Job Title: English Language Learner Newcomer Community Liaison
Department: Multilingual Education Department
Classification: Classified (IIC)
Reports To: Director of Multilingual Education
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Job Summary: Working under supervision of the Director of Multilingual Education the job of English Language Learner Newcomer Liaison is done for the purpose of ensuring a welcoming school district environment for newcomers to the community. Work with parents to understand their rights and responsibilities in Reynolds School District, to access support services, and to connect them with education, and training programs and opportunities. Work to strengthen school district relationships with refugee services and immigrant resources; and to facilitate positive parent, school, and student relationships.
Essential Job Functions:
Provide language support to ELD newcomers and their families through the RSD intake and registration process.
Provide language support to RSD schools to assist ELD newcomer students, and their families in communicating effectively with teachers, administrators, office staff, nurses, and counselors.
Coordinate meetings, information sessions, and special events to promote a welcoming school environment for all newcomer ELD students.
Assist (after appropriate training) with testing and language assessments under the supervision of a licensed staff member for the purpose of evaluating students’ academic and language abilities.
Serve as liaison with building and district administrators to determine special needs of ELD newcomers and their families.
Serve as liaison with outside agencies (e.g. refugee centers) to forecast newcomer families and strengthen relationships
Provide language support to RSD schools to assist ELD newcomer students (both inside and outside the classroom), and their teachers, administrators, office staff, nurses, counselors and parents in communicating effectively.
Provide language support to counselors and parents regarding newcomer placement information and conference and meeting scheduling for parents who do not speak English.
Attend ELD and liaisons’ meetings to stay fully informed about District and Liaisons’ activities and efforts, to improve liaison skills, and to maintain open lines of communication.
Participate in workshops, meetings, community events, etc. for the purpose of receiving and/or providing workshop presentations and information.
Prepare a variety of written materials and/ or communications (e.g., newsletters, reports, logs, memos, handouts) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference materials, and/or conveying information to newcomers and their families in a language other than English.
Provide appropriate referrals and advocacy for families as needed and provide follow up to determine the outcome of services provided for the purpose of supporting families in working toward their goals.
Provide data for a variety of reports (e.g., program participation, activity) for the purpose of meeting program, district, state and federal requirements.
Respond to inquiries from a variety of sources (e.g., parents, community agencies, auditors, students) for the purpose of providing information and/or direction
Maintain regular and prompt attendance.
Maintain flexible work hours to accommodate school community communication needs at evening meetings and events.
Perform other related duties as assigned
Prior experience working as a bilingual aide or teacher, working directly with the community (i.e., community resource aide), or coordinating family education programs and training parents.
Skills, Knowledge and/or Abilities Required:
Skills to: perform basic math calculations using fractions, percentages, and/or ratios; read technical information; compose a variety of documents in both English and Spanish; facilitate group discussions; and solve practical problems.
Use standard office equipment including computer, telephone, printer, copier, and presentation equipment; effectively use Microsoft Office computer applications including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel; communicate effectively both orally in person and by phone and in writing in both English and Spanish;
Knowledge of: procedures, methods, techniques and strategies related to the development of school and community liaison processes; basic accounting principles and practices to review and monitor budget expenditures. Second language (usually Spanish).
Ability to: manage and prioritize multiple tasks to schedule, plan, and manage a number of activities, meetings, and/or events simultaneously; gather, collate, and/or classify data; prepare and maintain accurate records; work with diverse individuals and/or groups; maintain flexibility to work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; effectively lead, guide, and coordinate the activities of others to reach desired outcomes; independently interpret data within defined guidelines and utilize and analyze the information to reach conclusions and make recommendations; problem solve to identify issues and create action plans; establish and maintain constructive relationships; adapt quickly to changing work priorities; communicate effectively with culturally diverse populations, including those with limited English proficiency; present information effectively to groups and individuals; maintain confidentiality;
Significant physical abilities include sitting for extended periods of time with extended periods of working on the computer and the telephone. Work activities may include bending, stooping, kneeling and occasional lifting of items weighing 20 to 50 pounds. Reaching/handling/manual dexterity, talking/hearing conversations, visual acuity/depth perception with or without visual accommodation.
Extensive travel within the district to multiple school sites to manage meetings, events, and activities as well as some travel outside the district are involved in this work.
Associates degree or 2 years’ college and/or any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job including working as a bilingual aide or teacher, working directly with the community (i.e., community resource aide), or coordinating family education programs and training parents. Willingness to upgrade skills, as needed, in order to meet changing job conditions.
Language Skills Required:
Must be bilingual in Spanish.
Licensing/Special Requirements: Oregon Fingerprint and Criminal Background Check clearance.
Calendar: 218 Workdays, prorated on start date for 2022-23 school year
Primary Location REYNOLDS SCHOOL DISTRICT
Salary Range $18.77 - $26.72 / Hourly
Shift Type Full Time