I. Position Overview
The Military Student Transition Consultant (MSTC) is a highly specialized education professional embedded within the school district. The MSTC will provide assistance to military-connected students in elementary and middle school and high school grades, in the Muscogee County School District, with needs related to increasing support systems for social emotional behavioral well-being, academic growth, and transition. The MSTC will perform activities and deliver professional development within the district, community and installation to support this goal. The MSTC works directly with children and parents on a daily basis.
II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The MSTC will be selected by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Program Manager MSTC/MSTA, and Director of Human Resources. A representative from the Muscogee County School District will have input into the selection of the MSTC. The MSTC will be an employee of the MCEC while working out of an office located on the Muscogee County SD campuses. This position is located in Columbus, Georgia and is not available for telecommuting.
The MSTC will, in a timely way:
- Serve as an expert navigator to promote smooth school transitions (entry and exit) for military-connected students.
- Coordinate, Monitor and Facilitate support systems ensuring increased social emotional well-being opportunities for military connected students.
- Establish support structure to ensure increased academic growth and strengthened bonds between students and school staff.
- Coordinate and support efforts to solve individual transition, relocation, and deployment-related challenges.
- Connect students and parents to in-district personnel (transition concierge support).
- Provide transition, relocation, and deployment-related support to children with special needs issues and assist in the navigation of the school special education process.
- Develop and Lead professional development training opportunities for school / district staff.
- Communicate and market available district, school, and community resources, installation programs, and events to families. Work to connect the military-connected students and parents with the community (military and civilian) through programs and services.
- Coordinate with and work to enhance the services provided by the installation School Liaison Officer and/or other child and youth programs.
- Stay abreast of, support, and promote the MCEC and installation children and youth programs by disseminating the information to school professionals.
- Support a positive relationship between school district and military community.
- Follow all procedures, policies in the agreed upon Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the school district and the MCEC.
- Attend MCEC-provided intensive training in work related responsibilities.
- Maintain all applicable continuing education/training requirements.
- Provide daily data input related to work duties and actions.
- Request and market evaluation input from parents, the local education agency (LEA), the installation, and MCEC.
- Demonstrate credibility, understanding, and sensitivities to the military and the local education communities and ensure a positive working network of support between all agencies.
- The MSTC will attend and support, as requested by MSTC Program Manager, certain community events sponsored by MCEC, or for the benefit of MCEC. Such events may include professional development training or fund raising events. The MSTC will also participate in and support MCEC Student Initiatives Training or Programs in the local community.
- Assumes other duties as assigned by the MSTC Program Manager or SVP/COO.
To perform the MSTC job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. These requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and ability required of the MSTC. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
III. Position Qualifications
As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must be committed to the core values of the MCEC mission.
Education and Experience
- Master’s degree in education, special education, social work, psychology, or counseling, or similar advanced degrees required.
- Minimum 5 years working with military students in a public/private school.
- Advanced credentials or licensure beyond classroom teacher is highly preferred. For example, administrator, counselor, associate school psychologist, special education, school social worker, or other advanced certifications from accredited institutions.
- Special education background is highly preferred.
- Prior service in any branch of the military is preferred (personal or immediate family connection)
- References and documented successful leadership experience and presentation skills are required.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Understanding of school district regulations and the effect on military-connected students
- Skills in database management and record keeping.
- Able to exhibit a high level of confidentiality.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Must be able to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
- Must be able to gather and analyze information skillfully.
- Ability to create and deliver small and large group presentations.
IV. Selection Process
Our selection process will be conducted in phases.
Phase One: In addition to the cover letter and resume, applicants are requested to submit a two-page response to the questions below:
1. Detail briefly why your experiences make you a highly qualified candidate for this position.
2. Describe your ability to support military connected student emotional well-being.
3. Give an example of how you have worked collaboratively with the school district and installation to help military children and families during potentially difficult times such as multiple deployments, transitions.
Phase Two: Qualified candidates may be invited to submit further documentation prior to the telephone interview process. These individuals will also be expected to submit the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for three professional references.
Phase Three: Based on the telephonic interview results, a select number of candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview with the MCEC selection team and school district representatives.
In addition to providing resumes, references and proof of academic credentials, applicants must also submit to extensive background checks, possible fingerprinting, and must be an acceptable candidate based on the criteria of the local school system in which they will serve.
V. Selection timeline
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The desired start date is immediate.
VI. Contact information
Letters of interest, applications, resumes, and questionnaire answers will be held in the strictest confidence. Please email your application packet to Director-Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax at 254-953-1925.