School Social Worker - Esperanza Therapeutic Day School Chicago

Posted a month ago
Position Areas
Pupil Services


School Details
Located in Chicago, Esperanza School is a private, therapeutic day school for students with autism and other developmental disabilities, including intellectual delays, cognitive impairment, as well as behavior needs.  Our multidisciplinary team includes teachers, behavior therapists, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and a speech and communication specialist.  Our small class sizes (2:1 student to staff ratio) means that all students receive a high level of personal attention as they continue to reach new goals.

Esperanza School utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based, scientific approach to increasing desirable behaviors and decreasing undesirable behaviors. All students are also given a skills assessment to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Based on this assessment, specific foundational skills for learning are taught so as to further increase the students' academic success and daily independence.

In addition to the use of Applied Behavior Analysis, Esperanza School also utilizes Structured Teaching. Structured Teaching is an evidence-based, therapeutic tool that helps increase students understanding of their surroundings through the use of five basic principles. These principles include physical structure, scheduling, routine, work systems, and task structure.


Social Worker

Essential Function: A professional position with responsibilities in the area of planning and implementing the social service program of the school in order to enable students to benefit from the educational setting and provide direct and consultative social work services to those students as designated by the IEP goals and to assist students and their families in obtaining needed services from outside agencies.  This position also encompasses transition planning and coordination for both reintegration into public school and after graduation and is under the supervision of the Principal and Clinical Services Director.
  • Provide effective direct and consultative social work services to students enrolled in the Esperanza School program
  • Provide social work services conforming to the NASW Code of Ethics
  • Participate in the development and ongoing improvement of a school-wide behavioral support program in cooperation with the Principal, Director of Social Work and Interdisciplinary Team
  • Attend IEP and triennial meetings as requested and prepare goals and objectives and/or summaries for students who receive social work services
  • Maintain accurate records conforming to the regulations established by Esperanza School, the Chicago Board of Education, the Illinois State Board, and requirements of the social work profession.  These include records such as daily logs, electronic documentation, and daily schedules
  • Arrange individual consultation meetings with teachers for the purpose of integrating social work goals with the goals of the classroom program.
  • Organize and attend regular parent meetings in cooperation with the Director of Social Work
  • Develop a professional working arrangement with other agencies and individuals who may offer services available to benefit the students and their families
  • Serve as the students' transition representative at IEP meetings, providing information and consultation to families regarding post-school programs, options and procedures for receiving funding through the Department of Human Services
  • Coordinate and implement reintegration efforts for students who meet the criteria for partial or full-time reintegration into public school
  • Other duties as assigned
Required:  Illinois State Professional Educator License (PEL) with School Social Worker endorsement.

Interested parties please apply through Applitrack and email letter of interest to Kelly Graves -

Esperanza Community Services is an equal opportunity employer.  Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities.


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Esperanza Community Services

520 North Marshfield Ave , Chicago, IL 60622

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Esperanza School

520 N. Marshfied Ave. , Chicago, IL 60622