McKinney-Vento Specialist (Works with Homeless Students))

Job | Posted 11 days ago
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POSITION:  McKinney-Vento Specialist
SALARY:     $24.19/HR
                     (Minimum 20 hrs/week)

Position Purpose
To provide support and facilitate services for students who are experiencing homelessness.
Essential Functions

  • Facilitating the identification, enrollment, retention, and educational success of all students experiencing homelessness.
  • Collaborating with the Office of Student Services to monitor all enrollments, withdrawals, and transportation needs of homeless students of Suffolk Public Schools and other school districts. 
  •  Providingany applicable information for IEP and related meetings if student has a disability.
  • Performing student anf family needs assessments.
  • Reviewing the student's right and responsibilities with the parents and student.
  • Notifying school personnel of an identified student, including the school principals, school counselors, school nurse, division attendance officer. school cafeteria manager, school social worker, classroom teachers, special education personnel (if student with a disability), and school bus driver (if needed).
  • Notifying and coordinating with outside agencies.
  • Ensuring that all identified McKinney-Vento students are flagged into the Suffolk Public Schools' student database for, but not limited to, identification purposes, data progress monitoring, reporting purposes from initial enrollment to graduation or withdrawal from Suffolk Public Schools.
  • Monitoring schools, agencies, and areas where homeless students may be located.
  • Review student records to identify previous barriers and/or interventions.
  • conducting parent interview to acquire socio-developmental information as needed for special education referrals.
  • Assisting schools in following school board regulations for excessive absences and truancy; attend student support team meetings and court intervention; interview students and parents to discuss issues related to non-attendance and develop plans of action.
  • Developing and implementing professional development training for education staff and parents as requested.
  • Conducting home visits as a method to access the family and interviews in response to school referrals.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge and skills for direct and indirect intervention including:
  • Counseling and advising on an individual, group, or family basis:
  • Consulting with administrators, teachers, parents, and other professionals about student needs, problems, barriers, and appropriate change strategies;
  • Networking with school programs and community agencies to provide essential services for families and children;
  • Understanding of the school social work profession including associated laws (IDEA, ADA, compulsory attendance, etc), ethical issues, professional issues and standards;
  • Understanding of child development, psychopathology, social and environmental conditioning, cultural diversity and family systems.
Education and Experience
Some experience working with children. BS degree preferred
A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

Physical Requirements
Some standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, crawling, reaching, handling, pushing, and pulling. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.

Special Requirements
Possession of a valid driver's license.
FLSA Status:       Exempt

Posted By

Suffolk Public Schools

P.O. Box 1549 100 N Main Street, Suffolk, VA 23439

At the following locations

Suffolk Public Schools

P.O. Box 1549 100 N Main Street, Suffolk, VA 23439

Compare with State

Amount per Student


State Average: $11,724

% ELL Students


State Average: 9%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 14.22

% IEP Students


State Average: 13%



State Average: 801