Youth Development Coordinator (High School)
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Responsible for the planning and management of Communities In Schools operations at the site and the implementation of the Communities In Schools model of integrating student services. The YDC position will identify and assess/access the needs of enrolled students. This position will work directly with students and families to improve attendance, academics, and behavior: Connecting school content to real world experiences, reinforcing positive patterns, character development, and discovering intrinsic motivation.


Implementation of the Communities In Schools model of integrated student services in compliance with TQS standards:

  • Build and lead a site team that collaborates with school administrators, staff and teachers in the implementation of the Communities In Schools model. The site team may include other Communities In Schools employees, volunteers, schools staff or faculty and/or other community partners. This process will include the building and nurturing of school staff relations, relationships to school and community and the engagement of volunteer for the delivery of services.
  • Lead the annual needs assessment process. This process will be based on such sources of data as data collected by school districts and schools as part of overall school improvement initiatives, surveys and discussions with staff, parents and students, and evaluation results from the previous year.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the site plan. The plan will include measurable objectives, as well as procedures for delivering school-wide services, targeted and sustained services, monitoring and adjusting services, and evaluating and reporting effectiveness.
  • Lead and coordinate the delivery of evidence-based services based on best practice and risk factor research. Widely accessible services will be provided to help address identified school-wide needs or to build and reinforce student assets. Services provided should fall within the framework of Academic, Behavior Coursework and Parent Engagement (ABC + P).
  • Case manage students through targeted and sustained services that will be coordinated and provided at the school site for specific students who are identified as having moderate risk of eventually dropping out of school.
  • Monitor and adjust services. The Youth Development Coordinator will lead the CIS site team in regularly monitoring and adjusting services as needed to maximize effectiveness and impact.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness at achieving school and student individualized goals. The Youth Development Coordinator will lead the CIS site team in implementing a systematic data collection plan to evaluate the effectiveness of services in achieving school-wide goals and addressing the needs of individual students.
  • Support annual reporting process. Annual end-of-year reports will be provided to school and affiliate leadership which are instrumental in planning site services for the following year, as well as contributing to affiliate level reports for partners, the state office and the Communities In Schools National Office.

Provide the following specific support functions:

  • Identify students to administer attendance, behavioral and academic monitoring/interventions in support of educational success
  • Complete appropriate school documentation; as well as other appropriate program. Ensure accurate and timely data is entered in CIS Central Office Student Information System (CISDM)
  • Plan and organize student-training opportunities to observe, teach and reinforce pro-social behaviors and life skills using community resources/support
  • Work with parents of CIS students to assist and support students’ academic success, as well as career planning and training
  • Assist in removing academic barriers through coordination of health & critical needs, dental and optometric screening/treatment services to CIS students
  • Communicate regularly with school leaders, teachers and/or counselors seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support students
  • Conduct site team meetings, attend weekly staff meetings, staff development activities and other relevant meetings to assist with student engagement as required

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle, feel and keyboard; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; stoop, kneel, or bend. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Aside from having experience in working with school-age children, effective written and verbal communication skills and familiarity with local health and human service agencies a Youth Development coordinator must possess the knowledge, skills and personal attributes needed to support the critical features of positive youth development settings. These core competencies are as follows:

  • Understand and apply basic child and adolescent development principles
  • Communicate and develop positive relationships with youth
  • Adapt, facilitate and evaluate age appropriate activities with and for the group
  • Respect and honor cultural and human diversity
  • Involve and empower youth
  • Identify potential risk factors with students, families and communities and take measures to reduce those risks
  • Care for, involve and work with families and community
  • Work as part of a team and shows professionalism
  • Demonstrate the attributes and qualities of a positive role model
  • Interact with and relate to youth in ways that support asset building


Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree and 2 years of relevant equivalent experience in education, social work or related field. Must have a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance, with an acceptable driving record.


Candidates must have:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to analyze and interpret business periodicals, professional journals, technical manuals, and governmental regulations
  • Ability to write and edit reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, school leaders, clients, and the general public, orally and in writing
  • Ability to speak effectively to guest, candidates or employees of the organization one on one or in a group setting
  • Proficient on computers using Microsoft Office software


The position is located within the Charlotte Mecklenburg area. Regular and satisfactory attendance and punctuality are required.

Criminal background, a drug test, and a driving record check is required.

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibility and essential functions of this position, but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload. Other duties may be assigned by Programming Leadership as required.