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Family Engagement Coordinator (IMMEDIATE)

Lighthouse K-12 (Whole School) | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

THE ORGANIZATION


At Lighthouse Community Public Schools,  we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in the Expeditionary Learning Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers. Founded in 2002, LCPS operates two K-12 public charter schools--Lighthouse and Lodestar--serving nearly 1,400 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland. Learn more at www.lighthousecharter.org.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

Our mission to prepare students for college and career can only be realized when the families we serve are deeply engaged at every level of their child’s experience and their own experience in our schools. The Family Engagement Coordinator will be a key member of the school team to recruit, engage, communicate with, organize, and provide leadership opportunities for and with parents.  Working in partnership with school leadership and teachers, the Family Engagement Coordinator will be an outgoing, organized, and strong communicator who believes in the power of collective parent voice and the power for parent engagement to transform student outcomes.  The FEC’s primary skill sets include the ability to excite families about our quality education offerings, execute strategies to ensure full enrollment at each of our sites, ensure strong attendance of our students; have strong written and oral communication, project management, and provide engagement opportunities for all families. Across LCPS, there will be two FECs, one per site, Lighthouse & Lodestar.  Together, they will form a team who will support each other to create an engaged parent body across our Family of Schools. The FEC will be supervised by a school principal and will sit on appropriate leadership teams at the school site.


CORE COMPETENCIES

HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL

  • VISIONARY, INNOVATIVE, & EQUITY-FOCUSED: Believes and communicates with families with the belief that every student can learn and commits to holding high expectations and providing opportunities for all.

  • GROWTH MINDSET MODEL: Holds a growth-mindset for self, colleagues, and families.


LEARNING THROUGH RIGOROUS CURRICULUM

  • LEADER OF FAMILY LEARNING: Designs family engagement opportunities that increase the capacity of Lighthouse or Lodestar families and inspires families to actively participate in the school and in their children’s education.

  • AUTHENTIC DATA ANALYST: Collects, assesses, and analyzes data to advance family engagement outcomes. 


SERVING THE WHOLE CHILD & ENGAGING FAMILIES

  • FACILITATOR OF STRONG HOME/SCHOOL CULTURE:  Holds vision and develops systems and structures to promote a strong family engagement culture across all stakeholders in service of the school mission; and actively integrates our core values throughout the programs.   

  • COMMUNITY BUILDER: Builds meaningful relationships and communicates effectively across stakeholders to ensure families feel connected with each other, their children’s teachers, and the school community.  Establishes and maintains an inclusive and welcoming environment for all stakeholders.


PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY

  • COMMITTED & COLLABORATIVE COLLABORATOR: Leads through collaboration within family and staff community, demonstrating high levels of professionalism at all times. 

  • MODEL OF THE SCHOOL’S CORE VALUES:  Embodies and models the school’s core values, community, integrity, love, social justice and agency.  

  • CULTURALLY COMPETENT COLLABORATOR: Works as part of a team and bridges families from different racial, ethnic, socio-economic, educational, religious, sexual orientation, gender and generational backgrounds and experiences.  Works with stakeholders to disrupt implicit bias, racism, and any form of discrimination based on difference  in our school environment.

  • FLEXIBLE & STRATEGIC TEAMMATE: Works in a strategic manner autonomously and collaboratively with different teams across the school despite ambiguity. 


AGENCY MINDSET

  • MODELS AGENCY: Exhibits persistence, creativity, flexibility, motivation to make change, and the ability to imagine new approaches and opportunities for impact.



RESPONSIBILITIES


FAMILY RECRUITMENT (25%)

  • Recruitment & Enrollment

    • Plan, attend and support enrollment events and family tours, while enlisting the support of others in supporting these events 

    • Serve as an ambassador to new families through the admission and registration process

    • Engage in outreach efforts to the families, neighborhoods, and community organizations we serve and partner with

    • Innovate recruitment efforts to ensure our schools reflect the diversity of our neighborhoods, with an emphasis on recruiting African-American students. 

