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23 Jul 2021

School Network Staff Community School Director (3 positions)

Grand Street Settlement
 Kings County, New York, United States

Job Description

DEPARTMENT:        Youth Services Department


  • PS 297 (Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY) – 1 position,
  • PS 328 (East New York, Brooklyn, NY) – 1 position and
  • Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, NY) – 1 position 

REPORT TO:            Program Supervisor


$70,000 Annually.  Commensurate with work related experience, based on job performance and program funding


DATE:                      July 2021



Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm and/or 9 am-5 pm, late evenings and occasionally Saturdays are required. 


The Community School Director (CSD) will oversee Attendance Improvement for the Community School Program, create a high performing Community partnership where students and families feel supported, community members feel connected and emerge in successful outcomes.  Coordinated resources and programs must address key priority areas of attendance, behavior, literacy, math, youth and family engagement.  Resources to be coordinated are dependent on present school needs; academic, social-emotional, health and others.  Programmatically, resources maybe designed to include options before, during or after-school, during school year and summer months.

The role of the Community School Director is complex and requires a dynamic person who can effectively collaborate, negotiate, build relationship, strategically partner, mobilize, navigate and interconnect multiple systems to achieve success for kids and families. The CSD will execute the coordination and alignment of resources within a Community School to achieve the education goals of the students and their families. The CSD are expected to work in partnership with others under the vision and direction of the school principal.

The CSD will execute the shared vision of the Leadership Team and the school’s needs. This will include delivering the competencies available across GSS into planning and organizing extended learning opportunities, attendance interventions, provide support for student/family within the school and community; managing a data-driven incentive program, events to celebrate school  accomplishments, and develop an engaging and welcoming school culture for both students and  parents.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field required; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • At least 2 years of experience coordinating and/or developing adolescent services and programming in an urban environment and high school setting.
  • Experience with program coordination, management and supervision of team of staff, budget and program management, event planning, resource connection, referral coordination with various youth age groups (K-12)
  • Experience managing, implementing and coordinating youth service programs in a DOE school building and in partnership with DOE Leadership (Principals, APs, Parent Coordinators, etc.)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the school’s administration and leadership team.
  • Ability to engage, build relationships, and demonstrate empathy with adolescents.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate multiple tasks and responsibilities.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with staff members
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure.
  • Familiar with Socio-Emotional and Trauma-Informed practices.
  • Must be an outstanding strategic thinker.
  • Diverse cultural competence is a must.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish/English preferred.


A.  Execute community needs assessments to determine valuable school resources and services, and develop/implement data driven interventions for key priority areas.

  • Develop, manage and execute data driven strategies to address needs.
  • Lead systematic evaluation of program, activity and event effectiveness.
  • Utilize positive youth development resources to improve student attendance, behavior and/or academic performance.
  • Generate reports on outcomes of the Community School efforts for various stakeholders.
  • Collect, review and analyze student data to develop new strategies and plan for continuous improvement and interventions.

B.  Project Management

  • Provide project support and management to all individuals secured to support the Community School effort.
  • Delegate and monitor effectiveness of tasks performed by Community School staff.
  • Coordination of Resources
  • Recruit, train and coordinate all volunteers at school site.
  • Solicit, coordinate and distribute basic needs or ensure that this function is being performed in the context of the Community School.
  • Identify and build relationships with key service providers needed to best support students and families.
  • Monitor all budgets associated with Community School support at the school level

C.  Leadership and Communication

  • Actively participate in core team meetings, sharing relevant data, highlighting concerns and developing solutions.
  • Lead, develop and facilitate an effective community leadership team.
  • Strategic Engagement – participation in the following types of meeting is critical to successful engagement and integration: Faculty meetings, grade level meetings, child study, attendance team meetings, PTA meetings, parent-teacher conferences, weekly meetings with school principal
  • Formal supervision sessions with lead partner, staff meetings, training
  • Community-level committee meetings, task forces, etc.
  • Individual meetings with key partners who are and are not yet connected to the school
  • Execute community needs assessments in order to determine which resources and services are most valuable to a given school, and develop a plan for meeting needs
  • Assist with the creation and establishment of an environment that responds to the needs of students and families while building a culture of high attendance and achievement.
  • Coordinate services, programs, and resources surrounding social and emotional well-being and enrichment, for students with attendance and academic struggles
  • Provide social and emotional well-being and enrichment resources, referrals, and program opportunities for general high school student population
  • Develop new partnerships with new organizations and programs to work with the school
  • Manage organization/program partnership relationships
  • Facilitate workshops for students and their families on a variety of topics including social services, family services, enrichment opportunities, etc.
  • Build relationships with students, existing Community Based Organization (CBO) staff, and school staff
  • Develop strong relationships with teachers, parents and students, especially through existing groups such as the school leadership team (SLT) and grade levels.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and weekly individual supervision
  • Identifying chronically absent students and gain parent consent to provide services and supports for those students.
  • Connect students to a range of prevention, early intervention and intensive service programs that address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development of each
  • Engage families and caregivers in understanding and supporting the education of their
  • Engage and lead in Crisis intervention; small group counseling and individual counseling.

D. Administrative:

  • Ensure accurate attendance tracking and reporting.
  • Meet contractual requirements regarding enrollment and attendance.
  • Respond to all electronic and phone communication within two (2) business days.
  • Coordinate and execute all major events and activities along with other GSS’s Program Directors.
  • Prepare a monthly calendar of events, programs, meetings, and activities.
  • Create a budget plan that supports program needs and ensure timely spending.
  • Collaborate cross-borough and agency/department-wide events and strategic planning efforts.
  • Assist with data collection, research and prepare relevant data on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Interpret data to inform the decision making process.

E.  Remote Engagement (should school closures occur):

  • Experience facilitating live and pre-recorded activities
  • Familiarity using web-based platforms to engage participants: zoom, google classrooms, etc.
  • Monitor participant engagement and safety while on live sessions remotely.
  • Facilitate wellness checks/calls to families.
  • Follow remote working plan, policies and procedures as highlighted by the supervisor.
  • Maintain remote/virtual attendance logs and records.
  • Ensure the safety of program staff and participants over remote platforms.
  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Word and Excel, email correspondence, Internet and database management a requisite.




How to Apply

Submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills & experience meet the specific components you are applying for this position. We ask that you also provide us with three professional references that we can contact (at least one should be from a former supervisor). Please click on the link provided below, or use the link in a search bar and apply online through our career center.    

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: School Network Staff. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.