School Social Worker

Job Title: Social Worker
Department: Clinical
Reports To: Principal
FLSA Status: Exempt

GENERAL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

To work with the students, their families and teachers to solve problems relating to student achievement and mental health.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage crisis situations as they arise, and can expect to be on call for such crises.
  • Provides individual and group counseling to students and families.
  • Serve as a professional resource for school staff, who may seek his counsel on coping with a student’s abnormal behavior or request training on an issue that affects students, such as, family abuse or drugs.
  • A school social worker must make home visits and should feel comfortable working with people from all ethnic and economic backgrounds.
  • Participate in the development of individualized Education Plans (IEPs) goals and objectives for students in need of counseling as a related service, serving as an advocate for the students.
  • Counsels individual student regarding issues, which interfere with adjustment and/or performance within the educational setting.
  • Completion and maintenance of paper work is also a requirements
  • Must maintain clinical recorders on case management services, which documenting home visits, counseling sessions and other services.
  • Adheres to laws and procedures involving child abuse/neglect.
  • Develops effective intervention strategies for students based on knowledge and understanding of student’s behavior and learning styles.
  • Consult with classroom teachers to help better understand and work with particular students or manage particular classes and students.
  • Therapists will make home visits to each student’s home when the student has missed more than 2 days of unexcused absences. The therapist will work with the student, parent, guardian or any other appropriate party to resolve issues related to the student’s absence.
  • For any student that is discharged from the school the therapist will visit the home and meet with the appropriate party in an effort to establish a plan for re-enrollment. If re-enrollment is unsuccessful the therapist will report in writing the reasons for discharge and refusal to return to school.
  • For all students assigned to the therapist, home visits will be conducted once per quarter to provide student and family (or equivalent) progress reports on the student’s progress at the school.
  • Assist as need with any other duties within the scope of practice of the Social Worker. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None

 

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Master’s Degree in social work, counseling, psychology or related discipline.

Experience acquired through 5 years of working with youth with mental illness, people with developmental disabilities or related experiences.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Ability to read, analyzes, and interprets general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: MSW or LSGW at a minimum

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Must have exceptional interpersonal skills as he/she must interact with a wide variety of personalities every day.
  • Must be flexible, as the day will never be predictable.
  • Must possess good public speaking skills, as they may sometimes be called upon to conduct staff training sessions.
  • Computer proficiency is required.
  • Must have excellent time-management and organizational skills to effectively perform all duties.
  • Selects appropriate channels for resolving concerns and problems, and maintains confidentiality.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:

Behaves in an ethical manner; demonstrates understanding of   own professional limitations; continues professional development by keeping abreast of current trends; keeps appointments and follow up with commitments; adheres to establish regulations, policies, rules and laws; and commend respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Light Duty; mostly sedentary, some walking, occasional lifting up to 25 lbs.

ENVIRONMENT:

A mix of office environment, school and home settings. Some exposure to weather during travel to and from locations. Moderate noise (examples: business office witl1 computers and printers, light traffic)

Interested applicants should submit resumes and salary requirements to kstarkes@ncianet.org.

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