Student Support Specialist

Virginia Beach, VA, US
Nov 20, 2020
Student Support Specialist

Brandon Middle School

Virginia Beach , VA

Certified - Position - Student Support Specialist

Job Number 3700166890

Start Date

Open Date 11/19/2020

Closing Date

The position is responsible for establishing a rapport with students in alternative settings that is conducive to learning pro-social skills. Must be able to maintain frequent, meaningful parental communication and develop proactive partnerships between the student/parent and the Virginia Beach City Public Schools to support academic achievement and pro-social behaviors. Act as a positive role model for students and model professional and ethical standards. Work in a collegial and collaborative manner with peers, school personnel and the school community to promote and support the mission and goals of the school division and abide by all school division policies and procedures.
  • Mentor identified students to develop the skills and self-esteem necessary for them to exercise meaningful options in the areas of school, leisure, and inter/intra personal relationships.
  • Work in a collegial and collaborative manner with peers and school personnel to ensure successful and efficient transitioning of students between alternative education programs/centers and comprehensive middle and high schools.
  • Guide students as they develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for success in an academic system.
  • Provide assistance to middle and high school Student Support Teams.
  • Identify and implement appropriate interventions for students identified as being at-risk.
  • Present professional development for administrators and teachers on substance abuse and anger management topics.
  • Coordinate community resources to support student in crisis.
  • Provide informational workshops to parents.
  • Facilitate small group instruction when indicated.
  • Conduct Choices after-school intervention program for students who consistently demonstrate inappropriate behaviors (excluding truancy) that interfere with learning.
  • Use appropriate resources and technology to promote the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and pro-social behavior in students.
  • Monitor student behaviors and make appropriate instructional modifications to develop responsible thinking/decision-making skills in students.
  • Manage students effectively who may display impulsive behaviors, low self-esteem, and impaired social skills.
  • Maintain accurate records of student progress and attendance.
  • Participate in meaningful and continuous professional development that promotes student learning.
  • Perform related work as required.
Possess knowledge of the local, state, and national support services and agencies available to at-risk youth; ability to establish a collaborative innovative learning environment that is responsive to at-risk students' need to belong and to develop self-esteem and personal and social responsibility; recognize multicultural perspectives in all areas of the curriculum and emphasize the value of cultural diversity; demonstrate an ability to work as part of a collaborative team; demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques to foster positive interactions with students; maintain accurate and confidential records and demonstrate computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft office software programs.
Bachelor's Degree in counseling, social work, psychology, sociology or a related field or hold a Collegiate Professional Certificate or Postgraduate Professional Certificate. Background in working with students in alternative or at-risk settings, instructional knowledge of crisis intervention strategies, ability to apply a gradually progressive system of verbal and non-verbal strategies to effectively deescalate potentially dangerous situations and understanding of 40 Developmental Assets and support of intentional asset building in students preferred. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.
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Reports To Director or Principal

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

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Salary Range:

Unified Experience-Based Step Pay Scale: Grade 17

Salary will be based on years of full-time creditable, verified work experience.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Offers:
  • Membership in the Virginia Retirement System
  • Comprehensive Benefits Plan
  • Annual Leave & Sick Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Professional Development

Virginia Beach City Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation/gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, disability, marital status, age, genetic information or veteran status in its programs and activities. (Reference: School Board Policies 2-33, 4-4, 4-6)

To seek resolution of grievances resulting from alleged discrimination or to report violations of these policies, please contact the Chief Human Resources Officer at (757) 263-1133, 2512 George Mason Drive, Municipal Center, Building 6, Virginia Beach, VA, 23456.

Alternative formats of this application which may include taped, Braille, or large print materials are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. Call or write the Department of Human Resources, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, 2512 George Mason Drive, P.O. Box 6038, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-0038. Telephone: (757) 263-1133 (voice); (757) 263-1240 (TDD) or email at:

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