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Director of Family and Community Engagement

Family and Community Engagement Team (FACET)

Full-Time 40 hours/week position

Our Mission:The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to all families, especially those with children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

Job Summary: Manages the day to day operations and oversight of all FACET project activities to ensure completion of project goals, objectives and activities that include: project leadership, financial and administrative oversight, marketing and outreach, technical assistance and training with Federation staff to ensure high quality service and the achievement of all project goals. Works collaboratively with the Statewide Family Engagement Center to ensure that project activities related to family engagement are completed. S/He will report to the Federation’s Executive Director.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Oversight of the day-to-day operations of the FACET project. Assist in the maintenance of FACET website, implement project goals, work plans, as well as, develop all required programmatic and annual reports, or any other reports or documentation, as requested.
  • Review and analyze data to ensure high quality of program delivery.
  • Build relationships and serve as primary liaison with funders, key groups and collaborative agencies to encourage public awareness of the work of FACET and SFEC and issues affecting families of children with disabilities.
  • Oversee financial aspects of the project. Work with Director of Finance on project budget, oversee project expenditures, approve expense requests, and monitor budget activity and report discrepancies to the Director of Finance.
  • Promote FACET and SFEC and their services through a variety of public awareness activities, including contact with media outlets, represent FACET at meetings, conferences, school open houses or other events.
  • Create partnership agreements for the provision of technical assistance and support to help school districts implement family engagement policies and activities; collaborate with staff and other partners to provide agreed upon technical assistance and complete required documentation of technical assistance (TA) activities to school districts. Work with staff to develop marketing materials to promote FACET services to public schools.
  • Conduct outreach, provide technical assistance and partner with other agencies to share resources on family engagement with programs serving children and their families in Massachusetts with a focus on culturally linguistically diverse families.
  • Recruit, hire and supervise FACET staff to ensure staff working with FACET is knowledgeable of and complies with all applicable state and federal educational laws and regulations or programs and policies that affect students, families, educators, schools, early childhood programs and districts.
  • In collaboration with FACET staff and SFEC project, coordinate trainings for families, professional development, and webinars related to family engagement. Conduct training and professional development in school districts and other appropriate venues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Master’s degree required.
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience providing presentations and trainings to adults, as well as, working with families, early childhood programs and schools on parental involvement and family engagement activities.
  • Knowledge of state and federal educational laws and regulations, programs and policies that affect students, families, educators, schools, early childhood programs and districts.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, as well as, strong interpersonal skills are required. Ability to facilitate group interactions, meet designated deadlines and work independently or as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and other office computer skills, including use of email and internet.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, dependable transportation and be able to travel throughout the state, as required.
  • Must be able to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

To Apply: Interested applicants may send a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email to hr@fcsn.org or by mail to Federation for Children with Special Needs, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Boston, MA 02129.

Please Note: This position full time (40 hours per week) and is eligible for employee benefits, as determined by FCSN policies for part-time employees.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) embraces the diversity of our staff and is committed to increasing the diversity of our organization. As an EEO employer, FCSN is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and candidates for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally protected status or designation. Also, we welcome parents of children with special needs or those with a disability to apply!