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Become a Student Support Advocate and make a positive impact on local students.

Current Job Openings:

TWO PANDO INITIATIVE FULL-TIME STUDENT SUPPORT ADVOCATES

Wichita Woodman Elementary School & Derby Middle School

                                               

Pando is hiring two Student Support Advocates (SSA) to connect with students to help them thrive in school and life. A successful SSA is persistent, patient, socially aware and empathetic!  Pando SSAs bring together students, families, and the community to impact lives!

What’s SO great about working for Pando:

  • The opportunity to create the Pando program that best fits the needs of your school,
  • Ability to find creative ways to impact students daily,
  • PAID breaks and summer (per Personnel Policies),
  • School hour schedule,
  • 10 days Paid Time Off (PTO),
  • Benefits eligible

 Description: Pando Student Support Advocate, Full-Time, Benefits eligible (medical/dental/life/Vision/FSA/EAP/403(b)),

10 days Paid Time Off (PTO)

Schedule: PAID breaks and summer

Positions start:  July 25, 2024

Locations: Woodman Elementary School & Derby Middle School

                   

JOB SUMMARY:

The Student Support Advocate (SSA) provides case management, coordinates services to students and families, and implements programs and activities within the school building based upon the specific needs of the students, families, and the school.  The SSA works with family, school staff, community partners and volunteers to bring needed services into the school to help students succeed.  The SSA is responsible for being a positive role model for students, building positive relationships and maintaining open communication with parents, the community and school staff. Coordinates referrals of students and their families to outside agencies for services not provided on site. The SSA is responsible for meeting deadlines, entering data in the Pando Initiative data management system, and submitting monthly reports as required.

 ESSENTIAL/PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS:

Coordinate Services to Students and Families

  • Initiate and follow through on selection/referral process at the site.
  • Complete intake on new referrals and obtain parental/guardian consent for minors.
  • Make home visits and/or phone contact with parents of assigned/caseload students on a regular and consistent basis.
  • Prepare, implement, and monitor student/family service plans and case progress.
  • Identify the needs of students and their families and make appropriate referrals.
  • Facilitate and document student/parent involvement in appropriate programs and activities.
  • Maintain student case files, including a valid parent consent for each student signed by a parent/guardian.
  • Accurately report data in The Pando Initiative Data Management System.
  • Provide case management for Pando students.
  • Mandatory participation in school enrollment, open houses, parent engagement activities and parent/teacher conferences at the school site.

Coordinate Pando Initiative Programs and Activities

  • Lead, facilitate, coordinate, and evaluate the delivery of programs and activities at the site, and modify as needed.
  • Build a caseload of PandoKids based on referrals from school staff.
  • Ensure that programs and activities meet the needs of students, families, and the school.
  • Promote positive relationships between the school site, administrative office, and community partners.
  • Facilitate small groups focusing on social-emotional/life skills, financial literacy, self-control behavior skills, attendance, academics incentive programs, enrichment activities, tutoring and mentoring.
  • Participate in agency special events and fundraising programs.
  • Adhere to The Pando Initiative guidelines regarding donations that include in-kind, monetary, and material in maintaining the spirit of The Pando Initiative’s mission of seeking and obtaining community resources for students/families.

Secondary Functions:

  • Ability to promote positive relationships with others.
  • Maintain regular and acceptable attendance.
  • Promote professionalism through effective social etiquette, appearance, and attitude.
  • Ability to stay focused and composed in emotional and challenging situations.
  • Develop, establish, and maintain a work priority system to ensure daily workloads are fulfilled.
  • Prepare and submit mid- and end-of-the-year site reports based on the templates provided.
  • Attend and participate in any training or in-service as designated by supervisor.
  • Must pass all required background checks.

EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, public administration, human service, or related field.
  • Prefer previous experience working with youth and case management.
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers and the public.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to function in a diverse job situation.
  • Knowledge of family systems.
  • Knowledge of the community and available resources.
  • Ability to handle crisis situations with composure.
  • Requires tact, insight, leadership, confidentiality, and an excellent work ethic.
  • Personal computer proficiency with the ability to use Office 365, G-suite, and database software.

Please submit the following job application with resume before June 10, 2024.

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