Community School Director, P.S. 149

New York, NY, US
Apr 16, 2019
Harlem Children's Zone is a world-renowned non-profit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty for more than 28,000 children and adults in Central Harlem and millions more well beyond. HCZ walks hand in hand with young people and their families from cradle to college to career. From our work with public school students and our Promise Academy charter schools to our Healthy Harlem wellness initiative to our family support programs, HCZ goes beyond education to provide children with the academic, personal and career support they need to stay on the path to becoming self-sustaining, successful adults. No other organization uses such a comprehensive approach to fighting poverty, at such a scale or with as much impact. With a generation of proof, our innovative work over the decades has achieved unprecedented results with measurable economic and social impact in Harlem and beyond. We are the preeminent thought leader in the education, youth development and poverty-fighting fields, informing policy and advocating for change at the local, state and national levels. Called by President Obama "one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in history," we are sharing what we have learned with communities around the country and the world, inspiring widespread replication and changing the lives of millions beyond Harlem.

We are currently seeking to hire a motivated and dynamic Community School Director to join our Peacemaker program. The Harlem Peacemaker program provides additional staff to schools and offers after school and summer programs to ensure that elementary students have a safe environment for learning, enrichment, and recreation. The program provides several services to children and families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Direct the development of the annual Community School Plan consistent with the expectations of the Principal and School Leadership Team (SLT).
  • Hire, train, and supervise Community School staff, including Success Mentors, and CBO partners.
  • Serve as liaison between school leadership, school community members, Community Based Organizations, City agencies, and corporate partners.
  • Serve as the point person for agencies and programs interested in partnering with the school, facilitate alliances, and help to broker new partnerships with City agencies and not-for profit partners that are aligned with school goals and needs.
  • Implement a menu of needs-driven, high quality programs and services in adherences with the Community School Model, including but not limited to supervision of Expanded Learning Time, day school CBO enrichment programs, health services (dental, vision, mental health), and interventions targeted to chronically absent students
  • Oversee assets and conduct needs assessments on an ongoing basis and seek input from teachers, school leaders, school staff, guardians, and students to determine ongoing needs of students and families.
  • Supervise and coordinate the collection of progress monitoring data, timely submission of reports, and responses to other requests for information by Community Schools, NYCDOE, CBO partners, and City agencies
  • Attend and facilitate meetings with NYCDOE, Community Schools, CBO partners, and school leadership during and after official school hours.
  • Create and implement a Parent and Community Engagement Plan which included the develop and coordinate monthly workshops and learning opportunities for community and families related to Community School initiatives as well as a monthly Community Schools Newsletter
  • Manage the Community School annual budget to coordination with Principal and Lead CBO Director
  • Supervise and coordinate Community Schools Summer in the City initiatives

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree with at least 3 years of relevant professional experience; Master's degree preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with the principles of adult learning
  • Experience working with children, adolescents, educators, families, and communities from a wide range of cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.
  • Experience working in a school-based setting.
  • Ability to collaborate and building strong, positive relationships with and between community stakeholders
  • Self-motivated initiative-taker able to take responsibility for launching and coordination of short-term and ling-term initiatives
  • Ability to work with autonomy and in a dual reporting structure
  • Must be available to work some weeknights and Saturday hours

We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.

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