The Student Support Specialists serves with a school, as part of the CISL 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 “Open-Gym” during Late Start Wednesday). Additionally, Student Support Specialists will meet 1:1 with students to set goals and help students overcome barriers to success.
Communities In Schools of Lakewood 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 Student Support Specialists 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 in the Clover Park School District of Lakewood, 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 on social emotional learning and helping 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 service related trips
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 (See Communities In Schools of Lakewood’s Values, Beliefs and Commitments for more information)
- Ability to travel to service site(s) as well as other training or activity locations across Pierce County
- Basic computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Suite of programs and video conferencing.
- 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 CISL team, and schoolteachers and staff.
- 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
- 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
- Bi-lingual and/or bi-cultural connection to Spanish-speaking community
- Strong organizational skills. Ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously, including school-wide supports and individualized support.
- Knowledge of local Pierce County and Lakewood 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.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check