Parent Coordinator


School on Wheels is a nonprofit organization made up of hundreds of volunteers, who give their time, talents, and support to the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness. Founded in 1993, the mission of School on Wheels. is the enhancement of educational opportunities for children without a home, from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in the education of these children and provide them with the highest quality education possible

Major responsibilities are outlined for the normal operations of School on Wheels but are currently adapted for safety reasons due to COVID-19.

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination required

Job Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the Parent Coordinator will engage, educate, and support parents and will serve as the School on Wheels (SOW) liaison between families, agencies, and schools/districts in Southern California. The Parent Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to collaborate with SOW staff, sites, schools/districts, and community stakeholders to coordinate and facilitate parental engagement that supports the educational success of students enrolled in our programs. The Parent Coordinator will work closely with our Program Team to foster a love of learning and to develop meaningful strategies for parent engagement outside of school. The Parent Coordinator recognizes
that parents are integral to the success of our programs and, by extension, our students’ success.

Major Responsibilities

Engage with parents, site staff, schools/districts, SOW staff, and community stakeholders

  • Attend community events to build relationships with shelters/sites and schools/districts
    and recruit community partners to provide additional and ongoing support to families 
  • Coordinate virtual and in-person programs and activities centered on parent engagement
  • Organize and lead parent groups – virtual, in-person, hybrid, and other – to address learning and education concerns and needs internal and external to students’ school/school system
  • Develop and maintain formal partnerships with relevant organizations and agencies that provide ongoing parent education and training for student success; evaluate the success of partnerships
  • Work with the team to enhance relationships with social services agencies (DCFS, 211, etc.)
  • Work with the team to refer parents (who indicate the need for other essential supports outside of student learning and education support) to the Unite Us program, and track referral success
  • Provide timely feedback to SOW staff and stakeholders

Develop parent engagement support and programming most suited to SOW’s population

  • Assist with the design and implementation of parent surveys, focus groups, and other feedback and communication channels; collect and analyze data; present findings and recommendations
  • Work with the team to develop effective practices and strategies for SOW staff, site staff, and volunteers to engage effectively with parents and for parents to support student learning
  • Assist with the design, growth, and evaluation of parent volunteer opportunities
  • Identify and promote students for SOW scholarships; connect post-secondary opportunities
  • Manage teams of volunteer ambassadors focused on bilingual and parental assistance provide parent support on-site (in-person and virtually, if appropriate) as needed
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Be an expert on policies and legislation impacting our families; engage in ongoing research and advocacy

  • Be the resident SOW expert on policies, regulations, and rights regarding homelessness and education; communicate findings with and provide recommendations to SOW staff and families
  • Be aware of upcoming policies/legislation and the impact on families; understand and prepare for the emerging and shifting areas of need as a result of the implementation of these policies
  • Be knowledgeable and have an understanding of the Every Student Succeeds
    Act of 2015 and McKinney Vento Act and how they impact SOW students and families

 Qualifications 

  • Bilingual (Spanish) required
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • A strong ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with parents
  • Competency in using technology, such as Windows OS, Google Workspace, Zoom and other online programs
  • Competency in designing surveys, leading focus groups, and analyzing and evaluating data
  • Competency in managing groups of volunteers for program implementation and feedback
  • Strong interest in and commitment to promoting education and student success
  • Ability to stay organized, work efficiently, and multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to perform in a team environment, while working independently
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively with a wide variety
    of people — excellent, oral, written, and presentation communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines, goals, and objectives
  • Ability to represent SOW in the highest manner and exemplify SOW values, integrity, and ethics


To Apply:

At School on Wheels, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to fulfill our mission of improving students’ lives through education. To join this dedicated team, submit your cover letter and resume for consideration to employment@schoolonwheels.org with “Parent Coordinator” in the subject line.

School on Wheels is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging inclusion and diversity in the workplace.