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Teachers College REACH:  School-Based Community School Coordinator

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Position type: College Work Study, Student
Location: New York
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Through the Office of School and Community Partnerships, Teachers College, Columbia University launched the Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem (REACH).  Broadly, REACH is a university–assisted, community schools initiative that seeks to improve students’ educational outcomes through a set of coherent and strategic actions that increases access to comprehensive educational opportunity to better support their academic achievements.  The REACH School-Based Coordinator will provide support for the development, implementation, coordination, monitoring, and refinement of data-driven programming to support stakeholders’ health literacy, use of positive health practices as well as access to and utilization of high-quality health services so that students are better prepared to effectively participate in their learning.  The Coordinator will be an integral member of a Harlem secondary school-based student support team. 

This position reports to the REACH Director.   The weekly schedule is approximately 12-hours per week for 26 weeks spanning across two semesters, from September 2017 through May 2018, at the partner school site.   There may be occasions that require some evening hours based on school events. 

Primary Responsibilities

Program Development, Implementation & Coordination

Attendance Enhancement:

  • Collaborate with school attendance team and relevant stakeholders to establish, document, implement, monitor and refine a school-wide attendance improvement program reflecting research-based promising practices around attendance. 
  • Assist with compilation and presentation of key data from Kinvolved and other data systems for routine review of student attendance and academic data to identify students at risk for chronic absenteeism and to make as well as track referrals to appropriate internal and external resources including student support services such as Academic Intervention Services (AIS), Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) and mental health supports.

Mental & Physical Health Services:

  • Support school guidance team and social workers with establishing, documenting, implementing, monitoring and refining a school-wide tiered system of prevention and responsive interventions for students, families and educators to support students’ social-emotional development based on routine review of student data along set of indicators.
  • Collaborate with community-based healthcare providers to plan and coordinate logistics for the health fair events for families, students, and other members of the school community.
  • Identify, document, and maintain up-to-date and relevant information on community-based resources and social services to support the physical and mental well-being for families and students.
  • Coordinate and staff on-site screenings

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO):

  • Build relationships with students to encourage and support their enrollment and consistent attendance in ELO programs.
  • Develop and implement recruitment plan that targets students based on relevant attendance, socio-emotional, and academic data.
  • Plan and implement ELO kickoff events as determined in collaboration with school leadership.
  • Manage ELO participation data in the Student Sorter as well as collect and analyze other relevant ELO data to recommend necessary program improvements to REACH ELO Associate.
  • Serve as a point person for ELO instructors/group and club leaders to help troubleshoot program challenges/opportunities.

 Administration & Communication

  • Serves as the primary liaison between the school and REACH to identify and solve challenges that arise related to physical and mental health activities.
  • Collaborate with principal and REACH team to facilitate the use of data from the Student Sorter and other relevant databases.
  • Produces and publishes bi-monthly school newsletter with calendar of events for school community.
  • Compiles and distributes bi-monthly update reports to school leadership on community school activities and outcomes.
  • Create materials and facilitate workshops.
  • Collects and maintains database of up-to-date and relevant information on community-based resources and social services to support the physical and mental well-being of families and students.
  • Cultivates and maintains high levels of trust and communication with students, families, educators, and community-based partners.
  • Coordinates REACH representation and attends key events at school and assists with handling inquiries concerning issues that affect the physical and mental health activities at the school.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a student matriculated in a TC degree program who is registered for at least 6 credits (or equivalent, which includes full-time equivalent offerings - HBSK 6480, CCPJ 6480, CCPX 6480, or any 8900 course).  Full-time TC employees are not eligible for this position.
  • Must have experience in an instructional setting with students in K-12.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience developing and implementing projects along with the demonstrated capacity to collect, manage, analyze, and present data from different sources to inform practices and program development.
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities to exercise professional judgment, work independently and show initiative.
  • Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to clearly articulate concepts in writing and orally.
  • Strong collaboration skills as evidenced by ability to build positive relationships and work as part of a team with a strong initiative to drive forward project goals while demonstrating respect and humility.
  • Passionate commitment to actively working to improve the educational experiences for low-income students and students of color.

To Apply:

Interested students should submit a resume or CV and a cover letter to kecia hayes at kh328@tc.columbia.edu.  The cover letter should address your personal philosophy on the community school model as a strategy to support better outcomes for underserved student populations, as well as your fit for the position. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Department and candidates who best meet the requirements will be contacted for an interview.  Candidates not selected for an interview will not be notified but the application will remain active until the end of the term.

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