- About Communities in Schools:At Communities In Schools, we are “all-in” for kids. It is our passion—it is our mission. At the National Office, we collaborate with local affiliate organizations, to provide resources and create communities of caring adults who work hand-in-hand with educators to make sure young people have the tools they need to stay in school and achieve in life. We are the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, serving 1.5 million students in 2,400 sites across the country. We achieve this mission by hiring bright, creative, and innovative team members who have a passion for what we do.Aurora Public Schools (APS) has engaged CIS as an education manager for targeted operations at Gateway High School as APS implements an aggressive Turnaround Strategy on the campus. CIS will oversee all interventions in the areas of family and community engagement and outreach, social-emotional learning, and integrated student supports.About the Role:The SR Program Manager, Turnaround Innovation, is an exciting new position dedicated to our school transformation work in Aurora, Colorado, overseeing all alignment and implementation of CIS at Gateway High School and developing the new turnaround strategy for the organization. The SR Program Manager will serve as the primary engagement and relationship manager, coordinating supports and ensuring the project is on time and on budget for the next four years. The SR Program Manager will be critical to the success of the work at Gateway High School as this individual ensures partnering with the Aurora Public Schools Leaders and Gateway Administrators and site team, co-supervising the CIS Site Coordinators with their principal, providing day to day coaching of Site Coordinators, overseeing the implementation of schools’ Site Plans, coordinating professional development, and reporting outcomes to leadership of APS and partners.* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Primary Duties and Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited To:Gateway High School Management
Innovation & Business Development
- Partner with the CIS network and national office teams to institutionalize proven practices at Gateway to raise student achievement and graduation rates
- Plan and develop program implementation based on contract/grant requirements
- Develop forms and/or supporting documents necessary to comply with contract/grant requirements (campus plans, monthly reports, grant guidelines)
- Monitor program activities on a regular basis; address areas of gaps and highlight effective practices
- Coordinate with key national and APS team members to ensure the effective and efficient program delivery
- Communicate with stakeholders to gain community support for the program and to solicit input to improve the program
- Lead and develop capacities in school district administrators to implementing the CIS Model and Delivering Student Supports in key priorities for Gateway High School regarding social and emotional learning, family and community engagement and outreach, and integrated student supports.
- Lead CIS Site Team in implementing the CIS model of integrated student supports at Gateway High School Program including the recruitment, interviewing, selection, and placement of well-qualified program staff Identify and support Professional Development needs for continued learning throughout the program staff.
- Coach and consult with school administration and faculty regarding relationship-building practices, effective interactions, and responses to students, providing feedback and recommend for continuous improvement.
- Collaborate and work in coordination with school administrators, instructional coaches, counselors, and relevant school staff in researching, planning and implementing evidence-based procedures and initiatives to positively affect social-emotional learning and mental wellness
- Professional Development & Consultation to articulate program information and goals in meetings and presentations to school staff and partners, and provide case consultation with Site Coordinators
- Secure and oversee the establishment and maintenance of community partnerships and coordinate the orientation process for all partners
About You:You will have the following expertise, skills, and competencies:
- Work closely with CIS national staff assigned to study turnaround innovation models for the purpose of ensuring timely data collection, implementation monitoring, and coordination of site visits for the Gateway Initiative.
- Periodically share insights regarding CIS model implementation and integration with broader turnaround strategy with innovation staff; including best practices, needed adaptations, and ideas for new approaches and strategies.
- Serve as point of contact for CIS national with school and/or school district personnel regarding data transmission to CIS from student information system.
- Assist with rollout and monitoring/testing of new or adapted strategies or processes that help improve the turnaround innovation work.
- Support with development and pursuit of business development in key markets in Colorado.
Other required skills include but are not limited to:
- Master’s Degree in Education, Counseling or Social Work
- Minimum 5 years of experience in an educational institution or non-profit organization in the areas of administration.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.What We Offer:
- Deep knowledge and experience with local education systems
- Strong time management and prioritization skills
- Ability to set priorities and work with minimal supervision
- Ability to articulate program goals in a public setting
- Proven strength in communication skills (written, verbal, and use of other technologies)
- Demonstrated strength and proven track record in project management
- Knowledge of trauma informed practices, culturally responsive school practices and the ability to navigate and promote sensitivity to issues of race and equity
- Knowledge of behavioral management strategies and tiered interventions (e.g. Response to Intervention)
- Ability to engage teachers in professional development on topics of positive relationships and mental health
- Excellent communication, organization, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to handle multiple projects and responsibilities
- Experience with at-risk populations and cross-cultural environments
- Knowledge of adult learning principles and ability to deliver engaging and clear staff professional development
- Special knowledge/skills and experience in Social and Emotional Learning in accordance with the CASEL model in teaching practices
- Ability to build relationships by establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
- Ability to pass a fingerprint-based background check
- Work that makes a difference—the opportunity to contribute to an important mission.
- A culture recognized by the Non-Profit Times as the #1 Non-Profit Best Place to Work in the United States.
- Competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package.
- Generous paid time off benefits.
- Commuter subsidy benefits.
Communities In Schools is committed to a workforce that is representative of the varied communities we are privileged to serve. We provide a work environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable law. Communities In Schools prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.