Community Engagement Specialist
SUMMARY: The Community Engagement Specialist provides a range of school-wide services to new and returning students and their families to help set the right tone for their academic success in the virtual school program. The position works with all student support roles including learning coach programming and serves in various groups to provide critical training, facilitate academic engagement, and promote effective communication practices between parents, teachers and support staff.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
• Manages Strong Start process for new students and Learning Coaches o Facilitates Strong Start orientation sessions; o Tracks invitations, engagement and communication with the student to increase attendance and understanding of the Strong Start components; o Documents the Strong Start process within the school and in the school handbook o Oversees weekly office hours/help sessions to support new families through the Strong Start process; • Serves as a liaison between the student, Learning Coach and teachers to ensure that all school personnel understand how to contact and communicate with the student in a manner that builds ties between the student and the school; • Facilitates professional development on effective family engagement practices for school staff; • Develops and/or facilitates Learning Coach education programs and Learning Coach training in partnership with K12 national programming to effectively support the academic achievement of students; o Provides online parent enrichment trainings/development in skills such as goal-setting, portfolios, learning styles, working with multiple children, technology skills, creating and maintaining a schedule, time management, getting back on track, test taking, etc. • Works with stakeholders (families, board members, administrators, and school staff) to foster community involvement in school community development (Learning Coach Mentor program, Learning Coach University, Parent Volunteers, etc.); • Supports the state and local standardized testing processes and policies, with a focus on family engagement and volunteers; • Works on re-registration activities in collaboration with school leadership and national teams; • Connects families to national K12 programming to engage students in the greater K12 community; o Marketing competitions (Art, Music, STEM, Poetry, etc.); o Student Clubs; o Academic Student Competitions; • Provides individualized attention and support to students and Learning Coaches identified for training gaps or requested networking within the school community. • Collaborates with the school leadership team to develop, implement and evaluate the annual communications plan for various stakeholder groups; o Develops an internal communication strategy that improves collaboration between teams, increases organizational effectiveness, builds engagement, and fosters a positive transparent culture; o Develops and maintains a range of external communications including, but not limited to, family newsletters, school announcements, school event flyers, local website, auto-dialer calls/texts and social media groups; o Writes, edits and designs content for internal communications (newsletters, calendars, emails, videos, SharePoint, etc.); • Facilitates live face-to-face opportunities for families to connect with the larger school community in partnership with other school teams (i.e. college visits, back to school events, book fairs, etc.); • Provides outreach, training, and support to families who respond to Students First Check In surveys as it relates to family engagement to enhance the sense of community and belonging. • Serves as the school’s social media manager and facilitator, including training leaders and teachers as appropriate