Monday, December 14, 2009

MLA Partner School Position

Job Opening - Associate Director of Parent and Community Engagement for an
MLA Partner School

The Associate Director of Parent and Community Engagement works very closely with parents, school site staff, community members and other stakeholders to accomplish an uncompromising vision for the school community. This position is responsible for organizing large numbers of parents and developing a strong parent collaborative. Additionally, this position works with school and community stakeholders to develop effective policies and programs to ensure school safety. The Associate Director of Parent and Community Engagement also manages the allocation of resources, coordinating the efforts of partnering organizations to ensure efficiency and equity.

Primary Responsibilities
Ensure active and productive parent and community involvement
1. Create and implement plan for parent collaborative.
2. Build leadership capacity of parents.
3. Work closely with administrator to oversee vision and day to day operations of school parent center.
4. Develop training and professional development program for parent liaison & community rep positions.
5. Manage course offerings, activities and other diverse opportunities for parents
6. Oversee and align school siteʼs parent activities to achieve school's vision (ELAC, CEAC, Title 1).
7. Create and manage large scale community events (i.e., block parties, community fairs, community clean ups, etc.).
Ensure safety within greater school/neighborhood community
1. Align community efforts to improve safety around neighborhood (safety collaborative, neighborhood council, etc.).
2. Work with key stakeholders to develop sound safety policies and practices, and ensure consistent implementation.
3. Coordinate with partners to provide safety intervention programs for students.
4. Oversee school uniform policy and program, ensuring consistent enforcement, increased student buy in and expansion of package offerings.
Implement Resource Management System (RMS) to maximize efficiency of community
1. Participate in the identification, outreach and screening of potential partnering
2. Assist in the creation of clear operating agreements with partnering organizations.
3. Coordinate the work of community partners to provide engaging, high quality after school courses for students and families (7 to 7 program).
Required Experience
• Bachelorʼs degree required, advanced degree preferred
• Training or relevant experience in community organizing, grassroots marketing, parent development and/or project management
• Experience with using data to assess success/challenges and inform decision making
• Knowledge of urban schools and communities
• Bilingual in Spanish preferred

Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with a candidateʼs skills, experience and education. Full benefits package.

To Apply: Email your cover letter and resume to

About MLA Partner Schools
MLA Partner Schools is a nonprofit organization working to improve schools and empower neighborhoods in some of the most disenfranchised communities in Los Angeles. MLA creates high performing urban schools that combine innovation, equity and access, offering a collegeready education to every child in the surrounding neighborhood. These schools become community focal points that support and strengthen their communities. An MLA Partner School is a public school designed and managed in a collaboration between MLA, LAUSD and community stakeholders. The cityʼs first Partner School, West Adams Prep, opened in September 2007 to serve 2500 students with a first-rate education, setting a new standard for public schools and anchoring a strategic revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood. Manual Arts High School recently joined MLA Partner Schools bringing MLAʼs
student enrollment to over 6000. MLAʼs vision for the coming years is to create a network of schools within the same geographic area that commit to making every neighborhood child college-ready.
For more information on MLA Partner Schools, visit

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