Great Start Collaborative Parent Liaison

Great Start Collaborative Parent Liaison

POSITION POSTING Great Start Collaborative Parent Liaison – Oceana County

Position Summary The Mason, Lake, and Oceana Great Start Collaborative (GSC) vision is to ensure every child will enter school safe, healthy, and eager to succeed. The GSC is comprised of individuals and organizations from across the three-county region who are invested in supporting the wellbeing of children from birth through age 8. The Great Start Parent Coalitions (GSPC) operate in each of the three counties to 1) provide a parent perspective to the GSC; 2) educate community members about the importance of early childhood; 3) support the GSC’s work toward achieving Michigan’s early childhood outcomes; and 4) provide information, education, and resources to parents raising young children. The Oceana County Parent Liaison will develop and maintain a GSPC and support the GSC.

Duties and Responsibilities

Presence on the job is an employee’s fundamental obligation. Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is required.

Develop and Maintain a Great Start Parent Coalition (GSPC):

Coordinate the Great Start Parent Coalition (GSPC), including planning and facilitating GSPC meetings from September – June.

Actively recruit, orient, and support parent members of the GSPC.

Communicate with all GSPC members on a regular and ongoing basis.

Ensure the GSPC includes parent members who represent the diversity of the community.

Maintain GSPC records including agendas, attendance records, and minutes of all meetings and activities.

Support the Great Start Collaborative (GSC)

Attend quarterly GSC meetings.

Support GSPC parents in attending GSC meetings, helping to meet the 20% parent membership requirement on the GSC.

Maintain open communication lines between GSPC parents and the GSC Coordinator and GSC membership, implementing a process for bringing parent input and feedback about the early childhood system to the GSC to inform decision-making.

Partner with the GSC Coordinator, Parent Liaisons, and GSC members to create the annual plan of work.

Help create and maintain communications tools (i.e., brochures, website, Facebook page).

Disseminate GSC information to area parents.

Establish and/or maintain a positive relationship with local organizations and community partners.

Participate in community events and committees based upon the approved work plan, desired goals, and objectives.

Available: Non-Union

Year-Round Position/ Approximately 10 hours per week

Salary Range: The salary will be commensurate with education and demonstrated experience of the successful candidate to fulfill the requirements of the position as determined by administration. Application Process Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, three references to:

Terri Steih, Director of Human Resources West Shore Educational Service District

2130 W. US 10

Ludington, MI 49431

OR

Via email: [email protected]

Applications Accepted: October 14, 2019 or until filled The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its program and activities, including employment opportunities. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

JOB TITLE: Great Start Collaborative Parent Liaison – Oceana County

DEPARTMENT: General Education / Early Childhood

REPORTS TO: Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services and Great Start Collaborative Coordinator

PREPARED BY: Monique Selimos FTE: .25

APPROVED BY: Amy Taranko EXEMPT STATUS: Non-Exempt

DATE: October 2019 WORK DAYS: Year-round/Approx. 10 hrs/wk.

SUMMARY:

The Mason, Lake, and Oceana Great Start Collaborative (GSC) vision is to ensure every child will enter school safe, healthy, and eager to succeed. The GSC is comprised of individuals and organizations from across the three-county region who are invested in supporting the wellbeing of children from birth through age 8. The Great Start Parent Coalitions (GSPC) operate in each of the three counties to 1) provide a parent perspective to the GSC; 2) educate community members about the importance of early childhood; 3) support the GSC’s work toward achieving Michigan’s early childhood outcomes; and 4) provide information, education, and resources to parents raising young children. The Oceana County Parent Liaison will develop and maintain a GSPC and support the GSC.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Other duties may be assigned.

Presence on the job is an employee’s fundamental obligation. Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is required.

Develop and Maintain a Great Start Parent Coalition (GSPC):

 Coordinate the Great Start Parent Coalition (GSPC), including planning and facilitating regular (typically monthly) GSPC meetings from September – June.

Actively recruit, orient, and support parent members of the GSPC.

 Communicate with all GSPC members on a regular and ongoing basis.

 Ensure the GSPC includes parent members who represent the diversity of the community.

 Maintain GSPC records including agendas, attendance records, and minutes of all meetings and activities.

Support the Great Start Collaborative (GSC)

 Attend quarterly GSC meetings.

 Support GSPC parents in attending GSC meetings, helping to meet the 20% parent membership requirement on the GSC.

 Maintain open communication lines between GSPC parents and the GSC Coordinator and GSC membership, implementing a process for bringing parent input and feedback about the early childhood system to the GSC to inform decision-making.

 Partner with the GSC Coordinator, Parent Liaisons, and GSC members to create the annual plan of work.

 Help create and maintain communications tools (i.e., brochures, website, Facebook page and group).

Disseminate GSC information to area parents.

 Establish and/or maintain a positive relationship with local organizations and community partners.

 Participate in community events and committees based upon the approved work plan, desired goals, and objectives.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

High School Diploma or equivalent; Associates Degree preferred

 Experience (volunteer or paid) as an advocate with families, in early childhood settings or other community planning efforts

 Experience running meetings and working with groups

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Valid Drivers’ License required. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:

Committed to increasing parent participation in the early childhood planning and decision-making process for the purpose of building a strong early childhood system as well as build public support for early childhood investment.

 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, peers, administrators, parents and the community.

 Ability to mentor and support other parents to increase their involvement and leadership skills.

 Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in written or oral formats.

 Ability to travel throughout the county and to attend meetings and trainings located out of the county.

 Be a good problem-solver.

 Be self-motivated and self-directed.

 Committed to developing strong personal leadership skills such as:

o Knowing the difference between personal experience and perspective versus the perspective of the greater parent community and when and how to effectively represent each.

o Effectively communicate even when frustrated.

o Understanding what diversity truly is and why it is important to this work and how to welcome differing points of view into GSPC conversations.

o Utilizing personal stories and experiences from the point of view of a parent as an effective communication strategy.

o Understanding the inevitability of conflict in any change process and how to resolve it effectively.

o Providing mentoring to support the development of new parent leaders.

o How to create and act upon an annual plan of work that includes the development of shared goals.

 Proficient in the use of technology and computer skills.

 Ability to interact with public and other staff.

 The ability to meet multiple demands from several people.

 Must carry out all responsibilities with awareness of all requirements, standards and policies established by the district and the Board of Education.

Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, students, and other employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk, or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee must regularly lift up to 40 lbs. individually push or pull up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The position is exposed to injury at a greater risk than the average person.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. The noise level in this position varies. When visiting a building the noise level will be loud, in the office, quiet and at meetings, moderate. The ability to tell where sound is coming from is essential in this job.

The employee shall remain free of any alcohol or non-prescribed controlled substance abuse in the workplace throughout his/her employment in the District.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

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