Director of Family Advocacy @ Stamford Academy

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Job Overview and Requirements

Are you ready to transform the educational experience of students who haven’t yet found academic success?  Do you want to help ensure disengaged students are on track to succeed in high school and successfully transition to post-secondary opportunities? Do you want to be challenged, have fun, work hard, lead staff and work directly with students? Domus is looking for a Director of Family Advocacy at Stamford Academy, a small charter high school designed to work with young people who have struggled finding academic and social/emotional success.

Our story: In light of the recent Parthenon report “Untapped potential:  Engaging all Connecticut youth”  (http://cdn.ey.com/parthenon/pdf/perspectives/Parthenon-EY_Untapped-Potential_Dalio-Report_final_092016_web.pdf ), we know that there are 39,000 disengaged and disconnected youth in Connecticut and the need to re-engage them is urgent if we want our state to succeed and our graduation rates to rise. If we were able to cut this number in half, the economic value to the state would be over $3 billion in additional gross state product.

To that end, we are looking to hire a Director of Family Advocacy to lead staff around reducing chronic absenteeism and re-engaging students in a positive, enriching and connected educational experience.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Urgently lead attendance initiative for school.  Oversee implementation of daily protocol, monitor via data and make course adjustments as necessary.  Competently report out progress to leadership team weekly.
  • Serve as the social and emotional point person and expert for the building.  Share out relevant social, emotional and trauma history to the larger staff.  Act as a consultant to teachers and staff on how best to support and educate students from a social and emotional perspective.
  • Passionately lead Stamford Academy’s social and emotional learning program including designing the schedule, reviewing weekly lesson plans, providing professional development/support to instructors and ensuring quality programming for students.
  • Directly supervise and motivate 4 family advocates and 1 post-secondary advocate.  Support and monitor the Advocacy team’s work implementing program model components.  Audit fidelity to program model, track data daily, weekly and monthly to ensure students are receiving appropriate dosage of interventions including intakes, home visits and face to face contacts.
  • Collaborate closely with the behavior support team to develop restorative practices to help young people to learn new skills and break the cycle of unsuccessful behavior.
  • Partner with families and organize critical engagement opportunities such as report card nights, family nights, back to school BBQ and meetings to support student success
  • Consistently solicit feedback from constituents in order to improve program effectiveness.  Administer student and parent surveys and ensure high return rate. Work with research team to analyze data and make program adjustments to best serve the needs of young people.

OUR HIRING PROCESS & TIMELINE:

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. That being said, we will review all applications received by November 17th.
  • To apply, please send a brief letter of interest to Courtney Carey at ccarey@domuskids.org Please fully read this job description, the Parthenon report (see link above), the Family Advocate program model (click here for model) and address the following:
    1. Briefly address what about this program speaks to you and why you think you are a good fit;
    2. Briefly address your ability to achieve the program components and expected outcomes;
    3. Please tell us (briefly) how your personal values and beliefs do or do not align with the core program beliefs
  • Interviews will be scheduled the week of November 27th.  Finalists will be invited to a second-round interview.
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start no later than January 2nd, 2018.

Domus is an equal opportunity employer. Spanish speaking people and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Requirements

  • A great sense of humor!
  • A strong work ethic
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, high crisis environment while maintaining excellent emotion management
  • Able to work some evenings and to be on-call for after school hour needs
  • Commitment to our mission, values and core program beliefs
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Valid driver’s license with a driving history that meets agency insurance requirements
  • Commitment to being highly organized and proactive in driving programming
  • Ability to collect required data and respond to the data
  • Flexibility and adaptability, able to shift styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
  • High emotional intelligence, able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
  • Impeccable written and oral communication skills
  • Love of young people, especially young people others consider unlovable

Compensation

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Full-time, exempt position, working 40.0 hours per week. We believe in work-life balance, and there will be times when the balance tips to work and when the balance tips toward life.  We will frequently work more than 40 hours when school is in session and less than 40 hours when school is not in session

