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School Partner Specialist

RISE Colorado is a multi-racial, multi-lingual non-profit that works to educate, engage, and empower low-income families and families of color to RISE as change agents for educational equity in our public school system.

RISE’s work is based in Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, the most diverse city and school district in Colorado. Our theory of change is that those most impacted by the inequity that exists MUST lead the movement for change. Who is most impacted by educational inequity?  Low-income families and families of color. Just like women led the suffrage movement, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta led the farm workers’ movement, and Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks led the Civil Rights movement, low-income families and families of color must lead the movement for themselves with RISE as an ally if we’re ever going to truly achieve educational equity. This is what we believe in and work towards achieving every day.  We’re looking for a community organizer to join us in this movement!

Position Overview:

Reporting to the CEO and working in close collaboration with RISE staff, the School Partner Specialist will be responsible for managing RISE school and community partnerships. This position requires flexibility and professionalism, as he/she will work closely with existing and future school and community partnerships.

At RISE Colorado, the School Partner Specialist, will be a key member of a high-performing team supporting an ambitious growth plan. The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial professional with strong technical skills in teaching, teacher coaching and professional development, a passion for our mission, and great organizational and time management skills. We’re looking to add someone to our team that is energetic, detail oriented, critically conscious, and passionate about empowering families. Applicants must also be flexible and able to multitask (we are a start-up!), quick learners, and demonstrate strong relationship building skills.

This is an incredible opportunity to join an organization founded by women of color who grew up in the community where RISE works. RISE Colorado was named the winner of Teach For America’s 2014 Social Innovation Award, Inaugural Winner of the Leadership for Educational Equity Venture Fund & Fellowship, and has been recognized as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. RISE has been covered globally, nationally and locally for their work with families. To learn more about RISE Colorado, applicants can watch this video, and view the website, as well as RISE’s FacebookTwitter, and Instagram accounts. Interested individuals should complete an application here, and submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to opportunities@rise-colorado.org with the subject line: RISE School Partner Specialist Role.

The School Partner Specialist’s responsibilities include:

  • Coaching and Professional Development: 
    • Develop relationships with all teachers, school leaders, staff and community leaders in order to run effective coaching and professional development sessions
    • Train and prepare all school and community partners to facilitate and execute the RISE workshop series by co-creating curriculum with school staff and community members
    • Outside of the RISE workshop series, lead professional development sessions on the opportunity gap and best practices in culturally relevant family engagement practices
    • Develop and facilitate professional development for staff meetings and yearly retreat workshops for RISE staff
  • Partner Management and Cultivation:
    • Manage RISE school and community partnerships. Ensure relationships are strong and fitting the needs of families and stakeholders
    • Meet consistently with school leaders and staff to maintain open lines of communication in order to receive and provide feedback
    • Cultivate new school and community partnerships to help RISE thoughtfully increase and deepen our impact in the community
    • Develop and coordinate workshops and materials for school-partner meetings and professional development
  • Project Management:
    • Create and execute project plans for every RISE in-school and community-wide workshop/event that is under their purview
    • Each school hosts at least three RISE workshops a year of which the School Partner Specialist is directly responsible for from beginning to end in terms of logistics, professionally developing the staff and successful execution of the event
    • Support with recruitment, retention and management of volunteers for RISE events
    • Create programmatic systems and processes where gaps exist
  • Data Management:
    • Enter all survey data from the RISE school and community-wide workshops
    • Aggregate and analyze all data in Salesforce to determine the effectiveness of the RISE workshop series in order to celebrate what’s gone well and what areas need improvement
    • All data is shared out with school leaders and teachers following the event
    • Ensure RISE is meeting our family engagement goals and outcomes
  • Communications and Outreach Strategy:
    • Co-create entire marketing and outreach campaign with school staff and administrators in order to ensure the best turnout of families possible at the RISE in-school and community-wide workshop series
    • Support with the creation and content for RISE social media and monthly newsletter

Qualifications:

First and foremost, the School Partner Specialist must embrace the RISE mission to educate, engage and empower low-income families and families of color to RISE as change agents for educational equity in our public school system. Candidates must have access to reliable transportation and availability to work some weekends and evenings along with the following qualifications:

Skills:

  • Related experience working with a nonprofit, school, or other entrepreneurial, high-performing organization and/or the strong desire to learn and join this type of setting
  • Curriculum design and execution
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Good communication skills with ability to write effectively, speak persuasively, and listen attentively
  • Ability to work and communicate with culturally diverse groups and individuals.
  • Strong relationship-building and interpersonal skills which enable rapport-building with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong tech skills including knowledge and use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to use social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and text messaging
  • Results oriented with strong time management skills
  • Ability to stay organized and work effectively with attention to detail

Experience:

  • Prior experience as a Lead Classroom Teacher
  • Teacher Coaching experience and experience professionally developing school leaders and staff.
  • Partnership Management and Cultivation experience
  • Demonstrated experience with sophisticated database management and/or significant skills – leveraging our database as a primary tool in managing communication and driving strategic and tactical planning
  • Experience in and/or good understanding of community organizing and civic engagement work.
  • Previous experience with group facilitation and community outreach
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with minimal supervision
  • Prior experience with curriculum development
  • Experience developing racial literacy or race consciousness within yourself and previous organizations

Mindsets & Characteristics:

  • A history of achieving results and willingness to do “whatever it takes” to reach goals
  • A constant learner who is interested in being a proactive, positive member of the team
  • High level of self-awareness, humility, and emotional intelligence
  • Critically conscious and social justice minded. Ready to combat the inequities that face low-income families and families of color on a daily basis
  • Have a strong understanding of how class, culture and race intersect and impact education
  • A willingness to engage in critical and reflective conversations about race, class, power, and privilege

Compensation and Benefits:

RISE Colorado offers a competitive salary, benefits, and retirement along with opportunities for training and professional growth.

Application:

Please fill out the application here. Additionally, please email your cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to opportunities@rise-colorado.org with the subject line: RISE School Partner Specialist Role.

We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.

RISE Colorado is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  RISE Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. 

 

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