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High School Student Advocate

Latino Center of the Midlands Omaha, NE

Summary Description of Work

The primary purpose of the Student Advocate is to monitor High school students with a history of absenteeism and to provide support to improve attendance and grades at school. The target group of students will have 10 or more absences from school during the previous or current semester. The Student Advocate will work very closely with students, parents, school counselors, school personnel and other adults (both within and outside the school building) to reduce the barriers to improved attendance.

The program rests on three strategies: 1) advance academic achievement of students through regular visits and monitoring of attendance, grades and credits; 2) work with a particular focus on supporting parental engagement and development of parental advocacy skills; and 3) The ultimate goal is to ensure that the students we serve increase their school attendance, increase academic achievement and that the parents of these students are engaged and active in their child’s education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contacts and meets with youth on a regular basis to monitor and provide support for improved and regular attendance;
  • Assesses youth problems and diagnoses barriers to success on an ongoing basis; assists with identifying and connecting with resources to help overcome social, emotional, and economic needs in order to keep the youth in school, on time, and on track academically;
  • Maintains and records communication with youth and adults and facilitates timely correspondence and the exchange of accurate information;
  • Communicates with key adults in the youth’s life regarding attendance;
  • Develops an action plan based on the individual student’s needs and family needs;
  • Obtains release of information from parents of selected students in cooperation with school personnel;
  • Coordinates all services with the school and other organizations/community resources;
  • Provides coaching, case management, referrals, and follow-up with youth, parents, other adults, and community organizations;review and revise the action plan, as needed.
  • Coordinate and facilitate skill-building activities for students and family nights for the youth and their families
  • Upload individual identifiable data to the LCM’s data collection system;
  • Attends required trainings, orientations, and ongoing professional development.
  • Attends school meetings with administrators, counselors, and attendance staff
  • Visits families at home, when needed, to provide support with the Family Strengthening Coach.
  • Works with the Senior Program Manager to ensure that data is accurately collected and reported as required by grant agreements.
  • Promotes all program activities at schools, with community organizations and other partners;
  • Seeks out opportunities to remain current in knowledge of relevant educational research, trends in the fields of education, youth development and parental engagement.
  • Works together with the Senior Program Manager to represent the Latino Center of the Midlands at various community meetings, coalitions and groups;

Preferred Qualifications and Experiences

  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Strong desire to work with students and their parents to improve the educational outcomes for low-income families and communities;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, receive and provide feedback;
  • Ability to facilitate positive, appropriate, and healthy connections between youth and adults;
  • Ability to understand and work with special needs populations and services such as the juvenile justice system and social and behavioral/mental health.
  • Professional manner that exemplifies attention to detail, confidentiality, patience, and a positive attitude toward work;
  • Data entry and proficient use of Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools or controls. The position requires mobility. Minimum physical exertion. Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 5 pounds on a regular basis and up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis. Manual dexterity and coordination are required over 50% of the work period while operating equipment such as a computer, keyboard, mouse, calculator and similar machines. Evening and weekend hours may be frequent to fulfill duties and to attend meetings/events.

The Student Advocate must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug test before commencing employment.

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Date Posted May 17, 2022
Date Closes June 16, 2022
Start Date March 31, 2022
Located In Omaha, NE
Department Pathways to Success
Job Type Full-time Employee
Shift Custom
Hours 40 hours per week
SOC Category 21-1021.00 Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Zipcode 68107

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dental
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Maternity / Paternity / Family Leave
  • Medical
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Bereavement Pay
  • Casual Dress
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Free Parking
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Merit Increases

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