Student Engagement Specialist

HOW TO APPLY: In order to be further considered for this opportunity, please visit our website and select Job# 20150

CLOSING DATE: September 14, 2019

Portland Public Schools is seeking talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are inspired by our mission, and who are highly motivated to inspire our children to succeed. We want leaders who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem solvers and who thrive in a community that is dedicated to continuous learning. When you join our team at Portland Public
Schools, you can expect to be part of an innovative and racial equity-focused organization focused on building citadels of learning that develop strong academic proficiency, healthy socio-emotional development, and opportunities for all children to discover their inner gifts and talents.

In collaboration with the Community Engagement Team, you will be responsible for co-leading the Portland Public Schools’ collective mission to (re)build trust, elevate student discourse in initiatives prescribed by senior administration. You will foster student leadership to support a sustained, collective effort needed to create district-wide policies & protocols which help close the opportunity and achievement gap for our most underserved students.

As a Student Engagement Specialist, you will support the Director of Community Engagement, serving as a liaison to create student engagement outcomes for Office of the Superintendent projects and the broader community.

In this position, you are responsible for addressing student concerns for Board of Education, Executive Leadership Team, and
Superintendent initiatives by partnering effectively with school leaders, classrooms, student organizations, student groups, classes, PPS staff, and community organizations as key collaborators and stakeholders in PPS management.

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience and knowledge in student engagement theory, coupled with organizing skills and strong judgement in order to effectively execute a long-term community engagement strategy for PPS. You will also have a strong understanding of the impacts of institutional racism for communities of color, deep cultural competence, a bold commitment to racial equity and social justice, an innovative mindset and strategic communications skills to effectively influence and partner with key stakeholders in our community.

Mobilize “Student Action” that provide real-time, continuous feedback and student pulse for PPS administration. *

 Organize “student action” to take action on educational equity issues within District-Wide Community Advisory Councils
 Conduct one on one relational meetings, school visits, student program visits, student organization meeting visits, and responsive student meetings to identify issues and engage current and future leaders. To accomplish this, you must initiate and sustain a robust and regular schedule of 10 – 15 meetings per week with students and staff across PPS.

Organize Students to Support Transformation through District Governance.

 Serve as staff manager for the Board of Education Student Representative, and the District Student Council elected body
 Build and lead the mission-critical work around student engagement, student leadership, and organizing around weaving student voice into decision-making from the PPS Cabinet that expands positive impacts for the community.
 Recruit and mobilize a network of students, student leaders, and school allies within PAT, PAFSA, and the Community Budget

Review Committee to advocate for PPS students district initiatives

Develop Bold Strategy and Organize Effective Actions and Engagement Campaigns that Support Partnership Between Students and the Broader PPS Community.

 Implement district-wide culturally-relevant strategies that result in proactive district frameworks, minimize common issues, and increase student leadership and an expanded student power base.

 Work collaboratively and effectively, with your community engagement team, Superintendent’s leadership team, Office of School
Performance, and colleagues throughout PPS by problem-solving,, innovations, creativity, and flexibility to every challenge.

 Foster relationships, organize, and develop champions within diverse school clusters, racial-identity based student organizations, community-based organizations, youth and community leaders that are weaved into district operations including our annual budget process, boundary review process, and bond projects.

 Apply student engagement theory to incorporate student leadership and participation in key district initiatives

 Build the capacity of students to understand the Portland educational landscape, key decision makers in PPS administration, and to realize the power of student voice in school-district transformation.


This position is classified as Pay Grade 29, on the Non-Represented, Confidential, Professional and Management Employees salary schedule FLSA Exempt.

Salary Range: $73,944 - $88,293

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma or GED AND ten (10) or more years of full-time equivalent experience performing in areas such as community organizing, parent engagement, community partnerships, program/operations management.


A Baccalaureate Degree in Business, Marketing, Non-Profit Leadership, Public Relations, Communications, or other subject areas closely related to a specific departmental program or Function AND five (5) or more years of full-time equivalent experience performing in areas such as community organizing, parent engagement, community partnerships, program/operations management.

Preferred Qualifications

 Knowledge of urban public school landscapes including policies, politics, education practices and funding.
 A strong analytic, performance management, accountability, and systems-thinking orientation necessary to inform strategy development and execution.
 Demonstrate a deep understanding of the city of Portland, its community, and the needs, successes, challenges, priorities and complexities of each neighborhood and racial/ethnic community within PPS
 Strong political instincts and significant experience navigating complex environments to derive creative solutions;
 Experience and deep understanding of theories and practices in student engagement, community organizing, advocacy, and campaigning, especially in galvanizing communities of color and young people.
 Thought leader with an extensive network of relationships in all levels of state and local government, public, private and nonprofit sectors in Portland and Oregon;
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to convey information to a variety of audiences (e.g., large groups, staff meetings, executive briefings, public board meetings, memos).
 Proven ability to coordinate and manage complex cross-functional projects with multiple competing priorities or perspectives.
 Demonstrated experience of establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with multi-faceted public and private agencies and District departments, community, and others of diverse backgrounds, experience, and personalities.
 Demonstrated experience designing and leading public processes; and the ability to thrive in an environment with high community mistrust and in bureaucratic institutions;
 Ability to facilitate group processes in consensus building, conflict resolution, planning, and decision-making;
 Bilingual or multilingual in the district’s supported languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian or Somali).

HOW TO APPLY: Please visit our website and select Job# 20150

CLOSING DATE: September 24, 2019

_The District is focused on eliminating systemic racism and its impact on student learning.
PPS is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all its educational and employment activities. The District prohibits discrimination based on race; national or ethnic origin; color; sex; religion; age; sexual _orientation; gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; familial status; economic status or source of income; mental or physical disability or perceived disability or perceived disability; or military service.

Portland Public Schools is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $73,944.00 to $88,293.00 /year


  • relevant: 5 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave

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