Part-time Truancy Coordinator

Cook County Minnesota Restorative Justice Truancy Coordinator

Part-time: Up to 10 hours per week (initial 12-month pilot position with potential for permanency)

Salary Range: $25-28.50/hour based on experience

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 by 4:30 pm

Cook County MN Restorative Justice (CCMNRJ) is a program of the North Shore Health Care Foundation (NSHCF). Restorative Justice is an approach that includes both justice and reconciliation for harms created through crime or relational conflict and focuses on restorative practices to arrive at accountability and positive outcomes. Based on an increase in truancy cases nationwide and locally in Cook County MN, the CCMRJ program is expanding to include Truancy under its proactive intervention measures and is seeking a part-time Truancy Coordinator. The inclusion of Truancy within CCMNRJ seeks to reduce the number of truancies in Cook County by intervening sooner, advocating for students and efficiently and effectively connecting students and families with resources.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The Truancy Coordinator will act as the central point-of-contact for truancy referrals, serving as a liaison between schools, courts, and social services. The Coordinator will collaborate with ISD 166 Attendance Staff and representatives from County Attorney’s Office and District Court, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, and Cook County Public Health & Human Services. The Coordinator will connect with parents and truant students and make recommendations of wider resources available to address the barriers behind repeat absences and get students back to school. The Truancy Coordinator will provide ongoing mentorship to truant students both as a group and individuals. The Coordinator will organize and track all data related to each individual case and assist partner representatives with aspects of particular cases, necessary referrals, meeting coordination and follow-up.

This role will require a strong demonstrated knowledge of process thinking, program and project management, interpersonal relations, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. The Truancy Coordinator will ensure all activities are performed in a manner that is consistent with the mission, vision, values and brand of CCMNRJ and the North Shore Health Care Foundation.


  • Prior experience working with junior and senior high school students.
  • Experience working with youth, social service agencies, schools or other community service providers.
  • Proactive, self-motivated personality for initiating contact with a variety of professional agencies and program participants.
  • Should be familiar with all Minnesota rules, laws and processes related to education neglect and truancy.
  • Knowledge of mental health struggles experienced by children and adults.
  • Skilled and knowledgeable in concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion – able to work, and connect, with individuals from all socioeconomic backgrounds, ages and abilities.
  • Experience implementing conflict mediation and positive youth development, preferred.
  • Highly organized.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to work independently and with others.
  • Proficiency using virtual meeting tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, Google Business Suite and/or database management, is required.
  • Requires use of own transportation, valid driver’s license and insurance is required – mileage is reimbursable.
  • Must complete a criminal history background check to work with youth, per NSHCF policy.


  • Work is a balance of remote and in-person work, which could include home visits, meetings with partners and standard office environment.
  • Operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination, including use of a computer keyboard.
  • Occasional travel to locations within Cook County using own transportation – mileage will be reimbursed.
  • Work heavily involves verbal and written communication to exchange and track information.
  • Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

CCMNRJ is overseen by an Advisory Council which includes representation from: Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the County Attorney’s Office, Probation, Cook County ISD 166 Schools, Grand Portage Tribal Council, Cook County Board of Commissioners, Grand Portage Human Services, the Violence Prevention Center, participant and facilitator advocates and managed by the North Shore Health Care Foundation. This position and the expansion of the CCMNRJ to include Truancy, is funded in part by a grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Application for Employment – Fillable PDF
Please submit completed application, cover letter and resume to Executive Director at, Subject: TRUANCY COORDINATOR

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 by 4:30 pm