Core Program Beliefs

  • We believe that within each of us is a desire to move towards health and achievement, under the right conditions.  It is our job to provide young people with those conditions.
  • We believe that every young person wants to love and be loved.  It is our job to love these young people, and to help them learn to love themselves and others.
  • We believe in the power of belonging.  It is a core human condition to want to be missed when we are gone.  We will miss young people when they are absent and we will express that: “We didn’t see you yesterday. We missed you.  We are glad you are back”. We will make sure every young person belongs in our community.  No matter what.  “She drew a circle to shut me out. Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win. We drew a circle that took her in”(Edwin Markham)
  • We accept young people for who they are.  Right here. Right now.  They do not have to change to be respected and loved and valued and be a member of our community. Behavior is not a condition of their worth as human beings.
  • We believe that every young person wants to be in charge of their own life.  To that end, we will give young people a voice in this program, and choices of how to best accomplish their goals.
  • We are hungry to understand if our interventions are having the intended impact.  We will be meticulous in our data entry, and ruthless in our hunt to understand the data and learn from it. If what we are doing is not working, we will set aside our egos, intentions and preconceived notions and we will change what we are doing.
  • We believe that the young people with whom we work deserve our full attention and our best selves.  Therefore, we will:  NOT allow our personal beliefs or baggage to interfere with our work; we will commit to doing excellent work all the time on behalf of our young people; we will be honest and transparent with ourselves, our colleagues and our partners. To be very clear, by working in this program we are committing to:

o   Working out our personal issues outside of work;

o   Using supervision as a tool for professional growth

o   Refraining from gossiping at all costs—bringing all issues directly back to the person

o   Learning our craft before practicing on our youth;

o   Giving and receiving honest feedback, even if it is uncomfortable to hear or say

o   Using data to inform our actions and interventions

  • As a trauma responsive, Sanctuary certified organization we understand hurt people hurt people.  We help young people, community partners and each other heal from this trauma and we strive to move our community from “hurt people hurt people” to “helped people help people”.

Community Center Youth Services Librarian

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Chester Addison Community Center

Job Overview and Requirements

Are you ready to be a catalyst for making great things happen within an organization that leads on youth, parent, and schools engagement?   Do you want to help develop a forward-leaning program and activities that ensure opportunities that engage youth and their parents in academic, social and emotional growth? Do you want to be challenged, have fun, work hard, and incorporate student, parent, and community feedback into our progressive model?  Domus- Chester Addison is looking for a part-time Youth Services Librarian for our youth lending library housed at our Center to join our team of committed professionals.

Our story: The Chester Addison Community Center is adjacent to the revitalized Southwood Square Development, and is a thriving hub of activity in Stamford’s Waterside neighborhood.   Our community center activities serve approximately 300 youth per week. Our core program “The Study Zone” is a state-licensed afterschool program serving 165.  Our goal is to provide a safe place that engages and supports the academic, social, and emotional growth of students K to 8th grade.  We provide homework time, literacy and STEM opportunities as well as pro-social activities that expose our youth to experiential learning settings. We believe that our work makes positive contributions to encourage and ensure student potential to thrive in schools and in their community. The Chester Addison Library is a focal point of student interest at our center.

  • We seek to fill a part-time 15 hour/week, position with a librarian that has the attributes of a “Pied Piper”; creative, enthusiastic, highly motivated, customer service-oriented youth services librarian. Join a team committed to providing outstanding library service to our afterschool community.
  • The successful candidate will enjoy working with young people K through 8 in the afterschool and, teens and adults from the adjacent community. Must have a strong background in children’s and teen literature, and possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Responsibilities include reference, and readers’ advisory, collection management and programming activities for all ages. Additional responsibilities of this position include outreach into the community to promote literacy and library use and providing leadership for our experienced and committed volunteers. Proficiency in technology required. Bilingual capability an asset.  Perfect position for mature student working towards MLS, reading specialist, or retired educator.

