Irvine Unified School District



TEACHER ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT (TOSA)

SECONDARY PREVENTION COORDINATOR

DEFINITION

Under supervision of Guidance Resources/PROJECT SUCCESS, the Prevention Coordinator will support the implementation of Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative grant activities (grant funding from October 2002 - June 2005). The Secondary Prevention Coordinator will be responsible for expanding the scope of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and violence prevention efforts at district middle and high schools, by working collaboratively to develop site specific approaches designed to meet the needs of students, families, and staff at each individual school.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES may include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Support the enhancement of violence and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention/intervention services at secondary school sites, including: 1) Researching prevention speakers for assemblies and class presentations, 2)Coordinate implementation of Project Alert and Get Real About Violence curricula, 3) Support enhanced school site training in prevention-related areas, 4) Stay current with prevention research, especially evidence-based programs, and 5) Develop and implement tracking systems to capture all prevention-related data at school sites.
  • Participate in collaborative process designed to expand the scope of prevention activities, including: 1) Attend monthly Irvine Prevention Coalition meetings (3-4:30 PM 3rd Thursday of the month), 2)Chair bi-monthly prevention coordinator meetings and/or violence prevention counselor meetings, 3) Support integration of community partners (IPD, Families Forward, OC Health Care Agency-mental health, Get Safe, Irvine Community Drug Prevention), 4) Be point of contact for site referrals from the High Risk Youth Interagency Intervention Team (HRYIIT), 5) Develop opportunities to share/assess Project Success progress with school leadership (i.e., School Site Council, Department chairpersons), and 6)Develop and implement tracking systems to capture all collaborative-related data at school sites.
  • Support enhancement of school safety issues, including: 1) Support participation of site-based prevention coordinators on school crisis teams in order to integrate Project Success services and partners, 2) Coordinate (with Safety and Security) a review of all posted signage (support updating as necessary), 3) Support referrals for students involved in safety-related events (i.e., fights), 4)Support scheduling of "Get Safe" trainings at secondary school sites (annually), 5) Attend school safety trainings (as appropriate), and 6) Develop and implement tracking systems to capture all safety-related data at school sites.
  • Support a comprehensive case management system for high-risk youth, including: 1) Develop and implement a comprehensive, clear process for referring high-risk youth to appropriate services, 2) Facilities referral of students who are "out of school" (i.e., juvenile hall, shelter, county programs) to the Case Management Coordinator, 3) Facilities checking of all Project Success students for progress in attendance, grades, credits, and use of additional resources, 4) Support development of case management system for site to ensure that no youth "falls between the cracks" and each youth have access to a continuum of service, 5) Support integration of Support Specialist and Violence Prevention Counselor into the school setting (i.e., office space/equipment, phones/e-mail, staff introductions, ongoing support for high risk youth), 6) Develop system for tracking staff training that supports a safe and drug-free school environment, 7) Support the implementation of School Attendance Review Teams, and 8) Develop and implement tracking systems to capture all case management-related data at school sites.
  • Support enhanced Parent Education and Information services at school sites, including: 1) Annually update Project Success parent "release of information and authorization to provide services" letter to parents for school sites, 2) Develop articles for Principal's newsletters detailing available services, 3) Support the implementation of parent education opportunities as they relate to school safety, prevention and intervention, 4) Develop system for tracking all parent education opportunities on campuses/community, 5) Support the inclusion of parents of high-risk youth in available services, 6) Support the referral appropriate families to Family Support specialists and OCHCA (mental health), 7) Develop and implement tracking systems to capture all parent education-related data at school sites.
  • Support Development of project wide evaluation procedures and act as liaison between outside evaluator, project staff, and school sites, including: 1) Track all appropriate student, staff, and parent training, 2) Write semi-annual narrative reports detailing progress of project toward goals, 3) Track all site level suspensions, expulsions, significant disciplinary interventions, truancy, 4) Support the implementation of needs assessment (as necessary), 5) Support the implementation of pre/post testing (as necessary), and 6) Coordinate the California Healthy Kids Survey at secondary level.

QUALIFICATIONS GUIDE:

Knowledge of:

  • IUSD District Operations
  • IUSD sites 7-12
  • IUSD crisis intervention procedures

Ability to:

  • Work collaboratively (i.e., administrative, certificated, and classified school staff, parents, community partners).
  • Produce a variety of written materials (i.e., brochure, parent permission letter, site prevention plan, semi-annual progress reports).
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality issues relating to students/families.
  • Support school site prevention coordinators.
  • Be flexible in hours (will require attendance at some meetings outside of normal school hours).
  • Support/enhance prevention efforts across many school sites.

Training and Experience:

At least two years experience with program evaluation and implementing prevention grant activities. Secondary teaching experience also required.

Credential:

Possess valid California Teaching Credential

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to; stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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