POSITION TITLE: Hearing Officer
QUALIFICATIONS: Pupil Personnel Services License with endorsement as a guidance counselor, psychologist, social worker or Postgraduate Professional License with endorsement in administration and supervision. Must have comprehensive knowledge of the Student Code of Conduct and have excellent working knowledge of the hearing process, laws, regulations, polices, and precedent decisions concerning student discipline. Exceptional communications, presentation and public relations skills required along with excellent organizational and planning skills. Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, central office staff, community, court and juvenile justice representatives. Must possess the ability to work under pressure and effectively plan, organize and coordinate work independently. Must be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and be able to successfully complete multiple assignments simultaneously. Must have a comprehensive understanding of School Board policies, disciplinary codes and process, student rights and the statutory and legal responsibilities of the school system. Must be familiar with the community resources available to assist in the achievement of program goals and objectives.
PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS: Monitors suspensions to protect student due process rights while ensuring that the rights of all parties are protected. Notifies and counsels parents of suspensions and right of appeal. Schedules and conducts appeal hearings. Compiles and distributes legal record of hearing (as appropriate). Maintains system-wide consistency in the application of Student Code of Conduct and in decisions made in the hearings. Designates behavioral conditions for return to school. Maintains fair and impartial representation of all parties involved in hearings. Acts as advocate of the school system as a whole with parents, students, administrators, and outside agencies. Advises and consults with teachers, administrators, probation officers, mental health workers, etc. about alternatives to the disciplinary review hearing process. Conducts inservice for new administrators on how to use the disciplinary process, develops/conducts in-service presentations on adolescent discipline for school and community administrators. Maintains a log by school of hearing results, including comparisons of offenses and outcomes in coordination with the Information Technologies Department. Researches behavioral, social and educational problems that result in suspensions. Makes periodic reports on suspension patterns to system administrators. Performs other related duties as assigned.
GENERAL DEFINITION AND CONDITIONS OF WORK: Manages the disciplinary review process providing consultation and training in the disciplinary process/issues and performs required record keeping and research activities. Work requires frequent standing, light lifting up to 10 pounds, sitting, walking, vocal communication for expressing or exchanging ideas, hearing to perceive information at a normal spoken word level and visual acuity for preparing and analyzing written or computer data.
REPORTS TO: Chief of Staff
PAY SCHEDULE: Unified Pay Schedule, Pay Grade 130
LENGTH OF CONTRACT: 260 Days (12 months)