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:: Associate Educator - Check and Connect ::

Department:
Student Services

Position Code:
30023430 - Associate Educator - Check and Connect

Work Hours:
30 hrs/wk, 41 wks

Application Deadline:
05/13/2013

Position Description:

SUMMARY

Monitors work directly and collaboratively with a caseload of individual students and their parents, school staff, county service units, and community service providers to implement comprehensive and inclusive strategies that address the school success and completion of high school for students at-risk for dropping out. Monitors track the levels of engagement of target students daily to at least weekly, document results, and complete intervention sheets as a tool to assess absences, skips, suspensions, and grades/credits earned. Monitors work as a liaison to facilitate communication and promote problem solving both at the individual student level and between home and school. Monitors attend site team meetings, IEP meetings, and other relevant meetings such as suspension re-entry. Monitors should have knowledge of community services and be able to refer students to appropriate services when needed. Monitors also provide students and families with information and develop agency linkages. Monitors work collaboratively with schools and programs to define and outline roles to improve participation, performance, and success for individual students placed at high risk for dropping out. Other responsibilities include attending weekly staff meetings, facilitate student/parent transportation for dropout prevention and school completion related activities. Home visits are an expectation of all monitors.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • · Regularly check on students’ attendance, grades, and behavior, providing regular feedback to students, communicating regularly with families, and initiating efforts to keep youth engaged in school.
  • · Tutor students in all content areas and establish links with community academic supports programs.
  • · Collaborating with adults already involved with the youth, such as teachers, case managers, counselors, probation officers, and social workers as well as developing community agency linkages.
  • · Regular communication with teachers to gather and share information about student progress.
  • · Contact parents via phone, home visits, and email to share information and to develop plans to re-engage students in school.
  • · Collect and document student progress and monitor efforts on a regular basis (i.e. completing monitoring sheets, baseline or intake forms).
  • · Attend staff meetings and student meetings (e.g. court dates, suspension re-entry meetings, etc.).
  • · Timely communications – acknowledges and/or respond to students, families, school personnel, and phone messages within 24 hours.
  • · Meet district standards for performance and attendance.
  • · Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education, Training, and Experience Guidelines

  • · Completed 90 quarter or 60 semester college credits, and/or AA degree in the area of Education, Child Development, Child Psychology, Behavioral Sciences; or area related to position assignment.
  • · Two (2) years of experience working in the Minneapolis Schools or comparable educational setting.
  • · Ability to effectively meet school, student, and program needs.
  • · Attend mandatory Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) and Documentation trainings within one year of being hired for the position and maintain a current expiration date on the CPI card by taking Refresher class annually.
  • · Training and experience in the use of computers and other technology equipment.
  • · Ability to work effectively in collaboration with others.
  • · Ability to act in a leadership role and independently initiate and follow through on tasks under minimal supervision.
  • · Demonstrate oral and written communication skills in working with students, families, and community representatives and in collaborating with school personnel.
  • · Experience working with adolescents, youth agencies, social services, and school systems.
  • · Persistence. Belief that all youth have the ability to learn.
  • · Ability and willingness to work with families in a non-blaming approach.
  • · Advocacy skill, including good communication skills and the ability to negotiate, compromise, and confront conflict.
  • · Organizational skill, flexibility and ability to work in a variety of settings. Ability to work independently.
  • · Knowledge of community and educational resource.
  • · Valid driver’s license with a reliable means of transportation. 

SALARY:

  • · Local 59 ESP - $17.94/hr

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in a standard classroom environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier material with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.

  

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

METHOD OF APPLICATION:
All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at www.mpls.k12.mn.us (click on Careers). In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply. Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested. 

Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:

  • · Cover Letter
  • · Resume
  • · On-Line Application


Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.