Welcome to CIS of Spokane County
Food With Benefits Series
A huge thank you to all those who joined us at our first Food with Benefits event at Hop Jack's. Our 2nd Food with Benefits event will be held at Ciao Mambo on May 24th from 11:30 am to 10 pm. We hope you will come "eat like you mean it" to support our mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and prepare for life.
Communities In Schools of Spokane County Seeking Full Time Site Coordinator for Cheney Middle School
Position: CHENEY MIDDLE SCHOOL SITE COORDINATOR
Supervisor: CISSC Program Quality Director (employer) and school administrators, consults with 21st CCLC Grant Coordinator for job segments related to Summit
Status: Full-time (40 hours per week); exempt
Pay Range: Competitive salary position with health/dental insurance and simple IRA
GENERAL FUNCTION: The Site Coordinator is responsible for the overall planning and coordination of Communities In Schools of Spokane County (CISSC) operations at Cheney Middle School through the implementation of the CIS model of integrating student services. The member will work with community partners and volunteers to coordinate resources necessary to address the academic, social and emotional needs of students who are at risk of dropping out of school. Through the coordination of individual and group interventions as well as prevention activities, the Site Coordinator is a key player in helping students toward graduation.
· Ability to positively connect with students and staff in a middle school environment
· Successful experience with planning, implementing and directing academic and enrichment based activities for middle school-aged youth
· Ability to work with youth from a variety of ability levels
· Knowledge of Youth Program Qualify Initiative (YPQI) or other program improvement processes
· Knowledge or willingness to learn 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant requirements
· Knowledge of specific computer skills/programs including Microsoft Office Suite
· Strong organizational, project management and communication skills
- Must manage multiple tasks and to develop solutions to problems with limited supervision
· Ability to travel regionally to attend required grant activities
· Commitment to helping young people stay in school and prepare for life
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
· Bachelor degree in youth development, recreation, education, social work or related field.
· Experience in coordinating an afterschool program preferred.
· Staff supervision experience and volunteer coordination preferred.
· Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and ability to pass a background check.
CONNECTS RESOURCES TO STUDENTS
· Secure community support and partnerships to meet school-wide and students' needs as identified in the site operations plan.
· Provide direct services to individual students and their families to identify and eliminate barriers to their academic/school success. Identify opportunities for new programs or partnerships to be implemented in the school.
· Coordinate data collection plan to evaluate the effectiveness of services in achieving school-wide goals and addressing the needs of individual students.
o Document progress and track site and student outcomes. Monitor and adjust services as needed to maximize effectiveness and impact.
o Communicate student progress with school administrators and teachers.
o Collect and submit required data according to state and federal evaluation and grant requirements in a timely manner.
OVERSEES AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM (SUMMIT)
· Coordinates a 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program for a minimum of 60 students in alignment with grant requirements, district policies and procedures at school.
· Oversees the planning and implementation of all afterschool activities.
o Plan and schedule academic and enrichment programming to include Math, Language Arts, STEM and recreation in coordination with Summit staff.
o Implement an annual Youth Program Quality Initiative process with Summit staff. Use the Youth Program Quality Assessment tool to maintain quality programming to students.
o Coordinate, plan and implement a 4-week summer program for targeted students in collaboration with Summit staff.
· Collaborates with school personnel and community partners to ensure all available resources are being accessed to accomplish program goals and objectives.
MANAGES SUMMIT STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
· Supervise Summit staff in afterschool programming.
o Provide guidance and support to staff. Implement new procedures when needed.
o Assist staff in securing outside resources and program supplies.
· Engage volunteers in a variety of ways to support student success.
o Provide overall scheduling and coordination of volunteer/student activities.
PROMOTES PARENT ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
· Communicates with Summit families of student’s progress and opportunities for further learning.
o Develop and implement a Family Literacy Plan based on identified needs of the families of Summit students.
o Provide Strengthening Family Program at school site once a year. Refer families to participate and track participation.
· Connects families to outside resources through take-home materials and family nights/events.
MAINTAINS INTERNAL & EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS
· Understand and demonstrate the CISSC mission, goals and initiatives within the community.
· Work with public school stakeholders, including school administrators, teachers, and staff, families, and counselors/social workers to identify students who need CISSC services.
o Follow procedures for referral processes, assessment of student needs and strengths related to social, emotional and behavioral issues, identification of counseling focus, parent contacts and the use of referrals.
· Collaborate with grant project director and grant evaluator to ensure progress towards 21ST CCLC grant goals and objectives.
o Participate in grant-required activities, meetings and professional development opportunities.
· Represent CISSC at community events and meetings when assigned.
o Work collaboratively to maintain a positive CISSC image.
WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day
programs and activities. Ability to work and get along with diverse
personalities while at all times displaying tact, maturity, and flexibility.
Physical requirements include seeing, hearing, sitting, standing, walking,
running, bending, twisting, stooping, and lifting up to 25lbs occasionally.