REPORTS TO: Director, Michael Hyman

SUPERVISES: No one however does provide direction to your able team of adult volunteer library helpers.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Relentless Relationship Building with youth
  • Skills Building with Youth
  • Collaborating with Chester Addison and School staff
  • Outreach to the Community
  • Thinking “outside-the-box” to introduce youth to creative approaches, speakers, activities that stimulate an interest in reading
  • Manage our library collection

OUR HIRING PROCESS & TIMELINE:

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • To apply, please send a brief letter of interest to Michael Hyman (mhyman@domuskids.org) Please fully read this job description.
    1. Please tell us (briefly) how your personal values and beliefs do or do not align with the core program beliefs
  • PLEASE: if you have any questions or concerns, or are interested in having a conversation about whether or not this job is a fit for you before you apply, reach out to me @ 203.219.8977

Domus is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, especially those from Stamford, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Requirements

  • A great sense of humor!
  • A strong work ethic
  • Commitment to our mission, values and core program beliefs
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Flexibility and adaptability. Ability to shift styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
  • High emotional intelligence, able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Love of young people

Compensation

  • Salary range of based on experience

Core Program Beliefs

  • We believe that within each of us is a desire to move towards health and achievement, under the right conditions. It is our job to provide young people with those conditions.
  • We believe that every young person wants to love and be loved. It is our job to love these young people, and to help them learn to love themselves and others.
  • We believe in the power of belonging. It is a core human condition to want to be missed when we are gone.  We will miss young people when they are absent and we will express that: “We didn’t see you yesterday. We missed you.  We are glad you are back”. We will make sure every young person belongs in our community.
  • We accept young people for who they are. Right here. Right now.  They do not have to change to be respected and loved and valued and be a member of our community. Behavior is not a condition of their worth as human beings.
  • We believe that the young people with whom we work deserve our full attention and our best selves. Therefore, we will:  NOT allow our personal beliefs or baggage to interfere with our work; we will commit to doing excellent work all the time on behalf of our young people; we will be honest and transparent with ourselves, our colleagues and our partners.

Community Center Educational Advocate

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Chester Addison Community Center

Job Overview and Requirements

Are you ready to be a catalyst for making great things happen within an organization that leads on youth, parent, and schools engagement?   Do you want to help develop a forward-leaning program and activities that ensure opportunities that engage youth and their parents in academic, social and emotional growth? Do you want to be challenged, have fun, work hard, and incorporate student, parent, and community feedback into our progressive model?  Domus- Chester Addison is looking for an Educational Advocate to join our team of committed professionals.

Our story: The Chester Addison Community Center is adjacent to the revitalized Southwood Square Development, and is a thriving hub of activity in Stamford’s Waterside neighborhood.   Our community center activities serve approximately 300 youth per week. Our core program “The Study Zone” is a state-licensed afterschool program serving 165.  Our goal is to provide a safe place that engages and supports the academic, social, and emotional growth of students K to 8th grade.  We provide homework time, literacy and STEM opportunities as well as pro-social activities that expose our youth to experiential learning settings. We believe that our work makes positive contributions to encourage and ensure student potential to thrive in schools and in their community.  As an Educational Advocate you will:

  • Engage youth in one-on-one, positive, life changing relationships and become a trusted, go-to resource
  • Utilize teachable moments during youth’s day-to day challenging interactions to teach/model interpersonal communication skills (using Cornell University’s Life Space Interview format)
  • Address youth’s past and current traumas and stressors as they relate to underlying drivers of current behavioral challenges (e.g., meet basic needs, address trauma, address medical/mental health needs, support in crisis)
  • Provide therapy on the hoof
  • Follow-up on any behavioral issues at home or in the community
  • Conduct check in meetings
  • Conduct community meetings

REPORTS TO: Director, Michael Hyman

SUPERVISES: No one however as a member of professional staff the educational advocate provides direction to junior youth counselors.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Relentless Relationship Building with youth

  • Use yearly parent/family intake session to establish family baseline allowing the initial assessment of need
  • Development of group and individual plans that meet social, emotional and academic standards for positive growth
  • Utilize teachable moments to teach/model interpersonal communication skills with youth and parents
  • Provide therapy on the hoof and referrals to therapeutic professionals
  • Address youth’s past and current traumas and stressors as they relate to the underlying drivers of current behavioral challenges
  • Utilize Domus’ core principles to build relationships, most importantly never giving up and giving many chances
  • Document daily face to face interactions with youth, as well as any behavioral and attendance challenges the youth may have

Skills Building with Youth

  • In some instances you will assist with the development and implementation of grade-appropriate Skill building lessons for use by groups of youth.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with outside community supports and connections as appropriate for young people
  • Recommend youth for, and oversee the placement of mentors
  • Document on a weekly and monthly basis all skills building opportunities

Collaborating with school staff

  • Regular and periodic meetings/ conferences with all schools
  • Provide supportive intervention in the classroom establishing strong, teacher-parent- advocate relationships
  • As appropriate, attend student meetings including PPT meetings, staff meetings, etc.
  • Document any interactions with school staff in support of program youth.

