Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities


Somerville Family Learning Collaborative
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3133400 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: July 17, 2019 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Basic Needs sand Homeless Services Liaison

Job Goal: The Community Partnerships & Wraparound Services Unit of the SFLC works to develop and implement strategies to provide and/or connect families with comprehensive wraparound services and engages in authentic, collaborative partnerships with community organizations and city agencies to ensure optimal, comprehensive services for families.

The Basic Needs and Homeless Services Liaison is responsible for working collaboratively with the SFLC Team to improve and to develop systems that support the wellbeing of SPS students and families. The Liaison provides a variety of wraparound services to families including children and youth experiencing homelessness as required by the McKinney-Vento Act. The Liaison also assists the SFLC in the planning, coordinating, implementing and assessing of programs and services designed to identify and meet the needs of under-resourced families.

Preferred Qualification:
• Proficient communication in English (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Bilingual/Bicultural highly preferred
• Experience working with diverse communities
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
• Experience in developing and/or leading workshops and trainings (or willingness to learn)
• Ability to work flexible hours including before school, evenings and weekends
• Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team
• Computer and internet literacy
• Social Work degree and/or experience in social service setting
• Extensive knowledge of social services and district policies and procedures and knowledge of community resources that would benefit high-needs families
• Ability to communicate with all levels of personnel within the district, parents, students and community
• Ability to demonstrate a high degree of cultural awareness and sensitivity to issues facing children, families, community members and district staff
• Deep commitment to closing opportunity gaps and promoting equitable practices

• Coordinate SFLC Clothing Pantry and Emergency Meals including: staffing, volunteer recruitment, monitor donations and complete donation paperwork for donors, translation and interpretation, and systems development
• Coordinate SFLC Community Information and Resource Clinics
• Coordination of identification of homeless students by school personnel and with other agencies and work cooperatively to ensure understanding of District requirements, mandate, transportation, and the rights of students experiencing homelessness, and/or in DCF/Foster care under the McKinney Vento Act
• Coordinate enrollment of homeless students and ensure homeless families, children and youth receive educational services for which they are eligible, including access to After School and Out-of-School Time programming and academic supports; Head Start and preschool programs administered by the Somerville Public Schools; and ensure enrollment disputes are mediated and resolved
• Coordinate transportation of Homeless Students ensuring parents, guardians, and unaccompanied youth are fully informed of all transportation services, including to and from the school of origin, and are assisted in accessing needed transportation services;
• Provide parents or guardians with information of educational and related opportunities, such as access to school nutrition programs, available to their children, and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children
• Assist homeless families, children and youth to receive information and referrals for health care, dental services, mental health and other appropriate services in the community
• Coordinate comprehensive data collection and reporting to DESE’s Coordinator of the Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
• Provide homeless families, children, and youth who meet eligibility requirements for services from the Department of Housing and Community Development and ensure verification of homelessness
• Collaborate with City of Somerville Office of Housing Stability to identify opportunities for increased study and family support
• Attend community meetings as needed: Food Security Coalition, Homelessness Task Force
• Maintain a master schedule and database of SFLC Clothing Closet and compile monthly data reports and statistics
• Assist in the development of SFLC Basic Needs outreach materials (print and web-based)
• Collaborate with SFLC Family and Community Liaisons to develop events and activities at schools and district-wide
• Serve as clearing house and provide resources and referrals for information and support services
• Attend and effectively participate in SFLC Team Meetings and trainings
• Commits to providing and promoting equitable practices to ensure access for all families
• Other job-related duties as assigned

Terms of Employment:
Work Year: 12 months (full-time)
Salary: Local Funding Source

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at

Application Deadline: Open until filledSomerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Somerville Public Schools!

Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
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    Contact Information
    Nomi Davidson, Family Network Administrator
    42 Prescott Street
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
    Phone: x