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Community Engagement and Schoolwide Projects Coordinator
  • Communications

The Common School, Amherst, MA

Accredited by AISNE

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Application Deadline: May 30, 2020

Anticipated Starting Date: August 17, 2020



As we move forward over the next few years, there will be an ever-increasing need to make progressive, learning and community participation projects accessible, meaningful and responsive to a broader range of families in our community, particularly families of color.  The person taking on this role will be charged with planning and coordinating initiatives that increase engagement inclusion within a diverse independent primary school environment.  Through a variety of strategies and activities combined with clear communications, the ultimate goal is to ensure the Common School’s ability to welcome, to teach and to learn from families across all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.


The person holding this position will work with the administrative leadership team and report directly to that team. Roles and responsibilities will include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Creating, coordinating and supporting parent education activities such as workshops, dialogues, surveys, etc., designed to inform and educate The Common School community
  • Assisting and supporting the faculty, staff and administration in communicating the school efforts to build and sustain community
  • Working collaboratively with administration to support development efforts and build alliances with other schools, agencies and organizations to extend the school’s visibility and
  • Supporting the work of the board and the school in the areas of social justice and equity
  • Developing strategies which increase meaningful access opportunities to all facets of school life, especially for people of color
  • Creating periodic updates and progress reports to the administration and board as needed 
  • Contributing to schoolwide communication efforts in the Friday Memo and other school publications, through Instagram, on Facebook, and on our website.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, public relations, communications, community engagement or related field (Master’s preferred)
  • One to three years of experience in public or independent elementary school settings
  • One to three years, or more, or related community engagement experience


Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the areas of diversity, social justice, equity, inclusion and working with families from different multicultural, economic and educational backgrounds

Excellent speaking, writing, and organizational skills

Strong mediation, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills

Ability to work effectively with small and large groups

Ability to collect and analyze data

Ability to implement and assess the effectiveness of community programs

Ability to take on various administrative and programmatic leadership responsibilities

Ability to work flexibly in order to attend events and assist in schoolwide projects

Ability to collaborate with faculty, staff and a community of volunteers

Ability to manage both short and long-term projects

Ability to adapt and utilize emerging communications technologies and methodologies

Evidence of organizational planning and time management skills


Bilingual Spanish/English (preferred but not required)


Performance, productivity and impact will be reviewed mid-year with an end-of-year summative evaluation by school leadership.


To apply: Paul Wiley, Interim Head of School,