DISCLAIMER: PREVIOUS CANDIDATES NEED NOT APPLY FOR 10 DAYS STARTING TODAY
The Superintendent invites qualified and interested candidates to apply for the position of Climate & Culture Coordinator.
The Camden City School District is in the midst of a transformative period marked by progress. Since 2012, the graduation rate has increased from 49 percent to 70 percent while the dropout rate has decreased from 21 percent to 12 percent. Across all District schools, staff are focused on providing the appropriate supports to students to ensure they are successful. In the past few years, this focus has included a shift toward restorative practices and trauma-informed care, which has led to declining suspension rates and increased attention on school climate and culture.
Phase Two of the Camden Commitment outlines the District’s plan to ensure that every student in the city is enrolled in an excellent school that meets his or her unique needs. The Camden Commitment represents the District’s belief in the power of high expectations and the extraordinary potential of our students. As a part of this plan, the District is in the process of streamlining and transforming the Central Office into a school support organization focused on ensuring that all schools are well-equipped to provide all of their students with an excellent education.
The Climate & Culture Coordinator will hold a critical role in improving school climate and culture and in collaborating with the school community to maintain a positive school climate and culture.
Under the direction of the Principal, the Climate & Culture Coordinator will support the vision for the Camden City School District by ensuring that all students have access to behavioral interventions and supports. The Climate & Culture Coordinator will work closely with the school administrative team and the Divisions of School Support and Student Supports to provide at-risk students with academic and social supports. The Climate & Culture Coordinator will support in-school initiatives and services that foster student achievement.
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- High school diploma with relevant work experience required; associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university strongly preferred
- Preferred: Bilingual – Spanish (read/write/speak)
- At least 5 years of experience working with urban low-income students strongly preferred
- Comfort and fluency with the Microsoft Office suite and entering data into online software systems
- A valid driver’s license as well as current insurance and vehicle with valid registration
- Required criminal history background check, physical, and proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status
- Successful completion of a performance assessment exercise
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Cultivate Alignment of School Community Expectations
- Assist school leadership team in planning, monitoring, and maintaining school-wide Tier 1 interventions aligned to the structures and systems in place to promote a positive school culture
- Support staff with the implementation of Tier 2 and 3 behavioral interventions as directed by school leaders
- Communicate with each suspended student’s teachers on a daily basis to ensure that all students are provided with work
- Ensure suspended students are provided with additional academic support during missed instruction time to ensure that they remain academically on-track
- Maintain, monitor, and enforce student commitment contracts with each student prior to his/her return to school or in-class instruction
- Assist in tracking and decreasing out-of-school suspension rate in alignment with CCSD goals
- Ensure students and families have access to information about their rights and responsibilities and inquiries are sent to the appropriate channels (e.g. anti-bullying coordinator)
- Collaborate with school administrators and teachers in consistently maintaining school-wide expectations, systems, and structures for promoting a positive climate & culture within the school building
Implement Restorative Justice Practices
- Hold one-on-one conferences with students with repeated infractions to discuss discipline record and next steps
- Consistently implement a behavior contract system to support and monitor the progress of students who are frequently suspended
- Implement the District’s re-entry protocol for students returning to school from out-of-school suspension or incarceration
- Support school in facilitating delivery of services for students who have experienced loss or trauma
Monitor Consistent Implementation of the District’s Code of Conduct
- Coordinate with school leaders, teachers, and staff to ensure school’s efforts to significantly reduce the number of incidents that lead to missed instruction and/or out-of-school suspension, in alignment with CCSD’s goals and priorities
- Communicate effectively with school staff members to ensure adherence to the District’s Code of Conduct
- Log and track behavioral information in student information system
- Aid and support teachers, school leaders, and staff to implement school-wide positive behavior incentives in order to reduce the number of students who commit behavioral infractions
- Consistently monitor discipline data for the school and collaborate with teachers, school leaders, students, and families to address identified needs
- Collaborate with CCSD’s Student Supports team to analyze data and respond to trends
- Support projects and initiatives in other divisions and departments throughout CCSD on an as-needed basis
- Complete other duties as assigned by the Supervisor or Supervisor’s designee
An ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate the following and/or have experiences with:
- Strong oral and written communication skills; integrity and clarity in all communication and interactions
- Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
- Demonstrated record of success with serving at-risk youth, preferably in an urban setting
- Creative and outside-the-box thinking
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
- Commitment to the success of all Camden students, specifically in addressing the school-to-prison pipeline
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders, including school staff, students, families, and district officials
- Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education
- Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and take initiative
- Ability to problem solve through the unknown, and to request support when needed.
- Willingness to demonstrate confidentiality where needed.
We are seeking individuals who will exemplify the District’s core values:
Equity for All Students
We make decisions and implement policies that honor all students’ needs and empower our students and their families. We believe in equality of opportunity – all students deserve a fair shot.
Respect and Humility
We serve our community by recognizing the strengths, experiences, and perspectives of others. We humbly recognize our own limitations and incorporate lessons we gain from our reflective practice.
We use evidence to inform decisions and to ensure that we are accountable to our students and families.
Communication & Collaboration
We communicate openly and work collaboratively, recognizing that getting to the best possible decisions requires input from others. Honest communications build trust and establish a community that assumes best intentions.
With respect for the complexity of this work and the history that precedes us, we focus on persistence, resourcefulness, and inclusiveness to drive toward solutions.
REPORTS TO & EVALUATED BY
· Principal and/or designee
SALARY, EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, AND UNION AFFILIATION
· Competitive based on qualifications and previous experience
· Ten month, non-tenureable position
(Pending availability of funds and Superintendent’s approval)
CAMDEN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER