Culture and Community Engagement Specialist
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
The work involves responsibility for building relationships with students, staff and community members in the halls, corridors, lavatories, buildings and grounds to build a positive experience for all members of the internal and external community and to communicate school-wide expectations. The position is intended to promote a peaceful culture for persons and property while maintaining an atmosphere conducive to learning. The incumbent will establish relationships with students in order to assist them with their lived experiences or refer them to someone on the professional staff who can help. The work is performed under the general direction of the school principal with leeway allowed for exercise of independent judgment in carrying out assignments with an equity lens. This position requires a high level of cultural awareness, responsiveness and competence.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
- Organize and support school staff and administration in coordinating strategic initiatives around student engagement and restorative practices;
- Maintains a positive culture in school halls, stairwells, restrooms, courtyards, entrances, parking lots and other parts of school buildings and grounds to ensure persons and property, meet school-wide expectations;
- Greets persons on school premises who are not student or staff and advises as to school expectations and either directs visitors to school offices or provide guidance on best next step based on school expectations;
- Shares periodically with principals’ issues impacting school culture, incidents and conditions affecting security, either orally or in writing;
- Interacts and develops relationships with students in order to act as a sounding board so students have someone to talk to about their school or personal problems, and either assists them or refers them to someone who can help them;
- Facilitates professional development for staff and community aimed at decreasing disproportionate outcomes in types of disciplinary actions;
- Advises parents, teachers, counselors or principal about potential or actual student issues concerning class-cutting, truancy, disciplinary or other school or personal problems;
- May supervise the loading of buses and follows buses on routes or on field trips to make sure a positive culture develops;
- Works toward calming down students and conferring with them as to the importance of remaining in school and supporting school-wide expectations and culture;
- Checks student attendance by verifying daily records against teacher attendance records, records absences or class cuts, notes late students, verifies absence notes and contacts parent;
- Participates in the development and implementation of district security plans;
- May act as liaison with local and state police agencies;
- May answer requests from parents, probation officers and counselors regarding attendance and, in essence, acts as a liaison between home and school;
- May act as a contact with the outside community for the benefit of the students to help them get jobs or into programs and assists in arranging for community based school activities such as field trips.
- May conduct outreach activities; including but not limited to: traveling to student homes and other community organizations to identify and solve barriers to attendance and help to ensure student success.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
- Working knowledge of children and young adults;
- Understands the impact of Equity-based Culturally Responsive approaches to supporting students and families;
- Uses restorative approaches and works to eliminate punitive practices;
- Demonstrated effectiveness in developing relationships;
- Demonstrated ability to build alliances with a diverse group of stakeholders;
- Demonstrated skill in using data to make decisions and effect change;
- Experience in planning and leading projects;
- Facilitation skills and consensus building abilities;
- Effective communication skills – both oral and written;
- Good problem solver;
- Growth mindset;
- Demonstrated ability to learn;
- Ability to perform the actions to support a positive school culture and ensure the safety of persons and security of the school building;
- Ability to exercise sound judgment in carrying out supervision and duties;
- Ability to relate to and get along with and connect with diverse groups of students respectfully;
- Ability to understand and carry out written or oral directions;
- Ability to articulate the problems and concerns of students to the school administration;
- Concern for the welfare of all students and the larger Schenectady community;
- Understands the value of receiving an education and ability to transmit this experience to students daily.
Work Year: 10 Months
Candidates interested in applying must complete an online application. In addition, all applicants are requested to submit a current resume. This is a competitive Schenectady County Civil Service position. Candidates must meet civil service requirements for appointment. Candidates must currently hold this title or be reachable on the civil service list when available. If a list is not available, this will be a provisional appointment and the successful candidate must take the appropriate civil service examination and be reachable.
The Schenectady City School District (SCSD) has begun a period of change that seeks to transform the district and its schools. A significant level of local, state, and federal attention and investment in the Schenectady City Schools has characterized the last few years providing an incredible opportunity to ensure that all of its students graduate prepared to succeed in college or a well-paying career. Currently, the Schenectady City School District is seeking highly competent, motivated, dedicated and fully engaged individuals to accept leadership roles throughout the district's schools and Central Office to serve the academic, emotional and physical needs of approximately 10,000 students through the essential elements of the district’s Strategic Plan. The Superintendent is leading a talented and committed leadership team with the aim of moving SCSD toward world class status and preparing all students for success.
The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of the protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the Schenectady City School District recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Office of Human Resources. The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender. This policy is in compliance with the Title IX of the Education amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and Bylaws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.