Student-Parent Advocate

SW Atlanta, GA, US
Jun 19, 2019
Student-Parent Advocate
Student Prog - OSPS

Support Staff - Position - Other - Other

Job Number: 4600181268

Start Date:

Open Date: 06/18/2019

Closing Date: 07/12/2019

Position Summary
The Student-Parent Advocate (SPA) will work directly with Atlanta Public Schools (APS) campus administrators, parents, and families to ensure that students' rights are protected and student interests are respected. The SPA will work collaboratively with stakeholders toward ending the school to prison pipeline and maintaining the continued success of APS students. The SPA is responsible for resource referrals and intervention services for the district's most at-risk populations. The incumbent will build positive and productive relationships with students, schools, homes, and communities to aid the student in addressing social, emotional, and behavioral deficits that hinder school success. The SPA will serve as a liaison between school and home for those students who have participated in a discipline process.

Essential Duties
  • Maintains assigned discipline caseload
  • With the oversight of the Coordinator of Student Discipline, develops an effective personal development program that will allow identified students to gain insight into their behaviors and receive targeted support that will serve to reduce the rate of recidivists behaviors and support personal growth
  • Assists the Coordinator of Student Discipline by providing resources, support, and discipline transition services to students and families
  • Works collaboratively with the school's student services personnel to provide support and assistance in aiding students with mental health, behavioral, substance use, personal, or social difficulties
  • Advocates for individual students to promote an environment conducive to personal empowerment and well-being
  • Directly supports students who are going through the disciplinary hearing process and their families
  • Serves as a link to community resources that may be of benefit to at-risk and high-risk youth and their families
  • Coordinates with community partners to build additional resources
  • Meets with students that are enrolling or returning to the district after detainment or incarceration and conducts a case management consultation with the school social work designee
  • Participates in student discipline professional learning opportunities and staff meetings
  • Facilitates social and emotional growth with students
  • Tracks students referred to alternative education after a disciplinary hearing versus those students who are actually enrolled. Provides follow-up and support to parents regarding long-term suspension and expulsion options
  • Collects, tracks, and reports required information on students and services delivered
  • Maintains accurate student records, parent communication records and student progress data/reports as required by district and/or departmental policy
  • Performs other duties as assigned by appropriate administrator
  • Required to attend scheduled shift during regular business hours as mandated
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of Federal and State laws and District policies, procedures, and best practices regarding student discipline
  • Knowledge of and the ability to execute effective case management
  • Ability to effectively communicate to a wide variety of people and to provide exemplary customer service
  • Skilled in assessing student needs to foster student success in school
  • Skilled in researching and locating a variety of local community resources, agencies, and/or services that will be beneficial to the student
  • Ability to listen, encourage, and motivate students and families
  • Ability to apply critical thinking skills and provide solutions to problems that have impacted a student's ability to be successful in school
  • Ability to make resource recommendations in a timely, appropriate, and considerate manner
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, projects, and responsibilities
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other school level, district level, and/or community disciplines to aid students in successfully transitioning through the discipline process and/or between schools as a result of the discipline process

Requirements: EDUCATION:
� Bachelor?s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Human Services, or a closely related field required
� Master?s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Human Services, or a closely related field preferred
� A valid Georgia driver?s license and reliable transportation is required
� 1 year working with youth and juveniles in a human services function required
� 1 year of experience working in a school preferred

The Physical Abilities and Other Conditions of Continued Employment listed in this section are representative of, but are not intended to provide an exhaustive list of Physical Abilities and Other Conditions of Continued Employment which may be required of positions in this class. Atlanta Public Schools encourages persons with disabilities who are interested in employment in this class and need reasonable accommodation of those disabilities to contact the Human Resources Department for further information.
Vision: (which may be corrected) to read small print; view a computer screen for prolonged periods. Hearing: (which may be corrected) to answer telephones and tolerate exposure to noisy conditions. Speech: to be understood in face-to-face communications; to speak with a level of proficiency and volume to be understood over a telephone. Upper Body Mobility: use hands and fingers to feel, grasp, and manipulate small objects; manipulate fingers, twist and bend at wrist and elbow; extend arms to reach outward and upward; use hands and arms to lift objects; turn, raise, and lower head. Strength: to lift, push, pull and/or carry objects which weigh as much as 5 or more pounds on a frequent basis. Incumbent may be required to physically restrain parties involved in a conflict. Environmental Requirements: encounter constant work interruptions; work cooperatively with others; work independently; work indoors. Mental Requirements: read, write, understand, interpret and apply information at a moderately complex level essential for successful job performance; math skills at a high school proficiency level; judgement and the ability to process information quickly; learn quickly and follow verbal procedures and standards; give verbal instruction; rank tasks in order of importance; copy, compare, compile and coordinate information and records.
Additional Work Conditions & Physical Abilities: Will require travel to multiple sites.

Atlanta Public Schools assures Equal Employment Opportunities and equal education opportunities for employees and students as required by Federal and State Orders and Laws. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks. This job description is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements. However, management and administration reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. It is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position.

Pay Grade 122, 211 Work Days - $34, 084-$50, 958

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Employment Category: At-Will

Reports to: Coordinator of Student Discipline