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Portland Public Schools

Portland, ME (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3970570
  • Application Deadline: August 11, 2022
  • Re-posted: August 4, 2022

Job Description

The Make it Happen Site Coordinator is one of the positions under Portland Public Schools’ Youth Development Program. Make It Happen is an academic support and college readiness program operated by the Multilingual and Multicultural Center at the secondary level to help language minority students develop competitive academic profiles, prepare for high school success, and secure college admission and financial aid. The Site Coordinator will become an integral part of school culture and work closely with staff, students, and volunteers. 
This position is for 11 months per year.


  •   Oversee operation of academic support programming in the Make It Happen Academic Center
  •   Manage volunteer academic tutors and partners
  •   Recruit and engage target multilingual students and monitor integrity of support and communication
  •   Conduct academic profile meetings with students to monitor academic and student engagement
  •   Engage target students in standardized test prep, leadership, school and community service
  •   Promote and advocate for the enrollment of target students in competitive classes upon transition to high school
  •   Collaborate with internal and external partners in developing academic and civic profiles of students
  •   Collect data to produce summary mid-year and annual impact reports
  •   Monitor academic progress of all target students
  •   Establish and maintain communication with administration, teachers, guidance counselors, partners and parents regarding   students
  •   Participate in department and staff meetings

Skills and Qualifications:

  •   Bachelor’s degree and relevant professional experience
  •   Superb interpersonal skills and accessible disposition
  •   Ability to build rapport, exercise influence to motivate students to excel and impart high expectations
  •   Classroom management skills and the ability to create an ideal learning environment
  •   Strong written and oral communication skills
  •   Demonstrated organizational and executive skills
  •   Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  •   Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  •   Resilience, flexibility and a creative approach to problem-solving
  •   Ability to take initiative to identify and propose new tasks and procedures
  •   Working knowledge of Excel and Google applications
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category: Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
  • Employer Description

    Maine’s largest school system has 10 elementary schools, three middle schools
    and four high schools serving nearly 7,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12
    and about 4,700 adult learners.

    The district takes full advantage of its location in a vibrant city with a thriving arts life. Schools draw on the resources offered by museums, theaters, local businesses and the city’s colleges and universities.

    Portland has a highly trained teaching staff. Many teachers hold advanced degrees. All of the district's teachers continue their education by pursuing professional development activities on a regular basis.

    The district provides technology to support instruction, including laptops for each student in grades seven through 12 and wireless access at all schools.

    Volunteers, parent-teacher organizations and businesses donate generously of their time and money to the district – an estimated 100,000 hours per year.

    Graduates of the Portland Public Schools attend the country’s top colleges and universities. See for colleges attended by recent graduates.

    The Portland Public Schools gives parents an array of program choices. The district as one of the first in the country to offer project-based Expeditionary Learning from kindergarten through 12th grade.

    High school students have access to one of the broadest selections of Advanced Placement courses in Maine. Qualified high school students may take up to two college courses with tuition paid by the state. A regional arts and technology high school provides hands-on courses in growth fields such as health care, robotics and “green” construction.

    More than 60 languages are spoken by students attending the Portland Public Schools. Multilingual students represent about a quarter of the district’s enrollment. The district’s diversity prepares all students for their roles as world citizens.

    Portland residents can pursue lifelong learning and professional success through the academic, jobs skills and enrichment courses offered by Portland Adult Education.

    Most of Portland’s middle and high school students participate actively in co-curricular activities such as athletics, drama, music and service clubs. Portland students regularly excel in academic and athletic competitions at the regional, state and even national level.

    See a list of recent honors, awards and recognition for the Portland Public Schools at: Join Portland ME Public Schools on Facebook. A focus on service learning-- connecting the schools to the wider community—results in students undertaking many projects that benefit greater Portland. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Portland 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 identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Barbara Stoddard, HR Director
    • 353 Cumberland Ave
    • Portland, Maine 04101

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