    • Project managing waitlists, ensuring 100% of seats are filled every day

  • Registration 

    • Serve as a key member of the student registration team


COMMUNITY ORGANIZING - Family voice in decision making; making parents powerful (10%)

  • Stay informed and educate families about local, state, and national issues that affect education policies and practices 

  • Build a coalition of parent leaders who are mobilized to organize for  their child’s quality education 

  • Develop and manage relationships with a broad base of constituents from targeted neighborhoods (including faith-based institutions, public officials, local government agencies, social service agencies, teachers, CCSA and school leaders), build their support for the school’s efforts, and represent the school at key events.  

  • Fully participate in Families in Action, a coalition of East Oakland charter schools,  activities 


ENGAGEMENT IN SCHOOL  - Families are engaged in the day to day life of the school, know what’s expected of them, are invited, encouraged, and supported to engage (30%)

  • Attendance Support & Monitoring

    • Serve as a part of the attendance team in support of positive and responsive attendance efforts, carrying out tasks related to reducing chronic absenteeism

    • Positively communicate with families about the importance of attendance

  • Building Parent Capacity to Support their Child’s Learning

    • Create age-appropriate materials for parents to support their understanding of our grading policies and academic systems

  • Community Building

    • Build community amongst parents across racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic lines

    • Host weekly coffees to engage parents in ongoing school ideas and issues

  • Coordinate School-wide Family Events.  This includes, but may not be limited to:

    • Plan, coordinate, recruit and execute family events, including but not limited to Student-Led Conferences (family preparation, communication and translation), EXPO, States of the School,  and Back to School Night, as well as weekly family engagement opportunities

  • Community Outreach

  • Conduct one-to-one visits with parents and community members 

  • Execute a listening campaign with parents from our family of schools


COMMUNICATION - Families have the information they need when they need it (20%)

  • Carry out the vision for regular, accessible, and user-friendly parent communication 

  • Be a strong writer and oral communicator of ideas, values, and information

  • Ensure parents have the information to be fully engaged in the school. 


LEADERSHIP & LEARNING - The school supports families in learning content and building relationships about what matters most to them and that will increase student outcomes.  (10%)

  • Build Capacity among Families to Lead and Learn.  This includes, but not limited to:

    • Structure opportunities for learning and the building of capacity to support their children amongst families, such as learning nights, language classes, mental health workshops, etc. 

    • Coordinate a structure for families to lead within the school community and leverage families’ knowledge and expertise to build the school’s capacity to serve all children, including SSCs


SERVE ON A FAMILY ENGAGEMENT TEAM ACROSS A FAMILY OF SCHOOLS    (5%)

Collect Data on Family Engagement.  This includes , but may not be limited to:

  • Coordination of  family surveys

  • Use data analysis to drive family engagement program

Coordinate & Share Information 

  • Meet every two weeks to share information; make plans for the future; and align on activities across the schools. 


Additional Responsibilities, as assigned by supervisor.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • A.A. or 2+ years undergraduate equivalent education, preferred

  • Experience working in schools serving low-income families and students of color preferred

  • Experience working with families and/or community in East Oakland preferred

  • Spanish/English Bilingual a plus


SUPERVISION

This position reports to one of the two site Principals.  


TIME COMMITMENT 

This position is a 1.0 FTE (40 hours/week) hourly, non-exempt position.  Exact hours are flexible and will be arranged in conjunction with the supervisor based on need. Start date is as soon as possible, in order to be a part of summer 2020 family engagement activities.  

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package and generous time off and vacation policies.

TO APPLY

People of color and Spanish bilingual individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.  


Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter describing your interest in this position and why you are an optimal fit

  • 3 references with Name, Email, Phone Number and Title/nature of working relationship


Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis.  Interviews and performance tasks will take place via Zoom, until shelter in place restrictions are lifted.  

Lighthouse Community Public School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.