School Social Worker
QUALIFICATIONS: * Holds valid New Jersey Educational Services Certificate and School Social Worker Endorsement. * Demonstrates effective skills in problem solving, communications, organization, record keeping and human relations. * Demonstrates ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents, administrators and others. * Possesses knowledge of laws and regulations governing special education in New Jersey. * Successfully completes required criminal history check and has proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status. * Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable. * Required criminal history background check, proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident status & NJ residency.
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
JOB GOAL: To serve as a member of the Child Study Team, assess the needs of children and support the school’s instructional program by assisting students in their personal, social & educational growth.
PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: 1.Child Study Teama. Serves as a member of the basic Child Study Team, complying with state and federal statutes; participates in the evaluation, identification, classification and placement of all pupils requiring Special Education.
b. Performs a social assessment of students referred to the Child Study Team for evaluation, including observation of the student, and an evaluation of family, school and community factors which contribute to the student’s social and academic adjustment within the educational setting. Assessment of a student will be in terms of a personal and family history, and socioeconomic, and cultural factors.
c. Reports social work findings at regularly scheduled Child Study Team meetings.
d. Actively participates in the deliberations of the Child Study Team and jointly identifies educationally disabled students and assists in planning the IEP when appropriate.
e. Maintains liaison with parents of classified students for the purposes of sharing information regarding educational planning and programming, aiding families in utilizing community resources, and counseling families and/or students to facilitate school adjustment.
f. As Case Manager, assists in coordinating, developing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the Individual Education Program of designated students.
g. Maintains confidential records on all referred students and student/parent contacts in accordance with federal and state law, Board policy and the procedures.
h. Provides thorough and timely reports, data, information, etc. as requested by administration. 2.Caseworka. Provides casework services to families in helping them to work toward solutions for schoolrelated problems.b. Counsels parents and students in order to help them achieve a desirable social and school adjustment and coordinates counseling activities with other appropriate school personnel.
c. Refers parents and students to relevant community services or agencies when problems are of such a nature that the school cannot offer appropriate help.
d. Provision of individual or group counseling to students as needed.3.Professional Developmenta. Keeps updated on assessment techniques, community changes and statutory requirements of IDEA & N.J.A.C. 6:28. TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Ten-month employee. Salary to be recommended by Executive Director and approved by board.
EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with state law and the provisions of the Board’s Policy on Evaluation of Professional Staff.