Attendance Improvement and Family Engagement Coordinator

Caliber Public Schools - Vallejo, California - Full time

About Caliber Public Schools

Caliber’s Mission is to achieve educational equity by shifting the experiences, expectations and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. Our strengths-based educational program validates, affirms, respects and supports students, families and staff members to reach their full potential. Caliber graduates will be academically college ready; have emotional intelligence or ‘EQ’; be critical thinkers, and have the skills and desire to be changemakers in their communities and the world..

Caliber’s four graduate pillars--Heart, Smart, Think, Act--guide our work. Caliber teaches computer science as a core academic subject K-8th grade to directly challenge the inequitable presence of women and underrepresented minorities in the computer science industry. We are a community-based organization and celebrate the diversity of the communities we serve. Our parents are active partners; frequently engaging through school events, restorative practices, and academic support.

We are looking for educators and leaders who want the opportunity to use their voice, their skills and their passion to work in partnership with our students and their families on their goals. Our first school, Beta Academy in Richmond, CA, opened in 2014 and ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, CA opened in fall 2016. Both Beta and ChangeMakers are currently TK-8 campuses serving more than 800 students. We plan to open additional schools in future years as we grow to nearly 4,000 seats K-12 in the Bay Area.

This role will be required to be on campus when Caliber returns to in-person instruction during the 21-22 school year.

Position Summary

The Attendance Improvement and Family Engagement Coordinator is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining plans to address attendance and truancy issues at Caliber Changemakers or Beta Academy with utilizing the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). The Coordinator should have the skills necessary to work cooperatively with teachers, clinicians, school administrators, and parents to assure compliance with attendance laws and regulations, and other related duties as required. The Attendance Improvement and Family Engagement Coordinator will improve communication between the school and the students’ families; promote parent engagement in their children’s education; and to encourage greater community involvement in the school. The Family Engagement Specialist has a specific role in three major areas of work with families:

1) Promote and enhance the parent-child relationship

2) Engage parents in discussions about their child’s attendance, growth and

development

3) Provide parents information, experiences and opportunities to learn about concrete practices they can implement to promote their child’s learning.

The Family Engagement Specialist establishes and maintains community relationships that serve as referral sources for families. Our ultimate goal is to assist parents in becoming more involved with their children’s education and to promote a sense of community.

Responsibilities

  • Consults and collaborates with teachers, staff, counselors, parents/guardians, and others to assist students and families in achieving optimal academic and social emotional success.
  • Assist in planning, organizing, and implementing policies, regulations, and procedures pertaining to student attendance monitoring.
  • To monitor attendance, looking for trends and patterns for individual students and specific groups particularly those identified as vulnerable.
  • Assist school leaders identifying students with attendance concerns, assess the underlying causes of poor attendance and punctuality in individual cases and target resources by effective intervention to maximize attendance and improve punctuality.
  • To coordinate home visits in line with the school’s Attendance Policy, and to keep a record of these visits in order to pursue concerns about attendance and offer the relevant channels of support.
  • Recommend pupil referrals to the school principal or designee for such agencies as the child guidance clinics, family service and placement agencies, and to other institutions to support students and families in meeting attendance expectations.
  • Assist the Leadership Team to coordinate, refer and submit the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) referrals to District SARB.
  • Responsible for implementing and overseeing the School Attendance Review Team (SART) system and participating in the Caliber Network Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) program.
  • Create a welcoming, safe, and supportive Family Resource Center/Parent Room environment. Virtually, create a Family Resource Portal and co-lead parent town hall meetings.
  • Make students and parents aware of instructional and social emotional support that is available at the campus for students who are struggling academically and monitor student participation in support options.
  • Lead the FCC (Family Community Committee) to coordination a variety of family/parent participation activities (i.e. cultural events, common core grade level workshops, parent orientations, parenting support workshops, computer classes, reading night, perfect attendance, etc) and carry out tasks such as ordering food, setting up, cleaning up, handouts, event logistics in coordination with Operations and leadership teams.
  • Lead Communication/Outreach/Promotion with parent leaders, community partners and school site staff for family workshops/events, or other parent communication necessary for student achievement and school culture.
  • Foster relationships/partnerships with outside community and educational organizations focused on family engagement linked to learning

Qualifications

  • Good organizational and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Bi-lingual/bi-cultural (Spanish/English) required.

Preferred:

  • Two (2) years of recent experience in an education setting preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but experience and exceptional references considered.

Role Variation

Given the dynamic nature of the role and structure of Caliber Changemakers and Beta Academy. it must be accepted that as the work develops and changes, there will be a need for adjustments to the role and responsibilities of this post. The duties specified above are therefore not to be regarded as either exclusive or exhaustive.

Compensation: Pay rate is $26.50/hour. Includes benefits + 401K and more!

Caliber Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Questions? Email careers@caliberschools.org

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Role

K12 School Operations

Experience Level

Mid Level

Caliber Public Schools

Caliber's mission is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. We provide students with a challenging and engaging education that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in colleges, careers, and communities.
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