Ohio’s Attendance Advisor: The Ohio Department of Education

Ohio’s Attendance Advisor: The Ohio Department of Education

Overview: 

Ohio’s Attendance Advisor, a newly created position at the Ohio Department of Education, will have an integral role in supporting the whole child, as envisioned in Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s five-year strategic plan. Ohio’s Attendance Advisor will be regarded as the Department’s leading expert in policies, practices and partnerships specific to student attendance and chronic absenteeism. 

Serving within the Department’s Office of Integrated Student Supports, Ohio’s Attendance Advisor will collaborate closely with a dedicated team of education professionals who collectively support Ohio’s schools and districts in areas essential to whole child success. Specifically, those areas include attendance, nutrition, school safety, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), trauma-informed schools, school-based health care, family and community engagement, and social-emotional learning. 

Ohio’s Attendance Advisor will work under direction of the Director of the Office of Integrated Student Supports. By design, the position will uphold a public-private partnership approach that seeks to drive coherence and maximize impact. This means Ohio’s Attendance Advisor will collaborate almost daily with external partners and national experts who work to increase student attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism. 

Major Responsibilities and Duties: 

  • Cultivating, implementing and coordinating policies, practices and partnerships related to statewide programs and administration of programs that support the whole child, with a distinct focus on student attendance in school and chronic absenteeism. 
  • Collaborating and coordinating with key external partners and state agencies [such as the Cleveland Browns Foundation, Proving Ground at Harvard University (in close coordination with Ohio’s Rural Attendance Network Coordinator for the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks), Attendance Works, Governor’s Children’s Initiative, Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services] to drive coherent relationships, marshal co-designed priorities and support school districts by: o Co-creating content for Ohio’s Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network (the Department’s backbone attendance initiative) and other attendance initiatives; 
  • o Co-managing and planning for attendance partner meetings, including advisory board meetings for Ohio’s Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network; and 
  • o Working with Ohio’s Rural Attendance Network Coordinator to ensure alignment between organizational priorities and Proving Ground program implementation. 
  • o Preparing necessary resources, reports and presentations; 
  • Sharing promising, research- and evidence-based practices and interventions with school districts and key external partners who are focused on increasing student attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism. These include Tier 1, 2 and 3 interventions that might be associated with social-emotional learning; Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports; school climate, culture and safety; trauma-informed care; and family and community engagement—all key elements to addressing chronic absenteeism. 
  • Working with team members from the Office of Integrated Student Supports and key external partners to provide coherent technical assistance to school districts for improving student attendance; social-emotional learning; Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports; school climate, culture and safety; trauma-informed care; and family and community engagement. This includes supporting school districts to build community partnerships that enhance learning supports and ultimately reduce chronic absenteeism. 
  • Helping drive intra- and interoffice collaboration at the Department to ensure alignment of policies, practices and partnerships that support regular attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism. 
  • Helping to integrate social-emotional learning standards into tools and resources aimed at reducing chronic absenteeism. 
  • Working with external partners to support schools and districts to enter and track data accurately and consistent with state guidance. 
  • Maintaining up-to-date content knowledge by staying abreast of current research, policies and trends related to student attendance and chronic absenteeism. 
  • Generally supporting the attendance efforts referenced above by: 
  • o Coordinating professional learning opportunities for school districts; and 
  • o Administering and participating in statewide comprehensive school monitoring reviews to ensure compliance with state and federal rules and regulations. 


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in education, social work, communications, marketing, political science or public administration; AND 
  • Five years of experience in relationship management, outreach, program and project management and/or education administration. 


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated experience or knowledge base of public policy issues, including whole child approaches and frameworks. 
  • Strong understanding of attendance data and performance tracking and reporting. 
  • Strong relationship management skills. 
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Working knowledge of state government and/or experience managing social service partnerships. 
  • Experience in event planning and organization. 
  • Experience managing resources to achieve program outcomes. 
  • Development of tools and technical assistance related to program operations. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and team-building skills. 


Additional Information: 

  • Compensation is negotiable for this position up to $36.54 hourly/$76,003.20 annually; dependent on candidate’s experience and qualifications. 
  • Requires up to 30 percent travel to sites throughout Ohio, which may require overnight accommodations. (Must be willing and able to secure a valid driver’s license OR supply your own transportation.) 


Application Process: 

  • All qualified candidates should apply at www.careers.ohio.gov no later than Feb. 28, 2020


The Ohio Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability (ADA), age or veteran status in employment, programs, or against individuals receiving services.