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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3000668
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : August 30, 2018
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

Homeless Education Liaison
Parent Information Center

Job Goal:
The Homeless Education Liaison provide services to the children and youth experiencing homelessness as required by the McKinney-Vento Act to help them overcome obstacles and barriers to receiving an education and to assist family with social services needs.

Responsibilities include but are limited to:
• Coordination of identification of homeless students by school personnel and with other agencies;
• Assist with enrollment of homeless students ensuring full and equal opportunity to succeed in school and to meet the same challenging state academic standards as other students, and receive educational services for which they are eligible;
• Coordinate homeless families, children and youth to have access and to receive educational services for which they are eligible, including Head Start, and preschool programs administered by the Somerville Public Schools;
• Assist homeless families, children and youth to receive information and referrals for health care, dental services, mental health and other appropriate services in the community;
• Assist homeless families in locating and enrolling in After School and Out-of-School Time programming and academic supports;
• Provide parents or guardians with information of educational and related opportunities, such as access to school nutrition programs, available to their children, and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;
• Ensure that public notice of the educational rights of homeless students and the Somerville Public School’s adopted Homeless Education Policy are disseminated where children and youth receive services such as schools, family shelters, food pantries, health clinics and where families, children, and youth are ordinarily informed of school policies such as student handbooks, school newsletters or school websites;
• Ensure that enrollment disputes are mediated and resolved;
• Coordinate transportation ensuring parents, guardians, and unaccompanied youth are fully informed of all transportation services, including to and from the school of origin, and are assisted in accessing needed transportation services;
• Ensure that Somerville Public Schools staff providing services to homeless students receive professional development and other support;
• Ensure unaccompanied homeless youth are enrolled in school, have opportunities to meet the same challenging state academics standards as other students, are informed of their status as independent students, and are provided with verification of that status for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA);
• Coordinate and collaborate with DESE’s Coordinator of the Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, the local community, service providers and school personnel providing education and related services to homeless families, children and youth;
• Coordinate reliable, valid, and comprehensive data collected and reported to DESE’s Coordinator of the Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth;
• Provide homeless families, children, and youth who meet eligibility requirements for services from the Department of Housing and Community Development, verification of homelessness.

• Licensed Social Work and/or experience in social service setting.
• Extensive knowledge of social services and district policies and procedures.
• Bilingual in Spanish strongly preferred.
• Knowledge of resources in the community that would benefit homeless students and families.
• Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and have:
o Excellent customer service
o Knowledge and understanding of community partnerships
o Ability to work with a diverse group of students and families and be sensitive to issues
• Able to communicate with all levels of personnel within the district, parents, students and community. Able to work effectively as a team member.
• Ability to demonstrate a high degree of cultural awareness and sensitivity to issues facing children, families, community members and district staff.

Needed Attributes:
• Exhibits a friendly, caring and professional manner that is supportive to parents, student, staff and community.
• Ability to organize, prioritize and problem solve. Good listener and able to communicate with parent/guardians and on an individual basis and in group setting.

Work Schedule:
19 hours/week: school hour schedule, some evenings may be required, occasionally.

Reports to: Parent Information Center Director

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at jcabral@k12.somerville.ma.us

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.
  • Position Type: Part-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Student Services > Social Worker
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

    There ARE NO application questions required FOR this job posting.

    Contact Information

    • Regina Bertholdo , Director of PIC
    • 42 Prescott Street
    • Somerville, Massachusetts 02143

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