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School-Partner Specialist

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RISE Colorado
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Denver Metro
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RISE Colorado is a multi-racial, multi-lingual non-profit that works to Educate, Engage, and Empower low-income families and families of color to RISE as change agents for educational equity in our public school system.

RISE’s work is based in Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, the most diverse city and school district in Colorado.

Position Overview:

The School-Partner Specialist will be responsible for managing RISE school and community partnerships. The School-Partner Specialist is a key member of a high-performing team supporting an ambitious growth plan. The ideal candidate will have great organizational and time-management skills, strong technical skills in designing and facilitating professional development, strong teacher coaching skills, and a passion for RISE’s mission. We’re looking to add someone to our team who is energetic, detail-oriented, critically conscious, and passionate about empowering families. Applicants must also be adaptable, quick learners, and demonstrate strong relationship-building skills as the ideal candidate will work closely with existing and future school and community partnerships.

Interested individuals should complete the online application here and submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for six professional references to with the subject line: RISE School-Partner Specialist

Areas of Responsibility

Coaching and Professional Development

  • Design professional development sessions for school staff around race, class, power, and privilege.
  • Facilitate professional development sessions on race, class, power, and privilege in a manner that productively engages school staff in these difficult conversations.
  • Develop relationships with all teachers, school leaders, staff and community leaders in order to run effective coaching and professional development sessions.
  • Train and prepare all school and community partners to facilitate and execute the RISE family engagement workshop series by co-creating curriculum with school staff and community members.
  • Outside of the RISE workshop series, lead professional development sessions on the opportunity gap and best practices in culturally relevant family engagement practices.
  • Develop and facilitate professional development for staff meetings and yearly retreat workshops for RISE staff.

Partner Management and Cultivation:

  • Manage RISE school and community partnerships. Ensure relationships are strong and fitting the needs of families and stakeholders.
  • Meet consistently with school leaders and staff to maintain open lines of communication in order to receive and provide feedback.
  • Cultivate new school and community partnerships to help RISE thoughtfully increase and deepen our impact in the community.
  • Develop and coordinate workshops and materials for school-partner meetings and professional development sessions.

Project Management:

  • Create and execute project plans and divisions of labor for every RISE in-school and community-wide workshop/event that is under their purview.
  • Each school hosts at least five RISE workshops a year of which the School-Partner Specialist is directly responsible for from beginning to end in terms of logistics, professionally developing the staff, and successful execution of the event.
  • Support with recruitment, retention, and management of volunteers for RISE events.
  • Create programmatic systems and processes where gaps exist.

Data Management:

  • Enter all survey data from the RISE school and community-wide workshops into Salesforce.
  • Aggregate and analyze all data in Salesforce to determine the effectiveness of the RISE workshop series in order to celebrate what’s gone well and what areas need improvement.
  • All data is shared out with school leaders, participating families, and teachers following the event.
  • Ensure RISE is meeting our family engagement goals and outcomes.

Communications and Outreach Strategy:

  • Co-create entire marketing and outreach campaign with school staff and administrators in order to ensure the best turnout of families possible at the RISE in-school and community-wide workshop series.
  • First and foremost, the School-Partner Specialist must embrace the RISE mission to Educate, Engage, and Empower low-income families and families of color to RISE as change agents for educational equity in our public school system.
  • Candidates must have access to reliable transportation and availability to work some weekends and evenings.
  • Ability to facilitate to a large, sometimes racially-charged, audience and the ability to command a room while managing conflict in a productive manner.
  • Ability to professionally develop adults and push their learning to their growing edge.
  • Related experience working with a nonprofit, school, or other entrepreneurial, high-performing organization and/or the strong desire to learn and join this type of setting.
  • Curriculum design and execution.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Good communication skills with ability to write effectively, speak persuasively, and listen attentively.
  • Ability to work and communicate with culturally diverse groups and individuals.
  • Strong relationship-building and interpersonal skills which enable rapport-building with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong tech skills including knowledge and use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to use social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and text messaging.
  • Results oriented with strong time management skills.
  • Ability to stay organized and work effectively with attention to detail.
  • Solutions oriented with the ability to assess challenges and creatively work towards resolution.
  • 5+ years experience as a lead classroom teacher in K-12 or higher education setting.
  • Experience developing and facilitating classes or presentations for adults.
  • Experience developing and helping peers or staff develop awareness around race, class, power, and privilege.
  • Experience developing professional development sessions around race, class, power, and privilege.
  • Teacher coaching experience and experience professionally developing school leaders and staff.
  • Partnership management and cultivation experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with sophisticated database management and/or significant skills—leveraging our database as a primary tool in managing communication and driving strategic and tactical planning.
  • Experience in and/or good understanding of community organizing and civic engagement work.
  • Previous experience with group facilitation and community outreach.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with minimal supervision.
  • Prior experience with curriculum development.
  • Experience developing racial literacy or race consciousness within yourself and previous organizations.
  • Race consciousness that includes a historical awareness of power, privilege, and oppression.
  • A history of achieving results and willingness to do “whatever it takes” to reach goals.
  • A constant learner who is interested in being a proactive, positive member of the team.
  • High level of self-awareness, humility, and emotional intelligence.
  • Critically conscious and social justice minded. Ready to combat the inequities that face low-income families and families of color on a daily basis.
  • Have a strong understanding of how class, culture, and race intersect and impact education.
  • A willingness to engage in critical and reflective conversations about race, class, power, and privilege.


Commensurate with experience $55K - $65K Salary

This opportunity is complemented by a generous benefits package, including:  paid time off, health, dental and vision insurance, and 401(k) with employer contribution.

How To Apply

You must complete the two steps below if you would like to be considered for this position:

  1. Fill out RISE’s online application.
  2. Email your cover letter, resume, and six professional references to with the subject line: RISE School-Partner Specialist.
  3. The deadline to apply is April 29th, 2019. This role will begin in Summer 2019.

If these steps are not completed, you will not be considered for this position.

We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries, please.



If hired for the position, candidates will be expected to undergo background checks and fingerprinting.

RISE Colorado is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  RISE Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

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