Founded in 1902 to care for orphans, CHS is now among the oldest, largest and most respected private nonprofits serving children and families. Expanding from early roots in adoption and foster care, CHS offers an array of specialized services designed to nurture children and grow families. Last year, CHS delivered hope to more than 139,000 children and adults.
PROGRAM NAME: Community School Programs
OBJECTIVE: To increase parent and community involvement and communication in schools by working with the school’s administration and utilizing community resources to create a supportive environment for the students to excel in their education.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS MAY INCLUDE:
- Design and implement an overall outreach plan to engage families to
participate in activities and services on campus and in the community.
- Plan, coordinate and execute activities and logistics and support community
activities in conjunction with Community School and school leadership in
support of the goals set forth in the outreach plan.
- Identify, engage and support community action groups and centers of
influence in the community.
- Support the senior management’s efforts to effectively engage the parents
and community stakeholders which align with the goals set by school
- Execute local marketing activities, awareness campaigns and events.
- Provide information, advice, content and recommendations for community
engagement activities to senior management and school leadership to
advance visibility and Community School outcomes.
- Develop and cultivate community outreach through presentations for new and
existing engagement opportunities.
- Provide information, advice and recommendations for press release content,
feature stories and local media to senior management.
- Participate in maintaining accurate and complete parent and community
member participation and engagement data.
- Build nurturing relationships with Community School leadership and staff.
- Develop and maintain a warm and inviting Parent Resource Center to foster
relationships between parents, school personnel, and students.
- Develop key community relationships to enhance outreach and build a
resource list for parents and students.
- Deliver programs and/or activities which concentrate on parent participation
for the purpose of promoting a successful school experience for students and
providing networking opportunities for parents.
- Liaison with school administrative personnel to align system goals, program
objects and community services; serve as creative partner for the Community
School Program Team
- Coordinate educational opportunities for the purposes of promoting student
achievement, student attendance, and home-school partnerships.
- Develop relationships with parents to engage them in areas of the school
where they can influence the success of students and staff.
- Assist in overcoming language barriers at gatherings, home and social visits,
and at school activities.
- Make home visits and/or phone calls to identify parent needs.
- Create targeted programming to engage parents and students new to the
school and provide specific strategies to involve them in student success.
- Prepare written materials for the purposes of documenting activities,
providing written reference and/or conveying information.
- Participate in the quality improvement process.
This list of essential and marginal functions is not intended to be exhaustive. Children’s Home Society of Florida reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements.
REQUIRED: All degrees must be from an accredited university.
- Bachelor’s degree in Education or a Human Services related field
- Minimum of three years of combined experience in at least two of the
following specialties: education, human services and/or community outreach
- Demonstrated progressive responsibility increases in area of specialization
- Presently or formerly a public school parent
- Valid Florida driver’s license within 30 days of hire
- Supervisory experience
- Experience serving as an advocate for children and/or parents
- Experience with building community relationships
- Experience convening workshops
- Experience working with families on educational or community issues
- Fluent in Creole
- Ability to handle confidential information appropriately
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English required - Creole
and/or Spanish preferred)
- Ability to analyze data and identify problem areas or trends
- Strong public speaking and presentation skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Excellent problem solving skills
- Strong networking and engagement skills
- Knowledge of family engagement research and literature
- Understands and respects the diversity of economic, linguistic and cultural
backgrounds and situations
- Ability to host parent meetings within the local community
- Familiarity with the public school system and the communities it supports
- Ability to make home visits and travel
- Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends
- Ability to learn computer skills sufficient to perform all essential functions
NEEDED: carrying, climbing, driving, kneeling, lifting, pushing/pulling, reaching, repetitive motions, sitting, standing, walking
PREFERRED: bending/stooping, crawling/crouching