The Student Support Specialist leads the school’s efforts to meet the emotional and behavioral needs of students. The Student Support Specialist focuses on leadership, advocacy, and collaboration to implement comprehensive support programs that address behavioral and social development for all students. This person fosters positive and supportive relationships with students, faculty, and parents. This person contributes to the management of student behavior from a school level which includes designing and implementing proactive strategies, providing professional development, supporting staff and students, and collaborating with various personnel. This person assesses the interventions needed for individuals as well as grade levels to ensure students participate productively in classes.
This person is a member of the Student Support Team.
This position reports directly to the Vice Principal of Student Support and Assessment.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
- Development & Management
- Uses data to assess school needs related to behavioral and emotional support ○ Collaborates on the development and management of the school student services program
- Divides time (60/40) between implementing SEL curriculum with 7th/8th graders and providing support services to students
- Preventive and Responsive Services
- Utilizes responsive interventions, initiating individual and group sessions in and out of the classroom for students behavioral and emotional needs
- Assesses student needs and makes referrals to appropriate school resources and community agencies
- Intervenes during crisis situations and participates on school crisis team
- System Support
- Guides, coordinates, and supports school staff in implementing school-wide programs ○ Provides training on topics related to data about student behavioral and emotional needs
- Serves as liaison between social service agencies (i.e DCS, Valle Del Sol, Doorways, Teen Lifeline, etc)
- Prepares and submits a variety of requested reports and data to ensure fulfillment of established program requirements using all available data, including academic grades, discipline referrals, and attendance data to identify student needs and deliver services
- Interprets student data for the purpose of developing and implementing supportive plans for individual students
- Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Human Services, Counseling, Psychology and experience with middle and high school student preferred
- IVP Arizona fingerprint clearance card
- High emotional intelligence
- Basic knowledge of Google Suite and Microsoft Office
- Experience working with multicultural and low socio-economic individuals
Required knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics:
- A mission-driven individual with a strong belief in ASA’s vision, mission, and purpose
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen and respond to concerns from a variety of stakeholder perspectives
- Ability to work well independently and within a multidisciplinary team environment, manage multiple projects and priorities, and work cooperatively to meet internal and external requests
- Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
- Demonstrate attention to detail and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
Salary and benefits: Commensurate with experience. Member of ASRS.
Interested candidates should submit the following via email to the Principal at email@example.com
- Resume, Cover letter, and 3 letters of reference, and the ASA Application for employment found on the website
- Behavioral Health General information and links:
- Articles from American School Counselor Association
- Middle School
- High School
- Role of a School Counselor
- Studies Supporting the Value
- Student Support
- Emotional support
- Life changes
- Changes to home environment
- New school
- MS-HS or HS-college
- Coping strategies
- High self expectations
- The need to be the best
- Peer conflict
- Behavioral support
- At school/ in classroom
- Teacher Support
- Classroom Management and direct classroom work
- Referrals and follow up
- Behavioral plans of students
- Chronic Illness plan for support
- Parent support
- Training for Faculty
- Trains staff in effective behavior intervention strategies for students
- Designs supporting coherent instructional strategies to promote social behavioral expectations
- Organizes physical space and resources in relationship to classroom management.
- Supports staff in the development and implementation of Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans.
- Assists staff in the planning, modeling and development of behavioral strategies.
- Observes student behavior in classrooms, gives written input regarding interventions, and monitors progress of students and staff.
- Assists staff in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting behavioral data.
- Ensures opportunities are provided for students with emotional/behavioral difficulties to practice appropriate social skills in a structured setting.
- Provides parent information regarding behavioral interventions.
- Participates in the Team Approach Process (TAP) and Child Study Process (CST), when appropriate.
- Establishes and maintains good rapport with students, employees, and community members.
- Maintains a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality consistent with FERPA regulations