DUSD Board of Directors Considering New District Outreach Coordinator – The Reporter
The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the need to continue to meet Local Control Plan (LCAP) goals, presented a need for increased communication between the Dixon Unified School District and the community.
To this end, DUSD is working to create a new post of Public Information Officer – called the Outreach, Engagement and Innovation Coordinator – to fulfill this function. The Dixon School Board will vote on a job description for this position at its meeting on Thursday.
Cindy Nguyen, the district’s executive director of human resources and employee relations, wrote in a staff report that a number of factors made such a role necessary. The first was to achieve the district’s third LCAP goal, which aims to “engage families and the community to form active partnerships that ensure the academic and social growth of students.”
Additionally, Nguyen wrote that the LCAP Advisory Committee spoke about the need for the district to take more direct action by providing additional resources to help achieve this goal. She also wrote that recent surveys of families indicated the need for DUSD to take additional steps to involve families and the community.
Another factor has been the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Typical levels of engagement have been largely interrupted by the closure of schools for over a year and it will take additional effort and resources to restore them,” she wrote. “New challenges for families have also developed and the District has an obligation to meet them.”
Responsibilities of the Outreach Coordinator include working with a large group of families and community stakeholders to develop strategies to address potential concerns, working with school sites to plan community events that increase awareness of district programs , working with local agencies and businesses to increase opportunities for students. engagement, representing the district’s mission and vision to the community, developing the district public relations strategy, serving as a representative of the superintendent and liaising with community leaders and groups, assisting with special projects designated by the superintendent, delivering news DUSD to various media other tasks.
Requirements for the position include a valid attestation of administrative services by the California Commission on Teacher Accreditation, a minimum of five years of experience as a teacher, fingerprint and criminal justice clearance, and possession a negative tuberculosis risk assessment certificate.
The district states that applicants should be well versed in public relations, current trends in public education, use of social media, public speaking, budget preparation and management, knowledge of DUSD and LCAP mission, and the California Education Code, in particular with regard to school choice and alternative programs.
A salary for this position has not yet been determined.
In other areas, the board will receive an update on planning for the 2021-2022 school year and a presentation on the Third Interim Budget Report.
The council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday. The meeting can be accessed online at Zoom.us/j/2450190859?pwd=dGNLSUVGRjNlNk1ad1VFamZJcmJGQT09, using meeting ID 245 019 0859 and password 5SRcUr. The process for making public comments will be explained by Board Chair Caitlin O’Halloran at the start of the meeting.