The Site Coordinator will spend time at his/her assigned school in order to provide guidance and support to staff members, students and community volunteers. Working hours may vary depending on activities and events, generally weekdays, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. during the academic year. Summer hours will vary depending on the required four-week summer program. Site Coordinators will typically follow the school district’s holiday calendar.
information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected
for the described position above. It is not designed to contain, nor to be
interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities,
qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. Rather, they are intended only to describe
the general nature of the job. Applicants of all backgrounds are
encouraged to apply. CISSC is an equal opportunity employer.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Alise Mnati, Program Quality Director of Communities In Schools of Spokane County - 905 W. Riverside, Suite 204 Spokane, WA 99201. Accepting resumes until May 15, 2013.
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Help Our Community, Help Our Children
Help our children by taking a survey! It's that easy. Community Forums Network mission statement is to bring people together to talk about important issues and to discover consensus.
How it works: Grants are earned based on the number of survey responses attributed to your organization during a topic round of forums. The more survey responses Community Forums receives for CISSC means more grant money!
The survey only takes about 10-15 minutes of your time. CFN also provides an analysis of all surveys taken and creates a document for our current state legislators. This allows our legislators to see problem areas or areas that need to have more attention.
There is no future commitments, no sign up registrations, while you do have to provide some basic information, you can choose not to have information sent to your email address.
To fill out the survey please click the following link: http://www.communityforumsnetwork.org/take-survey/
At the end of the survey it will ask which nonprofit you would like to be affiliated with, click on Communities In Schools of Spokane County. Then be sure to tell your family, friends and neighbors to join the cause and help our children, help our community!
Mentors Do Their Magic
One hour at a time. Schools know which students need extra support given by a caring and consistent adult. That's what mentoring is all about-showing up and demonstrating that a child is worthy of your time. Poverty, unstable home situations, many moves during the school year, unmet social and emotional needs all create stress for young people. Our thanks go out to the hundreds of volunteers who help us add valuable assets to children with risk factors for failing in school. One hour is a precious investment in everybody's brighter future. Contact us to get involved this month!
Site Coordinators Connect Kids to Targeted Resources:
Imagine a child who goes home to an empty kitchen every Friday, needs boots to slosh through the winter snow and ice, and has recently been placed in another foster home. This child has lots of risk factors that may make it tough for him or her to hang in school until graduation. That's where our capable, creative and compassionate Site Coordinators come into plat. Each Site Coordinator owns a caseload of 10% or more of a high-needs school. Students, elementary through middle school, are referred to our Site Coordinator by teachers, principles, and other staff. Our Site Coordinator builds a personal relationship with each child's needs. The result? Caring connections that yield impressive results like increasing attendance, getting better grades, and staying out of the principal's office for discipline referrals.
New Site Coordinators Provide Critical Services
This year Communities In School of Spokane County welcomes 4 new site coordinators.
Shanell Rogers is the new site coordinator at Sheridan Elementary. Shanell graduated in 2010 with her BA in Education. She subbed for Spokane Public Schools the 2010-11 school year and worked for the MLK Family Outreach Center 2011-2012. Shanell loves helping children be successful. In her spare time, she works for a racecar team.
Amanda Owen is beginning her first year with CIS at the new Cheney Middle School. In 2010, she earned a B.A. in Psychology at WSU and in June 2012, she graduated with her Master’s in Public Administration from EWU. In addition, Amanda spent the 2010-12 school year working in the Central Valley School District where she served University High School as the Behavior Intervention Technician. Amanda is very enthusiastic about the upcoming school year.
Aimee Rowland and Kadie Rang both work at Shaw middle school. Aimee graduated from Gonzaga University with her B.A. in Psychology. She enjoys reading along with arts and crafts.
Kadie, an EWU graduate, a certified teacher, and former site coordinator at Sheridan is teaming up with Aimee to serve more growth at Shaw. Previously, Kadie worked as the Site Coordinator for Sheridan Elementary and worked as a guest teacher within Spokane Public Schools.
Please join us in welcoming these lovely women to the Spokane CIS team!
Hygiene Kits Delivered to Students
Fresh Start Hygiene Kits provided students with everything they need to start school every day.
Fresh Start Hygiene kits donated by Wells Fargo employee teams. Thanks, Marilyn Reeves and Irene Simpson!
Knights and Setons Rock Mentoring
Gonzaga Knights and Setons is the oldest service fraternity at Gonzaga University. We are grateful they chose Communities In Schools as one of their non-profit partners this year.
At Shaw Middle School students are paired up based on surveys designed to determine who is the best match based on likes/dislikes and temperament. Once a match has been made between mentor and a student, they meet in a facilitated group each week throughout the year.
Each week Knights and Setons will help students learning English with homework, building relationships, and developing leadership.
Cheney Middle School and Westwood Middle School will also support another 40 mentoring pairs.
Jump Into the Cheney Youth Center
Cheney Youth Center is now open!
The Wren Pierson Community Center is open Monday through Friday from 3pm -5:30pm for middle school students. The youth center is provided in partnership with CISSC, Cheney Public Schools, and Cheney Parks and Recreation. Middle school students can also join every second Friday of each month for free activities from 7-11pm. Middle school dances will be held at the Youth Center this year too. To find out dates and time please visit wwww.cityofcheney.org or call (509)498-9250.
Communities In Schools: Making a Difference
Founder, Bill Milliken, "Never Give Up On A Child"