Facilitator - Bilingual Family and Community Outreach
6 days left
- Full Time
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Assists with implementation of the county's programs for language minority families with the goal of developing and maintaining connections between home, school, and community. Must possess native or near-native fluency in English and a second language, including both written and oral communications skills.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
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1. Assists schools with creating a welcoming environment for language minority families and communicating with them in a meaningful way about academic programs, services, and their children's progress.
2. Assists language minority families in (1) helping their children improve their academic achievement and (2) becoming active participants in the education of their children through meetings and workshops with parents
3. Explains school programs, policies and procedures, e.g., AVID, magnet programs, attendance and grading policies, graduation requirements.
4. Explains state and local assessments including Maryland School Assessment Program, High School Assessment Program, and content area benchmark assessments.
5. Interprets for school conferences, e.g. parent-teacher conferences, reinstatement conferences.
6. Maintains connections with community resources and provides information to language minority families about the availability and use of these resources.
7. Assists the ELL Manager with providing professional development to AACPS staff on best practices for working with international families
8. Makes periodic home visits regarding attendance, emergency family needs and crisis situations; informs school and/or community agencies of the needs and concerns of language minority families.
9. Stays current with the latest information and research on the involvement of language minority families in the education of their children; attends and actively participates in staff development activities
10. Translates simple documents such as notes, fliers, and newsletters for language minority families.
11. Registers K and Pre-K students in assigned schools; facilitates transfer of students within county schools.
12. Works with Office of School & Family Partnerships to provide support for all of their programs and initiatives in order to ensure equal access for language minority families.
13. Performs other related duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made on request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Graduation from an accredited college or university OR an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities deemed sufficient to prepare the applicant to successfully perform the duties of the position.
· Previous experience in an educational setting and/or interpreting for language minority families preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Native or near native fluency in English and a second language (all skills).
· Willingness to remain current with the latest information and research on the involvement of language minority families in the education of their children.
· Willingness to learn and implement instructional methods, strategies, and techniques to assist teachers in the education of English language learners.
· Ability to exercise considerable patience, courtesy, tact, good judgment and confidentiality in working with students, teachers, administrators, fellow employees and parents.
· Ability to understand and appreciate cultural diversity.
· Ability to work after school hours.
· Ability to employ business technology tools as required of all AACPS employees, e.g. E-mail, obtaining relevant AACPS employee information through the AACPS Intranet, employing the electronic benefits enrollment tool and any other electronic tools implemented in the future.
· Demonstrated proficiency with business software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite-Word, Excel, and Outlook preferred.).
· Possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license and have daily access to a car.
Career Ladder Requirements
Eligibility for Consideration for Advancement to Grade AA requires:
· Complete at least 2 years as a bilingual facilitator at grade level BB.
· Complete a bachelor's degree, preferably in education, social work, interpretation/translation, or other relevant field. Degree may be from another country.
· Successful completion of Cross Cultural Communications 40 hour “Community Interpreter” course, including their language proficiency testing. (N/A if your degree is in interpretation. Employees may also choose another pre-approved similar course if available.)
· Complete at least three professional development trainings related to international parent involvement. One must be on adult learning theory, unless your degree is in education. Can be through AACPS (on ERO), AACC, or other pre-approved course.
· Provide School & Family Partnerships a portfolio with evidence of Planning, delivery, implementation, and evaluation of at least 4 school-based parent workshops, fully led by the bilingual facilitator; Two translated documents, such as school newsletters, letters to parents, etc.; Participation in at least 3 Office of School & Family Partnership conferences or other countywide events (assisting with recruiting parent participation, interpretation, workshop delivery, etc.); Planning, delivery, and implementation of at least 3 professional development workshops (for teachers, secretaries, etc.) on working with international families; and MELLFIN membership and conference attendance
· Consistent maintenance of an effective and orderly work environment.
· Consistent compliance with general office procedures such as standards contained in the AACPS Employee Handbook; demonstration of discretion and excellent customer service; regular and punctual attendance; and building dress code, including wearing AACPS ID badge.
· Overall job performance of “Excellent” for two most recent consecutive years.
· Recommendation of the supervisor.
· As required by the duties and responsibilities of the job.