Thrive is a local not-for-profit organization that believes when families are strong, children succeed and communities thrive. Our mission is to ensure all children have every opportunity to grow, succeed, and become valuable members of our community through programs that engage parents and empower children. We work hard to achieve this goal and our team’s philosophy is to have fun and enjoy each other while we do.
The Parent Liaison position supports students, families and school staff and promotes the academic success and the social and emotional health of students. (S)he is responsible for developing enhanced parent and school communications, increasing opportunities for parents to participate as partners with schools in the academic and social growth of their children and assisting parents in connecting them with community resources. This is a part-time, temporary position at Thrive. While this position is only intended for the 2018-2019 school year, the possibility for a contract extension beyond 2018-2019 school year may exist.
Position start date: late August 2018
Position end date: mid-June 2019
Occasionally, a Parent Liaison may be contacted outside of regular work hours to work in special circumstances. The Parent Liaison should answer/respond to the call in a timely manner and if unavailable, then (s)he should direct to someone that is available to make contact in a timely manner.
Primary job responsibilities:
- Facilitates effective communication and positive relationships between school officials and parents. Encourages parental involvement with the school and assists parents in finding meaningful ways to participate in school activities.
- Assists parents in identifying and implementing positive parenting practices.
- Provides emotional support to parents.
- Assists parents in identifying and accessing community services which relate to the family’s needs.
- Assists parents in identifying and building upon their family’s strengths.
- Facilitates parenting workshops, including Love and Logic and Thriving series.
- Facilitates teacher workshops, including EPAP (Engaging Parents as Partners).
- Assists teachers in understanding the family’s dynamics, circumstance and/or background that may be contributing to learning, attendance and behavior.
- Assists teachers in identifying methods for enhancing parents’ ability to support their child(ren)’s learning and success.
- Works closely with and develops trusted relationships with parents and school teams. Facilitates cross-team cohesiveness and increases communication effectiveness.
- Collects data for program evaluations.
- Works with supervisor and school to ensure program success.
- Meets regularly with and provides regular updates to immediate supervisor about current work happenings.
- Attends monthly staff meetings and quarterly team-building activities.
- Participates in occasional Thrive events within the community outside of normal work hours.
- Works as part of Thrive team by supporting other team members and various organization programs.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Cultural competency.
- Strength based and empowering approach.
- Skills in bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
- Patience and strong engagement skills. Ability to engage individuals on a one-on-one basis as well as in a group setting.
- Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups and the evaluation of training effectiveness.
- Knowledge of human behavior and performance; child and human development; family systems; individual differences in ability, personality and interests; and learning and motivation.
- Skills in selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
- Skills in talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
- Ability to multi-task and wear many hats in a fast-paced environment.
- The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information.
- Skills in knowing own strengths and having the ability to recognize strengths in others.
- Ability to work collaboratively on a team as well as the motivation and ability to work independently.
- Great time management skills and ability to provide regular attendance.
- Ability to work in a professional manner with a high degree of discretion.
- Desire for continued learning and ability to stay current with best practices and current trends.
- Altruistic, credible, non-judgmental solution-based personality with a good sense of humor.
- Passion for supporting the Thrive mission and representing the organization in a positive manner.
Education, training, experience, certification requirements:
- Four-year degree in social work, education, or related field
- Plus, advanced two-year degree in social work, psychology, education or related field preferred
- Additional two years of experience working with families and public schools in a supportive role is preferred
- OR, equal combination of education and work experience
Thrive is an equal opportunity employer. The basis for recruitment, hiring, placement, training, compensation, and advancement at Thrive is qualifications, performance, knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience. The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Thrive may, at its discretion, assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
1) Cover Letter
3) Two letters of recommendation
Please send to:
400 East Babcock St
Bozeman, MT 59715
Email Chris Gianuario at firstname.lastname@example.org
**Please put “Parent Liaison” in the subject line.**
This position is open until filled.
Thrive is an equal opportunity employer. The basis for recruitment, hiring, placement, training, compensation and advancement at Thrive is qualifications, performance, knowledge, skills, abilities and experience.
Questions: Contact Cindy Ballew at email@example.com or (406) 922-4235
Reports to: Parent Programs Manager
Compensation: $14,136 annually
Employment type: Part-Time (20 hours/wk, school year only), Temporary