Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0453
Post Date 7/15/2019
Title Truancy Advisor
City East Lansing
State MI
Description

Company Summary

At Connections Academy, helping students maximize their potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program is at the core of our mission. Connections Academy was founded in 2001 to deliver high-quality, highly accountable online education to students in grades K-12. Hallmarks of Connections Academy-supported online schools include personalized learning, an award-winning curriculum and Education Management System (EMS), dedicated state-certified teachers, and a supportive school community. Parents of enrolled students consistently share their satisfaction with Connections Academy: 92% “would recommend the schools to other families” and 95% say the curriculum is “high quality.” In 2017, Connections Academy-supported public schools serve students in 27 states, while the private online school, International Connections Academy meets the online school needs of students worldwide. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum and leadership, Connections Academy is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Academy is part of the global learning company, Pearson, and its Online & Blended Learning group. For more information, visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA) is a tuition-free, online public school available for students in grades 6–12 throughout Michigan. For students in grades 9-12, GLCA offers a variety of academic pacing options including a traditional school year option, a year-long extended option and an accelerated option. GLCA is authorized by The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University and supported by the Connections Academy family of public virtual schools. The school is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, an accrediting division of AdvancED.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Working from our office in East Lansing, MI with regular travel within a local region, the Truancy Intervention Advisor is responsible for working with students, families, courts, teachers, and school administrators to ensure that students are attending and engaging in school in accordance with GLCA Policy and Michigan attendance laws. The Truancy Intervention Advisor will work cooperatively with community resources, school staff, the probation department, law enforcement, juvenile courts, school districts, and other agencies to effectively intervene and redirect youth towards positive school attendance and towards a healthy lifestyle.

Responsibilities:

  • Collects and prepares data for the purpose of analyzing GLCA’s truancy process, and to develop recommendations for improving the truancy program;
  • Collects and prepares data and reports as required in the day-to-day management of GLCA’s Truancy Process;
  • Communicates regularly with school staff for the purpose of establishing cooperative and innovative approaches to solving truancy issues;
  • Completes status reports for the purpose of demonstrating GLCA’s progress in the truancy process, as well as to help display/project future workload;
  • Coordinates with courts, and occasionally law enforcement agencies, for the purpose of collecting and disseminating information pertaining to truancy;
  • Develops and implements process, including paperwork to file truancy charges in 83 counties throughout the state of Michigan. Each county may differ in what is allowable and what is required in order to file truancy charges;
  • Schedules and conducts truancy meetings with parents and students for the purpose of ensuring that GLCA’s attendance and truancy policies are understood and followed and to facilitate improved student attendance;
  • Organizes, prepares, and presents truancy information for each student for court hearings and court cases requiring the appearance of a GLCA representative;
  • Represents Great Lakes Cyber Academy in truancy court hearings; and
  • Provides updates and communicates regularly with court and probation personnel regarding truant students.
Requirements
  • Strong knowledge of state laws regarding truancy for school age minors and how to file charges in jurisdictions across the state of Michigan
  • Strong working knowledge of Connexus
  • Strong knowledge of GLCA’s attendance reporting and truancy policies, as well as the GLCA escalation system
  • 1-3 years of experience in Education, Business, or Social Services is preferred
  • Community College and/or Vocational School degree with work experience in a job-related area
  • BA in Education, Business, Criminal Justice, or Social Services is preferred
  • Valid Michigan driver's license and proof of automobile insurance
  • Ability to pass the background checks required for all school employees in Michigan
  • Ability to multi-task, and a logical mind to assess, filter, organize, and work with data
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to explain information and concepts clearly and concisely, with confidence, and to defend position, when challenged
  • Must be comfortable in a court setting
  • Ability to communicate tactfully and frankly with high risk students and families
  • Finesse and grace to work through tough conversations with people who are sometimes upset and confrontational
  • Ability to build positive relationships and educate courts across Michigan about attendance and truancy in a cyber school
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