Humboldt County Office of Education: Student Services Specialist

Notice: In July 2022 HCOE classified job descriptions were re-classified. We are working to get the classifications changed on individual job descriptions. A PDF mapping these changes can be found here. For questions please contact the HCOE Personnel Office at (707) 445-7039.

HCOE Job Description

Student Services Specialist

    Classification: Classified


    Under the direction of the appropriate department manager, the Student Services Specialist will work with youth, HCOE and District staff, and community partners to plan, coordinate, promote, and implement a school-based preparatory experience to promote post-secondary college and career readiness.  Utilizing work readiness skills and education curriculum; participate in the introduction of developed services and/or materials through staff in-service training, parent training, and direct service delivery to students.


    • Develop program materials and services for project grants.
    • Research and review local community resources and refer students to appropriate agencies.
    • Consult and advise staff on the development and implementation of grant-supported activities.
    • Develop and conduct training and in-services in all program components for teachers, administrators, and parents relating to post-secondary career and education activities.
    • Provide whole class and small-group presentations, as well as one-on-one meetings using a curriculum of work-readiness skills.
    • Maintain confidential records and statistics and weekly documentation of time spent with all youth program participants.
    • Connect students/families to appropriate services in the community.
    • Serve as an information resource for post-secondary college and career opportunities.
    • Participate in individual case conferencing with teachers, parents, guidance counselors, child study team members, and administrators.
    • Mentor student internship program.
    • Support students with CTE work-readiness curriculum and skills.


     Education, Experience, and Requirements

    • High School Diploma or equivalent.
    • College coursework in education is desired and a minimum of two years of experience working in the field of family and youth.  Previous experience working in an educational setting is desirable, but not required.
    • Typical computer word processing and graphics display programs.

    Ability to:

    • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
    • Research, design, and make an oral presentation to small and large groups;
    • Plan and implement developmentally-appropriate programs for adults and children;
    • Establish and maintain effective, positive, and cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
    • Maintain records, compile and verify data;
    • Work effectively in the absence of supervision;
    • Adapt to changing work demands;
    • Manage task priorities to meet deadlines;
    • Work effectively under varying degrees of stress.

    Additional Requirements

    • Must possess a valid California driver’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles or otherwise assure being able to serve multiple sites in a given day.
    • Individuals who serve as Student Services Specialists must provide services in the office, as well as in various sites throughout the county, sometimes serving in multiple sites.
    • In a single workday.  Public speaking skills, group problem solving, leadership ability, the ability to communicate effectively in writing, the capacity to maintain a personal demeanor during periods of peak workflow, and perform efficiently within restricted time frames are critical factors for success in this position.
    • Individuals who serve in this position must be willing to modify days/hours and to work additional days/hours on occasion with appropriate compensation and be willing to travel using their own transportation with mileage reimbursed, or county office fleet vehicle, as the job may require.


    Range 46 | Personnel Commission approved 09/11/2007

    Updated: 04/27/2022 – JA

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