Job Description

    2023-2024 SY Classified: Student Support Specialist JobID: 3326
  • Position Type:
    School-Based Support Staff/Student Support Specialist

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    Verrado High School

  • Closing Date:
    Until Filled

  •   Additional Information:

    Student Support Specialist

    FTE: 1.0


    SALARY GRADE: School-Based Professional Support Staff Compensation Guide ($64,900 w stipend)

    1. Facilitate the appropriate academic and social and emotional supports for students
    2. Actively engage with students to facilitate school-connectedness for all students
    3. Develop positive relationships with students, parents and school staff
    4. Adhere to best practices in providing social-emotional support for students
    5. Regularly review student attendance, student grades, student discipline and other sources of data to create and implement a plan for identifying and meeting with students
    6. Interact with students outside of the classroom setting including before and after school, at school activities and during student lunch periods
    7. Support and reinforce District SEL initiatives (Character Strong, executive functioning coaching, study skills strategies, etc.)
    8. Facilitate academic support during disciplinary suspensions and assist with the successful transition to campus following both on- and off-campus suspensions
    9. Actively engage with all staff members to identify students who might benefit from increased school supports
    10. Collaborate with student clubs and athletic programs to attract and recruit student participation and engagement
    11. Collaborate with administration for alternative to discipline and restorative supports
    12. Collaborate with School Counselors, Social Workers and Administration to ensure continuity of services and supports
    13. Conduct home visits as needed
    14. Assist with truancy and attendance concerns
    15. Collaborate with School Counselors on small group and individual interventions as requested or needed
    16. Collaborate with teachers, counselors and other relevant school personnel to facilitate student transitions after prolonged absences, personal emergencies or other situations where the student is likely to need increased support
    17. Check in with students during school breaks and throughout the summer to maintain school connectedness, facilitate services as needed, compile and analyze annual data and plan for the coming year
    18. Maintain a data base that reflects student engagements, student successes and areas for ongoing supports
    19. Maintain confidentiality of information regarding students, staff, parents and school issues
    20. Provide support to other department staff as requested
    21. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    22. Ability to work independently and be a self-starter
    23. Perform responsibilities in an ethical and professional manner
    24. Maintain punctual and regular attendance

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The qualifications for this job description are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

    Education / Certificate
    1. Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Counseling, or other closely related and relevant degree area
    2. Certification through Arizona Department of Education or other licensing agency is preferable
    3. Obtain and maintain a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card (FPCC)
    4. Must be able to obtain clearance with a 39-month driving record to operate a District vehicle
    1. Minimum of three years’ experience teaching, coaching, counseling, and/or mentoring youth or other closely related and relevant experience
    2. Strong knowledge of SEL strategies and programs
    3. Strong situational awareness with balancing relationships with accountability and communication
    4. Demonstrated ability to build positive relationships with youth
    5. Strong ethical character
    Communication Skills
    1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    2. Must possess ability to work cooperatively with parents, students, administrators, faculty, staff and general public
    3. Bilingual communication is beneficial
    Computer Skills
    1. Knowledge of Google Suites
    2. Knowledge of Microsoft Office
    3. Ability to create and use data

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    1. Prolonged periods of walking and standing
    2. Ability to push, pull or lift weights up to 25 pounds
    3. Regular talking and hearing is required
    4. Ability to frequently bend, sit, stand

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    1. Must be able to tolerate a semi-private working environment
    2. Must be able to tolerate prolonged periods of walking, standing
    3. Must be able to work flexible hours to be present at school and District events that may occur outside of the normal work day
    4. Employees may be subject to travel, odors, dusts, poor ventilation, workspace restrictions, and loud noises


    The District provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the District complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. The District expressly prohibits any form of workplace discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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