Job Title: Welcome Center Parent Liaison
Office: Office of Teaching and Learning
Date Posted: 4/7/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $58,374 - $65,847
NTE Date: N/A
The Office of Social Emotional Academic Development works with the Chancellor to ensure coherence in the educational experience for our students, families, and schools. Our goal is to initiate change and lead DC Public Schools into the highest performing school district in the nation. We are currently in the process of creating our next strategic plan. After engaging with over 3,000 internal and external stakeholders to help shape the future of DCPS, our draft strategic priorities include:
- Promote Equity: Define, understand, and promote equity to close achievement gaps and interrupt institutional bias.
- Empower Our People: Recruit, develop, and retain a talented, caring, and diverse team.
- Educate the Whole Child: Provide rigorous, joyful and inclusive academic and social emotional experiences for all students.
- Ensure Excellent Schools: Increase the number of high quality schools across the district by defining blended autonomies for schools and creating opportunities for innovation.
- Engage Families: Deepen partnerships with families and community.
The mission of the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is to deliver high-quality instructional resources, enhance classroom practice and scale effective programs to increase DCPS student achievement and prepare all students for success in college, career, and (see application details) spans four core competency areas:
- Professional learning;
- Enrichments and interventions; and
- Formative assessment.
Team members support school-based staff in implementing DCPS's existing academic programs while simultaneously working to rethink and redesign school programming, academic and curricular resources and educator professional development.
The Language Acquisition Division (LAD) is focused on providing high quality data, information and analysis to assist schools in meeting the needs of English language learner (ELL) students in the District of Columbia Public Schools. LAD serves as the analytic hub for the district's English language learners by providing data to support program implementation from the Central Office to the classroom. In addition, LAD assists schools with the initial screening for English language proficiency and supports schools with several reports throughout the year.
The Welcome Center Parent Liaison in the Language Acquisition Division (LAD) is responsible for providing orientation and support to linguistically and culturally diverse (LCD) students and families entering the District of Columbia Public Schools.
The Parent Liaison will be responsible for collecting, entering, maintaining, and disseminating data related to LCD students and families in DCPS. The Parent Liaison also will act as a liaison for schools to support parent engagement efforts for English Language Learners and coordinate districtwide parent workshops.
The Parent Liaison will work collaboratively with Welcome Center personnel to assess students for English Level Proficiency and determine adequate school/grade placement for these students. Additionally, the Parent Liaison will assess students'/parents' needs and refer to community resources when necessary.
This position is a safety-sensitive position. As a result, throughout employment this position will be subject to the Employee Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy.
The Welcome Center Parent Liaison will report to the Manager, Welcome Center.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
Collects student/parent data, reviews for accuracy, and conducts data analysis.
Conducts student/parent interviews and orientations at the Welcome Center.
Administers assessments for students ages 3-21.
Demonstrates sensitivity to linguistically and culturally diverse students and families.
Responsible for sharing and interpreting assessment results with LCD students and families and determine follow up needs.
Analyzes the compatibility of program requirements to determine school/grade placement.
Refers students and families to community-based resources.
Supports coordination of districtwide Parent Engagement workshops.
Acts as a liaison between the Language Acquisition Division and school-based staff supporting parent engagement efforts for English Learners.
Synthesizes parent engagement data and works closely with Assessments Coordinator to develop recommendations for identified problem areas to help propose short- and long-term actions to implement at the Welcome Center.
Conducts follow up for students tested at the Welcome Center.
Conducts ongoing data entry for student/parent information and assessment results into the Ellevation database.
Provides technical support assistance for data capture, report generation, and analysis efforts.
Supports the maintenance of existing applications and data quality.
Collaborates with other personnel within the Language Acquisition Division to provide effective support to students and families; and interacts with and responds effectively to DCPS stakeholders regarding English Language Learners.
- Bachelor's degree and one year of experience OR two years of experience (no degree requirement).
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- Bilingual in Spanish/English.
- Professional demeanor.
- Exemplary written and oral communications and interpersonal skills.
- Previous experience working with linguistically and cultural diverse families a plus.
- Strong analytical ability and significant experience with data entry.
- STUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
- COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
- EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
- EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
- TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
- JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.