OUR HIRING PROCESS & TIMELINE:

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • To apply, please send a brief letter of interest to Michael Hyman (mhyman@domuskids.org) Please fully read this job description.
    1. Please tell us (briefly) how your personal values and beliefs do or do not align with the core program beliefs
  • PLEASE: if you have any questions or concerns, or are interested in having a conversation about whether or not this job is a fit for you before you apply, reach out to me @ 203.219.8977

Domus is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, especially those from Stamford, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Requirements

  • A great sense of humor!
  • A strong work ethic
  • Able to work some evenings, and weekends for celebratory events, parent, school or community outreach meetings.
  • Commitment to our mission, values and core program beliefs
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working within systems, with a nuanced understanding of how to build working relationships with diverse parents, school professionals, and
  • Flexibility and adaptability. Ability to shift styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
  • High emotional intelligence, able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Love of young people

Compensation

  • Salary range of based on experience
  • Full-time, exempt position, working 40.0 hours per week. We believe in work-life balance.

Core Program Beliefs

  • We believe that within each of us is a desire to move towards health and achievement, under the right conditions. It is our job to provide young people with those conditions.
  • We believe that every young person wants to love and be loved. It is our job to love these young people, and to help them learn to love themselves and others.
  • We believe in the power of belonging. It is a core human condition to want to be missed when we are gone.  We will miss young people when they are absent and we will express that: “We didn’t see you yesterday. We missed you.  We are glad you are back”. We will make sure every young person belongs in our community.
  • We accept young people for who they are. Right here. Right now.  They do not have to change to be respected and loved and valued and be a member of our community. Behavior is not a condition of their worth as human beings.
  • We believe that every young person wants to be in charge of their own life. We are hungry to understand if our interventions are having the intended impact.  We will be meticulous in our data entry, and ruthless in our hunt to understand the data and learn from it. If what we are doing is not working, we will set aside our egos, intentions and preconceived notions and we will change what we are doing.
  • We believe that the young people with whom we work deserve our full attention and our best selves. Therefore, we will:  NOT allow our personal beliefs or baggage to interfere with our work; we will commit to doing excellent work all the time on behalf of our young people; we will be honest and transparent with ourselves, our colleagues and our partners. To be very clear, by working in this program we are committing to:
    • Learning our craft before practicing on our youth;
    • Giving and receiving honest feedback, even if it is uncomfortable to hear or say

Part-Time Grant Writer

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Job Overview and Requirements

We are a large Stamford CT nonprofit—and our busy development team needs help finding and winning grant funds to support our portfolio of terrific programs (including schools, community centers, and social justice projects) for low-income, high-need young people. If you are a gifted writer, careful researcher, and meticulous grammarian, we need your help. Our team is welcoming, our work is rewarding, and we set a high bar for the quality of everything we do. This is a part-time, non-exempt position, working 20 hours per week. This position reports to the Director of Grants.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research RFPs, foundations, and other new grant opportunities applicable to Domus programs and projects
  • Complete grant applications, grant reports, and other writing projects
  • Visit Domus programs to build relationships with program staff and to write blurbs for use in grants and communications
  • Assist with answering funder questions and hosting funder site visits
  • Manage “grant tracker” list of application and report deadlines
  • Maintain electronic and paper files of grant applications, reports, award letters, contracts, and other documents
  • Maintain boilerplates by compiling current program descriptions, demographics, outcome results, and narratives about each Domus program
  • Assist with Gala, NINER, Golf Outing, and other special events projects as needed
  • Help our five-person development department hit annual fundraising goals

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a writing-intensive field
  • At least 5 years professional experience as a researcher and writer (grant-writing, journalism, communications, marketing, technical writing…)
  • Superb storytelling skills, with clear and concise writing style, excellent grammar, and an eye for copy editing
  • Impeccable oral communication skills
  • A strong work ethic and team spirit
  • Commitment to our mission and values
  • Love of young people, especially young people others consider unlovable
  • Able to work a few fund-raising events per year on evenings and weekends
  • A great sense of humor!

