Communities In Schools Student & Community Advocate
Yakima Public Schools
Job Title: Student & Community Advocate (Defensora de Estudiantes y Comunidad)
Position: 40 hours per week/200 workdays per year.
Reports to: Executive Director/Program Manager
Benefits: Medical/Dental (after 30 days), Vacation/Sick leave
Pay Range: $23 to $28 per hour DOE
At Communities In Schools, our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. This position is responsible for the overall planning and implementation of the Communities In Schools model of integrated student supports in strong collaboration and partnership with building staff at identified schools. This school-based position identifies and coordinates available community resources and develops new strategies and partnerships to provide additional support to students and their families through confidential, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive interventions, services and supports.
Current Positions Available (6 total):
- Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
- Barge-Lincoln Elementary School
- Adams Elementary School
- Washington Middle School
- Stanton Academy
- Collaborate with school site administrators, school teams, staff, service providers, and CIS leadership to ensure a team approach to build upon existing strategies and leverage new opportunities to address the academic, behavioral, social, emotional and resource needs of students and their families.
- Assess community, school, and student assets and needs to collaboratively develop an annual CIS site plan which identifies goals and leverages existing resources to avoid duplication.
- Implement and coordinate the annual site plan strategies to include periodic monitoring to assess impact and adjust services as necessary.
- Manage a caseload of individual students identified with school leadership and staff and provide individual supports that meet the unique needs of each student.
- Provide whole school supports available to all students aligned with identified school goals.
- Maintain frequent communication with building leadership regarding activities and progress towards goals.
- Provide home visits to case managed students as necessary.
- Build and maintain local formal and informal community partnerships to facilitate access to needed resources to meet the needs of students and families.
- Serve as a broader community resource to schools by sharing information and supporting school focused activities such as school orientations, open houses, and family engagement.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of school-wide and targeted strategies through a systematic data collection process and report progress to school leadership and community partners.
- Maintain a positive image by understanding and demonstrating the CIS mission, goals and initiatives within the school and community.
- Support local and regional partnership and resource development, by providing content for grant proposals, marketing opportunities and hosting site visits as requested.
- Equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years of relevant work experience; AA degree with 3 years of relevant work experience; or 4 years of relevant work experience.
- Strong relationship-building skills, particularly with disengaged youth and their families. This can be demonstrated through work experience, volunteer experience and/or formalized education.
- Demonstrated experience working with youth, knowledge of and passion for youth development.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school staff, students, parents, community partners, and the public.
- Ability to work with people of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Resourceful – able to identify multiple solutions to presenting issues.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to manage competing priorities.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Basic computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
- Valid Washington state driver’s license, access to reliable transportation and proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage.
- Ability to lift 25lbs on an occasional basis.
- Must pass a criminal background check.
- Must have a record of being punctual and maintaining regular attendance.
- Knowledge of and experience living and working within similar communities. Bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural connection to Spanish-speaking community as appropriate based on building needs.
- Familiarity and existing relationships within the local community.
- Experience in education, social services, mental health, juvenile justice, or related field.
- Advanced CPR/First Aid Training (or willingness to become certified).
This position will close July 16, 2021. For well qualified applicants, interviews will be held on July 20, 2021 (First Round) and July 22, 2021 (Second Round).
Application and instructions are available at:
Communities In Schools is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and promotes policies and practices which support and grow our capacity to reflect these values across all aspects of our agency. Communities In Schools of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. No applicant will be discriminated against because of age, disability, familial status, gender, gender expression, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.
Location/Region: Yakima, WA