Parent and Family Engagement Specialist, Prekindergarten and Head Start Unit, 1.0 FTE
Montgomery County Public Schools
 Rockville, MD

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:

Under direction, oversees the Head Start and Prekindergarten parent and family engagement component including training and leadership of the Parent Policy Council and self-evaluation of the program. Assures that parents/guardians are meaningfully engaged in each component of administration, education, social services, health, disabilities and volunteer activities. Develops the parent engagement plan and monitors staff and parent activities to ascertain fulfillment of the parent engagement Performance Standards.

CERTIFICATE LICENSE:

None

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:

Considerable knowledge of the federal and local guidelines governing the Head Start and Prekindergarten program, MCPS structure and the needs of Head Start and Prekindergarten parents/guardians. Thorough knowledge of the diverse populations served. Ability to plan, organize and coordinate a parent, program that engages parents, school staff and community members in collectively working together to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Head Start and Prekindergarten program. Ability to work with economically and educationally disadvantaged populations. Excellent organizational and human relation skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to utilize a Management Information System to gather and analyze data to assess family outcomes and objectives. Use technology to facilitate and support parent/family outreach to meet the diverse needs of the community.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE:

Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university required. Coursework in education, communication and counseling. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred but not required. Experience in school and/or community activities and programs, preferably in a leadership role. Experience in working with adults in the target areas. Other combinations of applicable education, training and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.