Director of The Positive Schools Center-(170000QR)
Celebrating over 20years of innovative social work practice in Baltimore, the Social WorkCommunity Outreach Service (SWCOS) was launched in 1992. SWCOS' mission is tocreate and implement innovative models of social work education and servicethat strengthen individuals, families, organizations, and communities inBaltimore and Maryland. This is accomplished through strategic collaborationsbetween agency, staff, faculty, students and community representatives.
ThePositive Schools Center, an initiative of SWCOS, will promote the developmentof positive supportive and mindful learning communities where students andschool staff connect, develop and grow. The Positive Schools Center aims to partnerwith school districts to identify and collaborate around issues related toschool climate and punitive discipline, especially when those issues result inhigh rates of suspensions and expulsions. The Positive Schools Center's school climate framework will beincorporated into the SWCOS-Operated Community Schools as well as throughoutschools across the state of Maryland. Positive, supportive and mindful learningcommunities will be places where students & school staff can:
Connect with each other (staff with staff,students with students, staff with students, and staff with families) in a safeand positive environment in a mindful manner;
Positively develop as students and staff(academically/professionally, socially, and emotionally); and
Grow as student scholars and educationalleaders.
The Director of ThePositive Schools Center will partner with administrators and staff in all 24Maryland school districts to help improve school climate, and reduce theout-of-school suspensions and expulsions of students of color and students withdisabilities from public schools in the state of Maryland.
Develop and maintain strategicrelationships with key educators and senior administrators at all levels ofstate, federal and local government, including principals and superintendents.
Plan, implement and oversee all aspectsof The Center, including managing budgets and grants
Engage school districts incollaborative conversations designed to obtain information about previous andcurrent activities, needs, and interests related to school climate andsupportive discipline
Conceptualize, plan and implementinteractive training sessions for district and school leaders, staff andteachers
Recruit, hire, contract and manageconsultants in a variety of topic areas
Facilitate a "plan, do, study, act"process around creating learning communities to improve school climate
Manage and conduct in-depth consultingwith schools in a variety of topic areas, including creating resilient schools,managing racial and other bias in school and district processes, mindfulness,restorative practices and trauma-responsive practice
Develop funding sources for The Centerthrough developing relationships with funders, writing proposals, and othergrant-seeking activities
Manage relationships with funders,Advisory Committee members, partners and other stakeholders
Gather and analyze data for the purposesof evaluating learning and coaching effectiveness
Oversee Community Schools departmentand staff, and include Community Schools in climate improvement projects
Teach inthe Social Work graduate program at the SSW, on policy, education or relatedtopic
Serve asa mentor to graduate students, including service as a field instructor or tasksupervisor
Mastersdegree in Education, Social Work, Public Policy or related field; doctorate ispreferred
Leadershipexperience in education or social service agencies (minimum 7 years); experienceimpacting urban school climate is preferred
Strongbackground in Education, e.g. school principal, school teacher, oradministrator preferred
Demonstratedexperience in facilitating process and/or organization improvement required
Supervisory Relationship:Reports to theSWCOS Executive Director
Knowledge of K-12 programadministration, research and/or planning
Knowledge of programs, issues, policiesrelated to disparate educational outcomes for children of color and/or childrenwith disabilities preferred
Knowledge of best practices, programs,funding sources at the local, state and federal level to address disparateeducational outcomes for children of color and/or children with disabilitiespreferred
Knowledge of Maryland State Departmentof Education systems and processes
Experiencewith plan, do, study, act (such as Breakthrough Series Collaborative) or otherimprovement science processes strongly desired
Excellentorganizational and project management skills
Excellentverbal/written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational and projectmanagement skills; ability to manage situations with tact, diplomacy,understanding, and fairness
Ability to plan, implement and manageprograms, prepare grants andreports
Ability to communicate abstract orcomplex ideas and to seek buy-in and/or consensus
Ability to work as part of acollaborative team with a focus on collective decision-making and support
The UM SSW iscommitted to a racially and culturally diverse faculty and student body. TheSchool provides an intellectually exciting, collegial, and supportive facultyenvironment that fosters interdisciplinary research and inter-professionalteaching. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by May 31, 2017; the searchwill remain open until filled. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.Position is anticipated to start in early Fall 2017. Candidates should complete online applicationthrough central University of Maryland, Baltimore.
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contactHuman Resource Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST.Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, andindividuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, globa...l health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.