Grove Park Foundation Open Position – Community Liaison
The Grove Park Foundation is seeking a motivated individual for a Community Liaison position to interface with caregivers/parents, students, residents, and community partners in the Grove Park neighborhood and the Woodson Park Academy school attendance zone. Grove Park Foundation is dedicated to revitalizing the Grove Park neighborhood and improving the quality of life by working with local partners, leaders and residents to create a health, equitable and vibrant community.
The Community Liaison will work closely with all partners of Woodson Park Academy: Atlanta Public Schools (APS), YMCA of Metro Atlanta (YMCA) and KIPP Metro Atlanta (KIPP). In addition to these partners, the Liaison will engage the joint communications committee of the Woodson Park Academy campus project, Grove Park neighborhood and community leadership, caregivers/parents of school age children in the Grove Park neighborhood, and community services partner organizations.
The Community Liaison is a part-time position (30 hours/week). The position will primarily work in the context of the foundation’s community organizing model to share information and promote a relational culture that engages all community members around the Woodson Park Academy campus project, and the opportunity and change that it promises.
The Community Liaison will also:
Work with all partners of the Woodson Park Academy campus project to develop and coordinate community engagement and communication.
Build and support relationships with community stakeholders to support equitable community revitalization including around awareness of and access to supportive services for:
Support the foundation’s work with KIPP, APS, YMCA and other partners to be the catalyst for creating and/or promoting a variety of entry points for parents and children to Woodson Park Academy
Complete successful community engagement around the 2 key deadlines of:
School Year 2019-2020 KIPP begins in Woodson Park Academy as the contract operator of the school
School Year 2020-2021: Opening of the new Woodson Park Academy campus in Grove Park
A successful candidate will demonstrate:
Effective relationship building skills with caregivers/parents, community stakeholders, school leadership, and community partners experience
Strong communication skills with individuals of various educational levels
By way of background, the Grove Park Foundation and APS became community revitalization partners in March 2017, with a commitment to jointly fund and develop a new K-8 school building and campus with a YMCA, and health clinic to serve the Woodson Park Academy students with complementary wrap-around services for the students, their families and the community at large. The objective of the partnership is to deliver better educational and health outcomes for the children and families of Grove Park by creating a place that brings all the services directly to the students and families. In tandem, the APS Board approved a partnership with KIPP to be the contract operator of the Woodson Park attendance zone K-8 school, serving 850 students beginning in August 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. The new building for Woodson Park Academy will open for the 2020-2021 school year, and will be a state-of-the-art, high-performing educational environment and will house KIPP’s college preparatory model. Their model is dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life, and will anchor a campus at the heart of the Grove Park neighborhood.
The new Woodson Park Academy building will be co-located with a new YMCA Early Childhood Center, which will also host a school-based health center that serves both the early childhood students and Woodson Park Academy.
This unique partnership model for community revitalization requires a holistic and neighbor-based approach to community engagement. Residents of Grove Park face a complex set of issues including market pressures from the development of new parks, commercial and residential development, and the influx of individuals seeking to live in-town who target neighborhoods with depressed housing values. It is imperative that the community outreach of all partners be coordinated and designed to address not only the transition for the school families, but also the larger issues of housing, employment, financial literacy, early childhood education, and health that families are grappling with today. The Woodson Park Academy project is part of a larger set of investments in affordable housing, supportive services, and main street redevelopment that each interact with and support the others to preserve and build the capacity of the Grove Park community residents.