Family & Community Engagement Coordinator
SUMMARY Under the leadership of the Federal Grants and Community Engagement Manager, the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, plans, implements, directs and maintains The SEED School parental involvement programs under Title I regulations; ensures compliance with the federal guidelines and regulation; coordinates the development and submission of all necessary reports, records and other project; helps educate teachers and staff to communicate and work with parents as equal partners; maintains contact and communication with parents and works effectively with administrators, colleagues, and all members of the school community. The Family and Community Engagement Coordinator actively seeks partnerships to enhance family engagement at The SEED School of Maryland. This position reports to the Federal Grants and Community Engagement Manager. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES but not limited to: General - Parent Involvement: * Serves as the liaison between school and parents, relaying the needs of one to the other; * Promotes an understanding of child development, effective instructional practices, and behavior support; and strengthens the relationships between educators, parents, and community providers; * Educates teachers and staff on how to communicate and work effectively with parents as equal partners/decision-makers; * Advises and trains parents on how to address issues with the leadership staff in school meetings; * Provides crisis support services to students and families and referrals to community-based services for families; * Serves as a school-based intermediary contact for concerns and comments made by parents and community members; * Expands opportunities for continued learning, voluntary community service and civic participation; * Helps parents understand the educational system so they can become better advocates for their children's education; * Works with school to develop a home-school compact and the parent involvement policy, outlining the school and parent's responsibilities to support student learning; * Maintains parent resource center and uniform closet; * Provides workshops, classes, and activities for parents on- and off-campus on a regular basis; * Educates parents-guardians on their Rights-to-Know * Conduct an annual Parenting Fair; * Recruits volunteers from the community to host various workshops and classes to speak directly with parents; * Provides materials such as event calendars, brochures, educational resources and DVDs; * Creates opportunities for parents who have limited English proficiency, a disability or are underrepresented because of social economics or racial barriers to participate in education initiatives and enrichment workshops; * Provides technical assistance relating to parental involvement as needed locally or at the district level. Program Evaluation: * Develops and conducts surveys to assess the needs of parents at their local school(s) and/or district; * Analyzes and distributes the results of parent surveys to the school's leadership team and/or The Head of School if mandated. * Reviews annual reports to evaluate the effectiveness of their parent involvement programs; Compliance: * Coordinate program and fiscal aspects of Title I to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); * Develop project applications, applicable budgets, and amendments for family engagement portion of Title I grant; * Facilitates parent meetings that informs parents about and receives feedback on the School-wide Plan and the Title I Budget * Oversee the spending of family engagement budget; * Keeps excellent records of all parent involvement activities, reports, surveys, funding, annual program evaluations, and communications to parents; * Ensures compliance of the school parent involvement program with all state and federal guidelines. Program Coordination and Collaboration: * Coordinates and implements research based strategies for their local school(s) and/or district parent involvement program to engage parents in improving student achievement through the National PTA Family School Partnership/PTO Standards; * Collaborates with local, regional, and state organizations to create opportunities to help families understand school academic standards, assessments and report cards; * Collaborates with parents, teachers, and the school's leadership team to develop a family-friendly school climate; * Coordinates recognition to exceptional parents and volunteers; * Collaborates with other parent engagement professionals such as parent mentors and early education school transition coaches or other designees; * Promotes parents as partners by involving them in the decision-making process regarding parental involvement activities and school improvement. Professional Development: * Takes part in opportunities for professional development at the local, regional, and/or state level with proper authorization; * Attends all Maryland State Department of Education meetings and trainings for Parent Involvement Coordinators; * Shares ideas and experiences with school staff, leadership team, and/or other parent professionals; * Plans and implements parent training and materials to support their children's learning; * Guides parents in locating proper organizations and agencies that can assist with education, training or other needs * Assist schools in the development and implementation of school wide projects. * Conducts trainings with school staff during faculty meetings to determine school needs and shares updates on parent involvement best practices and proper administration * Perform other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the effective functioning of the school. EOE.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS * Bachelor's' degree in related field is required * Job related or administrative experience with increasing levels of responsibility is required * Successful organizational experience and/or community involvement is required * Experience with parents involvement in a school setting is required * Knowledge of or experience in establishing successful programs for parents is required * Ability to host parent meetings off school sites and in the local community and/or neighborhoods * Experience serving as an advocate for students and parents is required * Experience with developing collaborative partners and building relationships with constituents in the community * Experience working in Title I schools Strong understanding of student achievement data * Knowledge of family engagement research and literature is required * Ability to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends * Excellent communication and organizational skills * Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality in regard to students and families * Strong public speaking and presentation skills * Self-motivated leader who can work independently as well as part of team * Ability to follow directions and work as a productive component of a highly functioning administrative team.