In Schools of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The Vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed. The organization’s core values are Impact, Integrity, Relationships, and Social Justice.
The School Partnership Specialist will work closely with the organization’s Senior School Partnership Specialist and a team of colleagues to ensure that schools in the CIS of Chicago network access the programs and services students need.
Develop and implement strategies for creating partnerships between schools, neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, and community institutions;
Actively refer available student-focused programs and services to key liaisons at 34 Chicago public schools;
Follow up on these referrals regularly to ensure that connections are being made or that alternative services are being referred to meet needs;
Train and provide ongoing assistance to key liaisons at 37 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;
Maintain detailed records of school and agency partnerships, including significant data entry responsibility for portfolio of schools;
Help plan and facilitate trainings and networking events for school and agency partners to build and deepen capacity;
Observe and monitor agency/school partnerships and services connected;
Assist with other organizational projects, as needed.
Desired skills and attributes:
Enthusiasm for mission-driven work
Ability to work collaboratively and independently
Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines
Ability to cultivate meaningful partnerships while setting clear expectations
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
Bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree plus compensatory experience
Minimum of two years of work experience desired
Experience working with urban public schools preferred
Daily driving is a significant portion of this position; applicants must have a valid driver’s license and reliable daily access to a vehicle
Reports to: Senior School Partnership Specialist
Start date: November 2017
Starting Salary: $37,000
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 put “2017 School Partnership Specialist” in the subject line. All postings should be directed to email@example.com.
What attracted you to the position?
Please list and briefly describe your work/volunteer experiences in education and/or related fields.
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.)
Please list five adjectives that describe your work style.
Do you have reliable, daily access to a vehicle for work-related travel throughout the city, as needed?
The salary for this position is $37k/year plus a robust benefits package, non-negotiable. Is this acceptable to you?
If we have follow up questions, or would like to schedule an interview, how and when can we best reach you?