Anticipated District Truancy Officer
Title: Truancy Officer Location: District Office
Supervisor: Director of Student Services Supervise: None
Under the supervision of the Director of Student Services the Truancy Officer is to investigate residency issues within the school district.
- Informs students and parents/guardians of residency requirements of the School District.
- Updates and distributes informational forms, notices and residency checklists.
- Assists in the pre-registration and registration process of students in the District.
- Advises the Director of Student Services of new processes and procedures. Suggests changes and updates for efficiency.
- Researches background information submitted and gathers additional information as necessary to determine the truancy of students within the school district.
- Investigates allegations of misrepresentation of address information and overcrowding issues and reports to the District.
- Conducts site surveys and interviews with parents/guardians and landlords to verify residency.
- Compiles investigation notes, written reports, and submits recommendations based on thorough investigations to the District.
- Initiates and processes all investigations while observing customer service and community relation standards of the District.
- Communicates with building Principal to identify truant students.
- Meets with truant students and their parents/guardians to determine plans of action to change truant behaviors.
- Makes home and community visits to help truant students return to school.
- Assists Building Principals in early identification of any and all symptoms of truant behavior.
- Works with school personnel, students and families to implement appropriate interventions for truant behaviors.
- Works with the Regional Office of Education and the Circuit Court of Cook County to intervene with families where truant behavior persist.
- Completes other duties as assigned by the Director of Student Services.
Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:
- Thorough knowledge of residency requirements.
- Knowledge and previous experience in investigations and investigation tactics.
- Ability to communicate both written and orally.
- Ability to coordinate investigations with other agencies as appropriate (DCFS, local police departments, local government and school districts, Regional Office of Education).
- Ability to use basic office equipment and operate a personal computer.
- Bachelor degree in law enforcement, counseling, social work or a related field preferred.
- High degree of maturity and ability to relate well to parents and students.
- Preference for a person who has a strong interdisciplinary-oriented, team- focused attitude.