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Engagement, Education, and Outreach Specialist - Communications
Minneapolis Public Schools | Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Job Title: Engagement, Education, and Outreach Specialist - Communications and Requisition ID number: 50307

Close Date: No established closing date; open until filled

Organizational Unit: Communications (10000053)

Site: Davis Center (0001)

FTE: 1.0; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union: AMP(42)

Functional Area: Administrative

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.


Engagement, Education, and Outreach Specialist


Under general supervision, supports & monitors development of districtwide and school-based engagement plans; provides required and voluntary educational workshops; represents the District in local communities and drives engagement through networking, marketing, and partnership development.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develops relationships with community partners to provide information about District services and strategize opportunities for collaboration.
  • Educates target populations about their rights and responsibilities and provides advocacy in overcoming barriers and accessing educational services when appropriate.
  • Participates in community coalitions, collaborative meetings, and other multidisciplinary, multisector partnerships of relevance to MPS students and families.
  • Monitors community issues, trends, and other factors that may impact program operations.
  • Promotes strategies that value and utilize families' expertise and knowledge of their children, staff's educational training and knowledge/experience, and student self-advocacy skills in order to support the student from all perspectives.
  • Plans, organizes and delivers educational presentations to community, including securing locations, preparing materials, evaluations and follow up.
  • Works with parents and teachers in improving the achievement level of students by assisting parents and volunteers in locating learning activities; disseminates information regarding support services and extracurricular activities.
  • Hosts information tables at conferences, fairs and other community events to share information about the District and distributes materials.
  • Integrates multicultural marketing campaign strategies into outreach messaging.
  • Assists school-level, department leadership and school-based staff members by providing professional development opportunities for staff on family engagement topics as requested to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Identifies potential outreach locations and build partnerships within the community.
  • Develops culturally and geographically appropriate educational materials
  • Demonstrate courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; act in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.
  • Enthusiastically promote the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Bachelor’s Degree in social work, communication, public affairs, cultural studies, or a related field; AND four (4) years of community engagement and outreach experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

Knowledge of:

  • Facilitative skills, group dynamics, group learning modalities.
  • Principles and practices of engagement across multiple cultures and ethnicities, marketing, and public communications.
  • State and Federal laws and regulatory issues governing public education, including rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Education and other governing agencies.
  • Principles of record keeping and records management.
  • Correct English grammar, composition, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Project management and analytical techniques.
  • Computer software applications related to duties.

Skill in:

  • Working with students and families of children with and without identified special needs.
  • Building, maintaining and expanding partnerships to deliver ongoing, high quality services and opportunities for students.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Dealing successfully with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong problem-solving, critical-thinking, and independent decision-making skills
  • Functioning as an independent, self-motivated, and self-reliant self-starter who initiates appropriate actions and strategies and can work successfully without constant direction and close supervision.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.


A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required.


Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.


Ÿ Bargaining Unit: AMP

Ÿ Grade: 58

Ÿ FLSA Status: Exempt

Ÿ Job Group: Communications and Engagement

Ÿ New: June 9, 2017


Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.


Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | [No Established Closing Date] | Communications (10000053) | Davis Center (0001) | Administrative

About Minneapolis Public Schools

Since 1994, the Minneapolis Public Schools has operated under site-based decision making to move decision making closest to the students served. The goal of site-based management is to improve student achievement. Under site-based decision making, district and school efforts, theoretically, should complement each other. District offices set parameters, facilitate the sharing of information and best practices among schools, help evaluate progress, and give constructive feedback to both the schools and the Board. Schools have freedom (within approved decision-making parameters) to design site plans. Although what site-based decision making looks like at each school may vary, schools typically have a team of representatives from all areas to serve as a "site council," "education council" or "shared leadership team." This will include principals, parents, students, teachers, specialist teachers, clerical, other building staff, business partners, and the community/neighborhood. The councils meet monthly to make decisions and discuss long-range program goals for the school. Parents who are not on the council may attend and if they would like to have a subject discussed, may submit agenda items and talk to a member. Under the site-based decision making philosophy, these councils are to examine everything that might be standing in the way of student achievement-be it grade levels, student groupings, materials, or school policies and practice-and recommend keeping what is working and changing what is not.

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