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Requisition Number 19-0005
Post Date 2/5/2019
Title Dropout Prevention Coord
City Detroit
State MI
Description CCA District (K-12) / Truancy Officer

The Truancy Officer coordinates and implements the district’s attendance initiatives and decreases attendance truancy in conjunction with providing support services in areas such as: Pupil accounting, district improvement planning, and family outreach. The Truancy Officer also assists schools in developing dropout prevention strategies and programs, and will assist with attendance awareness programs at each school.

The Truancy Officer shall:
*Collect, interpret and use student attendance data to develop strategies addressing chronic absenteeism and overall school attendance.
*Collaborate with school office personnel, social workers, counselors, and leadership to develop solutions for absenteeism.
*Maintain a collaborative network among school guidance counselors, attendance clerks, parent liaisons, and school based services support.
*Provide various reports to the leadership team.
*Investigate causes of chronic absenteeism including interviewing students, and engaging with parents via parent meetings and home visits.
*Explore alternative placement options for students at risk of dropping out of school.
*Research model programs and funding opportunities for improving attendance.
*Act as a district liaison to the state and local agencies.
*Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents, school personnel, and other agencies associated with the school.
*Provide a nurturing, supportive, and positive climate that encourages student responsibility, using positive motivation, clear routines, and effective management techniques. Seek assistance of the parents and the leadership team when needed.
*Use excellent written and oral skills when communicating with students, parents, and colleagues.
*Establish a professional rapport with students and families that earns their respect.
*Communicate regularly with parents, seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support the child in the school.
*Ensure the safety and health of all students, notifying the administration of any unsafe situations or health concerns.
*Complete in a timely fashion all records and reports as required by law and regulation or requested by the leadership team. Maintain accurate attendance monitoring records and logs.
*Use computers and/or electronic equipment to fulfill job functions.
*Maintain positive, cooperative, and mutually supportive relationships with the administration, instructional staff, students, parents, and representatives of resource agencies within the community.
*Attend required meetings and serve, as appropriate, on committees. Participate in the district improvement process.
*Immediately notify appropriate personnel of evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide, or individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or anabolic steroids.
*Continue to grow professionally through collaboration with colleagues and professional growth experiences.
*Summarize, interpret, and disseminate current developments in absenteeism through reading of professional journals, participation in professional development, and involvement in professional organizations.
*Recommend to the leadership team the supplies and equipment needed to support attendance improvement efforts and assist with ordering, following established procedures.
*Maintain a safe working condition and safely operate electronic and other equipment needed to carry out job functions and responsibilities.
*Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing such information within legal confines.
*Display ethical and professional behavior in working with students, parents, school personnel, and outside agencies associated with the school.
*Other duties deemed necessary by the school leader.
*Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certifications, as assigned by the leadership team, and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.

*Possess a Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology, education, or a related field with some related experience providing services for school aged children; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that would provide the noted knowledge, skills, and abilities.
*Must be bilingual (English and Spanish).
*Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of attendance laws/regulations, intervention/prevention strategies, and referral sources.
*Possess excellent assessment, case management, interpersonal, and communication skills.
*Must be able to work with minimal daily supervision. Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, staff, and outside agencies.
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