Family and Community Engagement Specialist

Recruitment #210907-UNCE-590


Family and Community Engagement Specialist
Office of Family and Community Engagement/21st Century, Oliver Hodge Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Oklahoma.  We work directly with the state’s 500+ school districts and the legislature to ensure that Oklahoma students receive the quality education they deserve.  If you are looking for a rewarding career that positively affects the lives of children, you are in the right place!  For more about OSDE please visit our website at

Under the supervision of the Executive Director for Family and Community Engagement/21CCLC, the Family and Community Engagement Specialist will support OSDE staff, local school districts and the community to better engage families and community partners in education. Through a coordinated system, operationalize the Oklahoma Family Engagement Framework, with the primary goal to provide families with the best opportunity and resources to help their child succeed across all grade levels in school. 

PLEASE NOTE: This position is funded through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). The funding for this position will expire in December of 2024. It is the goal of the Oklahoma State Department of Education to apply for more funding if it becomes available.

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. [official transcript required];
• College coursework to include Education, Social Services, or Family Studies;
• Minimum of four (4)+ years in Community Engagement, Education Policy, and/or Public Affairs;
• Experience in building community partnerships, facilitating training, developing both high-level and parent-friendly presentations, and collaborating with families that have diverse cultures and economic backgrounds;
• Leadership role in an education, social service, or family support service setting;
• Knowledge of child and youth development and effective family engagement techniques;
• Understanding of the federal and state law in relation to Title funding, local school boards and the State Board of Education rules for family engagement.

• Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Must be able demonstrate the passion, skill, and competence necessary to contribute to each families’ development; 
• Maintains all required records and documentation necessary for all funding compliance requirements; 
• Understands and respects the diversity of families’ economic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds and situations; 
• Experience working in Title I schools; 
• Strong understanding of equitable family and community engagement practices that support the development, knowledge, and skills of families to become equal partners in their child’s education;
• Knowledge of technology and software (Virtual Meetings, Microsoft Office, Social Media) and ability to use them to maximize efficiency and services;
• Ability to effectively organize one’s own time and complex collaborative projects;
• Conscientious commitment and willingness to provide courteous, consistent, efficient service through the performance of the prescribed job duties;
• Must be willing and able to conduct occasional job-related travel, in state and out of state.

• Operationalize the Oklahoma Family Engagement Framework, providing technical assistance and professional learning for both internal and external stakeholders;
• Facilitate cross-agency alignment, allowing for fuller exploration, integration, and measurable outcomes for all family and community engagement efforts and initiatives;
• Develop and distribute communication collateral focused on best practice and evidence-based strategies to that encourage family and community engagement, including newsletters, social media and website collateral;
• Support the Executive Director in the development of a family advisory structure and professional learning community for the agency. Collaborate to create, develop, and evaluate state family engagement policies;
• Coordinate with existing advisory systems across the agency and in the community that engage families to ensure family voice is represented;
• Serve as the lead team member on the Title IV, Part B - Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC team supporting professional learning for the family engagement specialists provided through these competitive grant funds;
• Work in partnership with the Student Support Specialists to implement a regional CAFÉ (conversations about family engagement) model, building regional professional learning communities specifically focused on best practice and evidence-based strategies that encourage family and community engagement;
• Support stakeholders and OSDE staff with latest research and resource targeted to unique challenges families face in supporting student learning (special education, migrant, homeless, EL, Foster, military, etc.); 
• Assists school districts and schools with incorporating effective family engagement practices and strategies;
• Conduct surveys to assess the needs of families and support the review annual reports and monitoring efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of family engagement programs;
• Advise families in the understanding of educational systems and how to constructively address issues with schools to serve as a partner in their child’s education.

10% travel required. Occasional travel for professional learning and to provide grantee technical assistance.

General office setting.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full time basis

N (Not Applicable) - Activity is not applicable to this position
O (Occasionally) - Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 – 2.5+ hrs/day)
F (Frequently) - Position requires this activity from 33%-66% of the time (2.5 – 5.5 hrs/day)
C (Constantly) - Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)
Physical Demands  Physical Demands  Lift/Carry 
Stand F Reach Over Shoulder O 10 lbs or less F
Walk F Speak F 11-20 lbs F
Sit F Climb O 21-50 lbs O
Listen F Crawl O 51-100 lbs N
Grasp O Squat or Kneel O Over 100 lbs N
Reach Outward O Bend O  


Generous benefit allowance in addition to salary to off-set insurance costs
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11 Paid Holidays
15 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave the first year
Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) participation with all contributions paid by the employer
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Employee Assistance Program
Longevity Bonus for years of service

The Oklahoma Department of Education provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, OSDE complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This job description has been reviewed and approved by the Hiring Manager.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


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