FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking A Student Affairs Manager

Student Affairs Manager

Job Description and Responsibilities

Common Ground offers a wide variety of programs and services that help students to engage with Common Ground in meaningful contexts beyond the classroom, including high quality after school and extracurricular enrichment opportunities for its students.  Additionally, Common Ground seeks actively to promote diversity and celebrate student leadership through a variety of all-school initiatives, including student council assemblies, school traditions, etc. The Student Affairs Manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Common Ground High School’s student leadership opportunities and extracurricular programming, and for establishing goals and objectives for content, quality, effectiveness, and attendance.  The Student Affairs Manager is a member of Common Ground High School’s leadership team. 

Responsibilities of the Student Affairs Manager include: 

Promote school pride and leadership

  • Facilitate student leadership groups, including student council
  • Monthly culture themed school spirit initiatives 
  • Promote school POWER theme
  • Plan and facilitate student orientations
  • Plan and facilitate school assemblies (POWER, student assemblies, Class Day, and others) and events (hike, picnic, dances, communal meals, etc.)
  • Oversee and publicize student academic leadership achievements (College Book Awards, Senior Spotlight, Youth of the Year, etc.)
  • Monthly family awards night 
  • Parent teacher night
  • Decision Day
  • Promote school spirit merchandise
  • Monitor halls/cafeteria/open spaces during student free time

Coordinate parent workshops

  • Develop and lead family leadership meetings, workshops, and other family-facing events.
  • Facilitate consultants’, presenters’ and facilitators’ participation in family events.
  • Develop a robust communication plan to publicize family events and develop incentives to attract attendees
  • Attend family meetings and events to assist with logistics, including securing food, Spanish translation, registration and childcare for the event

Develop and implement all extra-curricular enrichment programs

  • Work with School Assistant Director to design engaging and safe school programs that promote Common Ground’s mission
  • Establish goals and objectives for content, quality, effectiveness and attendance
  • Develop policies and procedures for all programs (e.g. sign-ups, attendance, rules, etc.) 
  • Establish clear objectives, goals, and target numbers for all after school programs.  
  • Monitor attendance in after school programs.
  • Ensure adequate supervision of students participating in after-school programs.
  • Coordinate after school program calendars; schedule programs as needed.
  • Oversee off-site school year and summer extracurricular student opportunities 
    • Secure opportunities
    • Coordinate applications in conjunction with guidance teachers

Produce monthly reports on after school program for School Director 

  • Monthly activity reports (participation data by student)
  • Other reports as required
  • Work with the Assistant Director to review and stay abreast of all requirements for after school grants 
  • Ensure after school programming is aligned with grant funding and is meeting grant goals and objectives 
  • Collect and maintain all data required by after-school grantors 
  • Attend meetings required by grantors

Monitor and control all after-school programs to ensure they meet established quality standards

  • Conduct program evaluations of all applicable after school programs including regularly observing after school programs to ensure programs are high quality and meaningful. 
  • Conduct two formal observations using the 21C observation tool during the school year.
  • Share program evaluations with the Director and programmers and make adjustments to programs as needed to meet quality standards

Hire and supervise and develop all after-school staff

  • Interview and hire after school programmers, contractors and consultants to provide after school programming as needed.
  • Develop and maintain a training and orientation program to train and orient new staff to school procedures
  • Maintain substitute hours and calendar for after school staff. 
  • Share in staff meetings to discuss after school programs 
  • Periodically evaluate performance of after school staff and provide feedback 

Ensure adequate enrollment in after school programs

Establish and maintain an active marketing plan for all after school programs to attract program participants that includes, at minimum:

  • Targeted marketing to and program development for  students who have been low level participants
  • Regular management and updating of after-school bulletin boards.
  • Regular up-dates regarding after-school programming in Monday Notes
  • Daily submissions of programs for announcements 
  • Regular check-ins with student guidance classes
  • Weekly announcements submitted to the student newsletter.
  • Monthly announcements submitted to parent newsletter
  • One after-school program sampler per semester

Additional responsibilities:

  • Assist with maintenance and creation of school calendar
  • Assist with recruiting (open houses, interviews, and scheduling visits)
  • Assist with the coordination and scheduling of school-wide interventions, including Common Ground summer academic programs
  • Push in to Senior Seminar and guidance groups
  • Manage a caseload of seniors through college and career readiness senior year
  • Assist with development and facilitation of Common Ground mentoring program along with the SST and the culture team
  • Engage in professional development activities to stay abreast of developments in the field
  • Attend all Wednesday staff meetings
  • Provide support to the School Director and other administrative staff as needed.

The Student Affairs Manager reports to the School Assistant Director.

Please send cover letter and resume to: 

Please specify the job you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Equal Opportunity Employer 

Common Ground is particularly eager for candidates who can help us to fulfill our commitment to building a racially and culturally diverse faculty and staff. Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work; and how resistance to those systems can offer windows into a more sustainable society. 

Common Ground is committed to the recruitment and retention of staff that is reflective of the communities we work with. We strongly encourage applicants from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people whose native language is something other than English, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. 

It has been the policy and will continue to be the strong commitment of the Common Ground and all contractors and subcontractors who do business with Common Ground to provide equal opportunities in employment to all qualified persons solely on the basis of job-related skills, ability and merit. Common Ground will continue to take Affirmative Action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, mental disorder (present or past history thereof) age, physical disability (but not limited to blindness), marital status, intellectual disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and criminal record. Such action includes, but is not limited to, employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, professional development, attendance at conferences or other opportunities for advancement. Common Ground, its contractors and subcontractors will continue to make good faith efforts to comply with all federal and state laws and policies which speak to equal employment opportunity. The principles of Affirmative Action are addressed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the United States Constitution, Civil Rights Act of 1866, 1870, 1871, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VI and VII of the 1964 United States Civil Rights Act, Presidential Executive Order 11246, amended by 11375, (Non-discrimination under federal contracts)< Act 1, Section 1 and 20 of the Connecticut Constitution, Governor Grasso’s Executive Order Number 11, Governor O’Neill’s Executive Order 9, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Law (Sec. 46a-60-69) of the Connecticut General Statutes, Connecticut Code of Fair Practices (46a-7081), Deprivation of Civil Rights (46a-58(a)(d)), Public Accommodations Law (46a-63-64), 

Discrimination against Criminal Offenders (46a-80), definition of Blind (46a-51(1)), definition of Physically Disabled (46a-51(15)), definition of Intellectual Disability (46a51(13)), cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (46a-77), Sexual Harassment (46a-60(a)-8), Connecticut Credit Discrimination Law (360436 through 439),


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