Domus is an equal opportunity employer. Spanish speaking people and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

OUR HIRING PROCESS

We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. That being said, we hope to fill the position by Nov. 10.

To apply, please send your resume and a brief letter of interest to Alison Soler at asoler@domuskids.org. Please:

  • Briefly address what about Domus’ mission speaks to you and why you are a good fit
  • Briefly address your grant writing successes and/or other experiences that are relevant to this position
  • Share up to three professional writing samples of which you’re particularly proud

Domus is committed to equal employment opportunity and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for the position. Domus does not discriminate against applicants based on race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, physical or mental handicap, or disability or veteran status.

ABOUT DOMUS

Youth come to Domus with many challenges, including poverty, involvement in the criminal justice system, homelessness, academic failure, and untreated mental and physical health issues. Domus supports these young people to rise above adversity and become resilient, positive contributors to their communities. As a multiservice organization, we provide academic support, social-emotional skill building, and pro-social connections to help guide our youth through critical junctures in their lives so they may become resilient, positive contributors to their communities. Domus operates more than a dozen programs, including alternative charter schools, community centers, after-school programs, summer camps, vocational training, court diversion, and anti-gang street outreach. We serve more than 1,100 young people each year. We are certified by the Sanctuary Institute as a trauma-responsive agency; we are committed to serving all youth who need our help, regardless of their behavior; and we are dedicated to fighting institutional racism in our community.

 

Certified Teachers (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, Physical Education)

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Job Posting: Certified Teachers (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, Physical Education)

Location: Hartford Juvenile Detention Center, Hartford, CT

Position Rationale:

This job was established for the purpose/s of providing the instructional programming within the Hartford Juvenile Detention Center with the specific responsibility of the instruction of students who are housed within the facility.  The teacher’s job is to plan and execute daily lessons throughout the course of the school year. 

Domus is a nonprofit social services organization that operates educational, residential, and community programs, including schools in Stamford and Hartford, CT, designed to work with each city’s most academically and socially struggling students. Our educational mission is to successfully transition our students to the next stage of their education.

For more information, please visit us online at www.domuskids.org.

About the program:

Domus’ Hartford program serves students ages 13 through 18 who are currently incarcerated in the Hartford Juvenile Detention Center. The school actively works to prepare students to transition successfully back to their home district upon release.

About the position:

The teacher will plan and provide daily instruction to students for the course of the school year.   

Domus is committed to equal employment opportunity, and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for open positions. Domus does not discriminate against applicants based on race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, physical or mental handicap, or disability or veteran status.

Responsibilities:

  • Effectively implements curriculum in the classroom environment
  • Assesses each student’s level of achievement, progress, and needs at established evaluation periods
  • Uses data to drive instructional decisions
  • Employs backward design methodology to plan instruction
  • Demonstrates facility in co-teaching with content area teachers in delivery of course material to struggling readers
  • Promotes a positive social and learning environment for each student
  • Assists students in developing positive self-esteem
  • Understands and applies child development principles regarding educational stages of development
  • Utilizes appropriate and approved disciplinary interventions as may be necessary to promote or maintain classroom discipline
  • Establishes and maintains parent/guardian involvement in student performance
  • Efficiently organizes time, space, materials, equipment, etc. to maximize instruction and promote maximum individual achievement
  • Meets professional responsibilities including timelines, administration meetings, individual supervision, certifications and re-certification, training, etc.
  • Maintains student and school confidentiality at all times in accordance with State law and school policy
  • Maintains professional teacher/student boundaries at all times
  • Assists the student and school in related activities such as social skills, life skills, recreation, etc.
  • Performs any other duty as assigned by the Chief Education Officer

Required core competencies include:

