Under the direction of the elementary school principal, plans and provides overall comprehensive support for the Community Schools initiative (CSI). Works with the schools leadership team, school staff, community agencies, parents and other relevant stakeholders to develop a comprehensive needs assessment for the schools and strategic plan to support the CSI focused on expanded educational programming and wrap-around services for students including (but not limed to): improving learning of students during the school day, extended learning for students in out-of-school time opportunities, expansion of school-based health and wellness services for students, expansion of family engagement and support services for families, supports/programs to improve student attendance and training for school staff and community partners to successfully meet the key foci of CSI. This position will work with a Community Specialist, in a collaborative partnership between MCPS and MCEA. Establishes meeting the Commitment to students by serving as an advocate, a role model, and a supporter of diversity (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, developmental differences, learning styles, and exceptionalities). This position will be evaluated by the school principals in coordination with central office.
Meets Maryland state certification requirements in appropriate field of elementary education or meets the requirements for conditional certification.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
Considerable knowledge of child development and learning. Working knowledge of Community Schools and the components mentioned above in supporting student learning and well- being. Commitment to the belief that all students can learn characterized by high content and high expectations for all learners. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities. Ability to engage with families and community organizations/agencies to support the Community Schools initiative. Knowledge about a variety of instructional and behavioral management strategies appropriate to the needs of students in community schools. Ability to self-reflect on instructional practices and personal interactions for continuous improvement. Ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, central office and school-based staff, students, parents, and community demonstrating organizational agility. Excellent oral and written communication and human relations skills.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE:
Bachelors degree in applicable field of education or related field from an accredited college or university. Documented experience with program development and implementation. Experience in developing and facilitating professional development in the areas noted above for the Community Schools initiative. Three years or more experience in community outreach and organizing preferred.