Job Description

Job Number:2017-2634

SSCR Family Engagement Specialist
Ed Resource & Admin Center (ERAC)

FTE: 0.000
Hours Per Day: 8.00
Position Type: Continuing

Start Time:
End Time:

Salary: $23.69 - $25.42

Closing Date: Open Until Filled - To be considered for this position, please submit a
completed online application and upload required documents on or before
this date.

Additional Information:


GROUP: Professional/Technical (non-represented) LEVEL: 10

: Non-exempt

: 247 HOLIDAYS: 13

SUMMARY: The Secondary Success & College Readiness Family Engagement Specialist will provide
programmatic and technical support for Family Engagement work within the Secondary Success & College
Readiness Department and GEAR UP grant. The Specialist will assist in the development, management, and
coordination of Family Engagement programming and activities to support school-based and district-wide
Family Engagement to increase the number of students and families who understand how to navigate middle
and high school and graduate prepared to choose their future, and access post-secondary education.

CONTEXT AND MISSION: Highline Public Schools serves approximately 20,000 students in the communities of
Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Boulevard Park and White Center in Washington State. Starting in
the fall of 2012, the Highline community came together to develop a four-year strategic plan outlining the
community’s bold goals and big dreams for its children. The plan’s promise is that every student in Highline Public
Schools is known by name, strength, and need, and graduates prepared for college, career, and citizenship.

The collective commitment embodied in the plan is grounded in the community’s deep belief that Highline
students are capable of reaching the plan’s ambitious goals and is driven by students’ aspirations for their future.

The instructional vision articulated in the plan is organized around Four Pillars that guide professional and
organizational practices:

* Equitable access to rigorous, standards-based instruction. High-quality instruction for all students.
* Results-focused professional learning and collaboration. Investing in our people so they continuously fine-tune

their craft and grow in their profession.
* Strong partnerships with families and community. Schools can’t do it alone. We are better when students,

families, community and educators work hand-in-hand.
* A culturally responsive organization. Our diversity is a strength and an asset. We are committed to equity,

excellent service for all, and continuous improvement.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not
exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also
be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.

? Research best practices and develop an innovative and sustainable strategy for family engagement work
focused on building college knowledge, raising aspirations and expectations, and helping families navigate
middle and high schools and access post-secondary options: including college application processes and
financial aid.

? Work with Secondary Success Manager, GEAR UP team, and school teams to implement multi-week
"Parent Academy" curriculum in multiple languages on eight campuses throughout the school year.
Partner with Family Liaisons, Success Deans, and Success Coaches to outreach and recruit participating
families. Hire, train, and support community facilitators to lead Parent Academies. Manage all academy
logistics: recruitment, outreach, locations, food, sign-ins, and materials. The Specialist will track, analyze,
and report data on Parent Academies throughout the year.


? Project manage a large annual conference: CollegeCon, in March of 2018 for 500 Highline students and
families at Highline College. Project management includes leading an advisory planning group,
implementing outreach and engagement strategies (media, mailings, social media, phone calls) to parents,
students, and schools, partnering with school staff and Highline College staff, managing event logistics,
maintaining a budget, meeting federal grant requirements, tracking in-kind match, and more. Be a single
point of contact for event planning and logistics.

? Build and refine tools for families and students regarding high school success, postsecondary planning, and
career & college awareness. Tools could include a published high school resource guide, elementary
college/career guide, well-designed online presence, and ongoing coordination with district social media.

? Serve as project manager for key GEAR UP grant activities including DiscoverU and Student and Family

? Partner with the Secondary Success & College Readiness team by attending events & meetings, and
partnering on key projects and activities. Work collaboratively with Family Center, Family Liaisons, and
other key staff to implement projects.

Other Functions
? Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective

functioning of the work unit and supporting student-learning objectives.

Education and Experience
Associate’s degree or equivalent work experience
Three years of grassroots organizing and/or education experience with parents/families in South King County
Knowledge of Highline Public Schools service area
Bilingual in Spanish
Two years demonstrated project management including event coordination
Experience facilitating trainings and/or workshops
Specialist, business, computer or administrative experience
Proficient with technology, including Microsoft Office, Google Apps, social media and WordPress

Bachelor’s Degree
Degree or coursework in Social Sciences, Computer Science, Education or related field
Experience working in educational settings, preferably with high school students
Knowledge of college access and/or career exploration programs and job outlook for region
Customer service and networking experience

Criminal background clearance
Valid WA State driver’s license and proof of insurance

Ways to empowering a diverse population of students to succeed in their college and career aspirations
High school graduation, college entrance, and postsecondary career/technical acceptance requirements
Postsecondary college and career preparation programs
Principles and practices of assigned programs and students
Public relations/marketing
School board policies and procedures


Learn new information quickly
Communicate effectively in English and Spanish verbally and in writing, including public speaking
Utilize Microsoft Office, Web-based applications, and online college/career planning tools with mastery
Demonstrate understanding of and experience with cultural competence
Maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups in a multicultural and diverse community
Work collaboratively with school and district administrators, students, families, and community members
Organize and set priorities, attend to detail, follow tasks through to completion, and follow instructions
Remain flexible to changes in assignments or situations
Develop and manage systems to track resources and information
Comply with school board policies and follow administrative procedures

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Secondary Success & College Readiness Manager

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made
to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk. The employee
frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The
employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works
near video display. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee must adjust to
frequent interruptions in their work schedule.

Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot
include, and are not intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee.

Created by Human Resources as outlined by Secondary Success Manager, 2017.08.16

Highline Public Schools, District #401, complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate in
admission, access, treatment, or employment in education programs or hiring practices on the basis of race, creed,
religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status,
honorably-discharged veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the
use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. This holds true for all students who are
interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular activities. Any person having inquiries
should contact: Age Discrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Affirmative Action, Civil Rights Act
(employees), and Title IX: Chief Talent Officer, 206.631.3121; Civil Rights Act: Executive Director of Family
Engagement and Student Support, 206.631.3100; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act- Director of Health and
Social Services, 206.631.3011.

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