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Prekindergarten Partnership Parent Support Specialist

at Austin Independent School District

Posted: 7/31/2019
Job Reference #: 30953

Job Description

Openings as of 8/25/2019
06 - Admin Support/Secretarial/Clerical

  • Prekindergarten Partnership Parent Support Specialist JobID: 30953
  • Position Type:
    06 - Admin Support/Secretarial/Clerical

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    Early Childhood

  • For Fiscal Year:


    This position is grant funded and continued employment is contingent on grant funding.


    This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. A minimum of two years of college is preferred. Incumbent must have a minimum of two (2) years of experience in education, social services, adult education, community organizations or a related field. Incumbent must have a valid Texas driver’s license or have the ability to obtain one.


    This position requires the ability to work with a diverse population. Incumbent must be able to read, write and speak/communicate in English in order to receive and to provide work-related information in a timely manner to other employees, supervisors, principals, school personnel, volunteers, families and where appropriate, visitors and students. This position requires computer, interpersonal, presentation and problem-solving skills. Some schools will require that the employee be bilingual.


    This position provides support to Child Development Centers in the Prekindergarten Partnership (PKP) by implementing policies and coordinating programs to enhance the capacity for parental/family involvement/engagement. Incumbent ensures compliance with federal Title I, Part A Parental Involvement regulatory guidelines and AISD’s Family and Community Engagement Policy. Incumbent provides support by working to establish communication and relationships and maintain mutual understanding by connecting school, home and community. The role of the PKP Parent Support Specialist is to design and implement family engagement programs that create partnerships among school, parents/families and community resources to increase student achievement and support the district’s priorities. This includes building capacity for parent leadership in the district, working with community groups to engage and support parents, and identifying resources for parents and families.

    • Organize and provide ongoing parent/family/community engagement trainings and meetings in coordination with the campus and vertical team principals, campus and district staff, and other community entities.
    • Assist the principal and other campus staff with identifying effective strategies for increasing parent and family engagement participation by utilizing The National Standards of PTA and Dual Capacity Framework.
    • Collaborate closely with the United Way PKP staff, the Learning Support Services Team, the Campus Advisory Council (CAC) and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA/PTSA) on each campus and at the vertical team level. Attend all ACPTA general meetings with their board.
    • Attend necessary Parent Support Specialist district staff development trainings.
    • Assist families with understanding Title I and the program components.
    • Create opportunities for parents/families of children served to be engaged in the education of their child.
    • Develop and maintain family welcome activities with relevant material and resources for parents/families to utilize at home with their child.
    • Assist families in the transition from Child Development Centers to their Austin ISD kindergarten campus.
    • Conduct, with the involvement of parents/families, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of parental involvement/engagement policy as well as the compact in improving the academic quality of the school. Identify barriers to greater participation of parents/families.
    • Assist parents/families in understanding how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve that child’s achievement.
    • Coordinate academic-based learning opportunities/workshops for parents at flexible times to build parents’ capacity to work with their child at home.
    • Develop jointly, with parents of all children served, school staff and the community, a school-parent compact and school-level parental involvement policy that outlines how families, the entire school staff and students will share the responsibility for improved academic achievement.
    • Provide assistance to parent/families and local academic assessments.
    • Assist in the explanation of school goals and objectives to families and the community.
    • Conduct an annual parent survey to assess the needs of the parents and the community.
    • Assist with the Annual Title I Parent/Family Meeting to which parents of all children served shall be invited to further explain Title I Part A, Parental Involvement and the program components.
    • Provide materials to help parents/families work with their children to improve their children’s achievement such as literacy training and using technology.
    • Work as a team with other Title I Parent Support Specialists and the Parent Engagement Support office to coordinate vertical and district-wide parent/family involvement/engagement programs, workshops and initiatives.
    • Maintain Title I parental involvement/engagement notebook to include parent notices, meeting artifacts, school-parent compact, school-level and district level policy, and additional documents that support the facilitation of the Title I Parent Support program at an assigned school.
    • Administer evaluation instrument at the end of the workshop series and document responses.
    • Document all family and community engagement activities in the district’s ECST data collection system.


    Perform other related duties as assigned; however, all employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.


    Services are generally provided in an office or school setting with no unusual physical demands or exposure to hazardous situations. Some travel may be required for this position. Incumbent must have own transportation and be willing to work evenings and weekends when necessary. This position may involve rare exposure to blood or body fluids. Regular attendance is required for this position.


    This position reports directly to the Director of Early Childhood. Incumbent has regular contact with the Administrative Supervisor of the Parent Program, Parent Engagement Support Office (PESO) staff and the Director of Pre-K Innovation at the United Way. Incumbent will consult frequently with center directors, teachers, principals, counselors and other campus and district staff.

    Duty Days: 260
    Pay Grade: CT07
    Starting Salary: $16.84/Hr

    Closing Date: Until Filled

    An Equal Opportunity Employer