POSITION TITLE: Student Success Specialist (Counselor), McDaniel High School
REPORTS TO: Step Up Program Manager
FLSA STATUS: Exempt, Full-time (40 hours per week)
REGULAR/TEMPORARY: Regular, 12-month position
BENEFITS: Details of benefits outlined below
SALARY: $45,000 – 48,000
START DATE: March 2024
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Open until filled – applications are reviewed upon receipt
The mission of Open School Inc. is to develop connection, capability, and confidence in disconnected youth through relationship-based, quality learning experiences that result in their academic, personal, and community success. Open School Inc. is an education nonprofit in its 50th year of service. We currently operate an alternative high school in East Multnomah County and the Step Up after-school program.
Step Up is an in-school and after-school relationship-based mentoring, academic, and social-emotional support program that partners with students and their families throughout their high school journey within three Portland Public high schools: Franklin, McDaniel, and Roosevelt. Every year, Step Up enrolls and supports approximately 400 amazing students to find success in school. Our students are personally supported by a Step Up Advocate all year through comprehensive tutoring, strength-based advocacy, intentional mentoring, social/emotional support, character building, and family engagement activities. Over 85% of Step Up students are youth who identify as Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC). Many of our students come from low income backgrounds and from marginalized communities. For more information and videos, we encourage you to explore our website at www.openschoolnw.org.
At Open School Inc, we recognize that there is an historic and persistent achievement gap between white students and students of color; closing that achievement gap while raising the achievement of all students is a top priority of our organization. Race must cease to be a reliable predictor of students’ achievement and success. In order to achieve this goal, we are committed to creating and fostering racial diversity and inclusivity at every level of our organization including but not limited to staff, students, and leadership.
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Open School Inc is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an equitable and inclusive work environment. We highly value diversity, culture and lived experiences. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and seek to hire qualified individuals who reflect the diversity of the students and communities we serve. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, national and ethnic origin, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status in accordance with the requirements of local, state, and federal law.
Open School Inc believes that each staff member makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities outlined below. This position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job conditions, but not limit the staff person nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each staff member will offer their services and ideas wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
The Step Up Student Success Specialist is responsible for ensuring that all high school Step Up students are provided the advocacy and social/emotional support necessary to be successful in school by working closely with their families and in collaboration with Site Leadership Team, School Administrators, Educators, and School Success Advocates. In partnership with the Site Supervisor, the Student Success Specialist ensures that the School Success Advocates have the tools they need to effectively promote social-emotional growth, student and family advocacy with their group. Together, the Student Success Specialist and Site Supervisor facilitate meaningful implementation of all elements of the Step Up program including but not limited to family engagement, school/teacher partnership, youth advocacy, and student enrollment.
This role embodies Step Up’s commitment to centering racial equity and social justice. Step Up is about creating authentic relationships, building community, and working from a strength-based approach in supporting predominantly BIPOC and marginalized students and families to find success in education.
SCHEDULE WORK HOURS
This position will work approximately 40 hours per week, 12 months per year. Occasionally will work weekends, nights, holidays; as well as occasional multiple day camps and retreats.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Student Outreach, Advocacy, and Intervention Duties:
Family Outreach Duties:
Advocate Support Duties:
General Administrative Operations Duties:
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
OTHER PREFERRED SKILLS & ABILITIES:
PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT AND JOB CONDITIONS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to do the following: