Director, Family Outreach and Education, School District of Philadelphia

Posted by School District of Philadelphia on August 15, 2016

School District of Philadelphia
Title: Director, Family Outreach and Education
Department: Family and Community Engagement
Reports To: Executive Director, Family and Community Engagement

The School District of Philadelphia is the cornerstone provider of public education in Philadelphia. For forward-thinking administrators and educators, opportunities abound. The 130,000 students entrusted to the District arrive at school every day with an extraordinary range of needs and aspirations. We are committed to delivering on their right to an excellent public school education, and we are particularly focused on ensuring every student has access to exceptional educational opportunities. Equity is our mandate. Will you join us?

Job Summary
Educates, empowers and engages all stakeholders, by developing programs and strategies that support meaningful district-wide engagement and partnership among schools, families and communities that result in shared responsibility in the creation of thriving schools where every child succeeds. Support the implementation of the vision and strategy that will guide the District’s family and community engagement framework.  Manages the day to day activities in cultivating deep expertise in local community issues and ensuring that families have the information, services and support they need to help their children to be successful

Essential Functions

  • Collaborates closely with the Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement to ensure strong alignment and coordination between parental and family involvement efforts and broader community stakeholder engagement initiatives in support of their children’s learning and achievement.
  • Ensures that Title I, Part A parent involvement regulations are met with meaningful and strategic actions to build parent capacity under this section of the law; maintains records of
    Title I program; creates summary reports for the program; coordinates, implements, and supervises the Title I program activities as assigned by the Executive Director of Family and
    Community Engagement.
  • Manages family and community engagement school-based staff towards being effective in their roles through goals-based management best practices, continuous feedback, coaching
    and professional development.
  • Ensures that family engagement is an integral part of SDP’s professional development for all school staff and that SDP uses effective professional development strategies, curricula, and
    tools to train principals, teachers and other school staff in family engagement strategies proven to improve student achievement
  • Supports the implementation of the District Response to Concerns Protocol, by determining the escalation process for parents to engage with the Office of Family and Community
    Engagement when their questions and concerns are not resolved to their satisfaction at the school level, to mediate and work with school-based staff to thoroughly and appropriately
    address all family and parent issues; facilitates meetings between concerned parents and school administrators with goal of finding a resolution.
  • Directs the vision, plan, organize, schedule, and monitor the operation for the School District of Philadelphia Family Resource Center and Family University infrastructure and develops
    initiatives and actions that promote that vision.
  • Supports the design and implementation of a model to meaningfully engage parents in the improvement of schools and the district at large.
  • Directs the vision, plan, organize, schedule, and monitor the operation for the School District of Philadelphia Family Resource Center and Family University infrastructure and develops
    initiatives and actions that promote that vision.
  • Supports the design and implementation of an organizing model to meaningfully engage parents in the improvement of schools and the district at large.
  • Serves as a support for School Advisory Councils (SACs), Network Advisory Councils (NACs), and the District Advisory Council (DAC); prepare and distribute agendas, materials, and announcements of meetings; provide technical assistance; and research, prepare and present reports on matters requested
  • Maintains current knowledge of research and best practices within the field and use that to inform operational plans
  • Performs other tasks and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in sociology, social work, psychology or a related field.
  • Seven years of full-time, paid, professional experience in community outreach, human services, education or a related field, three of which have included program administration.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Demonstrated knowledge of:
the current literature, trends, and developments in family engagement.
local, state and federal education policies, practices and regulations related to the engagement of families and students including ESA, English Language Learners, special education and dropout prevention.
Title I parent involvement laws and regulations.
organizations that address students and families social emotional needs.
student achievement data.

Demonstrated ability to:
lead, manage, supervise and motivate subordinate staff and hold them accountable.
work collaboratively with other experienced professionals including assistant superintendents, directors, school principals, assistant principals, teachers, etc.

Ability to:
work flexible hours including evenings and weekends, as initiative’s outreach events dictate.
develop and schedule training sessions on various topics.
organize events and activities that provide parents with an opportunity to have their voices heard in their community and by city, state, and national leadership.
communicate complex ideas simply and succinctly
use Microsoft Word, Excel, PPT and familiarity with Google docs, and learn new platforms.
communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
establish and maintain effective working relationships.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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