Career Opportunity

Director of Family & Community Engagement (Director #1698)
Springfield or Chicago
Family and Community Engagement
$84,691 - 116,450
$84,691 - $148,209
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
June 8, 2022
Open Until Filled

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​​​Reporting to the Executive Director, provides statewide leadership in effective family engagement practices; interprets and executes policies and expectations of the State Board of Education as directed; serves as a liaison between agency departments to maintain synchronous messaging and to empower parents to be involved in their children's schools; partners with outside educational and professional institutions to share information and collaborate on efforts that benefit Illinois families.

  • Administers all aspects of parent engagement grant programs assigned to the department.
  • Collaborates with agency departments, including Multilingual, Special Education, Early Childhood, Title Grant Administration, ESSA/IL-Empower, Career & Technical Education & Innovation,
  • Wellness, and Student Care, to align and coordinate ISBE's parent engagement efforts and to provide clear legal, policy, and program information to school officials and parents.
  • Maintains an online library of evidence-based parent engagement resources on ISBE's website for public access to parents and educators.
  • Organizes statewide network of school professionals to disseminate information about effective family and community engagement practices and resources.
  • Provides statewide technical consultation, in collaboration with the Multilingual department, to multilingual parent groups interested in developing Bilingual Parent Advisory Councils (BPAC) or Bilingual Advisory Committees (BAC).
  • Represents and speaks accurately on behalf of the State Board of Education to Illinois school districts, educational organizations, other state and federal agencies, committees, parent groups, and the public concerning the interpretation of agency policies, procedures, or actions as it pertains to Illinois families.
  • In coordination with the agency's records management coordinator, serves as the department liaison for records management.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.​​​
  • ​​​Master's Degree in Education Administration, Education, Parent Engagement, Social Work, or other related field of study. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • Experience working with or in public school districts, working specifically with bilingual education programs, and working with vulnerable P-12 student populations and their families.
  • Knowledge of public school operations.
  • Skilled in organizational leadership and change management.
  • Ability to self-direct work and produce outcomes.
  • Competent in project management and meeting deadlines.
  • Exemplary spoken and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of education policy.
  • Knowledge of effective family engagement programs and practices.
  • Ability to motivate and lead others.
  • Ability to cultivate positive relationships.
  • Fluent in usage of Microsoft Suite programs and functions.
  • Bilingual in two or more languages such as English with Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Polish, Mandarin, or Cantonese.
  • Doctorate Degree.
  • Experience in public school administration.
  • Experience working in public education policy.
  • ​Professional Educator License with one or more endorsements in school administration such Superintendent, Principal, Special Education Director, or Bilingual Director.​​​

ISBE provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We actively foster a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Illinois has an urgent and collective responsibility to achieve educational equity by ensuring that all policies, programs, and practices affirm the strengths that each and every child brings within their diverse backgrounds and life experiences, and by delivering the comprehensive supports, programs, and educational opportunities they need to succeed.