Early Learning Family Engagement Specialist JobID: 8376
Position Type: UNAFFILIATED/Unaffiliated
Date Posted: 5/9/2022
Location: Early Learning School-ELS
Closing Date: 05/20/2022
Title Position: Early Learning Family Engagement Specialist
Unit: Unaffilited – Community Ed
Level: Unaffiliated Level I to II, depending on experience ($55,800 – $77,700); 12-month
The Early Learning Family Engagement Specialist reports to the Early Learning School Director in collaboration with the Director of Equity and Inclusion and Community Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator.
Basic Function of the Position:
The Early Learning Family Engagement Specialist supports district families and children as they make early education connections. They are a key figure in building and strengthening family to school relationships and partnerships for families that have been historically marginalized.
Duties and Responsibilities of the Position:
Supports early learning staff on building family engagement that leverages student/family strengths and funds of knowledge.
Act as a connection point between families and early learning staff as needed during early relationship development.
Assist leadership in creating and implementing a site improvement plan that addresses family engagement and asset framing of students and their families.
Serve as consultant to individual staff, PLCs and early learning teams on building relationships with families and students.
Work with early learning administration and district leadership to facilitate professional development on culturally responsive teaching strategies and family engagement.
Provide guidance and insight on early learning and district structure changes that will better support authentic inclusion and engagement from historically marginalized populations.
Provide planning and implementation support for transitions between early learning, elementary, middle school and high school.
Serve as part of the district Family Engagement Specialist team.
Provide individualized student and family resources as needed. Refers families to outside agencies (e.g. state agencies, medical professionals, counselors, foundations, charities, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the needs of students and families are met.
Performs other duties as necessary/apparent for the successful implementation of the position.
Conducts home visits to better assess and understand the needs of each family.
Works closely with the Early Childhood Parent Educators to establish strong home/school relationships and provide quality instruction for parents.
Facilitates a strong voice for parents in order to support and encourage parent involvement in their child’s education.
Works closely with the Early Childhood Outreach Specialist to provide assistance to new families as they enroll their children in early education opportunities.
Provides school cultural support for under-represented parents/families; including, but not limited to: school procedures, United States school culture, district technology, school routines and classroom expectations.
Education and/or Experience:
BA or BS Degree, preferred. Lived experience as part of an historically marginalized community preferred.
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations: Valid Minnesota Driver’s License, required
Language Skills: Effectively communicate orally and in writing with students, staff, administrators, parents and the community. Somali bilingual or culturally-based work experience, preferred.
Mathematical Skills: Demonstrate ability to apply appropriate math skills in performing daily routines.
Reasoning Ability: Know, interpret and follow school policy. Apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions. Diffuse difficult situations.
Other Skills and Abilities: Demonstrate ability to operate a computer and necessary software. Maintain professional composure while dealing with a variety of personalities and situations. Show initiative and function as a self-starter. Demonstrate positive and effective working relationships with students, staff, other administrators, parents and the community.
Physical Demands: Perform multiple tasks. Lift at least 50 pound items.
Work Environment: Collaborative work in a fast-paced environment interacting with students, staff, administrators, parents and the community with multiple requests and concerns. Support and communicate with other administrators and staff. Must be willing and able to make home visits.