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Parent Liaison

  • Classified

Salary range: 29

Reports to: District Administrator or Site Principal

OVERVIEW

Serve as the link between the school and parents, such as relaying the needs of one to the other. Communicate effectively with parents to inform families of school, district, and community events and opportunities. In addition, work with parents on how to address issues with the administrative staff in school meetings. Serve as a school-based intermediary contact for concerns and comments made by parents and community members. Develop and foster community collaborations, as well as provide referrals to community-based services for families. Expand opportunities to families for continued learning, voluntary community service, and civic participation. Help parents understand the educational system so they can become better advocates for their children's education and empower parents to become decision-makers.

QUALIFICATION
  • Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
  • Completion of an Associate's Degree, Bachelor's preferred
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Minimum of 1-year experience as a Parent Liaison.
  • Within 60 days of hire, provision of TB (Tuberculosis) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
  • Proficiency in a second language preferred.
RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES
  • Provide regular communication with parents to inform them of school, District, and community events and opportunities
  • Serve as a liaison between administrators, teachers, school personnel, and parents regarding parent involvement issues
  • Increase parent involvement in the school by working closely with school, parent, and community organizations
  • Organize school-wide events to increase parental and community involvement
  • Assist in the development of a family-friendly environment at the school
  • Coordinate and attend regular parent meetings and events around topics of key concerns to parents
  • Conduct outreach to engage parents in their children's education
  • Work with teachers and staff to develop programs, activities, and events geared to reaching out to the families
  • Survey parents to assess the effectiveness of the school's parent involvement program
  • Help families understand school report cards, district assessments, and state examinations
  • Translate school newsletters, homework assignments, school report cards, as well as teacher, school, and district-wide letters
  • Interpret for parent/teacher conferences, school meetings, SST and IEP meetings
  • Keep excellent records of all parent involvement activities, reports, surveys, annual program evaluations, and communications to parents
  • Maintain ongoing contact with community organizations that are involved with providing services to support the school's educational program
  • Take part in opportunities for professional development at the local, regional, and/or state level, with proper authorization.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists;
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form;
  • Ability to work comfortably with students, staff, parents, and the community, from diverse backgrounds, while being responsive to their needs;
  • Ability to use technology as a tool to support student and staff learning;
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other teachers and administrators;
  • Demonstrated skills in organization, group dynamics, effective meeting planning, and process facilitation;
  • Effective interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution, time management, and record keeping skills;
  • Must be knowledgeable about targeted student populations and effective instructional practices that support their development;
  • Successful record of leading workshops, presentations, study groups, and committees;
  • Proficiency in a second language preferred.
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 talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.

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 occasionally works in outside weather conditions. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work Year: 10 months

Revision Date: 03/27/2017

Initial date: 02/26/2016

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.