Michigan Non-Profit Association placement (2017-18)
We’re looking for dedicated individuals willing to commit to a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service with us! Do you have what it takes to help us change our community for the better? See our positions at http://bit.ly/VISTA2017-2018.
As a VISTA with Communities in Schools of Michigan (CIS), you’ll continue the work already started to recruit and maintain tutor and mentor volunteers, work with Site Coordinators to establish community partnerships, and coordinate Days of Service projects within schools. In Michigan, CIS works with students in 13 counties, with an average of 82% free and reduced lunch. In Lansing, 2 of the 3 CIS schools are at 100%. CIS Michigan would be unable to achieve their goals without VISTAs, both in bringing attention to those numbers and in alleviating the barriers that accompany them. Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves its nonprofit members to advance their missions. MNA’s vision is that Michigan’s nonprofit sector be a vital leader in building and sustaining thriving communities, and MNA believes that active, engaged volunteers are imperative.
As a VISTA with CIS you’ll be responsible for communication to communities not only in Lansing, but across the state about the work that CIS does. You’ll interview students, teachers, and faculty across current CIS sites and spread the word on social media, including blogs and videos. Your role will be pivotal in ensuring Communities in Schools’ role in preventing dropouts is known. In Michigan, CIS works with students in 13 counties, with an average of 82% free and reduced lunch. In Lansing, 2 of the 3 CIS schools are at 100%. CIS Michigan would be unable to achieve their goals without VISTAs, both in bringing attention to those numbers and in alleviating the barriers that accompany them. Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves its nonprofit members to advance their missions. MNA’s vision is that Michigan’s nonprofit sector be a vital leader in building and sustaining thriving communities, and MNA believes that active, engaged volunteers are imperative.
Location: Lansing Public Schools, Lansing, Michigan
Reports To: CIS School Program Manager and/or CIS Executive Director
Supervision and Accountability: Supervision is the shared responsibility of the CIS School Program Manager (or Executive Director) and the School Principle or designated staff person.
FLSA Status: Exempt, Estimated 36–40 hours per week, August 28th, 2017- June 30, 2017. Annual appointment (re-newel based on performance and funding), (hours may include occasional nights and weekends, and will follow the annual Lansing Public schools calendar with days off and breaks.
CIS site coordinators provide widely accessible prevention services and resources that are available to the entire school population while providing coordinated, targeted and sustained intervention services and resources (case management) for the highest need subset of students who are most at risk of dropping out of school. Implement the CIS model of Integrated Student Supports.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Build and Maintain Effective Relationships
- Develop good working relationships with school staff, parents, volunteers and community partners
- Provide orientation and training for school staff, volunteers and community partners as needs are identified
- Complete an Annual Needs Assessment, implement a School Support Plan, launch a school site team – appropriate school staff, major partners and service providers
- Communicate with school Principal or designee on a regular basis to seek input and report on program progress (written reports provided at a minimum of a monthly basis).
- Partner with all school staff that focus on student support services
Coordinate Needed Services for Students and Families
- Work in collaboration with the CIS Program Manager (or Executive Director) to lead efforts to seek resources for the school community and connect resources to meet identified needs
- Coordinate with CIS and school staff to identify the social service, educational, vocational and cultural needs of students and families
- Design, implement, partner with community organizations and coordinate an array of programs, services and resources that will benefit students at risk as well as the entire student population (Tier I & Tier II & Tier III CIS Service Delivery Model)
- Provide and document short-term, crisis intervention service on an as needed basis
Provide Case Management Services
- Provide case management to students with multiple identified needs/risk factors (Tier III Services) and small group case management to students requiring supports similar among those students (Tier II Services).
- Conduct home visits as needed to build one-on-one relationships with students and families
- Check attendance and contact parents of absent students; review individual student data to assist in identifying at risk students.
- Provide appropriate referrals to outside agencies for students and families
- Maintain a case file on each student case managed (Individual Student Support Plan)
Collect, Report and Analyze Data
- Collect data compile and complete required reports utilizing the approved data management system
- Utilize available data to adjust School Support plan as appropriate
- Retain records for all services and activities provided and enter into the CIS data management system
- Attend meetings, trainings, events and other activities as requested by supervisor or school principal
- Carry out other duties as determined by the immediate supervisor or the Executive Director, for the successful operation of the program
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job requirements.
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, social sciences, education, or a related field (Master’s degree preferred), plus two years’ experience in a relevant field, or four years of relevant working experience.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with schools, students, parents, community representatives and the general public.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent coordination and time management skills.
- Flexibility, collaborative spirit, and strong organizational skills.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Strong computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
- Valid Michigan state driver’s license, access to reliable transportation and proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage.
- Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, multi-task, possess innovative problem solving abilities, function as a team member and be resourceful.
- Ability to lift 25lbs on an occasional basis.
- Commitments to helping young people stay in school and prepare for life.
- Experience in education, social services, counseling, juvenile justice, or anti-poverty.
- One or more years’ experience supervising staff and overseeing a program.
- Youth engagement and relationship-building skills, particularly with at-risk youth.
- Knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, economic status, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).
Spanish Language Skills preferred
- Comfortable speaking in a public setting.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.
Interested and Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest and a current resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org prior to July 14, 2017 for preferred consideration.
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