Overview

Company Description:

As a leader in providing high quality education for low-income students, KIPP Memphis Public Schools (KIPP Memphis) is a network of open enrollment, tuition-free, college preparatory public charter schools. KIPP Memphis is part of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) network of high performing public charter schools. KIPP’s network spans more than 200 schools across the US and is known for having high expectations, focusing on results and ensuring students achieve their post-high school goals. The mission of KIPP Memphis is “Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose – college, career, and beyond – so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.”

Founded in 2002, KIPP Memphis serves elementary, middle, and high school students in North Memphis. The KIPP Memphis team and family serves as a model of excellence and collaborates with other community organizations to raise the overall quality of education in Memphis.

Job Description:

Open Position Details:

  • Elementary School 
  • Shared Elementary/Middle School 

The effects of the pandemic and increased violence against  Black people have created fresh and profound challenges for a community already “fighting for the survival and betterment of their schools, grocery stores, community centers, and other assets necessary for success”(wearememphis.com).   In order to address these challenges, create solutions, and manage resources for our students and families, KIPP Memphis created a Parent/Community Engagement Coordinator position.  This person will be responsible for leading the charge to ensure that the needs of our 2,000 students are met with a sense of urgency during the 2021-2023 academic years by:

  • Improving and increasing the frequency of communication with families through designing and managing platforms, including Parentsquare, social media, progress reports, PTO conferences, and Parent University
  • Serving as the point person for the school and community resources related to COVID 19, ensuring that each student and family has access
  • Liasing with the parent leader to ensure parent meetings are occurring quarterly
  • Partnering with community organizations and attending community meetings on behalf of the the school, with the stated goal of open lines of communication between our community partners
  • Hosting virtual information sessions to teach parents to use technology and online learning platforms
  • Serving as a liaison to local agencies that are providing  assistance with employment, food, and housing for KIPP Families

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential duties:

  • Collaborate with school staff, families, and the community in developing and implementing services and programs
  • Provide leadership and vision to ensure compliance in matters relating to student discipline, alternative education, child welfare and attendance, guidance services, and school safety. 
  • Support school student recruitment and enrollment
  • Serves as a member of the school attendance team
  • Provide input and assist with publishing the Parent Guide to support students 
  • Develop and support programs and initiatives to family needs in the areas of social/emotional development on a micro and a macro scale
  • Serve as the main contact for foster care, homeless agencies
  • Develop and maintain relationships with new community partners
  • Incorporate policies and procedures in accordance with laws and regulations 
  • Work with the Assistant Principal of Culture implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) at each school
  • Ensure families understand the Student Code of Conduct
  • Develop and monitor programs and initiatives to family needs in the areas of social/emotional development on a micro and a macro scale
  • Serve as the main contact for McKinney Vento and Foster Care

School Culture Alignment

  • Believe deeply in the mission of KIPP Memphis and that all children will learn and thrive 
  • Establish and maintain relationships with students and families based on trust and respect
  • Approach work with a sense of urgency
  • Collaborate with colleagues and seek feedback in the spirit of continuous improvement
  • Participate in professional development and meetings, including district-required training
  • Maintain an asset, solution-focused growth mindset

Required Competencies

STUDENT FOCUS: Believe that all students, regardless of background, have the ability to go to and through college; demonstrated commitment to the school’s unique community

DIRECTION SETTING: Ability to set direction across an entire school and motivate others to action

CULTURAL COMPETENCE: Demonstrated ability to create inclusive environments that honors and supports a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives 

FOCUS ON RESULTS: Focuses upon results and how they are achieved; Does not confuse effort with results

IMPROVEMENT: Continuously and humbly seeks opportunities for personal and organizational improvement; Proactively solicits and willingly accepts assistance

ANALYSIS: Analyzes, reflects upon, synthesizes, and contextualizes information

ANTICIPATING PROBLEMS: Anticipates and identifies problems in a timely manner

SENSE OF URGENCY: Makes timely decisions, using intuition as well as data in the face of ambiguity

SYSTEMS: Establishes and/or uses communication systems that proactively engage key stakeholders, and rely upon a variety of appropriate channels

 

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 1-3 years relevant work experience serving a similar student population
  • Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following areas: Social Work, Human Services, Public Administration
  • Experience in recruiting, meeting facilitation and promoting parent engagement activities such as Parent Teacher Organization, Parent Council, and Parent University
  • Experience collaborating with stakeholders across the school including School Operations team, School Leaders, and Parent Leaders
  • Knowledge of local and national community services and partnership opportunities.
  • Comfortable working with social media
  • Ability to work independently
  • Demonstrates cultural competence around our student population

Additional Information:

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience, degree attainment, and credentials. A competitive benefits package will also be offered. 

KIPP Memphis is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying to the school. KIPP Memphis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

All application information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.