FASS - Family and School Support
This position requires a Master’s degree in area of specialization and one of the following: a Texas teaching certificate, Visiting Teacher certificate, School Counselor certificate, or a license in Social Work. Incumbent should have a minimum of five (5) years of successful classroom or related experience; 3 of which must be in the field of Special Education. Parent of a child with disability is preferred.
This position requires thorough knowledge of AISD policies and academic requirements, district, staff, administration, students, and resource availability in the area of Special Education. Incumbent must be able to communicate effectively in Spanish, be persistent in tracking down information about students and parents, and have the ability to obtain a valid Texas drivers license. Incumbent must also have knowledge of social services and programs available to meet a range of health, income, and social services needs, plus knowledge of State, Local, and Federal Special Education laws affecting the lives of students and families. The position requires fluency in the writing, reading and speaking of Spanish.
JOB PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITY:
Incumbent is primarily responsible for maintaining and improving communications and relations between school, student, community, and parents and maintaining and/or increasing communication within identified priority areas. This may involve -supporting families with children who are having difficulty adjusting academically, socially, or emotionally to school and/or home environment. Incumbent will have significant responsibility for specific program implementation. Incumbent receives -supervision, from the supervisor of parent programs, who works closely with the director of Special Education.
§ Serve as referral source for school personnel and families in the area of Special Education law, policy and practice.
§ Plan and implement and/or facilitate parent training on special education topics
§ Co-coordinate and co-facilitate the district-wide ---Family Support Cooperative (FSC) meetings,
§ Organize and facilitate Parent ”Platicas/Chats” - geared towards parents of English Language Learners at designated campuses
§ Respond to and problem solve with parent and community members about special education issues
§ Work collaborative with special education staff at district and campus levels
§ Recruit and sustain partnerships with City and State who currently serve families of English Language Learners
§ Represent AISD by serving on community and State committees and groups
§ Act as communication source for parents and teachers regarding problem areas for students.
§ Maintain necessary records and written communications regarding all of the above in Spanish and English when necessary.
OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED:
Perform other related duties as assigned; however, all employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.
PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work is performed in accordance with several laws (including Special Education Laws) requiring interpretation. Difficulties include succeeding in contacting and communicating with parents who are hard to reach. Services provided involve local travel to visit homes and may include after-hour visits. Position may involve transit within high-risk communities. This position may involve rare exposure to blood or body fluids. Regular attendance is required for this position.
PERSONAL WORK RELATIONSHIPS:
This position reports directly to the Supervisor of Parent Programs in collaboration with the Director of Special Education. Services provided involve significant contact with students and their families to exchange information. Work relationships are also with school staff, social services agencies organizations, and other schools in the system to make referrals and share information regarding individual cases, general programs, and available services.
Pay Grade: P7B
Duty Days: 210 Days