School Social Worker
Soda Creek Elementary is seeking a qualified candidate for a School Social Worker. This position will split their time between Soda Creek Elementary and Sleeping Giant School. Candidates will need to have or be eligible to secure the CDE Special Service provider (SSP) license by August 2021. This is a 2 year grant funded position from August 2021 through June 2023.
- Participates in each school’s student concern teams to support determination of appropriate behavioral health interventions for students.
- Supports school personnel understanding of student-family-school-community relations which affect a student's school performance.
- Serves as a school district representative on community-wide teams and coalitions related to youth behavioral health.
- Serves as a resource to special education staff including attending student staffings when appropriate.
- Participates in district-wide school health professionals initiatives
- Coordinates school personnel training in substance abuse prevention and behavioral health.
- Develops and presents and/or coordinates appropriate parent education workshops within schools related to behavioral health and substance abuse prevention.
- Collaborates with school personnel to develop additions to the curriculum in the areas of substance abuse prevention and behavioral/mental health
- Provides and/or coordinates clinically appropriate behavioral health interventions to individual students, groups of students, and families regarding behavioral health concerns.
- Advocates for students with parents, teachers, school administrators, and other agencies
- Serves as a resource regarding academic, social and emotional needs of the children including crisis intervention.
- Serve as a liaison between families and the school for students with identified behavioral health interventions
- Participates in student mental health screenings, substance abuse screenings, and threat assessments
- Refers students and families to appropriate community service providing agencies and supports families in securing these services.
- Coordinates multi-agency services provided to students and their families, particularly as the needs and services impact the educational adjustment of students
- Serves as liaison between schools and community agencies in finding community resources to support positive mental health and socialization skills.
- Serve as liaison between school and community agencies in respect to reporting child abuse/neglect
- Becomes familiar with the School Health Professionals Grant requirements and approved scope of work and coordinates with Principals on adjusting job duties as needed to maintain grant compliance
- Serves as the Program Contact for the Colorado Department of Education School Health Professional Grant.
- Ensures adherence to the grant goals, budget, and reporting requirements.
- Coordinates with Finance Director, Grant Writer, and Director of Teaching and Learning on budget, scope of work, and grant reporting.
- Actively contributes to and supports school and/or district goals and priorities.
- Supports and cooperates with colleagues.
- Assumes leadership roles.
- Actively seeks out opportunities for professional development and growth.
- Shares and applies learning.
- Assumes leadership roles.
- Provides support and knowledge that inspires and encourages the professional growth of teachers as resources are utilized for the enhancement of student learning.
- Contributes to the professional development of other teachers including but not limited to modeling the use and application of exemplary practices regarding affective needs of students, peer support with lesson planning and designing consistent with state standards and district goals.
- Complies with district and school policies and procedures
- Ensures the accuracy, completeness, confidentiality, and security of all student information.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Position is grant funded for 3 yrs.
- Master’s degree in Social Work or other related field from accredited institution of higher education. DORA certified
- Valid Colorado Dept. of Education license (SSP) in School Social Worker or School Psychologist
- Previous school counselor or school social worker experience preferred
- Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills for interacting with administrators, teachers, students and families, and community members. Bilingual language skills preferred.
- Ability to conduct studies, prepare reports and make oral presentations.
- Computer knowledge required in computer-related subjects, and computer literacy preferred for other content areas.
- Ability to maintain individual student records and class files.
- Ability to compile statistics for research and reports.
- Ability to discipline students in keeping with school and district procedures.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Medical, dental and vision insurance with significant district contribution towards premiums.
- Sick and Personal Days
- Flexible spending account
- Voluntary retirement savings options(401K, 403B, 457B)
- Term Life insurance
- Professional Development reimbursement opportunities
- District Wellness Clinic
- PERA retirement program.
$43,600.00 - $61,681.00, based on a maximum of 6 years of verified experience and education.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Decision Making: An example of a typical decision made by an individual in this position is to interpret policies/procedures and best practice. An incorrect decision made by this position could impact the district legally causing financial condition of district to be effected. Errors made in decision-making could potentially result in substantial cost to the District or damage the credibility of the District.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedural manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond professionally to questions from groups of parents, community members, commissions, colleagues and Board of Education.
Mathematical Skills: ability to calculate figures and amounts such as interest, discounts, commissions, proportions, percentage, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, and geometry.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form, and deal with several abstract concrete variables. Ability to analyze and use data to supervise the delivery of instruction and the school improvement process.
Technology Skills: Proficient use of technology which includes: basic operations and concepts, word processing, spreadsheets, internet usage, critical evaluation of information, data analysis, email, integration of technology.
Other Skills and Abilities: Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in education. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and community. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form. Ability to copy, coordinate, instruct, evaluate and negotiate. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies. Ability to discipline students consistent with district procedures. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk, or hear. Consistent use of fingering for phone, computer entry and other. The employee is occasionally required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in this environment is quiet to loud depending on the activity in the particular part of the day. Position will generally be subject to office or classroom type settings, with occasional outdoor activities in varied cold and work climate.
All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a successful CBI/FBI background check.
Steamboat Springs School District is an equal opportunity employer.