  • Excellent organizational, time management, and follow-up skills
  • Must be able and willing to work with a behaviorally difficult youth population in a positive and calm manner
  • Absolute commitment to the mission and core principle of Domus, including the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively
  • Exceptional problem-solving, critical-thinking, and strategic planning skills
  • Ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and take initiative
  • Ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment
  • Must be able to cooperatively and conjointly work with other teachers, support staff, administrators, etc.
  • Must be computer literate, possessing knowledge of relevant basic software programs
  • Must be able to work under stress

Educational background and work experience:

  • B.A. degree relative to course curriculum including undergraduate major
  • Appropriate teaching certification preferred
  • Must be or become certified according to CT State Board of Education regulations
  • Must possess competency and facility in teaching subject matter

Other:

  • Must submit to a criminal history check as required by CT law
  • Must know and apply legal mandated reporter protocols as established by DCF

Compensation:
Staff members are provided with a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, vision, 403(b) plan, life insurance, disability, etc.), and a working environment that includes all the necessary technology and resources to succeed. This is a full-time 10 month position which follows the published Hartford Public Schools Calendar.

Join a team of like-minded educators who work to achieve the mission ensuring that the community’s most struggling students get the world-class education and social support they need to thrive at the next level.

To Apply:

Send a letter of interest and resume to Craig Baker at cbaker@domuskids.org

Deadline for submission is Sunday, August 27th, 2017.

 

Assistant to Chief Education Officer

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Position: Assistant to Chief Education Officer (part-time)       

 Location: Stamford, CT

About Domus:

Domus is a nonprofit social services organization that operates educational, residential, and community programs, including a group of public charter/turnaround schools in Stamford and New Haven, CT, designed to work with each city’s most academically and socially struggling students. Our educational mission is to successfully transition our students to the next stage of their education.  Domus runs two middle schools and one high school.  For more information, please visit us online at www.domuskids.org.

Domus is committed to equal employment opportunity, and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for open positions. Domus does not discriminate against applicants based on race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, physical or mental handicap, or disability or veteran status.

About the position:

The Assistant to the Chief Education Officer provides administrative and project support to the Chief Education Officer who oversees all Domus education programs.  This is a part-time position with the following schedule: M/W/F – 11:30 am – 3:30 pm, T/TH – 8 am – 12 pm, some additional hours occasionally as needed.

Domus is seeking a highly motivated and organized professional who thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with minimal supervision.   The Assistant position is an excellent opportunity to learn about urban education and school administration and impact hundreds of the region’s most vulnerable youth.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and maintain calendars for Chief Education Officer and School Leadership Team including meetings, conferences and events
  • Manage correspondence for Chief Education Officer including email communication
  • Assist with financial processes such as expense approvals and reimbursement requests
  • Respond to phone calls, inquiries and requests
  • Meet and greet visitors
  • Prepare agendas and minutes for School Leadership meetings
  • Develop organizational and tracking systems
  • Represent Chief Education Officer in meetings as appropriate
  • Occasional travel to school locations
  • Special projects as assigned

Required Core Competencies include:

  • Excellent organization, time management, and follow-up skills
  • Ability to produce consistent high-quality results under deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively
  • Highly proficient with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Exceptional problem-solving, critical-thinking, and strategic planning skills
  • Ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and take initiative
  • Commitment to the mission and core principles of Domus including the Sanctuary model of trauma-informed care
  • Driver’s license

Educational Background and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience working in an organization that provides educational services to youth
  • Experience in providing administrative support

Compensation:

This is a part-time, non-exempt position.  Anticipated rate of pay will be between $12-$17/hour depending on education and experience.  This position is not eligible for benefits.

To Apply:

Send a letter of interest and resume to Craig Baker at cbaker@domuskids.org by August 30, 2017.

Family Advocate at Stamford Academy

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Domus is a non-profit social services organization that oversees a group of public charter/turnaround schools in Stamford and New Haven, CT designed to work with each of the communities’ most academically and socially struggling students. Our mission is to successfully transition our students to the next stage of their education. Domus currently oversees two middle schools and one high school. Unique to Domus is the Family Advocate Model which promotes intensive wraparound services for families and students intended to remove any social, emotional or academic barriers to a student’s overall success in school. Domus is seeking a Family Advocate for Stamford Academy , a small public charter middle school created in 2004.

