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Incorporated in 2005, Communities In Schools of Cape Fear (CIS) works to help make sure that every student, regardless of race, gender, ability, zip code, or socioeconomic background has what they need to realize their full potential in school and beyond. With the support of our trained school-based staff, and through our community-based programs and collaborative partners, we strive to challenge the systems and break down the barriers that stand between our students and families, and their success.

Current programs include Student Support Specialists at 21 area schools, afterschool programs at six schools in Pender County and at our downtown Wilmington youth center, WIRE; literacy- and social action-based Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools over the summer; Baby Steps programs to support and empower young parents; and Teen Court, Mediation, Restorative Justice, and Restitution.

During 2020/2021 we reached 16,242 students and families with general supports such as delivering basic needs and school supplies and facilitating career fairs; and we case managed an additional 1,108. Of those, 92% graduated; 99% stayed in school; 89% improved academically; 88% improved attendance; and 98% improved behavior.

If you believe in the power of education and letting nothing stand in the way of a child’s opportunity to learn, grow and excel in life, then you’ll score high marks as a member of our team.  We are a dynamic organization that is making a difference in our community. Join us and “be the difference” in the lives of a diverse student population with untapped potential.

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Student Support Specialist

Position Overview:

Our school-based Student Support Specialists work directly with vulnerable students and those with the greatest risk factors all day, every day, inside targeted, high-need public schools. Each year they empower more than 1,100 students to stay in school and on track to graduate by collaborating with counselors and teachers, mobilizing the community to offer extra support, partnering with local organizations to provide additional resources, and doing whatever it takes to help them succeed. Our unique model works because it’s based on national research, driven by community relationships, and supported by local resources.

As a Student Support Specialist, you will provide wrap-around services to referred students and their families at your assigned school with the goals of increasing attendance, academic, and behavioral outcomes. Your services will be provided during the school day, and you will connect participants to additional CIS and partner supports, which may take place outside of school. 

Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, social services, or a related field is required, or a combination of an Associate’s Degree and relevant work experience in this field.

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