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Student and Family Engagement Specialist

  • Classified

Salary range: 29

OVERVIEW

Under the direction of the Coordinator, Student and Family Engagement, the Student and Family Engagement Specialist will work to establish relationships that empower, guide, and support historically underrepresented (HUR) students, and parents of students, in the PAUSD to become strong advocates for their education and social and emotional well-being.

QUALIFICATION

Education, Experience & Training:

  • AA degree required, Bachelor's preferred
  • Proficiency in second language strongly preferred
  • Experience working with Historically Under Represented families and students
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; experience working with multidisciplinary teams; bicultural, bilingual a plus.
  • Experience with PAUSD online platforms that support classroom and school programs, Infinite Campus, Schoology and Blackboard desired
  • Knowledge of PAUSD school programs and resources a plus
  • Satisfactory work history
  • PAUSD Parent Liaison Certificate program training desirable
  • Maintain a valid California Driver's License
RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES

Specific Duties Include:

  • Deliver outreach, resources and supportive services to HUR families and Voluntary Transfer Program students attending Palo Alto schools;
  • Provide case management to identified students in support of their success in school;
  • Develop relationships with families that facilitate and support increased parent engagement and involvement in the school community and the advocacy of their children's academic and socio- emotional learning;
  • Establish and maintain regular communication with parents to inform them of school, district, and community events and opportunities;
  • Provide support necessary to guide parents and students in navigating PAUSD systems in support of academic, social and emotional needs;
  • Coordinate, promote, and facilitate regular student attendance;
  • Assist parents in developing a greater understanding of educational practices, policies, and procedures at PAUSD schools;
  • Provide translation of school-specific communications as needed;
  • Keep records of HUR parent attendance at school and district events;
  • Develop and maintain ongoing contact with community organizations that provide academic tutoring and enrichment and/or extracurricular activities;
  • Take part in opportunities for professional development at the local, regional, and/or state level;
  • Attend and participate in school site staff meetings;
  • Identify and share additional school needs/services for supporting HUR students by participating in team meetings and district administration forums;
  • The utilization of district's online platforms (e.g. Blackboard, Schoology, Infinite Campus);
  • Coordinate with homework tutoring center to support student learning and assignment completion on early release days;
  • Participate in activities that evaluate the effectiveness of the parent and student liaison program;
  • Evening meetings may be required;
  • Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • Ability to communicate effectively with families and students from diverse backgrounds and cultures;
  • Possess presentation skills and have the ability to present to large groups;
  • Ability to build strong relationships with students and families;
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with community resources, teachers, staff, parents and students.

This position requires knowledge of:

  • PAUSD Secondary or elementary systems
  • PAUSD Voluntary Transfer Program
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, walk, bend, turn, talk and hear, and taste and smell. The employee frequently is required to use hands to write, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to 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, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must occasionally lift arms above shoulders to point, reach, touch, pull or lift.

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 may work in an office setting, a home and community- based environment with occasional exposure to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

  • Work in both an office, school and community based environment
  • Classroom environment during observances.
  • Occasional home visits to meet with families and students

PAUSD is an equal opportunity employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state and local laws.

Work Year: 10 months / 185 days

Revision Date: 08/12/2019

Initial date: 10/25/2017

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