Parent Liaison

Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Sep 12, 2019
Closes
Oct 18, 2019
Ref
1534
Industry
Education
Hours
Full Time
Job Description:

The Parent Liaison creates a welcoming school environment for parents; conducts outreach through a variety of communications to empower parents/guardians to be actively engaged in their children's education; organizes family involvement events/activities; manages school-based volunteer opportunities; and works with the principal to address parent/guardian issues and concerns at the school.

The Parent Liaison reports to both School Principal and FACE Parent Engagement Specialist.

Qualifications:
  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience:
    • At least two years of professional experience working with community-based outreach program, schools and/or non-profits with increasing levels of responsibility is required.
    • Experience working with culturally diverse communities.

Essential Functions:

Creates a welcoming school environment:
  • Establishes trusting relationships and serve as a point of contact for families.
  • Assists families in efforts to navigate the school system.
  • Advocates for families, as appropriate.
  • Works closely with other school staff to coordinate services for students and families, including: School Support Team members, English Language Learner (ELL) department staff, special education staff, teachers and administrators.
  • Provides information on services available to eligible students and families and encourages participation, as appropriate.
  • Provides community referrals to families as needed.
  • Works with bilingual parents/guardians and staff to ensure use of Language Line as needed and ensures necessary interpreter services are available at parent-teacher conferences, school meetings/activities and as requested.
  • Ensures multilingual signs, bulletin boards and other displays visible at school entrance and/or lobby to welcome families and provide information.
  • Attends appropriate FACE trainings and meetings.

Conducts outreach to empower parents/guardians to be actively engaged in their children's education:
  • Prepares outreach materials for distribution in language(s) of parents/guardians (i.e. flyers about upcoming activities, school calendar of events, available school/community resources, etc.).
  • Develops ongoing relationships with community-based and local faith-based organizations and makes presentations to provide school information.
  • Coordinates robo-calls to share important information with families in the languages they speak.
  • Surveys parents/guardians on welcoming environment, parent involvement opportunities and perceived access to information/resources.
  • Stays abreast of information resources and support available to families and share with parents/guardians ways to support their children's learning at home.
  • Keeps track of contact with parents.
  • Attends PTA and parent support meetingsand other relevant meetings within the community.

Organize family involvement events/activities:
  • Organizes FACE-sponsored and other monthly events or activities to support family engagement in school (i.e., navigating the school system, preparing for parent-teacher conferences, bullying prevention, mental health support, and supporting literacy at home, etc.)
  • Facilitates workshops and information sessions for parents/guardians, including the 12-week Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) program each fall.
  • As appropriate, offer Parent Support Groups in cooperation with school Student Support Staff.

Manage school-based volunteer opportunities:
  • Engages in a broad-based needs assessment to establish priorities for the school volunteer program, works with principal and other school staff to identify specific volunteer needs and develops volunteer job descriptions.
  • Recruits parents/guardians to volunteer and assists with application process. Once volunteer has been screened, finds an appropriate placement for volunteer in the school.
  • Provides basic orientation for all volunteers and serve as point of contact.
  • Keeps appropriate volunteer records and track volunteer activity.

Working with the principal to address parent/guardian issues and concerns at the school:
  • Works with principal and other school staff, as needed, to address and resolve specific parent/guardian concerns.
  • Assists school administrators in the development or revision of strategies to facilitate school-family collaboration.
  • Works with school's leadership team to develop an appropriate involvement component of the school's plan.
  • Attends appropriate trainings and meetings at school.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned to ensure efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.


Annualized salary range: $28,385.28-$34,928.64

WP

Primary Location:
George Washington Middle School
Salary Range:
$18.48 - $22.74 / Support SUP-16
Shift Type:
Full-Time

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