Pupil Personnel Specialist
GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK Under the supervision of the Director III - Student Support Services, the Pupil Personnel Specialist is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the home, the school, and the community in resolving problems that prevent students from attaining optimal benefits from educational experiences.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Special Education Services Participate as a member of eligibility committees determined for special education services and provides follow-up as needed Obtain sociological information through parent interviews for special services evaluations and assist in obtaining other components of the evaluation Complete sociological reports which are presented at eligibility meetings Serve as case manager for certain special education students and their families requiring support and assistance beyond the classroom
School and Home Services Perform home visits as requested by the Office of Exceptional Children
School-Community Relations Liaison between the student, home, school, private counseling, social services, community resources, etc. Liaison between the student, home, school and court services Make court appearances to present data and perform court-requested evaluations
Staff Relationships/Professional Development Familiarize school personnel with school social worker services and pertinent data concerning students Participate in workshops, conferences, and state and regional meetings to keep abreast of new methods and techniques Provide up-to-date information on available services in the community Participate with the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports School teams as deemed necessary Participates in student behavioral protocol processes, including but not limited to development of behavior intervention plans
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Knowledge and skills for direct and indirect intervention, including counseling on an individual, group, or family basis Ability to consult with administrators, teachers, parents, and other professionals about student problems and appropriate change strategies Ability to network with school programs and community agencies to provide essential services for families and children Understanding of the knowledge, skills, and processes for effective casework practice Understanding of the school social work profession including associated laws (IDEA, ADA, compulsory attendance, etc.), ethical issues, professional issues and standards Knowledge of foundations of school psychology and the role and function of the school social worker Understanding of child development, psychopathology, social and environmental conditioning, cultural diversity, and family systems