Student Development Specialist

Full Year

Job Summary:

This professional position is responsible for creating mentoring and character development opportunities for students within the community to increase college/career readiness. The Student Development Specialist will collaborate with Springfield Public Schools, community-based organizations, as well as the community at large, to coordinate mentoring programs at the elementary, middle, and high school level, which includes, but isn’t limited to, after school clubs and school-based mentoring opportunities.


The Caring Communities Program Director, following adopted policies of Community Partnership of the Ozarks, evaluates the Student Development Specialist.

Reporting Structure:

The Student Development Specialist reports directly to the Caring Communities Program Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Positively and professionally represent Community Partnership in the community;
  • Provide oversight and guidance of mentoring programs within identified Springfield Public Schools;
  • Utilize a system-wide approach ensuring the Inclusive Excellence Model is implemented in all programming;
  • Identify and engage key stakeholders and partners (businesses/organizations/faith community) to help develop, grow, and support programming;
  • Work collaboratively with Springfield Public Schools and community at large to identify students who will benefit most from programming;
  • Communicate clearly and timely with all key stakeholder and collaborative partners;
  • Develop goals and outcomes to measure the success of the program(s) to ensure impactful outcomes;
  • Track and report key program outcomes;
  • Research and pursue funding opportunities and partnerships for sustainability;
  • Create program marketing material, handbooks, etc.
  • Empower students and families to get involved in community engagement opportunities to serve as agents of change, making sure their voices are heard and creating new connections;
  • Advocate for the needs of students and families in your program;
  • Work collaboratively with other CPO staff to meet the needs of students and families and to ensure program goals are being met;
  • Regular evaluation of mentee/mentor relationships;
  • Travel within the community to meet position requirements such attending meetings, events and activities;
  • Attend staff, operational, and other community meetings as assigned/as are beneficial to the position;
  • Prepare and submit monthly reports and in-kind;
  • Participate in relevant professional development and training opportunities;
  • Participate in Community Partnership of the Ozarks resource development/fundraising activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, education, social work, or a related field from an accredited college or university required, advance degree preferred;
  • At least 5 years prior work experience in mentoring and youth development, working within community organizations and/or schools preferred;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal);
  • Ability to work independently and within a team setting;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, while maintaining good organizational skills;
  • Analytical skills including critical thinking, problem solving and prioritizing information;
  • Strong data collection, tracking and reporting skills;
  • Ability to meet deadlines;
  • Excellent follow up and follow through;
  • Flexible and resourceful when dealing with ever-changing situations;
  • Punctual with good attendance;
  • Experience and knowledge of budget development, management and reconciliation;
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter;
  • Computer and internet literate (Microsoft Office, Teams and Google);
  • Comfortable working with diverse groups and families;
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong collaborative partnerships across the community;
  • Public speaking/facilitation skills;
  • Ability to guide community facilitation and provide leadership for program development;
  • Ability to engage, train and retain program volunteers;
  • Experience working in racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities;
  • Ability to lift, push or pull 35 lbs.;
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.

Position Clarification:

The position of Student Development Specialist is a grant-funded position and is based upon funding availability.