Social Worker - Grades 6-8
Location: Harper Woods School District - Grades 6-8
Position: School Social Worker
Reports To: Supervisor of Special Education & Pupil Accounting, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent.
Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
The school social worker provides social work counseling to students grades 6-8 and parents; provides psycho-social assessment and diagnosis of behavioral disabilities with recommendations and/or environmental manipulations at the school, home and/or in the community with periodic reevaluations; participates in case conferences involving cooperation with other pupil personnel workers, school personnel and community agencies; makes referrals to public or private agencies with appropriate follow-up; serves as a liaison between school, family and community resources; serves as a source of information regarding community resources; maintains appropriate school records and provides written reports and communications; participation as a resource person in in-service training and planning; acts as a consultant to resolve problems concerning issuance of credits; evaluates transcripts; participates, as requested, in planning, implementation and follow-up phases of proficiency testing; participates in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process as required; performs other duties as assigned.
- Must hold a valid Master’s degree in School Social Work Endorsement with completed experience requirements (MSW).
- Demonstrated knowledge/competence in four additional areas:
2. Diagnosis, assessment, and testing
3. Educational disabilities and their impact on children and families
4. The practice of social work in educational settings
- Exceptional knowledge of and experience with the use of behavior and achievement data for the design and implementation of behavior intervention plans for adolescent students.
- Exceptional knowledge of effective, research based instructional and social-emotional strategies.
- Understanding of the IEP Process
- Ability to facilitate and collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary teams.
- Outstanding skills, both written and verbal, in communicating with students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
- Expert knowledge of student electronic information/data systems.
- Knowledge of Michigan curriculum and content standards
- Ability to follow directives and work effectively with administrators.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Work directly with students in the design and implementation of their required Educational Development Plan.
- Coordinate, facilitate and implement activities and programs that lead to student knowledge of career pathways and enhanced social/emotional development.
- Provide parent education in adolescent development and strategies for use in the home to support student achievement in literacy and mathematics.
- Utilize research from areas of adolescent development to promote adoption of empirically-demonstrated instructional practices in literacy, mathematics, socialization, problem-solving skills, and self-management.
- Participate in continues professional development by attending and/or participating in workshops targeting building level school improvement initiatives and the Michigan School Counseling Program.
- Complete and submit all required records and paperwork in a timely manner.
- Provide intervention and referral services for those students who are experiencing difficulties in their lives which interfere with their academic achievement.
- Collaborate with other school staff in the delivery of services.
- Develop and analyze assessments (often with medical staff), which meet specified standards and timescales.
- Conducting interviews with students and their families to assess and review their situation.
- Provide information and counseling support to students and their families.
- Organize and manage packages of support to enable students to lead the fullest lives possible.
- Recommend and advise administrators about the best course of action for a particular student to direct their behavior and academic experience for increased achievement.
- Liaison with and making referrals to other agencies that are in the best interests of students to include family court and probation officers.
- Participate in multidisciplinary teams and meetings, for example child protection, mental health.
- Maintain accurate records and preparing reports for legal action.
- Participating in training, supervision, and team meetings.
Salary: Per Master Agreement and commensurate with credentials and experience.
Deadline: Until the position is filled.
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Note: Board of Education policy requires that each successful applicant be free of past serious legal infractions as determined through a criminal records check with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.