Title: Outreach Worker – Expectant & Parenting Student Liaison
Location: Chelsea High
Reports to: Building Principal
About Chelsea Public Schools:
The Chelsea Public Schools (CPS) is a gateway school system that welcomes and educates all students and families. In CPS, we believe all children are capable of achieving their personal best by ensuring a safe and supportive environment for school and classroom environments. The school system educates over 6,300 students in 10 schools, including a pre-K-1st grade school, 4 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools. We believe that students learn best when they are engaged in meaningful relationships that fosters and promotes high expectations and risk taking. We are a district of multilingual students where languages are an asset to student development and growth. More information about CPS can be found on our website at www.chelseaschools.com/cps.
The Expectant and Parenting Student Liaison is responsible for supporting continued school attendance by transitioning students from 8th to 9th grade, supporting all Grade 9 students, and supporting expecting and parenting students in all grades. Responsibilities include the following:
- Oversees various initiatives aimed at easing 8th to 9th grade transition, including but not limited to Intro to High School Week, Freshman Orientation, 8th grade visits, 8th grade student/parent nights, Grade 9 Quarterly Awards and End of Year Awards Night for 9th
- Reviews and analyzes attendance reports/patterns for Grade 9 students. Facilitates attendance appeals.
- Enables freshmen to monitor academic progress, attendance, etc. by instructing students how to use “My Track” computer program.
- Serves expectant and parenting students from Grades 9-12 through pregnancy and subsequent return to school.
- Reviews and analyzes attendance reports/patterns for expectant/parenting students. Facilitates attendance appeals.
- Works with guidance, tutors and district Special Education to implement effective maternity leave home tutoring protocol.
- Meets regularly with young parents to improve academic outcomes and track progress toward graduation.
- Serves as resource and expert for services, including day care access, child support, financial assistance, etc.
- Strategically partners with the MGH School Based Health Center to coordinate academic, medical and mental health needs for students.
- Plans and runs expectant and parenting motherhood and fatherhood groups.
- Generates lists of at risk students; designs and implements strategic interventions to improve outcomes and decrease retention and dropout rates within the grade.
- Meets individually and in groups with students, families and community partners.
- Works with support staff including guidance counselors, social workers, deans, and special education staff to ensure equitable, strategic, and consistent services to students in need.
- Partners with Parent Liaisons at middle and high school levels to improve and leverage parent relationships.
- Advocates for accommodations with regard to attendance, academics, and services.
- Represents Chelsea High School on various city and regional planning and collaboration consortiums.
- Performs similar or related work as required.
- Bachelor’s Degree at minimum, preferably in social work, human services and/or education;
- Spanish bilingual required;
- Familiarity and experience working with at risk youth;
- Understanding and experience navigating systems of support for young parents;
- Experience in the area of education and community outreach;
- Skill in relating to and communicating with groups and individuals, i.e., administration, coaches, teachers, students, parents, and community members;
- Technical knowledge and experience;
- Ability to analyze and interpret data;
- Strong organizational skills;
- Must be able to conduct home visits, and have vehicle available for use for home visits and CBO meetings;
- Flexible schedule to attend evening meetings
- Citizenship, residency or work visa required
- DESE license in Social Work and/or Guidance Counseling
- 1-3 years of experience working in a similar position