Delaware Valley Fairness Project
School-Community Partnerships Coordinator, Delaware Valley Fairness Project
DELAWARE VALLEY FAIRNESS PROJECT
Delaware Valley Fairness Project serves the needs of under-resourced schools in economically and socially disadvantaged neighborhoods in the greater Philadelphia-Camden region. Our mission is to support schools and their communities to improve educational opportunities for young people living in poverty.
Delaware Valley Fairness Project offers comprehensive school-community relationship services intended to strengthen the school and the community’s support for the school. Through our school-community services, we bring financial and human resources to each school we serve, and, through the school, to its community. We work closely with a school’s leadership, particularly its Principal, to understand a school’s needs – and the needs of the communities that can be met through the school – and assist in securing and coordinating programs that address those needs. We also work closely with the school’s families, neighbors, and partners to strengthen their support for the school by increasing the support they receive from the school. Our goal is to enable the school to provide more and better learning opportunities for its students, and to be viewed as a valued information hub by everyone in its community.
SCHOOL-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS COORDINATOR
The School-Community Partnerships Coordinator oversees the 2-3-person DVFP team assigned to support the school and is responsible for the DVFP relationship with the school and all its constituencies: i.e., administrators, teachers, students, partners/donors, volunteers/friends/neighbors, and school-connected families. This person works with school leadership and with representatives of the school’s constituencies on a near-daily basis to understand needs, to coordinate partner services in the school, and plan and manage school-based community events to celebrate student successes and build a positive image of the school. His/her role must reduce the time dedicated by the school’s administrators and staff to routine, non-academic matters; simplify interactions between and among the school and its constituencies; and enhance communication among everyone.
The more particular responsibilities include:
• Partnership Coordination: The DVFP School Partnership Coordinator is the liaison between the school and its constituencies. He/she prepares a plan to recruit individuals and organizations to address school-identified needs, assists with scheduling programs and enrolling students, and leads a “partners group.”
• Coordination of Extracurricular Activities: The DVFP Coordinator works with the school to attract the right programs for each school, to manage those programs and provide the support services (e.g., communication) necessary to best assure the success of the programs.
• Coordination of Community Service Programs: Working with the school’s parent or community liaison and its Home-School Association/PTA/PTO, the DVFP Coordinator recruits community service providers (e.g., benefits providers; health and wellness providers, etc.) to communicate valued information to all community constituencies and to participate in school-community events to support the school-connected families.
• Coordination of Volunteers: The DVFP Coordinator supports volunteers and schedules their services. Communication between the school and its volunteers
• Communication Services: The DVFP Coordinator calls on the DVFP team to write articles and issues releases about positive happenings at the school, create flyers for programs, and work with community neighbors to communicate school-related news.
• Special Events: The DVFP Coordinator takes the lead in organizing special events such as community open houses, career days, school festivals.
• Establish the School as a Repository of Information: The DVFP Coordinator makes certain that DVFP compiles and distributes through the school information of value to the school’s community.
The ideal person will have experience in nonprofit service and/or in K-12 schools. He/she is flexible and adaptable, and “not too good” to do anything that is required. He/she is a good communicator, able to take and give direction, and is comfortable interacting with people at all levels. He/she is a valued team player who believes in the mission of Delaware Valley Fairness Project and the schools it serves.
Salary Range: dependent on experience and skills
SCHOOL-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
The School-Community Partnerships Assistant works under the direction of the DVFP School-Community Partnerships Coordinator and supports the Coordinator in all that must be done to meet the needs of the school and the constituencies that make up its community. The School-Community Partnerships Assistant will have some responsibility for the activities and services set out in the description of the School-Community Partnerships Coordinator.
The ideal person will have some experience in nonprofit service and/or in K-12 schools, though this experience is not required. He/she is flexible and adaptable, and “not too good” to do anything that is required. He/she is a good communicator, able to take and give direction, and is comfortable interacting with people at all levels. He/she is a valued team player who believes in the mission of Delaware Valley Fairness Project and the schools it serves.
Salary Range: $30,000 – $35,000 depending on experience and skills
TO APPLY FOR EITHER POSITION
Please send your resume, with names and contact information of two work or school references, to Edward J. Riehl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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