Student Advocacy Counselor
JOB TITLE: Middle School Student Advocacy Coordinator
Credentials: Current Oklahoma Teaching Certificate as an Elementary/Secondary School Counselor preferred.
Education: Master’s Degree
Training or Experience Required Experience and skills in classroom guidance, trauma informed counseling techniques and/or crisis intervention preferred. Must understand victimization and demonstrate practices that are sensitive to sexual violence.
Reports to: Site Principal, Director of Guidance and Counseling
Job Goal: The Middle School Student Advocacy Coordinator provides student advocacy services for a diverse population of students and families, including victim advocacy; for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment; and bullying that is sexual in nature. The student advocacy coordinator facilitates school and community awareness of gender based violence and resources. The goal is to assist potentially at-risk students overcome problems that impede personal safety, academic growth and success in school.
Communication Skills: Strong verbal and written skills are needed to maintain quality documentation. Position requires organizational skills and the ability to provide school and community professional presentations and respond to questions that are asked.
Contact with Others: An incumbent in this position has regular contact by telephone or in person with students, parents and school staff. Timely accurate communication is needed for the medical, mental health and social services community to determine the actual information needed; interprets and translates facts and information; explains situations and issues; identifies alternative courses of action; and maintains confidentiality of sensitive information. Requires tact, diplomacy and independent judgment such as problem solving; interpreting policies and procedures based on experience; providing direct advocacy services to students as appropriate. Maintains confidentiality of all information.
Performance Measures: Successful performance of the job requires good customer service, people skills to work directly with students, families of students, school administrators and medical, mental health and social service professionals. It requires following safety guidelines and policies in order that students and others including self are protected from accident or injury. It requires following school dress standards, proper attendance or leave policies, and other work habit concerns. Creativity, initiative, and effective problem solving are critical to the success of the position.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Assist and advocate for students who may be experiencing gender-based violence with various systems including district grievance procedure, law enforcement, academic supports, medical and mental health services, and court system.
2. Explain processes and procedures for reporting instances of gender-based violence.
3. Initiate safety planning for students experiencing gender-based violence. Provide referral to appropriate mental health and social service resources within the district and community to support students who may be experiencing gender-based violence or other mental health concerns.
4. Complete appropriate accurate documentation associated with student interactions.
5. Provide gender-based violence awareness with students utilizing best-practices in the field and approved curricula.
6. Work collaboratively within the district with students, teachers, parents, counselors and administrators on awareness campaigns focused on gender-based violence, promoting personal safety and community resources.
7. Provide coordination for comprehensive student advocacy services for students and their families.
8. Serve as the primary contact for students who have been victimized, are at-risk or in distress.
9. Demonstrate and maintain professional boundaries in working with students and their families.
10. Provide services to meet the comprehensive needs of victims/survivors in collaboration with counseling and administrative staff.
11. Coordinate training for staff on topics related to gender-based violence, bullying that is sexual in nature, and Title IX requirements.
Physical/Mental Requirements and Working Conditions: Must possess manual dexterity/visual ability to operate a vehicle. Must be able to read and interpret instructions and observe student behavior. Must be able to handle potentially hostile, emotional and unpredictable students. Employees must possess hearing/speaking ability to communicate with school staff, students, etc.
Terms of Employment:
Contract length: 210 days (210-A calendar)
Sick Leave: 11 days
Personal Business Leave: 3 days
Teacher Retirement: Paid by Norman Public Schools
Evaluation: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with Oklahoma laws and Norman Public School Board of Education policy.