Parent Support Specialist Lead - Community Organizer (Grant Funded)

    Austin Independent School District
    Austin, TX 73301
    Full-time, Part-time
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    Job Description

    Parent Support Specialist Lead - Community Organizer (Grant Funded) JobID: 34142
  • Position Type:
    06 - Student/Parent Support/Teacher Assist/Parent Support
  • Date Posted:
  • Location:
    Communication & Community Engagement
  • For Fiscal Year:
    2020-2021 Additional Information: Show/Hide


    This is a grant funded position and is contingent on the refunding of the grant to continue.


    Bachelor's degree in education, social sciences, communications or related field from an accredited college or university. Related experience may be substituted for degree on a year for year basis for up to four (4) years with five (5) required years of related experience, is preferred.

    It is preferred the candidate possesses experience with progressively responsible office support and administrative experience encompassing business, community, or government relations; researching and drafting responses to the public and stakeholders; and developing tracking and filing systems. Bilingual in English/Spanish is preferred.


    Candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively, work with others as a team, organize and maintain records, manage time and resources effectively and efficiently. Work requires creativity and adaptive thinking to accomplish the varied functions of the position. The employee must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with a diverse population. The position requires a high degree of discretion in judgment and ability to determine the most optimal action, which will result in the most benefit to the District. It is preferred that the candidate possesses knowledge of current educational, instructional, and community engagement theories, methodologies, techniques, and principles. Candidate must be committed to equity and identifying asset-oriented, community solutions. Candidate must also have a track record of successfully championing initiatives in diverse communities. The ideal candidate will have experience with social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Blogs, etc.

    Employees in this position must be able to read, write, and speak/communicate in English in order to receive and to provide work-related information in a timely manner to other employees, supervisors, principals, school personnel, volunteers and where appropriate, visitors and students.


    The Parent Support Specialist Lead/Community Organizer will strategically assist the Parent Support Office and district-wide Community Engagement & External Communication efforts with projects and programs that develop, maintain and strengthen community relationships. Primarily, the Parent Support Specialist Lead/Community Organizer will provide leadership and educational training opportunities for parents and staff in order to improve the educational success of children. This is accomplished through a program of work in three (3) general areas: parent support for satellite parent support specialists, participatory community engagement in district decision-making and community engagement initiatives.

    • Work with community organizations and build community relationships.
    • Build community relationships; determine which schools to partner with based on community assets and needs.
    • Identify, outreach to, and connect with families and community members from diverse backgrounds.
    • Guide parent support specialists and community members in developing a school vision, goals, and strategies to energize families to actualize change.
    • Partner with families and community members to execute asset and issue based goals and benchmarks; implement systems to track progress toward goals; work with families to modify objectives and refine goals as needs change.
    • Oversee and/or prepare program performance measures and reports for the department.
    • Coordinate recurring meetings with parent support specialists, families, and community members and represent the Parent Support Office and the Office of Community Engagement and External Communications at meetings. This may include neighborhood, business, civic, and social meetings, events, and public hearings.
    • Develop and document engaging and culturally relevant/relational organizing tools and practices.
    • Support activities coordinated on behalf of the District's stakeholder and interest groups.
    • Support and assist with community engagement projects designed to promote understanding of, and informed consent on, issues related to Austin ISD.
    • Conduct research and compile data on District-wide community issues: interview stakeholders, gather and analyze facts and identified needs.
    • Assist in the integration of public outreach efforts with other Austin ISD departments and partner organizations, and participate in research data collection and market studies.
    • Manage databases, ensuring entry of information for accurate reporting. Enter information needed for meeting invitations and notices. Track and control time sensitive, confidential information.
    • Assist in managing department calendars, and coordinate team meetings.
    • Prepare and coordinate factual information for public presentations via various communication outlets, District channels and web sites.
    • Plan and direct special events that promote programs or District-wide efforts.
    • Conduct special projects as needed.
    • Assist with the process to have departmental documents, contracts and materials that require approval by the Austin ISD Board of Trustees included on the agenda of Board Meetings in collaboration with Community Engagement and External Communications.

    Perform other related duties as assigned; however, all employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.


    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 will be made if necessary.

    Work is performed in an office and field setting. Position requires sitting, standing, lifting and may require travel to campuses. This position may involve rare exposure to blood or body fluids. Regular attendance is required for this position.


    This position reports directly to the Administrative Supervisor of Parent Programs under the guidance of the Assistant Director of Community Engagement and External Communications. Candidate will receive regular administrative supervision.

    Duty Days: 260
    Pay Grade: CP02
    Starting Salary: $24.12/Hr
    Social Security
    Teacher Retirement
    Comprehensive Benefits Package
    Employee Discount Program

    Posting ID: 554943741Posted: 2020-07-09