Launched in 2007, the Partnership is a nonprofit organization that serves 14,200 students across 19 campuses in Watts, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles, California. The Partnership is one of the largest, in-district public school transformation organizations in the U.S., and is not a charter organization. Our priorities are supporting great school leadership, developing highly effective teaching, and engaging families and community partners. Over the past decade, our high schools have seen their graduation rate more than double from 36% to 80% and college acceptances have risen by 17 percentage points in the last four years from 32% in 2015 to 49% in 2019. Suspension rates across the network are at less than 1%, compared with 21% when we started our work. Learn more about us at https://partnershipla.org/.
The Partnership is looking for a Director of School Transformation, Family Engagement who will be responsible for comprehensive strategy and implementation of all family engagement initiatives within and on behalf of the Partnership’s network of eighteen schools. The Director of School Transformation, Family Engagement will be responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing school-based family engagement initiatives across our network of schools as well as our signature Parent College program. This role focuses on capacity building and serves as the coach/liaison to traditional public school administrators on implementing effective family and community engagement strategies to support school transformation. The Director of School Transformation, Family Engagement will work closely with the Partnership’s school administrators, coordinators, and Family Engagement Teacher Leaders, and community partners. This role also includes the management of the Partnership’s Family Engagement Team. This is a full-time, year-round position.
Given the current and fluctuating public health response to the COVID-19 crisis, and the impact that it is having on the normal function of schools, the work of the Director of School Transformation, Family Engagement will adjust accordingly, and may involve working remotely and/or at school sites and the office.
The Partnership is also committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The Director of School Transformation, Family Engagement will be someone who is excited to keep these values in mind when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities and managing their team.
- The Director of School Transformation, Family Engagement’s key responsibilities include the following:
- Lead the development and execution of the Partnership’s school-level capacity building, Family Engagement Teacher Leader Pathway, to increase family engagement as a strategy to support school transformation.
- Serve as a family engagement coach/liaison for the network of K-12 Partnership schools.
- Help oversee the Partnership’s Parent College program, a signature parent empowerment program to encourage parents to hold high academic expectations of their children, create a college-going culture at home, and advocate confidently for their students at school.
- Develop and lead a series of professional development trainings for Family Engagement Teacher Leaders, Family Action Teams, and other multi-stakeholder groups around family engagement.
- Coach school leaders, including Family Engagement Teacher Leader, in working with their school teams to develop and implement their school’s strategic plan for family engagement.
- Build professional capacity at school sites to establish a more welcoming, inclusive, resourceful and culturally informed support network for parents, especially at the parent centers.
- Provide value-added support for events and activities connected to family engagement at Partnership schools.
- When issues arise, support case management of parent concerns, including responding to all parent concerns in a timely manner, facilitating meetings between concerned parents and school administrators with goal of finding a resolution, documenting all parent cases, and ensuring proper protocol is followed.
- Supervise the full-time manager and part-time outreach team members who drive the Parent College program.
- Supervise staff and consultants in developing and implementing school-based strategic plans, professional development trainings, and coaching for Family Engagement Teacher Leader and Family Action Teams.
- Other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate will have:
- Deep belief in the power of our communities, and respect and love for our families in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts.
- Belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values and a commitment to improving academic achievement for Partnership students
- A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all team members
- Humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students
- Reflective and a life-long learner
- Unmatched work ethic
- Highest level of integrity
- A positive outlook, adaptability, and a sense of possibility in stressful situations
Education and Experience
- An earned master’s degree or advanced degree from an accredited university preferred
- 7-10 years experience in teaching, education field or supporting parent engagement community organizing, social service, school/community capacity building, systems-thinking, technical assistance, and/or coalition building.
- 3-5 years of successful people management, supervision, and coaching experience preferred
- Deep understanding of community context in one or more of the three communities in which the Partnership operates schools (Watts, Boyle Heights, South LA) and ability to quickly learn community context
- Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; adaptable when managing multiple, shifting priorities; ease at managing competing demands and determining priorities independently
- Experience working with cross-functional teams that promote family engagement practices and organizational academic priorities.
- Leadership experiences in designing, organizing, and facilitating professional development for adult learners, as well as providing highly impactful coaching cycles to deepen learning from professional development
- Demonstrated ability to motivate, inspire, and build strong working and mentoring relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including being able to elevate family engagement strategies that promote school transformation through senior leaders and school leaders
- Exceptional critical thinking and analytical skills, including the ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis to support decision-making
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to communicate complex ideas simply and succinctly
- Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work under pressure with a high degree of accuracy and limited direction
- Strong computer and technology skills; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, familiarity with Google docs, and interest in and ability to learn new platforms
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with school principals, assistant principals, school staff, Partnership colleagues, community partners, and families
- Ability to maintain discretion regarding confidential matters
- Bilingual in Spanish highly preferred
- Ability to effectively communicate across individual differences and understand the complexity of elements important to members of other cultures/groups
- Ability to travel between home office and schools in South LA, Boyle Heights, and Watts (must have a valid driver’s license)
- Ability to attend events occasionally in evening and on weekends including playing a role in Parent College.
- Willingness and ability to support tasks that require packing, lifting, moving, and transporting materials (such as boxes, water bottles, and other training materials) to and from school sites
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The Partnership has recently completed a thorough study of market-competitive salaries, and has applied the learning from that study to salary offers for all home office positions. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair for all staff members, both considering the market and considering pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization. The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement program. This is a full time, year-round position.