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Executive Director, Engagement and External Relations

Date: Jul 15, 2021

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Job Title: Executive Director, Engagement and External Relations  and Requisition ID number: 77868

Close Date:  No established closing date;  open until filled

Organizational Unit:  Engagement & External Relations (10000188) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE 1.0 FTE; 52 weeks; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  Non-Represented(44) 

Functional Area:  Administrative 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.




Under executive direction, provides leadership for the full scope of high-quality services to parents, families, schools, and community; provides leadership to direct the efforts of partnerships with community and national organizations.


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:


  • Directs Engagement, Student Placement and External Relations activities for MPS, including community relations, family engagement, public policy, and faith-based and community partnerships; exercises independent judgment within broad policy guidelines; evaluates and analyzes issues, and recommends solutions; provides leadership, direction and guidance in engagement strategies, policy development and priorities.
  • Develops, implements, and oversees all engagement districtwide, as well as the student placement center; acts as liaison to traditional public schools on implementing family and community engagement strategies to help boost student achievement.
  • Develops and implements overall partnership framework, strategies, and targets for fundraising and partnerships; leads volunteer services and community partnerships strategies.
  • Establishes short- and long-term goals for partnership efforts, including fundraising strategies.
  • Develops and implements strategies to support growing and established populations of diverse students, by employing family engagement strategies as a tool to promote educational equity.
  • Designs initiatives that focus on building the capacity of educators and families to work collaboratively.
  • Develops, enhances, and maintains effective strategic community partnerships and alliances that enhance student achievement; develops relationships across constituent groups.
  • Provides counsel to the Superintendent and Senior Leadership on strategic issues, coordinates feedback loops between the Executive Officer, Office of the Superintendent and Superintendent and key stakeholder groups.
  • Represents MPS in meetings with key philanthropic, faith-based, and non-profit, government, and business partners.
  • Monitors division operations, analyzes operational results, assures the effective allocation and utilization of resources, and develops action plans to meet community needs.
  • Manages assigned staff, develops priorities, and assigns projects; assures that appropriate services are provided, and goals are defined and achieved; develops staff skills and conducts performance evaluations; meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve priorities, workload, and technical issues.
  • Reviews the work of Department staff to assure the work quality and timely accomplishment of assigned duties and responsibilities; manages budget and allocates resources to meet strategic goals.
  • 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 Communications, Public Engagement, Education Policy, or related field; AND seven (7) years of professional experience managing public education or nonprofit engagement and/or community relations programs; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of engagement across multiple cultures and ethnicities, marketing, and public communications.
  • Professional journalistic methods, including research, presentation, and publication.
  • Principles and practices of  public and/or  nonprofit sector  administrative management, including finance, budgeting, purchasing, contract and grant program management, and employee supervision.
  • State and Federal laws and regulatory issues governing public education, including rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Education and other governing agencies.
  • Techniques and practices for efficient and cost-effective management of resources.
  • Techniques and methods for long-range strategic and financial planning.
  • Principles of record keeping and records management.
  • Correct English grammar, composition, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Skill in:

  • Directing and coordinating Engagement operations.
  • Interpreting and applying applicable Federal, state, and local rules and regulations; and MPS policies.
  • Analyzing problems and developing effective solutions.
  • Managing staff, delegating tasks and authority, and coaching to improve staff performance.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Preparing, reviewing, and presenting management reports.
  • Using effective methods to communicate with culturally and linguistically diverse groups.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers, community groups, outside agencies, media representatives, and the public.
  • Operating a computer using standard and specialized software.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.


Bargaining Unit: Non-Rep l Grade: E19 l Salary: From $121,669 per year l FLSA Status: Exempt


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, family issues, legal concerns, financial issues, dependency issues, and community resources.

LegalSheild/IDShield access to legal advice; ability to talk to lawyers on any personal matter without high hourly costs; Will/Living Will preparation, Health Care Power of Attorney, and much more!

Wellness and Fitness Programs

Medical, Dental and Vision Plans

Flexible Spending Account Options




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]  | Engagement & External Relations (10000188)  | Davis Center (0001)  | Administrative

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