Job Description / Essential Elements:
Palm Springs Unified School District
A.R. # 4221.403
SCHOOL/COMMUNITY LIAISON - ATTENDANCE
The School/Community Liaison - Attendance communicates with parents concerning attendance irregularities; acts as an advocate for students and parents during hearings and proceedings; acts as a liaison between school and community; provides information on services available to eligible students and families; conveys information regarding school and/or district activities and procedures; and refers families to other agencies.
• Assists students, staff, teachers, parents and community members.
• Confers with teachers, parents and/or appropriate community agency personnel and assists in the evaluation of students' progress and/or making appropriate referrals.
• Visits families in their homes and assessing situations, improving communication, providing information regarding school policies and programs and/or providing referrals.
• Participates in various meetings as may be required (e.g. IEPs, parent/teacher meetings, etc.).
• Performs record keeping and clerical functions (e.g. scheduling, copying, faxing, etc.).
• Communicates with parents on behalf of school for the purpose of ensuring that an ongoing partnership between the home and school is formed, and language and cultural barriers are removed.
• Conducts parent meetings and gains information and discusses needs and problems involving students and their families.
• Coordinates with community leaders and organizations.
• Refers students and their families to outside agencies (e.g. state agencies, medical professionals, counselors, foundations, charities, etc.).
• Responds to inquiries from callers and visitors and provides information, emotional support, referrals and or direction.
• Prepares written materials (e.g. notes, memos, letters, newsletters, handouts, contact records, etc.).
• Maintains manual and electronic documents, files and records.
• Presents parenting classes as assigned.
• Identifies at risk students and provides support and referrals to improve student progress and ensure the families ongoing involvement in the educational process.
• Schedules meetings/appointments.
• Interprets policies, laws, etc.
• Collaborates with the District’s security services, assesses problems and enlisting support to improve school attendance.
• Compiles student/family information for a variety of uses (e.g. state reporting, outside agency use, etc.).
• Organizes various activities (e.g. meetings, appointments with other agencies, parenting classes, etc.).
• Performs related duties as assigned.
JOB REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Any combination of experience and training which would indicate possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above. An example of an acceptable combination is:
One year of responsible experience in community relations, social service, inter-group or intercultural activities, or similar program work. Examples of relevant experience are as an Instructional Aide, school or civic community aide service, or extensive college-level training in appropriate areas.
SKILLS to identify, contact and attain the support of community organizations, agencies and other possible resources; work with students and their families to investigate and provide possible solutions to issues; organize and conduct community meetings; gather and compile data; operate standard office equipment including using pertinent software applications; prepare and maintain accurate records; adhere to safety practices.
KNOWLEDGE of community resources and principles of the district/community liaison partnership; district and school policies and procedures; pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or laws; community resources and principles of a community services program; school educational programs.
ABILITY to promote, reassure and encourage parent/guardian paricipation and attendance in school and community activities; motivate and stress the importance of education, self-esteem, positive behavior and regular school attendance to students; adapt to changing work priorities; communicate with diverse groups including those with varying levels of education; maintain confidentiality; set priorities; meet deadlines and schedules; work with little direction; work as part of a team; understand and be sensitive to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of vendors, district personnel and administrators; maintain consistent, punctual and regular attendance.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 60% sitting, 20% walking, and 20% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and some hazardous conditions.
Education High School diploma or equivalent.
Required Testing Certificates
Job-Related Proficiency Examination Valid Driver’s License and Evidence of Insurability
PRICE Certification (as assigned)
Continuing Education/Training Clearances
None Specified Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance
Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between California Teamsters Public, Professional & Medical Employees Union, Local 911 General Employees Unit and Palm Springs Unified School District.
FLSA Status Bargaining Unit Salary Range BOE Approval Date
Non Exempt Teams 2 19 11/27/07