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Director: Student Rights and Responsibility
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Job Summary

Supports the Deputy, Student Rights and Responsibility. Conducts research, manages data, compiles reports and identifies best practices. Coordinates and conducts technical training and provides support for school attendance accountability.  Ensures adherence to program policies and procedures and provides consultative services to staff members. Manages short-term and long-term plans that incorporate change processes to reduce student behavior problems and incidents which affect the schools, climate and communities. Collaborates with other agencies/community organizations to provide services to at risk students and their families. Plans and develops practices and procedures necessary to comply with State attendance laws. Assists with student discipline, hearings and expulsions for the School District of Philadelphia. Maintains knowledge of current trends including disproportionate application of discipline application and advances solutions. 

Essential Functions

  • Oversees and directs the activities of staff; establishes areas of responsibility for subordinates; coordinates the planning and implementation of special programs and/or projects; oversees the compilation of data and statistics and the preparation of financial, statistical and or narrative reports.
  • Assists in the transition of students involved in the foster care system by ensuring the School District of Philadelphia systems and services are in place and available, which includes ensuring that all children in foster care have appropriate transportation; provides student records for foster care students who are transferring schools to assist with a smooth transition.
  • Develops the District's policies and procedures pertaining to foster care students.
  • Communicates with all necessary entities including but not limited to schools, central offices, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, and all agencies affiliated with foster care youth.
  • Conducts Best Interest Determination conferences when needed to determine a student's educational placement; organizes interagency meetings with school staff and other community providers.
  • Troubleshoots and advocates for students and families in enrollment in school of origin or neighborhood school; supports and assists schools, foster care providers, and families to ensure the timely enrollment of students in school to maintain and increase attendance and truancy initiatives.
  • Receives and interprets legal documentation from schools, including but not limited to, custody orders, protection from abuse orders, and dependency court orders.
  • Advises school and District staff on legal issues and concerns regarding student rights and responsibilities.
  • Assists with efforts to address existing and emerging issues which pertain to student discipline, hearings and expulsions; coordinates the establishment of timelines to achieve District goals.
  • Researches strategies, gathers and analyzes information and/or data, programs and procedures to improve student outcomes; communicates findings.
  • Plans and implements District-wide professional development, workshops, and trainings and creates brochures to distribute to school administrators and staff; directs the design and development of training models and procedures to comply with state attendance laws to improve student outcomes.
  • Collaborates with different legal teams to implement court orders and complete memorandums of understanding; supports school staff and administrators when subpoenaed to testify in court by communicating with court and attorneys to ensure preparedness.
  • Provides legal guidance and support to the Disciplinary Hearing Officers when conducting hearings and making decisions.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for all charter school inquiries related to foster care and serves as the Region One Coordinator over Philadelphia County.
  • Organizes and interprets data to assist schools with lowering suspension levels and providing viable alternatives.
  • Coordinates and participates in discharge planning for children reengaging in the School District of Philadelphia from residential treatment facilities.
  • Reviews and decides on parent appeals for school selection and disciplinary transfers.
  • Reviews statistics and data for trends; reviews the effectiveness and efficiency of current programs in light of findings.
  • Works collaboratively with other Student Support Services employees to provide feedback to schools in need of intensive school interventions.
  • Ensures that professional staff and other stakeholders are provided with ongoing training to keep abreast of current trends and developments in the areas of Student Discipline, Hearings and Expulsions methods and techniques.
  • Participates on the Classroom Culture and Environment Task Force.
  • Assists the Deputy of Student Rights and Responsibilities with special projects and assignments.
  • Makes recommendations for new or modified work processes to improve work efficiency.
  • Oversees the technical solutions and data collection methods to assure accountability, regulatory compliance, and objective decision making through data analysis.
  • Assists in the development and submission of resolutions and evaluations.
  • Assists with the establishment and support of policies and procedures to facilitate and evaluate service agreements with stakeholders.
  • Manages the development of databased systems accessible for use by Office of Student Discipline, Hearings and Expulsions and District staff.
  • Administers and facilitates the development of effective communication to all stakeholders.
  • Functions as a liaison to Information Technology; develops technology-oriented solutions.
  • Works collaboratively with other offices and outside agencies; attends meetings as required.
  • Conducts basic research on legal issues related to School District programs.
  • Assists with short and long range planning for the office.
  • Participates in the preparation of grant proposals.
Position: Director: Student Rights and Responsibility
Organization: The School District of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia,  PA 
United States
Posting Start Date: 12/17/2020
Date Posted: 12/17/2020

Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Five years of full-time, paid, professional administrative experience, in a public or private urban educational setting which have involved directly participating in all operational phases with particular emphasis on training, data assessment and management and program design, at least three of which have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Demonstrated knowledge of:

  • the policies and procedures concerning student discipline, hearings and expulsions.
  • the methods and techniques used in effective program planning, design and administration.
  • standards, requirements, practices and procedures related to due process.
  • budgetary practices and procedures.
  • standard research methods and techniques.
  • supervisory methods and techniques.
  • report writing.
  • personal computer software applications that are used to create reports and documents and to design spreadsheets.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • direct, supervise and support the activities of personnel engaged in student attendance investigations and the provision of truancy intervention services.
  • conduct needs assessments, interpret, analyze and utilize data.
  • make recommendations based on findings.
  • learn, interpret and implement State laws, policies and procedures regarding school attendance.
  • develop and implement in-service training programs.
  • handle multiple projects through to completion.
  • prepare and interpret narrative and statistical reports.
  • plan, direct, and coordinate the provision of programmatic services to a diverse student population.
  • work with various internal departments and external educational partner agencies to channel resources, ideas and recommendations for problem resolution and system creation.
  • maintain records, monitor programmatic activities, prepare reports and to assist with program modifications as needed.
  • develop and implement professional development to meet identified needs and initiatives.
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.        
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Status: This listing expires on: 1/16/2021
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Organization Information
The School District of Philadelphia
440 North Broad Street

Philadelphia,  PA 19130
United States
Danielle Schultz