Director, SAFE Centers and Community Engagement

Category:  District Leadership
Job Function:  Administration
Department:  Student Support

Salary Schedule Range



Under the direction of the Executive Director of Student Supports, the Director of Safe Centers and Community Engagement is responsible for strengthening relationships between students, parents, community, and civic organizations while increasing the number of opportunities for services to our students and families.  The Director shall promote the importance of parent and community involvement in the education process, provide information on services available to eligible students and families, convey information regarding school and/or District activities and procedures, create supportive school community partnerships and donors, and refer families to other community agencies for support.

Important Note:  This position is grant-funded only for five (5) years and thus will conclude in June 2029. 

Essential Duties

  • Oversees and coordinates the operation of the school based SAFE Centers
  • Works collaboratively with the Department of Communications to promote SAFE Centers in school communities
  • Oversees coordination of the SAFE Center partnerships and volunteer process
  • Assists students, staff, teachers, parents, and community members with providing and/or conveying information and other resources to school community, students, and families
  • Conducts parent meetings to gain information and/or discuss needs and challenges involving students and families within the community
  • Coordinates with community leaders and organizations to build resources and increase community engagement
  • Works with Coordinators to organize various activities (e.g., presentations, forums, parent support sessions, parent training, etc.) to provide support to the community, schools, students, parents, and staff
  • Works with the feeder schools to implement activities to positively impact student outcomes 
  • Works with web administrator to develop an online cache of school and parent resources
  • Collaborates with GADOE, Metro Resa, and other community school and Whole child partners
  • Develops effective communication tools to inform parents, staff, and community members about available support services 
  • Plans and collaborates with other academic and student support services departments to provide systemic support to schools that will improve student achievement and outcomes
  • Conducts and analyzes ongoing formative and summative evaluation data for the department
  • Develops, monitors, and maintains program budgets and expenditures and produce required reports
  • Provides supervision, support, and leadership development for department personnel (SAFE Center Coordinators, etc.)
  • Organizes events that encourage community leaders to visit schools, SAFE Centers, and participate in school and District functions
  • Remains current on laws, requirements, and national trends in the field
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the appropriate administrator

Required Education

Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Communication or A closely related field


None required
Georgia Leadership Certification strongly preferred

Experience Qualifications

Minimum 5 years of supervisory or leadership experience required; Experience in strategic communications, public relations, crisis communications, or community outreach preferred


  • Must have a comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of media, public and community relations, and a comprehensive knowledge of school district strategic plan and objectives, procedures, and organization
  • Must have the ability to make strategic decisions consistently through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment and the ability to balance the delivery of programs and manage a budget
  • Must have a strong ability to manage details for precision and accuracy
  • Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school officials, administrators, teachers, and staff; Manage, support, and motivate assigned
  • Must have the ability to work well under pressure and work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously; and handle regular and after-hour emergencies as well as dealing with high-level political representatives
  • Proven leadership and success in engagement and mobilization at the individual, community, and organizational level with a demonstrated ability to engage and influence others
  • Ability to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate program goals and initiatives
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment

Physical Demands

  • Routine physical activity associated with normal office environment
Posting ID:  29027

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