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Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer

OFFICIAL TITLE: Chief Engagement Officer CODE: 0171 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer GRADE: NS MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Working with senior school system leaders, establishes a comprehensive vision for family, community, and business engagement. Oversees the development, design, and implementation of short- and long-term family, community, and business engagement strategies that are aligned with the MCPS strategic plan and Board of Education policies. Plans and manages strategic partnerships between MCPS and businesses, government agencies, higher education institutions, and community organizations to provide families and students with the supports needed to be college and career ready. Develops partnerships with the business community to increase alignment between the K¿12 experience and careers. Designs and directs plans for expanding partnership programs to garner additional corporate input and resources and targets new partners based on district and school needs. Supports schools in their efforts to identify, develop, and maintain community and business partnerships. Directs the planning and implementation of parent engagement and community programs and services that promote family support of children¿s learning and development and build the capacity of schools to support students and families. Directs the development of a systemic outreach strategy for engagement with traditionally underrepresented and emergent communities. Develops strategies to support and enable parent leadership and empowerment. Develops and implements strategies for improving interagency collaboration among federal, state, county, public, private, and volunteer agencies.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of best practices and current research regarding outreach programs, partnership development, and community advocacy and organizing. Ability to assess program needs; conceptualize new programs, particularly for diverse communities; develop short- and long-range plans; and coordinate program implementation through various school system departments and with public and private agencies and community organizations; ability to develop and maintain relationships with key community leaders and stakeholders; ability to implement programs that foster and maintain teamwork among MCPS offices, schools, parent groups, and community members; ability to develop communication networks with school personnel, parents, business, higher education, and community leaders and act as a liaison for community initiatives; knowledge of school-based health services and other wraparound services to meet community needs; ability to oversee development of office¿s strategic plan; write grant proposals; prepare budget documents and financial reports; and prepare reports/correspondence for the superintendent and Board of Education. Excellent management, planning, organization, written and oral communication, and human relations skills required.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Masters degree from an accredited college or university in education, public administration, nonprofit management, business, or other relevant field. Doctoral degree is desirable. Minimum 5 years of supervisory/administrative/leadership experience in education, business, corporate, nonprofit, or public administration. Experience in community organizing and advocacy. Experience building business partnerships and securing resources. Successful experience in directing, supervising, and evaluating staff. Experience in program development and implementation. Demonstrated leadership and broad experience working effectively with diverse staff, students, parents, and the community. 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.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) None
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) Attendance at evening Board of Education meetings, as well as meetings with community, business, and parent groups.


Plans, develops, and coordinates parent, community, and business outreach activities and programs that support improved student learning and academic achievement.

Develops business, higher education, and community partnerships.

Supports the efforts of schools to develop and maintain successful strategic partnerships with businesses and community organizations.

Maintains relationships with higher education, government agencies, and other groups and individuals that impact schools and families.

Implements programs to foster and maintain collaboration among various parent groups, community members, and school and system staff.

Facilitates the school system¿s commitment to parental involvement programs that support educational equity initiatives.

Serves as a resource to MCPS offices and departments as well as external organizations with the development of programs and services to support students and families.

Assists parents, school staff, and community organization members with the development of effective programs to improve parental and community involvement to assist students in achieving high academic standards.

Designs and develops training models for parent education and parent leadership on various issues.

Collects data and prepares responses to requests for information.

Represents deputy superintendent/superintendent on task forces and committees.

Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.

Class Established: 5/2012
Date(s) Revised:
Last Reviewed:

This description may be changed at any time.

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