Community Outreach Manager: Philadelphia School Partnership

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 12:56 pm.

Position Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) believes that helping to empower parents to find, choose, and advocate for higher quality schools of all types (district, charter, and private) is a critical part of our strategy to ensure every child in Philadelphia is enrolled in a great school. We seek to deepen our relationships with partner organizations including school operators, nonprofits, and advocacy groups to empower parents and community members to engage in local education reform efforts. Specifically, we are working to better equip families with information to find and choose great schools for their children. As part of this work, we have created “GreatPhillySchools,” (GPS) a print and web-based resource giving parents access to data on academics, safety, and more. The Community Outreach Manager will plan and execute efforts to increase awareness of the website and manage relationships with partner organizations to reach thousands of stakeholders across the city.

The Community Outreach Manager will report to will report to the GreatPhillySchools Project Director and work closely with the entire time including the Assistant Director, Coordinator, and other staff as needed.

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Developing and managing the grassroots component to promote[[http:GreatPhillySchools.org|GreatPhillySchools.org]] and the GPS print guides; this will include partnering with numerous community, nonprofit, political, and other organizations throughout the city in an effort to reach parents and caregivers
  • Building and strengthening external partnerships across the city to support our new work in early childhood
  • Overseeing a part-time outreach team to plan and execute parent engagement and organizing events including: trainings, school visits, testimonies, op-eds/letter writing campaigns, speaking events, GPS demos and more
  • Representing GPS at public events and community meetings
  • Providing consultative assistance to partner schools on how to build and execute parent engagement initiatives including trainings, planning assistance and other support; and
  • Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and commitment to K-12 education reform, including a willingness to work on behalf of high-quality schools of all types – including District, charter, and private – in the face of organized resistance to reform
  • Ability to derive, set, and achieve ambitious goals within the context of relationship building and advocacy; ability to demonstrate experience achieving results in community organizing or coalition building and issue campaigns
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to lead and motivate others
  • A self-motivated and entrepreneurial approach; confidence in high-pressure tight deadline situations and willingness to work as part of a team.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of three years’ relevant work experience
  • Familiarity with early childhood education strongly preferred
  • Experience working with families of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Experience working in education reform preferred, but not required
  • Willingness and ability to work nights and weekends; this role occasionally requires nontraditional hours

Physical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to schools – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing
  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs on a frequent basis
Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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