School Advocate/American Indian Education/Family-Community Engagement

  • School Advocate/American Indian Education/Family-Community Engagement Job ID: 154  

    POSITION TITLE:   School Advocate/American Indian Education/Family-Community Engagement

    OPENING DATE:  November 5, 2020

    APPLICATIONS DUE:  Open until filled                                                               

    EMPLOYMENT BEGINS:  As soon as possible

    LOCATION: NW Service Cooperative~This Northern Sky Regional Center of Excellence will serve identified schools in northern Minnesota.

    Regional Centers of Excellence Overview In partnership with district, school and charter leaders, educators and stakeholder teams, Minnesota’s Regional Centers of Excellence (RCE) provide on-the-ground assistance to support a continuous improvement process that is focused on transforming educational systems to ensure high levels of learning for students without exception.


    Position Description The School Advocate/American Indian Education Support/Family Community Engagement Support provides general school improvement planning and technical assistance in schools and works with school leadership teams to coordinate improvement efforts for all students, builds the capacity of districts, schools, and charters to engage in continuous improvement, to implement the World’s Best Workforce legislation and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In addition, the School Advocate/American Indian Education Support/Family Community Engagement Support will assist the district in engaging the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee and community members to ensure the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian students are met. The ultimate goal of this position is to close opportunity gaps, while increasing achievement and graduation rates for all student groups. This is a year-round, full-time position.


    Core Competencies     Ideal candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills and willingness to:
    Educational Equity
    • engage educators in conversations and action planning to ensure high levels of learning for all students and staff without exception
    • identify and eliminate structural and institutional barriers to educational opportunities resulting in improved conditions for teaching and learning
    Effective Instruction  
    • support systems and educators in implementing and sustaining standards-based curriculum, instruction, assessment and multi-tiered systems of support
    • support systems and educators in implementing and sustaining highly effective Professional Learning Communities

     Coaching and Facilitation


    • maintain a professional coaching relationship with educators
    • engage in focused conversations with district and school leaders to build capacity for continuous improvement that embeds timely and meaningful stakeholder engagement
    • build the capacity of leadership teams to function effectively in the continuous improvement process
    • design and provide professional development activities

    Evidence / Data

    •  use evidence and data to support the continuous improvement process and ensure equitable distribution of resources, including use of MDE secure reports, multiple types of education data, and comprehensive needs assessment

    Active Implementation

    • assist systems and educators in identifying and implementing evidence based practices using the Active Implementation Framework


    Advocate Competencies
    • understanding of implementing systemic change
    • ability to build capacity of educators and school or district Leadership Implementation Teams to implement systemic change
    • ability to coach educators and Leadership Implementation Teams to implement systemic change
    • ability to establish relationships and collaborate with Leadership Implementation Teams
    • implementing change of instructional practices toward fidelity and positive outcome


    Position Requirements
    The successful candidate will:
    • foster positive, productive, and collaborative relationships with Regional Centers of Excellence colleagues, schools, districts, service cooperatives, and the Minnesota Department of Education
    • engage in ongoing engagement and two-way communication with tribal communities to build trust and develop long-term relationships
    • facilitate positive, meaningful relationships between districts and American Indian Parent Advisory Committees
    • support systems and educators in culturally responsive/sustaining teaching and leadership practices
    • knowledge of and experience with state, district, local, and tribal strengths and needs
    • make appropriate and effective use of time, technology, and resources
    • complete all operational reports within a timely manner
    • be flexible in a variety of working environments in schools, virtual or home office settings
    • be required to travel to perform the duties of the job; travel costs are reimbursed


    Desired Education, Licensure and Experience
    • Experience and demonstrated success in facilitating local groups in effective decision making and action planning utilizing differentiated practices (i.e consensus-based processes, listening sessions, focus groups, focused conversations, dialogues, appreciative inquiry).
    • experience in working with American Indian students and families, addressing equity issues and supporting systems in improving outcomes through meaningful and targeted engagement and creative problem solving
    • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in American Indian studies, educational leadership, organizational leadership, curriculum and instruction, or other related education degree. Master’s degree preferred
    • A minimum of five years experience in leading or supporting continuous improvement processes and a valid Minnesota teacher or administrative license is preferred
    • In-depth knowledge of Tribal consultation and stakeholder engagement requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act and World’s Best Workforce tribal consultation requirements   


    Additional Service Cooperative Information

    Application Link
    Contact Information:
        Rebecca Neal, Regional Center of Excellence Director
        Northwest Service Cooperative
        114 1st Street West Thief River Falls, MN 56701
    Phone: 218.686.9719
    Timeline for filling position: Open until filled
    Legal Statements 
Last Modified on February 9, 2021