Founding Director of Advocacy & Engagement

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Founding Director of Advocacy & Engagement

Posted date
September 8, 2020

Sumter, SC

Employment Type

Liberty STEAM Charter (LSC) will work to provide all scholars with equal access to a world-class K-12 education in an academically rigorous and scholar-centered learning environment, creating graduates who will be thoughtful and engaged citizens prepared to take on the leadership challenges of the 21st century. LSC’s vision is as follows: In partnership with our families and the community, our vision is to provide real-world interdisciplinary, personalized, and project-based learning experiences through a STEAM-based academic program where graduates become the next generation of leaders, employers, and employees who contribute to the economic well-being of their communities and families.

Multiple career pathways will be offered to scholars to include industrial & engineering technology, health sciences, computer technology, and early college. The school will hold a deep commitment to cultivating an inclusive & supportive community where everyone is focused on learning. The establishment of the charter school could be one part of a holistic approach to help lead a renaissance in the Sumter community and will encourage further growth, hope, and a sense of pride, while being a launching pad for better education opportunities in our community. Thus, the charter school will essentially serve as a key lever for holistic neighborhood revitalization by helping to close the opportunity gap in building a strong, economically diverse community. Our community leaders believe this will positively impact local education as a whole and also, more importantly, encourage further development throughout our community, improve the quality of life, and be a mechanism to recruit new families to Sumter while providing a world-class education system for those that already call Sumter home. The founding committee is deeply intrigued with the East Lake model in Georgia, focusing on the academic achievement and growth at Charles R. Drew Charter School. Charter schools like Drew, with a clear purpose, have shown positive and profound effects on the community while improving the quality of life and education opportunities for its residents.

The Founding Director of Advocacy & Engagement will join Liberty STEAM Charter School at a critical juncture, as we recently expanded to a two-member leadership team. Reporting to the Founding Executive Director, this position will be at the center of this work— designing and leading the school’s strategic initiative within the Sumter community, focused primarily on advocacy and family & community engagement. This individual will be LSC’s ambassador in the Sumter community and will serve as the primary community and family engagement lead, cultivating relationships with key partners in and outside of Sumter to include community-based non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, the military community, business leaders, workforce development leaders, elected officials, and other community leaders. Other areas of responsibility include motivating families to join LSC, managing scholar enrollment, as well as school-wide marketing & communications. Further, this individual must embody a deep sense of humility and desire to serve families and scholars as well as the ability to quickly build trust and adapt to changing situations and environments. This position is critical to the success of LSC – it will be dynamic and challenging and, for the right person, extremely rewarding as we create a high-quality school option to transform lives and our community.

Advocacy Engagement and Strategic Projects
-Under the direction of the Founding Executive Director, support LSC’s advocacy goals and lead engagement strategy and plan to actively involve the broader community in the growth and expansion of LSC.
-Design and execute a fundraising plan to manage specific outcomes and events, with key milestones and indicators of progress.

Recruitment and Enrollment
-Design and execute a scholar recruitment strategy, monitoring goals, producing informational assets to aid recruitment, mobilizing parent volunteers, and supervising all local outreach. Work with the leadership team to prepare for community outreach efforts, provide community events for recruiting.
-Effectively communicate the mission, vision, values, and academic program and ensure all outreach collateral is translated into both English and Spanish.
-Design and implement a scholar enrollment process that adheres to the board’s policy, including document collection, external communications, and waitlist management.
-Create and execute a vision for the Summer Student Academy and Home Visits by building an active team of family advocates and leaders to support this critical level of engagement.

Family Engagement
-Oversee implementation of a family engagement structure that includes family preview sessions for prospective families, and parent captains. Support family open houses and tours as well as logistics for regular family events.
-Build relationships with families and scholars that aligns to school vision, and indicates high levels of parent investment.
-Provide resources, tools and one-on-one support to school staff to build strong family engagement culture on campus as well as workshops, trainings for families that align with their interests and professional development goals.
-Collaborate with school staff to create opportunities for authentic family involvement in schools (Parent Teacher Association, School Improvement Council, STEAM Advisory Board).

Community Outreach and Engagement

-Forge relationships with local organizations including houses of worship, schools, universities, and community-based organizations as well as working with government officials and civic leaders to promote LSC’s mission and build favorable conditions for new growth.
-Regularly attend and plan community events, become part of local coalitions, report back important information to support broader community engagement strategy.

School Operations
-As a member of the LSC leadership team, work closely with other school leaders to fill in where needed to ensure smooth school operations.
-Active member of day-to-day operation of the school, including scholar supervisory duties (arrival & dismissal), lunch, recess, field learning experiences, etc.
Help create and refine structures and systems to help the school run smoothly.

Desired Qualifications

-Deep knowledge of working with scholars and families from disadvantaged backgrounds.
-Experience in the school setting and community organizing.
-Strong written, verbal communication, and presentation skills with keen attention to detail.
-Growth mindset; adept at thinking strategically, translating plans into action, and exhibiting excellent judgment.
-Integrity and commitment to LSC’s mission, vision, core values, and core beliefs.
-Strong project management skills, with the ability to motivate and engage diverse groups of individuals, vendors, partner agencies, and other stakeholders.
-Ability to quickly build trusting relationships with a broad set of people, including families, external stakeholders, and school faculty & staff.
-Ability to understand data and use data to influence and advocate for families.
-Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals, exhibit flexibility in work hours, and drive for results in a fast-paced environment.
-Spanish fluency or proficiency highly desired.
-Educational Background and Work Experience

A bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university with a GPA of at least 3.0; master’s degree preferred with 3 or more years of relevant experience leading projects or programs in a diverse community


Salary for this position is very competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Liberty STEAM Charter offers a comprehensive benefits package.

To learn more about LSC, please visit LSC is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Interested applicants should complete the online application that requires a cover letter, resume, list of references, transcripts, and responses to several short answer questions. The position will remain posted until filled with a preferred start date of October 15 but no later than November 15.

Liberty STEAM Charter is an equal opportunity employer. Liberty STEAM Charter evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristics protected by law. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status.