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Truancy Program Supervisor

Salary: $25.98-$31.72 hourly / $4,519-$5,517 monthly / Range: 5864

DEFINITION: Under general direction, directs the activities of the Truancy Intervention and Parent Accountability Program (TIPA) at a branch office of the District Attorney; supervises staff; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Truancy Program Supervisor is distinguished from the Truancy Program Social Worker, Senior and the Truancy Program Social Work Practitioner by its emphasis on program administration, community networking, and supervisory responsibilities whereas the other two classes are primarily responsible for counseling and assisting clients in obtaining social services in accordance with laws and regulations.


1. Assesses the immediate needs of the program and identifies resources in the community to meet those needs; determines long-range goals of the program in a geographic location and develops plans to achieve those goals; develops statistical reports to evaluate success of the program and presents evaluations and recommendations to decision-making bodies such as school boards and grant-funding agencies.
2. Plans, organizes, and directs a unit consisting of clerical staff and social workers who are engaged in assessing clients' needs for social services, counseling clients, and assisting clients in obtaining social services in accordance with laws, regulations, and department policies; supervises and evaluates staff performance; and interviews applicants and makes recommendations for hire.
3. Leads the TIPA program for an assigned area by networking and coordinating with various local community and government agencies in order to provide students with the necessary resources to improve school attendance.
4. Determines which cases are referred to the Truancy Program staff and progress to the Truancy Team Mediation phase (TMT); conducts the TMT meeting; and develops contracts with the students and their parents/guardians at the TMT meeting in order to establish a plan of action to increase regular school attendance.
5. Represents the District Attorney's Office at all meetings associated with the TIPA program; provides students and their families with information about TIPA program and the resources available to them; encourages students to increase regular school attendance and explains consequences of not improving their attendance.
6. Develops a master calendar with all the participating schools in the area in order to provide a tentative schedule for all required meetings; coordinates with the other agencies to ensure that all participants are present at the TIPA program meetings.
7. Manages the database that imports attendance data from all participating schools; evaluates statistical data in order to determine which students must attend certain mandatory meetings.
8. Provides training to other participating agencies regarding the TIPA program and its services; and makes public presentations to outside agencies.


1. A bachelor's degree in the behavioral or social sciences or a closely related field, and three years of experience providing professional services in a social service, non-profit, juvenile justice, education-related, or community-based program; or,
2. one year performing the duties equivalent to Truancy Program Social Worker Senior or Truancy Program Social Work Practitioner with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Desirable Qualification: one year of program coordination and/or supervisory experience.

Knowledge of: basic functions of social service and/or juvenile justice systems; resources provided by community-based and non-profit organizations; and standard English grammar and usage.

Ability to: learn and apply principles and practices of program administration; learn and apply principles and practices of supervision; plan, assign, coordinate, organize, and prioritize work of self and others; train and supervise staff; establish work standards and evaluate staff performance; develop goals and objectives; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; learn and apply legal procedures related to the program; learn and apply truancy intervention methods; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; make oral presentations to large and small groups; interact effectively with members of the juvenile justice system, community agencies, and students and families of various socio-economic levels; make decisions independently; maintain confidentiality of information; work in an organized and accurate manner; use a personal computer and standard business software; identify problems, collect and analyze appropriate data, draw sound conclusions, and make viable recommendations; learn to negotiate and administer service contracts; learn and apply principles of contract administration; learn and apply Truancy Program goals, regulations, policies, and procedures; and represent the program, department, and County with tact and diplomacy.

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