******This position is an anticipated vacancy. It is expected to be vacant by 10/15/2018. However, the current incumbent has a right to rescind their retirement, leave, or resignation up until the day of the expected vacancy date. Your hire will not be confirmed until the position is vacated.
Boston Public Schools seeks a Community Engagement Manager
REPORTS TO: Director of Community Engagement
Founded in 1647, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is the oldest public school district in the country. With approximately 57,000 students from over 114 different countries, and nearly 9,000 employees (including 4,800 teachers), BPS is the largest school district in Massachusetts and one of the most diverse as well.
The BPS vision for engagement is every school will welcome every family and every student, actively engaging them in student learning and school improvement. The Office of Engagement (OoE) mission is to become a capacity-building catalyst for authentic, and effective partnerships among students, families, schools and the community to ensure student readiness and achievement from pre-entry to post-graduation.
OoE seeks a Community Engagement Manager, who is a skilled community organizer, with an understanding of the history of public education in Boston and the current climate and context.
The Community Engagement Manager will play a pivotal role in shaping and supporting proactive communications for BPS stakeholders by setting the strategic direction for public dialogue, listening to and valuing the expressed needs of the district’s diverse stakeholders and design authentic community engagement processes, systems and structures that allow for input in district decision making and policy changes.
The ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills; and the ability to design, facilitate, and manage community-based models of engagement. S/he will thrive in an adaptive environment, hold and meet a high bar for quality and a standard of excellence. The Manager will be detail oriented, have excellent organizational and project management skills and be an analytical and strategic thinker. Additionally, s/he will be able to build relationships with constituents in a spirit of collaboration to engender trust, and increase external awareness and understanding of BPS initiatives and efforts.
Promote BPS and OoE’s vision for family, community and student engagement within the district and greater Boston community;
Develop and manage a regional portfolio of broad stakeholder relationships consisting of faith-based institutions, public officials, local government agencies, social service agencies, teachers, school leaders, and others;
Partner with BPS departments working on BPS priority initiatives in need of public engagement to establish clear goals and messaging, develop and execute an initiative-specific engagement process to build public understanding, track deliverables, and assess the effectiveness of engagement processes to make adjustments and improvements;
Provide support to the BPS Community Engagement Advisory;
Attend parent, community and neighborhood meetings to develop a deep understanding of stakeholder needs and concerns, raise awareness of BPS proposed policy changes, build partnerships and trust and provide information about BPS community engagement and OoE programs;
Develop and maintain strong relationships with advocates and counterparts within the Boston education community;
Conduct one-to-one visits with parents, community members or organizations regularly;
Conduct and report impact assessments of pending district shifts on all communities and populations within Boston; inclusive of community voice, to assist OoE and district leadership in making decisions, and monitoring and reporting progress to all stakeholders;
Engage and leverage schools and community organizations to create an inclusive and welcoming environment to host diverse groups of stakeholders in dialogue and informational conversations for feedback to the district;
Collect and maintain accurate data regarding participant demographics, feedback, outcomes, and follow-up required; and collaborate with the OoE Evaluation team to respond to both immediate and longer-term requests for data analysis and reporting of key departmental data;
Perform other tasks assigned by the Director and Assistant Superintendent.
QUALIFICATIONS - REQUIRED:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or commensurate community engagement or organizing experience working in an urban environment;
Five or more years working in community engagement or organizing, in a related industry
Possess a passion for community engagement;
Demonstrate a deep understanding of the city of Boston, its history, population, and the needs, successes, challenges, priorities and complexities of each neighborhood and community;
The ability to think strategically, analytically and critically and navigate complex working environments;
Possess the ability to drive change in and with others, and the skill to build the relationships and trust needed to challenge colleagues and leadership;
Understanding of diplomacy and when to employ it;
Strong and effective community organizing skills and understanding of organizing/mobilizing principles;
Demonstrated ability to simultaneously balance and complete multiple tasks and projects in a fast paced, entrepreneurial role within a bureaucratic environment;
Ability to work cross-functionally, cross departmentally and independently to produce results;
Ability to act as a resource between BPS departments and community stakeholders to present and explain information and data in a user-friendly manner;
Strong time management, project management and organizational skills with a detail and deadline orientation, and focus on quality and mission critical priorities;
Proactively seeks, accepts and uses feedback for professional growth and improvement of the work;
Strong drive and motivation to take initiative;
Excellent and concise written and oral skills;
Demonstrated cultural proficiency and awareness coupled with the ability to see other points of view;
Computer proficiency and experience using MS Office Suite and Google Suite;
Ability to work nights and some weekends
Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment
QUALIFICATIONS - PREFERRED:
Five or more years working in community engagement or organizing, particularly in an urban public education setting;
Proficiency using online survey and communications tools, and relevant analytical software;
Good sense of humor and cooperative spirit;
Bilingual or multilingual in the district’s high-incidence languages (Arabic, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish or Vietnamese).
TERMS: Managerial, 12 months, Tier C. This position subject to the City of Boston residency requirement.
Please refer to www.bostonpublicschools.org/ohc (under "Employee Benefits and Policies") for more information on salary and compensation. Salaries are listed by Unions and Grade/Step.
NOTE: School-based managerial employees will work 223 days between July 1st and June 30th each year. The 223 day work-year will include the 180 days in which school is in session, and the additional days will be determined by the employee and the principal or headmaster of the school. This position subject to the City of Boston residency requirement.
School-based managerial employees are not eligible for vacation time or compensatory time. In the event of school cancellation due to snow or inclement weather, school-based managerial employees need not report to work.
The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.