1.0 FTE Student & Family Advocate

Location
Iowa City, IA, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 22, 2021
Ref
4475
Job Type
Part-Time
Iowa City Community School District
Student & Family Advocate
QUALIFICATIONS:
  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

SUPERVISES: N/A

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.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
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.