Bi-lingual Parent Group Specialist – Full-Time
START-Engaging Parents of Students with Disabilities Project
Southern/Central NJ | Counties of Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland,
Monmouth, Ocean, and Salem
SPAN Parent Advocacy Network is currently looking for an independent and self-motivated individual who has a strong commitment to the importance and significance of the involvement of empowered and educated parents/caregivers in improving academic & health outcomes for children in New Jersey through development of parent groups and participation in strong family/school partnerships.
SPAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower families and inform and involve professionals and other individuals interested in the healthy development and educational rights of children. SPAN is funded through private contributions and grants from government, foundations, corporations and individuals.
Job Responsibilities: Provide information, training, technical assistance and support to parents and professionals regarding:
- Establishing parent groups.
- Maintaining the membership and effectiveness of existing groups.
- Informing parents about their rights to be involved in educational planning for their child.
- Providing training and workshops on parent involvement in the IEP process and additional topics as needed.
- Increasing parental awareness regarding their role in improving special education systems within their district and at the state level through parent professional collaboration.
- Identify parent groups, networks and/or formal organizations (PTAs/PTOs/HSAs, etc) currently supporting or interested in supporting families with children with special education needs.
- Outreach to identified groups/networks/organizations to determine what resources or information may be needed to sustain their development.
- Network with families, educators and service providers as well as attend conferences and trainings in their counties, regions, and throughout the state regarding family-centered principles and practices.
Qualifications: Parent Group Specialist should be a resident of a county in the region they cover and have experience working with their local district special education parent advisory group, and parent and community organizations in this region. The successful candidate, through experience, as well as training, will demonstrate the following knowledge, abilities, and skills:
- Bi-lingual English/Spanish.
- Excellent planning, organizational and interpersonal skills are required.
- Excellent outreach, family engagement and empowerment, and ability to partner with NJ-OSEP partners, district personnel and other professionals
- Good verbal and written communication skills.
- Proficiency working with Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel or equivalent software, and social media platforms, as well as emerging cloud technology and mobile apps.
- Experience as the parent/caregiver or advocate of a child with disabilities;
- Experience as the leader of a special education parent advisory group, parent organization or support group.
- Outstanding ability to work well with a wide spectrum of people.
- Ability to work well independently as well as with a team.
- Capacity to exercise independent judgment and sound decision-making.
- Demonstrated commitment to the goals of the project and organization.
- Ability to work flexible hours.
- Reliable transportation and ability to travel throughout the state. Currently, in-person meetings are on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Reports to: START-EPSD Project Co-Director
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Office Location: Home-based office.
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