1.0 FTE Student & Family Advocate

Iowa City, IA, US
Jul 22, 2021
Job Type
Iowa City Community School District
Student & Family Advocate
  1. Bachelor's degree in education, social work, counseling, or other related degree
  2. Ability to communicate effectively & professionally
  3. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other professionals
  4. Demonstrated ability to build rapport with parents & students
  5. Knowledge of community resources
  6. Understanding of the underlying concerns that may cause youth to be identified as at-risk within the educational environment, including but not limited to:
    • Parent Engagement
    • Poverty & Homelessness
    • Mental Health
    • Delinquency & Truancy
    • Mentoring
  7. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the District may find appropriate and acceptable.
REPORTS TO: Building Administrator (s)
Receives direction and support from Learning Supports Department


JOB GOALS: The role of the Student & Family Advocate is designed to support students in achieving the following outcomes: (1) enhanced pro-social behaviors, (2) increased school attendance & (3) positive school connectedness. The Student & Family Advocate is utilized to provide individual student support, promote parent engagement & act as a liaison between school, parents & community resources in order to enhance student learning, promote the overall efficiency of the school system, and maximize the educational opportunities available to each child.


All Student & Family Advocates will hold the following responsibilities:
  • Work with school staff & partner agencies to identify students/families in need of increased school-based support
  • Communicate with parents about available intervention(s) & about student progress (academic, behavior or attendance) once receiving intervention(s)
  • Obtain proper releases of information upon entry into intervention(s) and on-going as necessary
  • Develop case management strategies & goals for students on the formal caseload
  • Coordinate & monitor identified student support plans & interventions, including coordinating services & serving as a liaison among school personnel, community based agencies/providers, and the student/family
  • Connect student & family to appropriate resources in the school & in the community; follow-up as necessary
  • Communicate regularly with school staff (teachers, administrators & other school personnel) involved with student to share information, problem-solve and/or modify student intervention(s) as needed
  • Provide information & clarification to parents on district policies & procedures
  • Provide support to parent/guardian(s) to overcome barriers such as accessing services, assisting with scheduling appointments, transporting students to appointments and completing necessary paperwork
  • Problem solve with students, parents and teaching staff to address lack of academic progress for students on formal caseload
  • Serve as liaison between teaching staff & parents to encourage a strong home-school partnership
  • Collect, track & report required information on students & services delivered.
  • Participate on building student support teams (SST), PBIS teams &/or other building leadership teams
  • Participate in district professional development, Student & Family Advocate team meetings & individual supervision
Priorities & duties in the following focus areas will be identified as needed per building:
  • Parent Engagement:
    • Welcome new families with orientation to the school &/or a home visit
  • Basic Needs:
    • Communicate with District Homeless Liaison regarding supports for students who are homeless
    • Assist with e-registration, other district paperwork & enrollment in free/reduced lunch program
    • Refer to district & community resources for food, childcare, clothing, housing & other basic needs
  • Mental Health:
    • Provide referral information to families/parents regarding mental health services & assist with necessary paperwork
    • Consult with teachers about specific students, mental health diagnosis & potential impact on student learning & behavior
    • Coordinate & provide oversight to the school-based mental health services being provided in assigned building
  • Afterschool (elementary only):
    • Assist families in securing appropriate after school care for their children, including accessing funding, completing appropriate paperwork, connecting to both on-site and neighborhood based options & follow-up
    • Develop & coordinate or partner with existing after school mentoring/tutoring program for specifically identified grade level(s) on-site at school
Other duties as assigned; Job duties may be adjusted to reflect current district needs

184 days school year plus 10 extended days.
Salary and calendar year to be established by the Board of Education.

EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board's policy on Evaluation and any applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.