Community Engagement Coordinator-Save The Children (#1515869)
Community Engagement Coordinator-Save The Children
Summary The Community Engagement Coordinator (Coordinator) is responsible for coordinating the efforts and activities of a countywide governance body referred to as a Community Collaborative (CC) over an eight-year period. Working closely with Save the Children’s Community Engagement Specialist, the Coordinator will lead and coordinate the CC’s efforts to improve educational outcomes for children in their community. The person hired for this role will have fundamental knowledge of and experience with community organizing and education. The ideal candidate will have strong community networks. The primary role is to mobilize the community and provide direct support to the CC to increase knowledge and skills, assess needs, drive improvements, and build awareness to improve educational outcomes for children. Through this work, the Coordinator will be required to establish partnerships in the community, build awareness of the issues facing children, and support advocacy efforts to advance Kindergarten Readiness and 3rd grade reading outcomes.
Although this position is funded through a Save the Children sub grant, the Coordinator will be an employee of the school district and be directly supervised by district staff. Save the Children’s Community Engagement Specialist will act as the dotted line supervisor for the Coordinator.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact
Community Mobilization and Capacity Building: (40%) • Ensure that the CC is comprised of volunteers who are committed to improving children’s educational outcomes. Members should include a mix of parents/caregivers, early childhood educators, and any sector of the community who works to improve educational outcomes for children. The most marginalized populations in the community must be included. • Lead the CC to conduct and share findings of school and community needs assessments. Collect all relevant information needed to create and submit a program plan to address identified needs. • Facilitate CC planning sessions and ensure that program plans directly align to needs as identified in the assessments. • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive Community Action Plan to identify and plan community mobilization activities while setting milestones over an 8-year period. • Assist the Community Engagement Specialist in determining the baseline capacity and growth of the CC in areas such as goal setting, partnership building, program implementation, fundraising, and advocacy. Assist the Community Engagement Specialist in connecting CC members to appropriate training and technical assistance sessions. • Participate in Save the Children program trainings, partner learning sessions, and other development opportunities in order to provide high quality, innovative approaches for children in the community.
Program Monitoring, Best Practice Sharing: 20% • Work with partnering schools in the district to collect data and complete Save the Children program reports as required. • Review the CC's results and facilitate action planning if course-correction is needed. • Ensure that program partners are identifying best practices and lessons learned and sharing information. • Connect program partners for one-on-one collaboration and learning. • Support the CC in developing presentations for Communities of Practice calls, state summits, or other similar events. • Identify opportunities to strengthen future activities and request program TA as needed. • Over time, begin to oversee the implementation of activities and goal progression to ensure that school and community deliverables are completed and tracked as planned.
Communication: 10% • Lead the CC in the development of a Communication Plans that ensures information is disseminated to assure that the community is aware of the needs of children and the program initiatives. Monitor the plan’s deliverables for completion. • Develop information specific to the community and different audiences within and compile local data to stimulate action. • Ensure that the community understands how the programs and activities are addressing needs and ways in which parents can actively participate in achieving program goals. • Identify opportunities for publicity and encourage members of the CC to represent their work at events, meetings, or in the local media. • Actively attend meetings of local governments, the district school board, or other public forums to ensure local decision-makers are familiar with the program initiatives.
Partnership and Fundraising: 20% • Oversee the completion of an asset map and create goals to target partnerships. • Monitor progress of partnerships built in the community and strengthen CC relationships with district and state level partners. • Ensure that fundraising targets are met to support sustainability of programs and initiatives beyond Save the Children’s 8-year presence. Measure the capacity of the CC to raise funds.
Policy and Advocacy: 10% • Support CC members working to change local and statewide policies affecting children. • Ensure that local policy changes lead to the creation of a countywide Kindergarten Transition Team. • Attend regional and statewide coalition meetings to work with members to advance policies benefitting children. • Support policy momentum for funding home-visiting and afterschool programs at the state level. Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors • Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred. • Demonstrated networking and relationship-building skills. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Strong planning and reporting skills. • Demonstrated ability to learn new processes quickly and marshal resources to accomplish deliverables effectively and efficiently. • Demonstrated organization and task completion skills; ability to effectively manage multiple priorities in a timely and comprehensive manner. • Experience as both a participant and facilitator with a community collaborative. • Proven track record of delivering outcomes in community initiatives. • Strong cultural knowledge of the targeted communities and understanding of the critical challenges facing rural communities. • Understanding of early learning and literacy practices for children birth through 3rd grade. • Experience in building consensus, mediating, and negotiating among diverse partners with different goals and agendas. • Ability to effectively manage and facilitate community events and forums. • Ability to establish and facilitate complex cross-sector relationships (education, businesses, local governments, faith-based organizations, etc.). • Experience with grassroots organizing or leadership development. • Ability to recruit and reach marginalized or disenfranchised members of the community. • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs. • Ability to use social media.