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Director of Student Services

Owensboro Public Schools

Location: 450 Griffith Ave, Owensboro, KY 42301
Type: Full-Time, Non-Remote
Posted on: January 17, 2023
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES
JOB GOAL : Coordinate the combined resources of the schools, community agencies, and parents to correct poor student attendance patterns and assist students and parents in overcoming the problems which threaten continuous progress in school.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Rank II with a standard teaching certificate in elementary or secondary education
• Kentucky Professional Certificate for Director of Pupil Personnel
• At least five years of successful teaching experience
REPORTS TO: Chief Academic Officer
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
• Maintain a professional awareness of regulations regarding child welfare and attendance by having a working knowledge of state law, Board policy and administrative regulations
• Work closely with teachers, school nurses, school  counselors, Social Services, home school coordinators, family resources youth service coordinators, mental health coordinator, designated workers and principals regarding students who are frequently absent or tardy and who do  not respond to corrective efforts made by the building principal
• Investigate attendance problems reported by others
• Counsel students in matters of attendance and tardiness and make every effort to gain their cooperation
• Counsel students and carry out the school’s policy on truancy
• Maintain the district’s records of attendance and student accounting, including projection of future enrollments, transfer of students, and implementation and enforcements of boundaries
• Plan and supervise the annual school census and work with private and parochial schools in checking whereabouts of students reported in the census but not present in the schools
• Prepare an annual report on attendance and related matters in the district for the superintendent
• Conduct such auditing of enrollment, attendance, and transfer records in the various schools as may be necessary to assure compliance with applicable laws and sound principles of accounting for student personnel
• Provide regular attendance and dropout information to the superintendent and BOE
• Develop the school calendar with a calendar committee
• Complete the student handbook?
SAFE, ORDERLY AND CARING SCHOOLS:
• Develop the District’s Code of Acceptable Behavioral and Discipline handbook
• Assist and support schools in developing/maintaining schoolwide proactive student behavior management plans.
• Coordinate and oversee the placement of students in alternative settings when necessary
• Provide general supervision for the alternative to suspension program at the high school
• Assist the superintendent in conducting hearings for students recommended for long term suspension and expulsion
• File neglect and status offense charges (truancy and beyond control of school) in Juvenile Court when necessary
• Visit homes and talk with parents and students who need help in relating to the schools
• Advise the court at disposition hearings of any matters relevant to the school and to the proper disposition of the case
• Assist students who dropout of school to get back into some kind of meaningful learning situation such as continuation classes, vocational preparation and work experience
OTHER
• Serve as the coordinator for Alternative and Family Resource/Youth Service Center programs
• Serve as a member of the local FAIR team
• Direct the Home and Hospital Program
• Direct and organize the Alternate Placement Committee
• Liaison for the District’s school counselors and Family Resource/Youth Service Center Directors
• Perform other tasks and assume other responsibilities as the superintendent may assign
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Subject to both indoor, environmentally controlled and outdoor environments.  Typical office environment including but not limited to telephones, personal interruptions, background noises.  Travel amongst buildings, student homes, local agencies, etc. required. Will require working with or near the public, parents, and children and will be subject to sounds, scents, and other related environmental factors.  This position will require dealing with conflict and requires use of sound judgment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
• Standing, walking, sitting, reaching, talking, bending, pushing, moving throughout the day
• Light physical demand with some lifting of up to 25lbs
• Hand and finger dexterity
• Repetitive movements
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:
• Less than 20% out of the district
• Daily as needed within district boundaries
OTHER FACTORS :
• Certified Salary Schedule
• Certified Benefits Package
• Number of Days per Year: 240
• Number of Hours per Day: 8
• FLSA Classification:  Exempt
• Fiscal Year:2023/2024
EVALUATION:
Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on evaluation of Certified Personnel.  Evaluation will be conducted by the Chief Academic Officer.
Primary Location District Wide Salary Range Per Year Shift Type Full Time