Social Worker - WPHS
Woodland Park High School seeks full time CDE Licensed School Social Worker excited about building relationships with high school students and their families. The School Social Worker provides a range of supports and services that advance the social and emotional development of students at the Strategic and Intensive MTSS levels (Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports), and is an IEP service provider. The person is a member of the Student Services Team and collaborates with administrators, counselors, teachers, and support staff in areas associated with trauma-informed care, mental health, behavioral support, substance abuse prevention, and family engagement. The Social Worker provides interventions for small groups and individuals focusing on behavioral and social/emotional growth. Additionally, the Social Worker creates and manages behavior plans and social goals for students with Individualized Education Plans, Safety Plans, Behavior Plans, and MTSS Plans. Partial funding for this position exists under a 3-year grant cycle beginning in 2020-21.
The Social Worker will provide direct support in the following areas:
Social/Emotional support for students with Individualized Education Plans
Service direct/indirect student minutes
Write IEP goals and monitor progress
Attend IEP meetings
Social/Emotional support for at-risk students, in collaboration with the Student Services Team
Draft and monitor safety plans, behavior plans, and MTSS plans
Screen and provide Tier 2/3 small group and individual intervention for targeted students
Coordinate schedules for school-based therapy
Partnerships with community agencies to bolster supports for at-risk youth and their families
Build and leverage partnerships
Provide care coordination for targeted students
- Under the general supervision of the School Principal or designee, to provide students, parents, administrators, and other teaching staff with individually-tailored advice and consultation to overcome personal, emotional, familial, or social issues to maximize the students' learning experience.
- Conducts assessments, testing and diagnostic examinations of students for the purpose of identifying learning or social interaction issues, and recommending courses of action or corrective procedures to overcome issues and maximize learning.
- Performs casework services with students and parents to encourage parental understanding of, and participation in, overcoming social issues to maximize the educational experience of the student.
- Assists students and teaching staff in implementing students' behavior management plans.
- Coordinates with outside agencies, organizations and institutions, including state and federal authorities as needed.
- Coordinates with administrators and other teaching staff members to ascertain individual student's abilities and needs, including students with special needs, and to familiarize stakeholders with social work services.
- Assists with the school district's dropout prevention efforts.
- Serves as ready resource to students and parents to provide counseling that will lead each student to increased personal growth, self-understanding, and behavioral management; serves as liaison between home and school.
- Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research, and by maintaining professional relationships.
- Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping and providing student information to prospective colleges and employers, as required by district procedures and applicable laws.
- Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.
- Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
- Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.
- Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
- Knowledge of Social Work principles, theories, testing, methods, etc. as well as proven behavior management methods.
- Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
- Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
- Ability to use computer network systems and software applications as needed.
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
- Works in standard office and school building environments.
Note: Also see the Summary of Physical, Sensory and Environmental Requirements Needed to Perform Essential Functions for this position.
- Colorado State SSP Certification as a School Social Worker
- Bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment.
- Masters Degree in Social Work.
- Successful prior teaching experience for the appropriate grade level preferred.
FLSA Status: Exempt