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Community School Director

Grand St Settlement Inc.
New York, NY 10002
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DEPARTMENT: Youth Services Department

LOCATION: Juan Morel Campos - 215 Heyward Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

REPORT TO: Program Supervisor

SALARY: $75,000 (annually) with excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401K plan and 24 vacation days per year.

DATE: September 2021

HOURS: Monday-Friday; 8 am-4 pm or 9 am-5 pm, late evenings and occasionally Saturdays required. Schedule may vary according to program needs.


Grand Street Settlement (GSS) is looking for a Community School Director (CSD) for our Community Schools program at Juan Morel Campos (JMC) in Brooklyn. As a collaborator, negotiator, relationship-builder, strategic thought partner, and mobilizer, the CSD is responsible to execute the coordination and alignment of resources within a Community School to achieve the education goals of the students and their families. CSDs are expected to carry out all of their work in partnership with others and under the vision and direction of the school principal. Resources to be coordinated are dependent on needs present in the school; academic, social-emotional, health and others. Programmatically, resources may be designed to include options before, during or after-school, during the school year and throughout the summer months. Coordinated resources and programs must address key priority areas of attendance, behavior, literacy, math, youth and family engagement. The Community School director must work to create a high performing Community School partnership wherein students and families feel supported, community members feel connected and successful outcomes emerge. The role of the director is complex and requires a dynamic person who can effectively navigate and interconnect multiple systems to achieve success for kids and families.

The CSD will join the GSS staff at the school in delivering the competencies available across GSS into planning and organizing extended learning opportunities, attendance interventions, and student/family support within the school and the greater community. The CSD will ensure that the work plan is executed according to the shared vision of The Leadership Team at each school and the school's needs. This will include managing a data-driven incentive program, events to celebrate school accomplishments, and develop an engaging and welcoming school culture for both students and parents.


  • Bachelors degree required; Masters degree preferred.
  • At least two (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 & 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.).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to analyze and assess data to create strategy/plan for implementation
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the school administration and school leadership team.
  • Ability to engage, build relationships, and demonstrate empathy with adolescents
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate multiple tasks and responsibilities
  • Capacity to work independently and collaboratively with staff members.
  • Ability to multi-task, pay attention to details, and work efficiently and effectively under pressure.
  • Familiar with Socio-Emotional and Trauma-Informed practices.
  • Must be an outstanding strategic thinker.
  • Candidate should have a diverse cultural competence.
  • Bi-lingual preferred (fluent in Spanish/English).
  • If hired, Grand Street requires all potential employees to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.


A. Execute community needs assessments in order to determine which resources and services are most valuable to a given school, and develop and implementation of data driven interventions related to the key priority areas

  • Must be knowledgeable in developing and executing data driven strategies to address needs (required)
  • 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 of existing 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 the 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 student.
  • Engage families and caregivers in understanding and supporting the education of their youth.
  • Engage and lead in Crisis intervention; small group counseling and individual counseling.

D. Administrative:

  • Ensure attendance tracking and reporting. Meet contractual requirements regarding enrollment and attendance.
  • Respond to all electronic and phone communication within two 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 on 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, and database management a requisite.



Submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the position you are applying for. If selected, we also ask that you provide us with three (3) professional references that we can contact (at least one (1) reference 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.


No phone calls, please.

Please be advised that job offers can only be made once your clearances come through!


Posted: 2021-09-28 Expires: 2021-10-30

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