Full Service School Specialist - Educational Psychology & Counseling

Knoxville, TN
Oct 20, 2020
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Regular Part-time, Pay Grade 36
Site Program Assistant 
University Assisted Community Schools

The Educational Psychology and Counseling Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for an open position for a Community School Site Program Assistant (Academic Support Specialist II). This is a flex-year position working 220 days/yr at designated times and dates.

Reporting to the Site Coordinator, the primary duty of this position is to facilitate the mission of the University Assisted Community Schools Program (UACS) serving as a positive center of influence that benefits students, families, and the surrounding community. UACS accomplishes this mission by providing a robust, personalized learning environment for each student that enables academic success through the following supports (1) academic learning, especially connections between in-school learning and learning during out-of-school time; (2) youth development, (3) parent/family engagement and support, (4) health and social services, and (5) community partnerships. This position is integral to daily functions of UACS and responsible for providing direct oversight of students and staff, coordination and oversight of volunteers and organization partners, and daily communication with parents of participating students. This position will also assist with data management and collaboration with Knox County Schools (KCS) administrators and KCS support service personnel as it relates to furthering the mission of realizing student success through the provision of support services.


•Supervises after school program in absence of site coordinator.
•Assists managing student behavior modeling effective teaching and supervision for young children.
•Assists and directly communicates with parents and guardians nightly regarding student needs and progress.
•Serves as a liaison between regular school day teachers, administrators and parents.•Fills in for staff vacancies if necessary as substitute tutor and enrichment teacher providing high quality care, supervision, and education for young children.
•Assists with oversight of snack and dinner as needed including maintenance of food service reporting logs.
•Maintains accurate attendance records.
•Assists with staffing needs including but not limited to logistics surrounding adjustments in daily schedule to accommodate staff vacancies and special programming as needed.
•Provides guidance and direction to staff regarding best practices in meeting student behavior goals.
•Supervises coordination, orientation, and placement of volunteers including maintenance of volunteer documents.
•Appropriately places volunteers within the parameters of both University of Tennessee policy regarding Programs for Minors and Knox County Schools requirements for volunteers.
•Contributes to organizing agenda for weekly staff meetings.
•Assist with documentation, monitoring logs and reports including student attendance, mandatory reporting data and progress reports for relevant agencies including Knox County Schools and granting agencies.
•Collaborates with site coordinator and staff in creation and implementation of daily program schedule.
•Plans and coordinates family participation events, most often in collaboration with colleagues and site coordinator, in order to strengthen family connections for the children and to foster community in the program among all the families.
•Integrates culturally responsive approaches that are inclusive of the children and families in the program.
•Arranges for field trip logistics including permission slips, buses and contact with agencies and venues.

Position Requirements:

•Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in education, counseling, or related field.
•Knowledge and ability to recommend best practices in elementary childhood environments.
•Knowledge of appropriate program plans for child care programs for children.
•Ability to provide on-site supervision to staff, students, and volunteers engaging with children.
•Ability to work positively with families and other teaching staff.
•Strong communication skills.
•Strong organizational skills.
•Knowledge and skill working with and communicating effectively with members of a culturally diverse community.
•Knowledge of best practices managing behavior of elementary aged children including trauma informed strategies used in a school setting, and positive behavior intervention strategies.
•Willingness and ability to learn new skills.
Reminder:  This is a flex-year position working 220 days per year at designated times and dates.

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Educational Psychology & Counseling
Schedule: Part-time
Job Posting: Sep 25, 2020, 5:55:30 PM