Community School Coordinator- CICS Bucktown

Posted on: August 4, 2023 |

Title: Community School Coordinator
Location: 2235 N. Hamilton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Reports To: Principal
Salary Range: Starting at $60,000, commensurate with experience
Employee Type: Regular Full Time
Start Date: Immediately

Distinctive Schools creates diverse, joyful, welcoming communities rooted in social justice and rigorous learning. We support all learners to be engaged, curious, and to achieve their full potential. Our students become confident advocates, creative problem-solvers, and collaborative leaders.

Position Overview

The Community School Coordinator (CSC) provides leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, development, direction, and evolution of the community school. This person is responsible for transforming the school into a comprehensive community school. The CSC partners with the school principal and the school-based instructional leadership team (ILT) to identify the school community’s assets and needs and develop a continuum of student and family services, and create a thriving Community School partnership that supports students and families, connects the school to the community, and fosters an atmosphere of academic excellence, inclusivity, and collective responsibility. The CSC facilitates the development and implementation of the strategic plan in collaboration with school and community members/partners; oversees the alignment of assets with needs; and manages the integration of before and after school programs and wraparound services with the academic program and schedule. The Coordinator may also engage in fundraising activities.



Build and foster positive and professional relationships with all stakeholders – students, staff, families, and community members
Honor community and stakeholder input when making decisions
Foster positive climate and culture
Maintain visibility with all stakeholders
Represent the school and the organization at community events to gain real-time insights into how to forge sustainable partnerships in service of the Community School
Program Planning and Management 75%

Meet regularly with the school principal to advise on how to integrate partners and community members into existing school structures
Meet regularly with the Deputy Chief of Engagement and the Director of Engagement and Community Schools to research and secure academic and non-academic opportunities
Oversee all program partners providing before- and/or after-school and weekend services at the community school
Plan and make recommendations for the implementation of high quality program activities that meet the mission and vision of the program and align to the needs of the community
Leverage community assets and partnerships to provide resources and learning opportunities for families
Identify, collect, and disseminate family resources that meet the community’s identified needs
Align resources and partnerships to Campus Growth Plan goals and priorities.
Seek and collect feedback from teachers, staff, families, and students to identify ongoing needs of students and families
Respond to families questions and concerns in partnership with the school principal
Assume responsibility for additional school programs based on principal and network team requests
Manage before/aftercare staff members to assure they have training, information, and materials needed
Communicate with school staff, before/aftercare staff, students, and families on scheduling, space, time, and logistics
Leadership Development 15%

Attend and participate in regional and network professional development sessions
Actively research and pursue in potential community partnership opportunities
Seek and be receptive to professional feedback as a way to continually grow
Represent Distinctive Schools and the campus at community events as a way to bolster partnerships and elevate the school’s presence
Attend weekly instructional leadership team (ILT) meetings
Contribute to the creation and execution of the Campus Growth Plan (CGP)
The Community School Coordinator’s leadership practice will be measured and developed using a leadership framework
Enrollment Support 10%

Support campus and DS Recruitment and Enrollment pipeline
Creatively and confidently connect with families, informing and inspiring them to share their story about DS and the campus
Collaborate with campus recruitment, enrollment leads, and Deputy Chief of Engagement
Assist with the recruitment and enrollment events throughout the year (including summer)
Requirements (minimum)

Education: Bachelor’s Degree social work, counseling, education or related field


5 years’ teaching experience
3 years’ school leadership experience
5 years of experience working with children in educational, activity or social service including experience facilitating supportive and social emotional programming to youth and adolescents
Experience working within a school setting, and functioning as team leader of a group of stakeholders, including school administration, faculty, and support service personnel
Experience with community engagement; negotiating with a variety of stakeholders, leading shared decision-making and problem solving
Technology demands:
Proficient with cloud based software solutions (such as GoogleSuite)
Ability to learn digital tools and programs as needed for the position
Long standing member of the local community
Physical demands

Ability to maintain a flexible schedule that includes evenings and some weekends
Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 30% sitting, 50% walking, and 20% standing

25+ Paid holidays & 15 days PTO annually
12 weeks family paid leave
Comprehensive Healthcare (Medical, Dental, Vision)
403b match
Fully match up to 3%
50% match up to 5%
Professional development including tuition reimbursement
Gym and wellness discounts
And more
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Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

Distinctive Schools is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. In keeping with our commitment, Distinctive Schools will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact or call 773.828.4191