Student Support Specialist
Midland Public Schools
 Midland, MI

Position Description:

The Student Support Specialist (SSS) will coordinate and provide integrated student supports at the school and district level. The SSS is responsible for providing direct mental health, social emotional, behavioral, and well-being student services and supports, as well as further developing partnership internally and externally, and supporting the enhancement of the multi-tiered system of support to address the needs of the whole child (cognitive, physical, behavioral, social, emotional) in an efficient and effective manner.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Guide and provide services, supports, and interventions to identified students individually, in small groups, and within classrooms based on need
  • Collaborate with school based and district level teams to develop systems and identify student needs, set goals, plan evidence based interventions, provides services, and progress monitor
  • Support district and school wide implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, with primary focus on Tiers 1 and 2, and utilize and promote data based decision making to adjust both universal and individualized programming and supports as needed.
  • Communicate with parents/guardians as necessary and provide parent coaching and learning opportunities
  • Collaborate with external agencies to support student needs and continue to develop external partnerships and services and connect families with services
  • Regularly and systematically collect, enter, and report student data; and use data to inform decisions that support whole child learner outcomes individually, school-wide, and district-wide
  • Model and facilitate best practices, including restorative practices, to achieve desired outcomes while providing feedback to stakeholders within the organization
  • Be a part of district and school-based initiatives focused on desired outcomes including alignment to the school and district improvement plan and service to the MPS Inclusion & Diversity and Social Emotional Learning team
  • Engage in ongoing professional learning
  • Collaborate with and coach teachers, school teams, and the district at large to build skill, knowledge, and capacity within the realm of student supports and services

Qualifications:

  • Experience providing student behavioral, social emotional, mental health, and well-being services, supports, and interventions.
  • Master's level, licensed school Social Worker or Psychologist preferred.
  • The ideal applicant will have demonstrated a consistent record of excellence and exemplary knowledge of evidence based interventions, aspects of the whole child framework, trauma informed practices, restorative practices, multi-tiered systems of support, and behavioral intervention planning.

Expectations of a Student Support Specialist:

  • Exhibit strong communication skills and engage individuals and teams to build collaborative relationships; including community partners
  • Ability to implement interventions to support student success
  • Support the use of data-driven decision making
  • Possess specialized knowledge and skills to appropriately identify, assess, and provide intervention to students
  • Willingness to engage in ongoing learning and adapt for alignment to evidence based practices
  • Have an outcomes-driven approach and objectively analyzing systems, infrastructure, and individuals in the spirit of feedback and continuous improvement
  • Maintain all required documentation
  • Follow all legal and ethical requirements and guidelines and maintain the highest level of confidentiality

Additional Information:

This is a 1.0 FTE grant funded position. This position is a non-administrative district level position staffed during the regular staffing process. The specific assignment/building are determined annually and ongoing renewal is based on funding availability.

Application Procedure:

When applying for a position with the Midland Public Schools, interested candidates must complete an application in order to be considered an official applicant. To complete the application process, you will need to complete the online application at www.midlandps.org. Your application will be retained in active status for one school year. If your qualifications meet our needs, we will contact you for further information and a possible interview. Please do not send paper documents! When completing your application, you will submit your documents electronically. If you cannot upload your documents, be prepared to provide this information should you be called for an interview. Note: You assure that we have a complete record of your candidacy if you upload all materials yourself.

Thank you for your interest in the Midland Public Schools.