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Engagement, Education & Outreach Specialist - Engagement & External Relations

Date: Nov 22, 2021

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Job Title: Engagement, Education & Outreach Specialist - Engagement & External Relations  and Requisition ID number: 84448

Close Date: 11:59 PM on 12/06/2021 

Organizational Unit:  Engagement & External Relations (10000188) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE 1.0 FTE - 40 hours week (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.




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.



Bargaining Unit: AMP l Grade: 58 l Salary Range*: From $67,019 - $83,698 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: | 12:01 AM On 12/06/2021 | Engagement & External Relations (10000188) | Davis Center (0001) | Administrative 

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