Greater Than Middle School Success Advocate

December 03, 2019 10:07 AM | Melissa Buxton

Overview of Organization

Greater Than (formerly “I Have a Dream” Oregon) is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Middle School Success Advocate (MSSA).  This is a great opportunity to join a mission-driven team unified around educational equity, racial justice, and a drive to change the game at a systemic level for historically underserved children and families.

 

The mission of Greater Than (GT) is to support and empower students from poverty-impacted communities to thrive in school, college and career. Working alongside parents, community partners and local school districts, Greater Than seeks to transform public education outcomes in Oregon for historically underserved students.

We believe equitable education is a right. We listen to students, teachers, administrators, families, and one another so that we may correctly advocate, promote opportunities, and remove barriers.  We work alongside community partners and local school districts.  We are flexible problem solvers who strive to create the conditions necessary to achieve equitable education for historically underserved students.

Our work centers around our Greater Than Initiative, a whole child/whole school model based at Alder Elementary School in the Rockwood community. The Greater Than Initiative (GTI) is a collective impact model that engages schools, nonprofits, and other partners in supporting student and family-led efforts to achieve educational equity.  Rockwood is one of the most culturally and racially diverse neighborhoods of Multnomah County, a vibrant community poised for city reinvestment to address the unmet needs of families who call Rockwood home. Deeply impacted by poverty, gentrification, and Portland’s housing crisis, Rockwood is a high opportunity community

Over the years, Greater Than has collaborated with over 70 partners in aligning efforts that focus and promote the long-term development and success of the whole child and community. In the Reynolds School District, we follow students from Alder through Reynolds and H.B. Lee Middle Schools, Reynolds High School and post-secondary education. 84% of these students are children of color and many are bi-lingual, with over 50 languages represented. For more information, please visit www.togethergreater.org.

Goals and Beliefs

Our ultimate goal is that all students obtain a living wage job. We also spur systemic change in poverty-impacted communities by creating innovative, systemic approaches to remove barriers and create opportunities for educational success and by leveraging our whole school model as a demonstration project from which others can learn.

We believe that all children start out curious, creative and full of potential. We believe that families wake up every day and do their very best to support their children.

Equity Statement

We believe that cultural, institutional, and individual racism creates disparities and barriers that are neither fair nor equitable.

We are committed to advancing racial equity as a foundational element of all aspects of our work and with all of our stakeholders. In addition to racism, we recognize that ALL other forms of bias must also be addressed in order to create a more just and equitable society.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to comprehensive community partnerships to help close the racialized achievement gap in our schools and colleges.  We strive to create a truly equitable organization: one where students, families, and communities are welcomed and supported, where their faces, voices, and experiences are reflected and valued.

We listen and respond with great care and intentionality to the students and families with whom we partner.  We consistently analyze our organizational commitment to equity and inclusion as expressed through our policies and practices, our workforce and board composition, and engagement of students and families as central guiders of our work. We are committed to collaborating with other organizations towards advancing equity for all.

Middle School Success Advocate Responsibilities

The Middle School Success Advocate is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the middle school programming for Greater Than at HB Lee/Reynolds Middle School in the Reynolds School District. This position will implement a service-delivery model to create smooth transitions from elementary school to middle school and middle school to high school for students, resulting in higher participation in Greater Than (GT) programming, high school graduation, and post-secondary success.

 


Middle School Success Advocate Responsibilities

Student Engagement and Achievement:

In collaboration with Program & Partnerships Administrator (at Alder Elementary):

Ø  Create and implement transition plan for the 5th to 6th grade transition

§  Attend 5th grade college field trips

§  Present in 5th grade classrooms during the end of the school year

Ø  Build and cultivate strong partnerships with teachers, principals, school officials, and other key decision makers and stakeholders within HBL/RMS

Ø  Create, organize, and implement developmentally age appropriate summer opportunities for rising 6th thru rising 9th grade students

In collaboration with Post-Secondary Success Specialist (at Reynolds High School):

Ø  Create and implement transition plan for the 8th to 9th grade transition

Academic Intervention and Case Management

Ø  Provide direct service mentoring, leadership programming, and academic intervention to GT students at HBL/RMS

§  (Pilot) GT Connect program coordination, recruitment and direct service.

Ø  Maintain direct contact with GT students in regards to high school transition, and continue ‘whole student’ case management approach

Ø  Track GT students’ academic progress. 

Family Engagement and Leadership

Ø  Work collaboratively with Parent Leadership and District Liaison to build relationships with families across partner schools 6th-8th grades and across cultural groups.

§  Organize, recruit, and implement 6th grade family night in the fall of each year

Ø  Develop plans for Impact Team to communicate a transition plan for our families and students as they move through the GT continuum of programing.

Data and Reporting- Tracking, Managing, Organizing

Ø  Navigate Apricot database software for data entry

Ø  Understand the importance of data integrity, managing files for merging, organizing, and helping others track specific data needed for reporting.

Ø  Work with SDI to report and track measurable for grants.

Education and Experience Required

Ø  Undergraduate degree preferred; degree in education, school counseling, or related field

or

Ø  1-2 years of experience working with culturally diverse youth, 1st generation college students, and coordinating projects/partnerships/admin/ mentorship programs at Title I schools 

Ø  Mentoring experience with resilient youth and historically underserved youth; Fingerprinting and driving check required.

Preferred Qualifications/Characteristics

  • Ø  Multicultural Experience- Identifies as someone with a multicultural and/or bilingual life experience. Is able to adapt their own attitudes, behaviors, and values to the mainstream culture and combine/blend aspects of multiple cultures.
  • Ø  Working with resilient youth and historically underserved student groups- Understanding the challenges and barriers that our students face with navigating a system that historically was not created to serve them
  • Ø  Relationship Oriented- Is able to communicate effectively to develop, grow, and sustain relationships rooted in trust.
  • Ø  Respectful- Is able to serve as a positive role model by modeling patience and reflective listening. Listening to understand
  • Ø  Responsible- Is able to own tasks when it comes to caseload, is able to create appropriate boundaries in order to hold students accountable to high standards. 
  • Ø  Collaborator- Is able to promote a spirit of teamwork, is respectful, builds trust with teammates, advocates, and supports effective teamwork.
  • Ø  Organized- Being able to track different student opportunities, application completion and completion dates, corresponding deadlines
  • Ø  Data: Tracking, management, organizing- Is able to look at and analyze data. Navigate database software, understands essentials of data integrity, managing files for merging, organizing, and helping others track specific data needed for reporting.

Salary and Benefits

Ø $35k-$43k; Compensation commensurate with experience

Ø 100% employee premium paid for medical/dental/vision insurance

Ø Employer paid life, long- and short-term disability insurance

Ø Flexible Spending Benefit Plan and Employee Assistance Program

Ø Generous paid time off: 15 days of accrued vacation, 12 days of sick,10 flex holidays and for the past several years, the CEO has gifted additional holidays. Extended weekend hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day

Ø Simple IRA retirement plan with employer matching program

Ø 1 month paid sabbatical after 5 years of continuous employment

Ø An organizational value of work/life balance with flexibility and remote work options

Ø Monthly cell phone stipend

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Johanna Flores at: johannaf@togethergreater.org.  Applications will be reviewed and accepted through December 30, 2019.

An Equal Opportunity Employer


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