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Cultural Facilitator (Pashto or Dari/Farsi language preferred)- Office of Senior Academic Officer

Date: Nov 24, 2021

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Job Title: Cultural Facilitator (Pashto or Dari/Farsi language preferred)- Office of Senior Academic Officer  and Requisition ID number: 84526

Close Date:  No established closing date;  open until filled

Organizational Unit:  Office of the Senior Academic Officer (10000901) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE 1.0 FTE - 40 hours (52 weeks); 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.



*Native speaker with proficiency in professional writing and reading in Pashto or Dari/Farsi preferred



Under minimal supervision, serves as a bridge between parents and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS).  Focus on engaging, supporting, and empowering parents of color to increase and improve communication and cultural understanding, resolve concerns, and increase protective engagement of parents in their child’s education; build long-term relationships with diverse families resulting in more parent involvement and student success.


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 and enhances meaningful and authentic parent engagement, involvement, and leadership in departments, schools and the community.
  • Utilizes culturally and linguistically competent/relevant and respectful approaches at all levels of service and in all interventions.
  • Assists with planning, developing, and presenting programs and services; assists with implementing training and testing programs.
  • Bridges communication gaps and cultural understanding between the department, staff, school, students, and families; helps families to understand and navigate through the school system.
  • Acts as advocate for families to provide an equal learning opportunity; helps students to be successful in the learning environment and help families’ access school resources.
  • Acts as a resource for staff when working with families and students from other cultures.
  • May conduct home visits to better assess and understand the needs of each family.
  • Translates and communicates school and department documents as needed and interpret during meetings and testing.
  • Coordinates and facilitates integration, leadership, and achievement programs.
  • Works closely with Community and Family Liaisons to help establish and maintain adequate community partnerships to facilitate the integration of cultural families with the District.
  • Serves as an advisor by triaging community issues/concerns from the community.
  • Participates in a variety of meetings, workshops, and committees for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions and remain knowledgeable with program guidelines.
  • Prepares a variety of documents, reports and written materials as necessary.
  • Measures effectiveness through data analysis.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment 
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.



Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Bachelor’s degree in education or a closely related field, AND two (2) years of demonstrated experience in community engagement experience specifically in communities of color; AND native speaker with proficiency in professional writing and reading in one of the following languages: English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Pashto, Dari/Farsi; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources. 


Knowledge of:
  • Rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Education and other governing agencies.
  • Applicable policies, procedures and regulations covering specific areas of assignment.
  • Principles and practices of public relations, training and development, marketing, recruitment strategies and public communications.
  • Knowledge of working in a diverse setting; specifically within the Latino, Hmong, Somali and African American communities.   
  • Cultural competency.
  • MPS policies, process and procedures.
  • Customer service principles, protocols and methods that include responding professionally, effectively, and efficiently to customer service requests.
  • Local community resources and regional community services programs.
  • Principles of office management, record keeping and records management.


Skill in:

  • Providing effective customer service, and dealing tactfully and courteously with the public.
  • Gathering and compiling data, and reporting findings.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers and clients.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.
  • Understanding and maintaining highest level of confidentiality.



Bargaining Unit: AMP l Grade: 53 l Salary Range*: From $59,236 - $73,978 per year l FLSA Status: Exempt

*The salary range is provided by the collective bargaining agreement associated with this position. Actual pay will be based on selected candidates’ experience.


MPS Offers a Desirable Benefits Package!

Pension (Employee Contribution) with District Match

MN Deferred Compensation

Eleven (11) Paid Holidays in addition to Paid Time Off

EAP (Employee Assistance Program) access to free, confidential consultation with counselors in the areas of personal and work concerns

LegalSheild/IDShield access to legal advice

Wellness and Fitness Programs

Medical, Dental and Vision Plans

Flexible Spending Account Options

and More!



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.




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]  | Office of the Senior Academic Officer (10000901)  | Davis Center (0001)  | Administrative

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