Information for Job: Student Support Specialist - for 2013-14

Job Title: Student Support Specialist - for 2013-14
Job Description:

Purpose:     The Student Support Specialist will serve as a student advocate so that students attain a level of personal and social adjustment that facilitates achievement of their academic goals.  They work closely with school staff and administration- families and community agencies to provide a successful educational experience for each student.


Responsible to:            Building Principal and Director of Special Education


Payment rate:              As Established by the Emporia Board of Education



  1. Appropriate  Kansas certification/licensure for Elementary School Counselor- School Social Worker- or School Psychologist.
  2. Health  and Inoculation Certificate on file in the Central Office.



Essential Functions: 

  1. Serve as a student advocate.
  2. Assist in the determination of an appropriate action plan for improving student learning.
  3. Assist in determining obstacles to student learning by providing insight into the social- emotional- physical- and educational status of students and families.
  4. Facilitate the elimination of obstacles to student learning
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills regarding social- emotional- physical- and educational needs of students and families.
  6. Assist in establishing a positive learning environment.
  7. Respond to the social and emotional needs of students.
  8. Ensure that all activities conform to local- state- and federal guidelines- rules and regulations.
  9. Respond to change productively and perform other duties as assigned.


Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:

  1. Requires  prolonged sitting or standing.
  2. Occasionally requires physical exertion to manually move- lift- carry- pull- or push heavy      objects or materials.
  3. Occasionally  requires stooping- bending- and reaching.
  4. Must work indoors and outdoors year-round.
  5. Frequently requires extended hours.


General Responsibilities:

  1. Support and facilitate the mission and vision of the Emporia Public Schools.
  2. Assist in facilitating the Student Improvement Team process as assigned.
  3. Help eliminate student attendance problems.
  4. Assist teachers in the development- implementation- data collection- and analysis of appropriate classroom strategies- accommodations and modifications.
  5. Assist in referral and identification of students with special needs.
  6. Personally contact parents of students identified to be in need.  Gather sufficient knowledge of the home and community resources available to that student.
  7. Participate as a team member in the comprehensive evaluation- review- and re-evaluation process of students identified for special education.
  8. Assist with the development of student intervention plans- such as IEP’s- Section 504 Plans- and ELL outcome plans.
  9. Provide guidance and/or counseling to students and support to families.
  10. Serve as a primary communicator between parents and educators and other agencies in appropriate settings.
  11. Consult with administrators and staff concerning social and cultural issues affecting student achievement.
  12. Maintain appropriate- confidential records and provide timely reports as needed.
  13. Be knowledgeable of new practices or information which could impro0ve student achievement.
  14. Perform other duties as may be assigned by an administrator.
  15. Provide for effective programs and processes to support the general welfare of students with regard to school and school activities.
  16. Stay abreast of new technologies to facilitate and support student learning- data management- and communication.
  17. Prepare and submit documentation / reports as required by the superintendent and Board of Education; and state and federal guidelines.
  18. Comply with legal and regulatory requirements as provided by state and federal law.
  19. Uphold and enforce board policy- administrative procedures- and school rules/regulations including but not limited to:
  • Acceptable use of technology
  • Sexual and racial harassment
  • Child abuse reporting
  • Health and safety including all precautions of the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan
  1. Communicate effectively with administrators- parents- staff- and community organizations with regard to district operations.
  2. Interact with students- parents- and staff in a professional manner demonstrating tolerance of individual differences- patience- and sensitivity.
  3. Demonstrate professionalism through appropriate work habits- including regular and punctual attendance; accurate recordkeeping and timely submission of required reports; participate in building/district level committee tasks.
  4. Respect the confidentiality of records and information regarding students- parents- and teachers in accordance with accepted professional ethics- and state and federal laws.
  5. Act as a liaison to community resources as appropriate to the effective operation of the district.
  6. Maintain safe and well-organized instructional spaces.
  7. Be prepared to implement the Building Crisis Plan; actively participate in response drills.
  8. Respond to change in a productive manner.
  9. Strive to communicate the positive aspects of our school program to the public in word and deed.
  10. Other duties as assigned by the Superintendent.

Job Salary (if available): NA

Job Benefits (if available): NA

Job Bonus (if available): NA

Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: Nov-28-2013
Job Categories:
  • Counselor
Job Regions:
  • Northeast

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Employer Information

Employer Name & Website: Emporia USD 253 -
Employer Description:

All applicants are asked to complete our online application process at

The Emporia School district includes the City of Emporia and adjacent rural areas. We are located in east-central Kansas at the junction of U.S. 50 Highway, the Kansas Turnpike and Interstate 35, midway between Wichita and Topeka.

Emporia, Kansas, has a population of 25,000 people and a diverse economy supported by manufacturing, retail business, agriculture and education. The city is home to the National Teachers Hall of Fame and Emporia State University.

The district has high-quality teachers, administrators and professional support staff members. More than half of the teachers have advanced degrees and many have been recognized in the state and nation for their professional achievements and contributions to public education.




We build futures by preparing today's students for tomorrow's opportunities.

Core Principles


We will strive for excellence and success for all stakeholders,

We will lead by example through serving others,

We are committed to unity in relationships, vision and implementation.

We will lead with integrity.



Emporia Public Schools will build a culture that guarantees success for all.

District Goals

  1. Maintain a plan that consistently moves every student to read on or above grade level by end of third grade, and monitor and support a plan of action that will maintain or improve that level of excellence at subsequent grade levels while effectively supporting students not reading at grade level.
  2. Improve and assure an effective culture for learning with all students, parents, staff, and community members.
    • Reduced teacher turnover
    • Elevated school status in the community
    • Lower drop-out rate
    • Significant reduction in discipline referrals
    • Discretionary effort by all
    • Positive parental rapport
    • Metacognitive discussions
    • High teacher morale
    • Accelerated student achievement
    • Elevated teacher/student rapport
    • Motivated students
  3. Rank consistently in the top quartile of Kansas and national school districts within the next five years for students prepared to be college and career ready.
  4. Maintain a technology infrastructure and protocols to facilitate the classroom integration of electronic tools for students and staff.
  5. Maintain and enhance strategic planning to effectively use fiscal, human, and community resources.

District Fact Sheet

  • 4,600 students
  • 1,000 employees (includes full-time, part-time and temporary employees and substitutes)
  • $66 million budget
  • 53.597-mill tax rate
  • $20.6 million in bonded indebtedness
  • An early childhood center for 3 and 4 year olds
  • Six neighborhood K-5 elementary schools with full-day kindergarten
  • A middle school for grades 6-8
  • A high school for grades 9-12
  • Turning Point Learning Center, a virtual and face-to-face charter school for grades K-12.
  • Credit recovery and high school diploma program for teenagers and adults.
  • Sponsoring district for Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative, which provides special services in seven school districts for children birth to age 21
  • A dual language program that instructs children in both English and Spanish


Employer Address: 1700 West 7th Ave
PO Box 1008
Emporia, Kansas

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