POSITION TITLE: Student Success Specialist
PROGRAM: Step Up
REPORTS TO: Program Manager
FLSA STATUS: Exempt, Full-time
BENEFITS: Details Outlined Below
STARTING SALARY RANGE: $40,000 – 44,000 annually
START DATE: August 2021
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: July 19, 2021 – Applications reviewed as they are received
The mission of Open School 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. Over 80% of our students are youth of color, low income and from marginalized communities. We encourage you to explore our website at www.openschoolnw.org.
At Open School we recognize that there is a historic and persistent achievement gap between white students and students from marginalized communities; closing that achievement gap while raising the achievement of all students is a top priority of our organization. Race, Identity, ability, and who one chooses to love must cease to be reliable predictors of students’ achievement and success. In order to achieve this goal, we are committed to deepening equity at every level of our organization including and not limited to staff, students, and leadership.
Please email a COVER LETTER and résumé by 5:00 pm, July 19, 2021. Please reference the position title in the subject line.
We are an equal opportunity employer and 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 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 his/her 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 the Site Leadership Team, School Administrators, Educators, and School Success Advocates. The Student Success Specialist works in partnership with the Site Supervisor to ensure that the School Success Advocates has the tools they need to effectively work with their students to promote social-emotional growth and provide student and family advocacy and work closely with the Site Supervisor to support all elements of the Step Up program including but not limited to family engagement, school/teacher partnership, youth advocacy, and student enrollment.
SCHEDULE WORK HOURS
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following duties and responsibilities will take place in both digital format and in-person gatherings utilizing social distancing and safety protocols that are in place. The arrangement of how these duties and responsibilities are performed will be flexible as Step Up aligns in partnership with Portland Public Schools. While we are working from home our program requires staff to live within the Portland metro area including Vancouver.
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
Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in a related field and three (3) years experience working directly with diverse and under-served, multi-cultural youth and family population and one (1) year of direct counseling experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to be collaborative and work with a diverse population to solve problems and provide high-quality customer service.
Ability to be confidential and sensitive with program information and maintain a professional demeanor toward staff and students, while exhibiting a passion for the mission and values of the organization and the students it serves.
OTHER SKILLS & ABILITIES
Bilingual is preferred, especially Spanish.
Must successfully pass Oregon Department of Education fingerprint-based criminal history verification background check. Background checks are provided through Open School and Portland Public Schools partnership at no cost to employee.
Must attend Open School training and professional development workshops and activities. Must be able to position yourself as a learner and be willing to work with youth from a strength-based approach.
Must have a valid current driver’s license. First Aid/CPR certified preferred and can be provided by Open School.