1.0 FTE Student & Family Advocate (SFA)

locationIowa City - Iowa (IA), 52245

atIowa City Community School District

Estimated salary $35,000 - $40,000 a year

Job Description:

Iowa City Community School District

Student & Family Advocate – High School


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, counseling, or other related degree
  • Ability to communicate effectively & professionally
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other professionals
  • Demonstrated ability to build rapport with parents & students
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Understanding of the underlying concerns that may cause youth to be identified as at-risk within the educational environment, including but not limited to:
    • Parent Engagement
    • Poverty & Homelessness
    • Mental Health
    • Delinquency & Truancy
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the District may find appropriate and acceptable.

REPORTS TO: Building Administrator(s)

In addition, SFAs receive direction and support from Learning Supports Department


JOB GOALS: The role of the Student & Family Advocate is designed to support students in achieving the following outcomes: (1) enhanced pro-social behaviors, (2) increased school attendance & (3) positive school connectedness. The Student & Family Advocate is utilized to provide individual student support, promote parent engagement & act as a liaison between school, parents & community resources in order to enhance student learning, promote the overall efficiency of the school system, and maximize the educational opportunities available to each child.


All Student & Family Advocates, no matter the identified area(s) of focus, will hold the following responsibilities:

  • Work with school staff & partner agencies to identify students/families in need of increased school-based support
  • Communicate with parents about available intervention(s) & about student progress (academic, behavior or attendance) once receiving intervention(s)
  • Obtain proper releases of information upon entry into intervention(s) and on-going as necessary
  • Develop case management strategies & goals for students on the formal caseload
  • Coordinate & monitor identified student support plans & interventions, including coordinating services & serving as a liaison among school personnel, community based agencies/providers, and the student/family
  • Connect student & family to appropriate resources
in the school & in the community; follow-up as necessary
  • Communicate regularly with school staff (teachers, administrators & other school personnel) involved with student to share information, problem-solve and/or modify student intervention(s) as needed
  • Provide information & clarification to parents on district policies & procedures
  • Provide support to parent/guardian(s) to overcome barriers such as accessing services, assisting with scheduling appointments, transporting students to appointments and completing necessary paperwork
  • Problem solve with students, parents and teaching staff to address lack of academic progress for students on formal caseload
  • Serve as liaison between teaching staff & parents to encourage a strong home-school partnership
  • Collect, track & report required information on students & services delivered.
  • Participate on building student support teams (SST), PBIS teams &/or other building leadership teams
  • Participate in district professional development, Student & Family Advocate team meetings & individual supervision
  • Priorities & duties in the following focus areas will be identified as needed per building:

    • Engagement:
      • Welcome new families with orientation to the school &/or a home visit
      • Support students & families who are struggling with attendance concerns
    • Basic Needs:
      • Communicate with District Homeless Liaison regarding supports for students who are homeless
      • Assist with e-registration, other district paperwork & enrollment in free/reduced lunch program
      • Refer to district & community resources for food, childcare, clothing, housing & other basic needs
    • Mental Health:
      • Provide referral information to families/parents regarding mental health services & assist with necessary paperwork
      • Consult with teachers about specific students, mental health diagnosis & potential impact on student learning & behavior
      • Coordinate & provide oversight to the school-based mental health services being provided in assigned building

    Other duties as assigned.


    • 184 days school year plus 10 extended days
    • Salary and calendar year to be established by the Board of Education.

    EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on Evaluation and any applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement

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