QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree in counseling, social work, education, education policy, or related area is preferred. Demonstrated leadership qualities and ability to work effectively with students, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders and partners are required. Strong communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in person and by email and phone are required. Authentic, effective, and professional communication style is needed, with excellent public speaking and presentation skills and the ability to make presentations to large groups of people. Strong project management and organization skills are required, with the ability to track intricate details and prioritize multiple initiatives and timelines. Ability to work a flexible schedule.
PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS: Collaborates and communicates effectively with principals, directors, and other leadership staff in order to implement a comprehensive and evidence-based districtwide family and community engagement strategy. Serves as a liaison between families and teachers to ensure that all school personnel understand how to contact and communicate with families in a manner that builds ties between families and the school; facilitates professional development of effective family engagement practices for the school staff. Develops and/or facilitates parent education programs in partnership with national programming to support students’ academic achievement effectively. Works in collaboration with Office of Engagement (OOE) staff weekly to facilitate office hours and help sessions to support new families. Works with stakeholders (families, school board members, administration, and school staff) to foster community involvement in school development (mentor program, PTO, parent volunteers). Provides outreach, training, and support to families who respond to satisfaction surveys about family engagement to enhance the sense of community and belonging. Develops, supports, and grows “Go Far Together” teams in every school, making sure they are inclusive and reflect the diversity of the school’s student and family population. Develops and leads a culture within Richmond Public Schools (RPS) that values and respects the concerns and contributions of our parents and guardians. Supervises division family and community liaisons, engagement specialists, and department office associates. Develops clear, specific, and ambitious performance measures for community and family engagement. Initiates, plans, leads, and participates in meaningful community events, including evening and weekend events. Supports the development and launch of the RPS Family Academy. Develops a division wide home visiting program to support all RPS students and families. Performs other related duties as assigned.
GENERAL DEFINITION AND CONDITIONS OF WORK: The Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement supports the division’s engagement with parents, families, and the community in student learning, improvement of the division, and division wide and school-based planning and decision-making. The family and community engagement coordinator will provide critical training, facilitate academic engagement, and promote effective communication practices between parents, teachers, and support staff. This position also coordinates learning opportunities and development for parents in collaboration with parent liaisons at the school level. Duties are typically performed in school, office, and community settings, as a professional who provides support and/or training services to staff, parents, and community partners. Work requires frequent standing, sitting, walking long distances in the community, and light lifting up to 20 pounds. Effective verbal and written communication skills are needed for expressing or exchanging ideas, hearing to perceive information at a normal spoken word level, and visual acuity for preparing and analyzing written or computer data.
REPORTS TO: Chief Engagement Officer
HOW TO APPLY: All applicants (including RCPS employees) must submit an on-line application. Please access website at: www.rvaschools.net
Please upload the following information with your application: a current resume, transcript and license if applicable. Also, when completing your application, include three email addresses of your professional references and/or upload letters of references. A combination of professional reference email addresses and letters are accepted. Richmond City Public Schools will conduct a background investigation, fingerprinting, tuberculosis screening and drug/alcohol testing as a condition of employment. EOE.
LENGTH OF CONTRACT: This is a twelve month (260 days) contract position, pay grade 125, with excellent benefits.
START DATE: Based on School Board approval