Name of Agency Community Partnership School
Fellow's Job Title Enrollment and Placement Associate
Proposed Project Goal for the Fellowship
Project Goal(s): In keeping with our mission, Philly Fellow will be instrumental in helping CPS create a program that offers academic support, leadership opportunities, financial assistance, college readiness and supportive counseling to our alumni/ae populations, through the middle school years and beyond.
Address 1936 North Judson Street
Number of Staff 18 full-time, 11 part-time
Agency Mission A co-educational, independent, elementary school, located in North Central Philadelphia, CPS offers qualified children from the area a rigorous and well-rounded education, that prepares them for lifelong success. CPS helps each student realize his/her full potential through individualized instruction focusing on intellectual, physical and character development within a safe learning environment. Collaborating with families to nurture each child's development, CPS seeks to build a stronger community for all.
The Fellow’s Duties and Responsibilities
1. Build and maintain relationships between graduates and their current schools to assure a smooth transition to middle school. Tasks include, but are not limited to: a. Making monthly visits to middle schools to meet with advisors/ administrators about student progress b. Creating a Saturday tutoring / study skills/ panel sessions to help assure a success transition to the academic and social expectations of the middle school environment. c. Provide leadership development opportunities for our alumni/ae, through the creation of an alumni mentoring network, allowing recent graduates to guide 5th graders through the academic and social processes of selecting a middle school. d. Help CPS graduates access the variety of scholarship monies available for middle, high school and college, to assure that access to a high quality education remains realistic for our families, through the creation of a financial aid resource guide and an accompanying series of related workshops. 2. Coordinate Alumni Family Outreach a. Help school craft a system for maintaining a strong connection between CPS and our alumni parents.
The Skills/Qualifications a Fellow Should Have to Succeed in This Position
Basic Job Requirements • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Ability to convey information clearly to various constituencies • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously • Highly skilled at appropriating web-based/ electronic tools and applications • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and social justice
The Community Need the Fellow Will Address
The need for quality school alternatives in North Philadelphia, especially in the Strawberry Mansion area where we are located, is great. 66% of adults in our zip code area lack a high school diploma, and 96% did not graduate from college. The average SAT verbal score is 300 points, out of a possible 800.
How the Agency Addresses This Need, and How the New Capacity Created by This Fellow Will Help Alleviate the Problem
CPS works tirelessly toward bridging the achievement gap, starting at the elementary school level. By mentoring our graduates and building a strong and vibrant alumni support network, the Fellow will be working diligently and directly toward changing this all to commonly accepted educational reality, one student at a time.
The Level of Community Involvement in the Fellow’s Project
The Fellow will work directly with the North Central Philadelphia community, in the area of enrollment and graduate support, creating a support network that will help to assure student success.
The Agency’s Plan for Training and Orientation
The Fellow will spend his/her first two weeks on the job training with the Director of Enrollment. In late-August and early September, the Fellow will participate in orientation activities scheduled for all new staff members, as well as the regular pre-school faculty/staff meetings. Fellow will spend the early weeks of the academic year meeting with academic support staffs at area independent schools to begin building critical relationships on behalf of our alumni. As the school year begins, the Fellow’s regular tasks will begin in earnest.
Name and Title of Fellow’s Immediate Supervisor
Linn Vaughters, Director of Enrollment
Plans for Supervision of the Fellow
1. Fellow will work as closely as needed, with their immediate supervisor, The Director of Enrollment, on all tasks within job description. a. Fellow will meet at least once per week during the first month of program to review progress. b. After that, fellow will check in with supervisor on an as needed basis, at least twice per month, as this is a largely collaborative and entirely new position.
Will Fellow Be Working at the Same Address Listed Above?
Will the Fellow Have Their Own…
Office? Fellow will share
Desk? Fellow will have their own
Computer? Fellow will have their own
Approximate Percentage of Time the Fellow Will Work….
As a Team Member in a Group Setting 30
As a Team Leader in a Group Setting 35
Will the Fellow Be Expected to Travel for the Position?
If So, How Often and Where?
As the primary point of contact for recent graduates, their families and middle schools, creating and maintaining a system of support that will effectively foster the academic growth, success and well-being of CPS alumni in their respective schools, the will initiate and attend monthly meetings with academic support team at each of our graduates' schools. Schools may be nearby public middle schools or suburban independent schools. A driver's license would be helpful, but is not required.
Will the Fellow Need the Following…
A Driver’s License? Yes
Their Own Car? No
1515 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102