Position Description:  The Family Advocate works with young people and their families and helps them develop and reach academic, social and emotional goals through a variety of interventions.  Must have excellent communication skills, exceptional relationship building skills with families and young people who may display challenging behaviors.  Must be able to advocate for youth in within a school and community setting, manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities and a comfort working with families directly in their home.

Bi-lingual candidates with Spanish fluency strongly preferred.

Required: BA/BS, valid drivers license, excellent communication skills, ability to build strong relationships with young people and their families, ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, comfort working with families directly in their homes as well as working with young people who may have challenging behaviors.

Applicant is a full-time employee of Domus and works all school vacations and holidays. Some night and weekend hours required.

Domus is committed to equal employment opportunity and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for the position.  Domus does not discriminate against applicants based on race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, physical or mental handicap, or disability or veteran status. EOE

Please send resume and cover letter to by 4/10 to mbramble@domuskids.org

Part Time Paraeducator, Trailblazers Academy Charter Middle School

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Job Posting: Part Time Paraeducator, Trailblazers Academy Charter Middle School

Location: Stamford, CT

Position Rationale: The position of Part Time Paraeducator –to assist students in need of additional support.
Domus is a nonprofit social services organization that oversees a group of public charter/turnaround schools in Stamford and New Haven, CT, designed to work with each community’s most academically and socially struggling students. Our mission is to successfully transition our students to the next stage of their education. Domus runs two middle schools and one high school.
For more information, please visit us online at www.domuskids.org.


About the program:

Trailblazers Academy is a public charter middle school serving students in grades 6 through 8. The school actively seeks to serve the most academically and behaviorally struggling students in our community and prepare them to transition successfully to high school.

Job description:

 The Para-educator  will help students, stay on task and complete assignments. The Para-educator – long-term sub will be supporting one student in particular though be available to other students in the class as well, so as to provide the least restrictive environment for the student.

Domus is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for the position. Domus does not discriminate against applicants based on race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, physical or mental handicap, or disability or veteran status.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of materials or skills
  • Provide individualized instruction and support as necessary
  • Assist students who are struggling with classroom activities as time allows
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned

Essential qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational, time management, and follow-up skills
  • Basic understanding of computers, including logging on, using a web browser, hooking up a web cam, and basic troubleshooting
  • Must be able and willing to work with a behaviorally difficult youth population in a positive and calm manner
  • Absolute commitment to the mission and core principle of Domus, including the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively
  • Exceptional problem-solving, critical-thinking, and strategic planning skills
  • Ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and take initiative
  • Ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment

Educational background and work experience:

  • Associates degree or higher preferred
  • Experience with working with children in a school environment preferred
  • Must be committed to finding ways to keep students in the school building to serve consequences
  • Must be computer literate in relevant educational software programs
  • Must be able successfully monitor student behavior and help them stay focused and on task

Compensation:
This position is a part-time position (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-3:00). This position will be for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year as a substitute position.  Rate of pay: $15/hr

Join a team of like-minded educators who work to ensure the region’s most struggling students get the world-class education and social support they need to thrive at the next level.

Domus is committed to equal employment opportunity and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for the position.  Domus does not discriminate against applicants based on race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, physical or mental handicap, or disability or veteran status.

To apply:
Send a letter of interest to Melissa Bramble (mbramble@domuskids.org) by December 22, 2016.

 

 

Director, Stamford Academy Charter High School – Stamford, CT

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Location: Stamford, CT

Domus is a nonprofit social services organization that operates educational, residential, and community programs, including a group of public charter/turnaround schools in Stamford and New Haven, CT designed to work with each of the communities’ most academically and socially struggling students. Our mission is to successfully transition our students to the next stage of their education. Domus currently oversees two middle schools and one high school. Trailblazers Academy is a public charter school with a mission of targeting the communities most academically and behaviorally struggling students.

Job
description:

Stamford Academy is an alternative charter high school established and governed according to Connecticut General Statutes. The director is responsible for all administrative, curricular, programmatic, evaluative, disciplinary, fiscal, maintenance, and staff supervision of the charter school. These duties are to be performed while promoting the philosophy and goals of Domus and Stamford Academy at all times. The director reports to Domus’ Chief Education Officer.

