Student Support Specialist
Dougherty County School System
Position Type: Student Support Services Date Posted: 12/1/2022 Location: Various Locations POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT December 1, 2022 POSITION: Student Support Specialist LOCATION: Various Locations JOB SUMMARY : The Student Support Specialist plans, coordinates, organizes, and manages the implementation of social-emotional learning and mental health programs at assigned schools and works directly with youth who may be experiencing problems with school attendance and performance, family interactions, social problems, and school-community relations that interfere with the student's ability and potential to obtain a satisfactory education. QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in Behavior, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or related field; Three (3) years' experience with assessment, planning, training, and execution of various behavioral/mental health interventions involving students in an instruction/school environment; Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Excellent communication (oral and written) and organizational skills are essential; Ability to apply critical thinking skills and recommendations in rendering solutions to address behavioral needs; Ability to develop and maintain positive, professional working relationships with all students, staff, administrators, and community partners. PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: Works directly with families, school staff members, and representatives of community agencies in foster youth, child abuse, and neglect cases; Provides services to children, teachers, administrators, parents, and community agencies through a variety of special programs; Supervises and trains School Social Work Interns providing services to the sites; Establishes monitoring and evaluation process for students enrolled in social services programs; Provides training services to site staff on positive behavioral supports and relationship building for students; Conducts school-based small group lessons using evidenced-based program curriculum on topics related to project goals; Coordinates and facilitates family skills training programs; Assists in the implementation of school-wide violence prevention programs at school sites; Assesses school and district-wide social problems and situations interfering with students' access to an optimal education experience; Serves as liaison between the school, the home, and the community in building and maintaining positive relationships; Participates in case conferences involving cooperation with other mental health workers, school personnel, and community agencies; Participates with school staff in addressing situations adversely affecting the personal, social-emotional, and academic development of students; Make appropriate referrals of families to public or private community resources for assistance; Provides in-service training for students, parents, and staff regarding personal, interpersonal, and social problems; Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Supervisor(s). REPORTS TO : Executive Director of Student Support and Empowerment SALARY RANGE: Competitive salary and excellent benefits package in accordance with the DCSS Compensation Guide. APPLICATION DEADLINE: The review of applicants will begin on December 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. INTERESTED APPLICANTS SHOULD APPLY ONLINE. THE DOUGHERTY COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, AGE, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, OR DISABILITY The System reserves the right to waive any qualifications or other provisions of this advertisement by statute or regulations. Dougherty County School System uses the Applitrack system from Frontline to manage employment applications online. About Us The Dougherty County School System is a leading catalyst and advocate for public education in Southwest Georgia. It's the largest school system in the second congressional district. The school district has 21 schools (14 elementary, 4 middle, and 3 high schools), five learning centers, and the Commodore Conyers College & Career Academy. All schools are accredited by Cognia The DCSS offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Dougherty County is recognized for its quail and duck hunting, fishing, the Flint River, and many cypress swamps. The County has a population of approximately 90,000. Our County has two institutions of higher education, Albany State University, and Albany Technical College. Notable points of interest include the Albany Museum of Art, the Flint RiverQuarium, the Albany Civil Rights Institute, the Parks at Chehaw, Radium Springs Gardens, and Thronateeska Heritage Center, which includes the Museum of History, Wetherbee Planetarium, and the Science Discovery Center. Dougherty County is a short drive to Atlanta, the Georgia coast, as well as the Florida Gulf Coast beaches. Important Note This document provides descriptive information about the above Dougherty County School System position. Work actually performed by incumbents in this position may vary. Although this document may be used for recruiting, staffing, or career planning, the information contained herein should only be used as a guideline or recommendation for the content of and qualifications for this position. The Dougherty County School System reserves the right to change this document as deemed necessary without providing advance written notice.