The Student Support Specialist serves with a school, as part of the CIS Tacoma team, to provide school-wide supports, events and programs to strengthen the school community and student engagement in school. They lead small group activities of students to build strong relationships and new skills (examples: social emotional skill building during “Lunch Bunch”, or leading an after-school academic support group). Additionally, Student Support Specialists will meet 1:1 with students to set goals and help students overcome barriers to success. Student Support Specialists also help build a community of support through community outreach.
Communities In Schools of Tacoma is a strong team focused on our mission of surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and succeed in life. We are seeking a Student Support Specialist able to build powerful relationships with youth, families, school staff and community partners; able to work with young people 1:1, support volunteers and facilitate small group activities and after-school activities in the Tacoma School District in Tacoma, WA. What sets Communities In Schools apart is the way we coordinate a comprehensive range of services to support all the needs of our students–academic and non-academic–so they come to school (and/or engage in online learning) ready to learn! We specialize in academic supports, social emotional learning, enrichment opportunities and basic needs supports. Our team helps students (and their families) remove barriers to academic engagement and success.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Mileage reimbursement for trips related to CIS Tacoma duties
High School Graduate
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
- High School Diploma or equivalent upon start of service term, OR agree to obtain diploma or equivalent prior to using Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
- US Citizen or permanent resident
- Commitment to building skills and knowledge related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Ability to travel to service site(s) as well as other training or activity locations across Pierce County
- Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Suite of programs and video conferencing.
- Accuracy with data entry and ability/willingness to learn new database system.
- Belief that EVERY young person is able to be successful and demonstrated strong youth-engagement, asset-building and relationship-building skills, particularly with youth, and their families.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with schools, students, parents, community representatives and the public.
- Adapt, facilitate, and evaluate age-appropriate activities with and for the youth being served.
- Flexibility, collaborative spirit. Ability to work cooperatively as a team member with the CIS Tacoma team, and school teachers and staff.
- Strong written and oral communication skills; confidence in initiating communication via phone, email, or in person with school staff, parents, and community partners; follow up when needed.
- Strong initiative; self-motivated, with the ability to work well under minimal supervision.
- Ability to work with people of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and to work in a diverse environment with diverse personalities and cultures while at all times displaying authenticity, tact, maturity, and flexibility.
- Represent the diversity of clients being served through personal characteristics and/or lived experience. Bilingual or bi-cultural preferred
- Previous experience working with youth or young adults
- Familiarity with the Pierce County community
- Skills and/or knowledge related to youth development, trauma-informed care, or diversity, equity and inclusion
- Knowledge of middle-school math (algebra & geometry), ability to coach in those subject areas
- Strong organizational skills. Ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously, including school-wide supports and individualized support.
- Knowledge of local Pierce County and Tacoma resources, community agencies and social service systems
- Experience in education, social services, counseling, juvenile justice or related field
- Experience with education prevention, intervention and/or reengagement strategies
- Creative spirit; ability to approach challenges with creative thinking and resiliency
English, American Sign Language, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check