Examples
of duties:  

  • Schedules and conducts staff meetings and data meetings
  • Uses data-driven strategies to improve student achievement, attendance, and behavior
  • Makes the Domus core principles a way of life at Stamford Academy
  • Works collaboratively with the social services team to identify and remove social and emotional obstacles to learning
  • Provides in-service training for staff, including mandated annual reviews
  • Attends and presents at Board of Directors meetings
  • Coordinates annual student recruitment for incoming grades and fills other grade vacancies
  • Works to meet all State standardized test goals and standards set forth by the Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Networks with public school principals, superintendents, and other public school officials
  • Conducts staff recruitment, hiring, dismissal, disciplinary interventions, evaluations, and staff supervision in conjunction with the Chief Education Officer
  • Ensures proper coverage in the absence of an employee
  • Ensures personnel policies are carried out in compliance with Stamford Academy By-Laws, state and federal statutes, and personnel manual criteria

 

Essential qualifications:

  • Must be able to instruct, direct, discipline, delegate, supervise, and motivate staff
  • Must hold Bachelor’s degree in education or related field
  • Current teacher or administrator certification as required
  • Must possess and demonstrate positive leaderships skills
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and follow-up skills
  • Commitment to the mission and core principles of Domus, including the Sanctuary Model Commitments of trauma-informed care
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write persuasively
  • Highly proficient with MS Excel and relational data management systems such as Microsoft Access
  • Exceptional problem-solving, critical-thinking, and strategic-planning skills
  • Ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and take initiative
  • Ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment
  • Must be able to translate data into a user-friendly format for staff to use information to inform interventions

 

Desirable:

  • Masters or advanced degree education
  • 5 to 7 years’ experience in an urban high school
  • Experience with behaviorally difficult students

 

Other:

  • Must submit to a criminal history check

 

Applicant is a full-time employee of Stamford Academy and works all school vacations and holidays. Some night and weekend hours required.
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Domus staff members are provided with a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, vision, 403(b) plan, life insurance, disability, etc.) and a working environment that includes all the necessary technology and resources to succeed. Join a team of like-minded educators who work to ensure the community’s most struggling students get the world-class education and social supports they need to thrive at the next level.

Domus is committed to equal employment opportunity and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for the position.  Domus does not discriminate against applicants based on race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, physical or mental handicap, or disability or veteran status.

To apply: Send a letter of interest and resume to careers@domuskids.org by June 24, 2016.

English Language Learners (ELL) Middle School Teacher, Stamford CT

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Location: Stamford, CT

Position Rationale:

Domus is a nonprofit social services organization that operates educational, residential, and community programs, including a group of public charter/turnaround schools in Stamford and New Haven, CT, designed to work with each city’s most academically and socially struggling students. Our educational mission is to successfully transition our students to the next stage of their education. Domus runs two middle schools and one high school.

About the program:
Trailblazers Academy is a public charter middle school serving students in grades 6 through 8.  The school actively seeks to serve the most academically and behaviorally struggling students in our community and prepare them to transition successfully to high school.

About the position: 

The duties of the ELL teacher include:

  • Provide instruction for students who are eligible to receive ELL services
  • Modify curriculum so that content is accessible to ELL students
  • Follow a push-in/pull-out model to best serve students
  • Assist teachers in planning appropriately for teaching ELL students
  • Maintain appropriate documents on screening and assessment of ELL students

Required core competencies include:

  • Connecticut Educator Certificate 111 (TESOL, PK-12)
  • Must be able and willing to work with a behaviorally difficult youth population in a positive and calm manner
  • Absolute commitment to the mission and core principle of Domus, including the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively
  • Exceptional problem-solving, critical-thinking, and strategic-planning skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and take initiative
  • Ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment

Domus is committed to equal employment opportunity, and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for open positions. Domus does not discriminate against applicants based on race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, physical or mental handicap, or disability or veteran status.
Compensation:
Staff members are provided with a competitive salary and a working environment that includes all the necessary technology and resources to succeed. This is a full-time, school year position.

Join a team of like-minded educators who work to ensure the community’s most struggling students get the world-class education and social support they need to thrive at the next level.

To apply: Send a letter of interest and resume to Melissa Bramble.  Deadline for submission is February 5, 2016. No phone calls, please. EOE.