School Interventionist - Multiple Positions
Position Title: School Interventionist
Location: To Be Determined
Social work is an intentional method of intervention in the district as a second and/or third tier response to student achievement data trends identified in each building's comprehensive needs assessment. The primary responsibility of the School Interventionist is to provide direct social work services for a pre-identified caseload of students whose scholastic performance is not meeting standards – demonstrably due to non-academic considerations and issues. This position is neither an adjunct to nor a substitute for school social workers employed to serve students with disabilities.
The School Interventionist serves a flexible criterion-based caseload of students identified by the instructional staff and the building principal as being furthest away from the academic performance standards of the district. In support of classroom teachers, the School Interventionist provides structured casework, group work, and other appropriate intervention and outreach services for pre-identified students in order to remove obstacles that prevent them from meeting the district's standards for attendance, behavior and academic achievement in the four core content areas. A key goal of academic social work in the district is to improve the linkage between students' families and the school, working with parents, guardians, teachers, and other school officials to ensure that each student reaches their academic and personal potential.
Required Professional Preparation, Credentials, and Expertise:
- Valid credentials as a Limited License Psychologist, Certified Clinical Counselor or Master of Social Work (this is the post-secondary education and professional credentials appropriate for the funding eligibility regulations of Title I, Part A and/or the Michigan Department of Education).
- Completion of a 500-hour supervised practicum experience in an agency serving children in the K-12 age group.
- Experience in the K-12 setting.
- Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage small groups of students.
- Expertise in providing effective social work services for K-12 students whose personal or social circumstances are a direct cause of him/her underachieving in core content areas.
- Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills with students, teachers, and parents.
- Knowledge of available support resources for students in the district and in the community.
- Demonstrated experience working effectively as a member of the school team.
- Provide the full range of casework services to students previously identified as not meeting the district's achievement standards as a result of problems such as misbehavior, domestic difficulties, truancy, interpersonal issues, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, or other psychosocial matters.
- Provide structured group interventions for underachieving students who have issues in common. Including but not limited to: The need for anger management training, deficient impulse control, inability to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence, poor study habits, etc.
- Participate as needed in conferences or discussions between parents and teachers or administrators regarding student's progress
- Advise teachers on how to work effectively with students having personal difficulties that affect their academic performance
- Refer students and families to appropriate community resources for intervention services that require a type, magnitude, duration, or frequency of intervention that is beyond the scope or intent of the role of the social worker.
- Provide supplemental support and case management services to students/families referred for outside intervention.
- Participate with ongoing formative and summative academic assessments conducted by teachers to determine students' academic progress and continuing need for social work services.
- Communicate regularly and effectively with parents, teachers, and the principal regarding students' needs, the intervention plans being used, and barriers to progress.
- Assist family members in understanding the student's needs and assist the student and family in developing realistic goals and activities that will result in academic proficiency.
- Understand and participate in the implementation of Positive Behavior Support initiatives in the building
- Ensure the successful reintegration of students who are returning to school following suspension or other disciplinary action
- Participate fully in program evaluation activities, including collection of data, contributing to the evaluation design, and assisting in interpretation and presentation of program data.
- Maintain effective written records for each student receiving services, including:
- Specific data illuminating the academic deficiencies the student exhibits;
- Evidence and rationale supporting the student's need for social work services in order to overcome barriers to academic success
- The proposed elements of and schedule for intervention;
- How, when, and with what tools the social worker will evaluate or assess the student's academic and/or behavioral progress;
- Identification of criteria for determining when intervention has succeeded or when it should be modified.
- Work collaboratively in building and district initiatives which supports continuous improvement for all students.
Salary Range: $35,296.00 - $67,607.00
Reports To: Building principal
Internal and External candidates who are qualified and wish to be considered for this position must submit the EXTERNAL online application. Candidate should also include the following with his/her on-line application (all credentials must be submitted via the on-line application process)
• Letter of Application
• Current resume
• Credentials (including three current letters of reference)
• Other information demonstrating knowledge and successful experiences
SCHOOL SAFETY CLEARANCE: The successful candidate will be subject to a fingerprint and background check as a condition of employment. All fees required for this check (estimated $71.00) will be the responsibility of an applicant.
The Battle Creek Public School District is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, handicap, sex, age, religion, national origin, weight, height, or marital status in its employment practices.