District of Columbia
The Bilingual Program Coordinator (Spanish) will work with school-based parent coordinators in the D.C. area, providing training, facilitation, and coaching on our highly effective approach to build stronger schools with parent power.
Teaching for Change’s approach connects families, schools and communities as purposeful partners in the education process. By employing the strengths of parents – their nationalities and cultural backgrounds, native languages, knowledge, and lived experiences – Teaching for Change helps to build respectful and welcoming school environments. Tellin’ Stories is a D.C.-area-based project of Teaching for Change, a national social justice non-profit organization that provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.
The Bilingual Program Coordinator will be an integral part of Tellin’ Stories’ (TS) school-based, local family engagement program. The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience in community organizing, group facilitation, and workshop development. Responsibilities will include the following (underline denotes a core job function):
Implement the TS program at Teaching for Change partner schools, collaborating with school-based staff in public elementary schools in Washington, D.C. through:
- community building and outreach
- working closely with the school-based parent coordinator and parent center to design, facilitate, and evaluate a family engagement work plan
- working closely with the school-based parent coordinator and parent center to design, facilitate, and evaluate workshops and other engagement activities
- supporting the implementation of Tellin’ Stories Signature Activities in schools (including Parent-Principal Chit Chats, Welcoming Climate Walkthrough, Grade Level Dialogues, and more) as aligned with the school work plan
- providing support for parent-led initiatives, events, and actions
Support school-based parent coordinators and parent leaders to:
- identify parent leaders, then cultivate parent leaders to assume responsibility for school-based activities, initiatives, and workshops
- recruit and engage participants for school-based activities, initiatives and workshops
Support principals and the members of partner school family engagement committees by:
- coaching school-based family engagement committee chairs on developing and implementing a work plan
- facilitating communication between family engagement committee plans and the parent center, with a particular focus on the communication between committee chairs and parent center coordinators
- attending family engagement committee meetings, as appropriate
- coaching principals in preparing for parent meetings, engaging with parents formally and informally, and supporting parent-initiated events and actions
- coaching school-based staff participating in the TS Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Seminar
Support Teaching for Change’s participation in related grassroots efforts through:
- building relationships with local allies, including activists and organizers working on related issues
- represent Teaching for Change in coalition meetings and events for local and national organizing/family engagement efforts
- present at city-wide and national forums, conferences, and outside professional development requests, as appropriate
Fulfill administrative duties including:
- document TS’s work at the schools with regular reports, photos, and evaluations
- prepare materials for program activities (fliers, mailings, etc.), prepare workshop supplies and hand-outs
- manage program documentation and data input including attendance records, records of program agendas, evaluations and staff reports on the content of the work
- participate in TS program evaluations and weekly staff meetings
- support fundraising efforts at Teaching for Change
- other duties as assigned.
Required Experiences & Abilities:
- Experience in public schools, community organizing, and/or related experience
- Demonstrable skills in group facilitation and workshop development
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) and ability to interpret required
- Great interpersonal/relationship skills, especially with people of all racial/socio-economic backgrounds
- Experience working with low-income Latino and African American communities
· Excellent communication skills, including strong writing and reporting skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, desktop publishing or related software
- Availability in the morning – parent meetings tend to take place right after drop-off
- Eager to learn and able to work both independently and as part of a team in a very busy work setting
- Ability to contribute to the growth of an education/social justice non-profit organization with both local and national reach
- Passion for education and equity issues
- Commitment to and belief in the mission of Teaching for Change.
This position will be posted until filled. All applications will be considered. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply.
Medical and Dental Insurance.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluent in Spanish and English
Minimum Education Required