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School Board asked for two new central office positions

The King George School Board received a request last week for two new central office positions proposed to be added to the 2013-14 budget request by Superintendent Rob Benson.

The request was made at the School Board budget meeting on Jan. 30 when Benson also provided clarifications and corrections to his original budget request for next fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

The positions would add a Community Relations Specialist and a Grants Technician, with both positions reporting directly to Benson.

Benson distributed proposed position descriptions that indicated a salary range for each of $36,000 - $50,000. Additional costs for the positions would include the usual benefits for full-time positions, including those for health insurance, retirement and payroll taxes.

The positions are expected to be noted in a budget request presentation to the Board of Supervisors this week on Wednesday, Feb. 6, during a joint meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

At that time, division officials will preview its preliminary operating budget request of $36,963,780 for 2013-14. 

Details on the proposed positions are noted below.

~ COMMUNITY RELATIONS SPECIALIST – Benson’s draft budget indicated the Community Relations Specialist position would be under the Administration, Attendance & Health category.

The general description given in a draft position description document that he distributed indicates the following.

“The Community Relations Specialist (CRS) is responsible for developing and promoting effective two-way communication between the school district, stakeholders and the community at large. The CRS organizes and directs key events, and tasks related to, but not limited to, recognition, advisement and training to support the mission of King George County School District.”

Requirements for the position would include a Bachelor’s degree at a minimum in communications or related field preferred. Applicants would need to have expertise in webpage development and management, and expertise in communication systems, particularly those that are technology related.

Applicants must also exhibit excellent verbal communication skills, an ability to write clearly using correct grammar, and be willing to attend meetings and/or community events beyond the normal work day, and exhibit reliable and punctual attendance, work well with students, staff, families and community in a professional and respectful manner.Essential job functions listed are:

Develop and disseminate communication strategies and information to support the district’s goals; provide information to the school board, staff, families, community volunteers and organizations; plan and coordinate events related but not limited to recognition, advisement and long-range planning to engage the community; interact with staff, students, families, community members and other guests as an ambassador of the school district; maintain a positive and cooperative relationship with all district stakeholders and the greater community in general; demonstrate effective organizational skills; promote a safe, clean, orderly and attractive work environment; and, manage emergency situations as they occur.

~ GRANTS TECHNICIAN - Benson’s draft budget indicated the Grants Technician would be under the Instruction category.
The general description given in a draft position description document indicates the following.

“The Grants Technician position is responsible for supporting the development and oversight of federal, state and local grants as directed by the superintendent. The position is also responsible for identifying and supporting the acquisition, use and accountability for other grant opportunities beneficial to the district and/or schools within the district.”

Requirements for the position would include a Bachelor’s degree at a minimum, with grant-funded programs preferred. Applicants would need to understand and/or have experience with grant applications and administration, and experience with federal or state-level grant administration preferred. Applicants must exhibit excellent verbal communication skills, an ability to write clearly using correct grammar, and be willing to attend meetings and/or grant-related events beyond the normal work day and exhibit reliable and punctual attendance, work well with students, staff, families and community in a professional and respectful manner.
Essential job functions listed are:

Support the development and oversight of federal, state and local grants; identify and support the acquisition, use and accountability for other grant opportunities beneficial to the district and/or schools within the district; provide information to the school board, staff, families, community volunteers and organizations regarding grant programs; plan and coordinate events, related but not limited to recognition, advisement, and long-range planning for grant acquisition and usage; interact with staff, students, families, community members and other guests as an ambassador of the school district; maintain a positive and cooperative relationship with all district stakeholders and the greater community in general; demonstrate effective organizational skills and promote a safe, clean, orderly and attractive work environment.

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