Truancy Advisor
Indiana Connections Academy - Indianapolis, IN

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2013-2014 School Year

Company Summary
Connections Education is a leading, fully-accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12. Since 2001, the company’s Connections Academy division has delivered individualized learning to students through virtual public schools and a private online academy. In the 2012-2013 school year, 24 Connections Academy virtual public schools will operate in 22 states and are expected to serve more than 40,000 students from across the U.S. The Connections Learning division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking to develop and enhance their online learning programs. Connections Learning delivers a full range of targeted digital learning solutions to the K-12 education community including online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and more. More than 1000 schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational institutions, serving tens of thousands of students throughout the United States and beyond, are already utilizing Connections Learning products and services. Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit Connections Education is part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE: PSO).

Indiana Connections Academy (INCA) is a tuition-free, virtual charter school authorized by Ball State University. INCA provides its education program and other services to students in grades K-12 throughout Indiana. The school was founded in 2010, when the Indiana Department of Education selected Connections Academy to provide virtual education to students, and officially became a charter school in the fall of 2011.

Position Summary and Responsibilities
Working from our office in Indianapolis, Indiana, and traveling throughout the state, the Truancy Advisor will be working with students and parents in grades K-12 to improve student attendance, counsel potential dropouts, and communicate to families about attendance laws, policies and procedures. In addition, they will carry out school policies and procedures as they relate to truancy.

The Truancy Advisor will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:

• Confer with families and students on a regular basis and make home visits when necessary;
• Investigate attendance problems reported by other staff;
• Work closely with teachers, guidance staff and the administration team to examine attendance and participation data within our own Learning Management System in order to make decisions about implementing student improvement plans;
• Counsel students and implement the school truancy policy;
• Maintain a professional awareness of regulations regarding child welfare and attendance by having a working knowledge of state law, board policy and administrative regulations;
• Participate in departmental, staff, and family meetings;
• Conduct exit interviews and provide follow-up services, including data gathering and collection of information, for all students who drop out;
• Gather and analyze data from home visits to determine appropriate strategies to meet the needs of the student and his/her learning coach relative to improving attendance and making the school experience more meaningful;
• Establish and build relationships between teachers, students, and learning coaches in order to promote student achievement and success;
• Administer oaths and serve legal processes;
• Enforce the provisions of the compulsory attendance law;
• Investigate all cases of unexcused absences from school;
• Compile attendance reports as required by the Department of Education;
• Enforce IC 20-33-2-25 and IC 20-33-2-26 by working closely with other school officials, DCS, and juvenile court systems;
• Document and organize records of investigated cases; and
• Other duties as assigned.

• Bachelor’s Degree preferably in social work, education, criminal justice, counseling or related field.
• At least three (3) years of successful experience with social services related to agency or working with at-risk youth.
• Indiana Driver’s License with clean driving record.
• Problem solver.
• Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft Office products).
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
• Student focused approach.
• Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
• High degree of flexibility.
• Team player with demonstrated leadership skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work well in fast-paced environment.
• Willingness to travel, extensively throughout the state.
• Ability to work remotely, if necessary
• Ability to work some evening hours to support the needs of families.

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