Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and community organizations to help students stay in school and be successful. During the 2017-2018 school year, CIS of Chicago is partnering with 147 Chicago public schools and expects to connect 1,850 services and programs to more than 71,000 CPS students and their families by leveraging community partner programs and services. In addition, CIS of Chicago places full-time Student Supports Managers in ten Chicago public schools – our Intensive School Partners. Our staff in these schools provide intervention services to a caseload of 50 students who are at risk of dropping out, as well as connect support services to the whole school.
CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in more than 150 different cities.
The mission of Communities In Schools of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public-school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed. The organization’s core values are Impact, Integrity, Relationships, and Social Justice.
The Health Partnership Specialist is an integral part of CIS of Chicago’s Community Partnership Team, a group of four professionals who manage the partnerships of more than 180 agencies, institutions, and individuals that provide services in the areas of the arts, college and career readiness, health, and behavioral and mental health. Together, members of the Community Partnership Team execute a partner training series, monitor the quality of partner programming, and play supporting roles in a variety of other organizational projects, as assigned.
By focusing on health education programs and physical health services, the Health Partnership Specialist helps ensure that CIS’ network schools have the resources they need to produce healthy students and create healthy school climates. They are responsible for maintaining a portfolio of health partners and expanding the reach of CIS’ partner network by recruiting new health partners and ensuring that the right partners get connected to the right schools. Their work also includes collaborating with other youth-serving health entities, including the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness, to promote and support student-focused health policies and initiatives.
Connect at least 28,000 students with a variety of health education programs and physical health services;
Manage a portfolio of approximately 50 health education and physical health service community partners and recruit new partners to fill high-need service gaps;
Provide support to 20 network schools to promote adherence to the Healthy CPS indicators through school practices and community partnerships;
Collaborate with CIS’ School Partnership Team and Intensive School Team to promote health partners and understanding of district health policies;
Collect and monitor data for connections of health programming to schools as well as regularly monitor the quality of health provider programs;
Represent CIS in relevant community or coalition groups and keep the organization informed of the latest trends and research in health promotion;
Assist in the writing and reporting of health grants; Collaborate with members of the Community Partnership Team to develop and report on partnership strategies and goals, and provide a partner training series and quality monitoring system; and
Lead or assist with other organizational projects, as needed.
Desired skills and attributes
Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently
Skilled at multi-tasking and meeting multiple deadlines
Adept at cultivating meaningful partnerships while setting clear expectations and achieving organizational outcomes
Strong problem-solving ability and strategic thinking
Excellence in communicating with diverse audiences
Detail-oriented, with a commitment to follow-up and follow-through
Skilled at thorough and organized record-keeping and data entry
Sound written and oral communication
Enthusiasm for mission-driven work
Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of relevant work experience
Advanced-degree candidates, particularly in the field of public health, preferred
Experience working with urban public schools and community organizations
Must have access to a vehicle plus a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
Reports to: Community Partnerships Manager
Work environment: The position will be based out of the CIS of Chicago main office in the West Loop with regular travel downtown and to school and partner sites.
Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, 401(k), vacation, and family leave.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply or for further information, please write or email (no faxes or phone calls please):
Community Partnerships Manager
Communities In Schools of Chicago
815 West Van Buren Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607
email@example.com – please write “Health Partnership Specialist” in the subject line to ensure that your materials get directed appropriately.
In addition to a cover letter and resume, please include answers to the following questions:
What attracted you to the position?
How familiar are you with Chicago’s public schools and its diverse communities?
Do you have reliable, daily access to a vehicle for work-related travel throughout the city, as needed?