Pupil Personnel Worker (Bilingual in English/Spanish Required)
Is this position exempt from overtime pay?
Collaborates with students, parents and other agencies to address student success and academic achievement. After the school based intervention has been implemented, and additional assistance is still needed the case may be referred to the Pupil Personnel Worker. Duties include working with school personnel to improve student attendance by making referrals to Juvenile Justice, the State's Attorney's Office and processing cases to District Court. The PPW contacts community agencies, consults with school personnel, and makes home visits. In addition, the PPW assists schools to investigate residency, answers questions related to custody, and assists with enrollment of kinship, hardship and homeless students. Other duties may include working with Section 504, monitoring students enrolled under special circumstances, and assisting caregivers to access resources.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?
1. Informs students, their parents, school staff and other groups regarding availability and scope of pupil personnel services.
2. Consults with school personnel to resolve custody, residency, and attendance issues.
3. Contacts community agencies such as Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) and Department of Social Services (DSS) to access resources for students and families.
4. Insures that students who are involved in the Juvenile Justice system are appropriately placed in school.
5. Visits student's home and community facilities to resolve the reason for the referral to Pupil Services.
6. Works with homeless students and their parents to insure their rights under the McKinney Vento Act are upheld, and to provide resources as needed.
7. Collaborates with the State's Attorney's office for attendance cases being prosecuted in District Court
8. Assists schools in resolution of residency and custody.
9. Assists school personnel to interpret Board of Education Policies.
10. Writes reports to the school, superintendent, community agencies, and resource personnel to document PPW involvement and impact and the resolution of cases
11. Speaks to faculties, P.T.A.'s, etc. on a variety of topics as requested by principal, or directors on topics such as how to improve your child's attendance, homeless issues, child abuse, suicide, etc.
12. Performs other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made on request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Master's degree in a related field, such as counseling or guidance services, early childhood, elementary or secondary education, human growth and development, social work/sociology or psychology, or special education administration and supervision. Education should include 21 semester hours of graduate credit or State-approved CPD's selected from at least seven of the following areas: (School Law (required), Counseling methods, Early childhood or adolescent psychology, or both, Multicultural issues, Family systems/dynamics, Delivery of pupil personnel services and programs, Abnormal psychology or juvenile delinquency or both, Educational assessment interpretation
· Three years of satisfactory teaching experience. Two years of related experience may be substituted for two years of teaching experience at the recommendation of the Superintendent.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Excellent interpersonal skills
· Excellent organizational and communication skills in both written and verbal forms.
· Awareness of, sensitivity to, and knowledge in facilitating the personal and educational goals of a multicultural student population
· Demonstrated effectiveness in working with a variety of racial/ethnic groups and diverse populations.
· Experience in providing outreach to diverse communities to garner support and resources to support student achievement, social skill and character development inside and outside of school.
· Demonstrated proficiency with business technology applications (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite -Word, Excel, Outlook, and/or Power Point preferred).
· Hold or be eligible for a teaching certificate with a Pupil Personnel Worker endorsement from the Maryland State Department of Education.
· Possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license and have a car available.
Career Ladder Requirements
· As required by the duties and responsibilities of the job.