POSITION TITLE: School Social Worker
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 11 Month Contract
SALARY: As Per District Salary Schedule
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
BENEFITS: As Per Standard Package
1. MA Degree in Social Work with practicum
2. Knowledge and awareness of Native American communities
3. Certification through Arizona Department of Education as a Social Worker
4. Bilingual - Navajo/English (preferred)
JOB GOAL: The School Social Worker provides direct and indirect student services to assist students and their families in resolving personal, emotional and social barriers that prevent or interfere with student learning, and to provide links to needed services.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include, but are not limited to the following tasks, duties, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- As a member of the Child Study Team (CST) collaborates with administration, staff, teachers, families and community to address needs of identified students.
- Works with District Student Support Team (DSST) to analyze policies, programs, regulations, social-emotional, legal and ethical concerns in order to provide comprehensive professional development and support services.
- Coordinates, develops and supervises evidence-based education and prevention programs including but not limited to bullying, substance abuse, violence/aggression, suicide/self-harm and social-emotional learning.
- Implements and supports multi-tiered programs and practices, monitors progress and evaluates for service effectiveness.
- Promotes a school climate and culture conducive to student learning. Utilizes effective practices that provide for safe environments and supportive relationships.
- Coordinates, develops and facilitates professional development for teachers, staff and administrators in the area of social/emotional learning, self-care and trauma sensitive schools.
- Facilitates and actively participates in team, committee, staff meetings and school events.
- Identifies and assesses for potential barriers to student academic success. Understands and offers consultation regarding special student populations - homelessness, students in poverty, victims of trauma, etc.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
TIER II LEVEL OF SUPPORT:
- Designs, facilitates and oversees direct services for children and families that include assessment, crisis intervention, individual and group support services, home visits, case management and advocacy.
- Provides supplemental education of the school’s social-emotional learning program in the form of individual and group sessions to address skill deficits.
- Provides crisis intervention support in the event of a family, school or community crisis or disaster.
- Works with district homeless and foster care liaison to coordinate services such as transportation and free/reduced meals for youth experiencing homelessness and out-of-home placement.
- Develops, coordinates and provides services for students, families and staff to meet basic needs.
- Establishes and promotes a continuum of community resources, services and partnerships in order to support all members of the school community.
- Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, County and Navajo Nation statutes, rules, regulations, ordinances and PUSD #4 policies and procedures pertaining to social service delivery.
- Knowledge of systems such as Court, DES, DCS, Law Enforcement and other systems that affect families and youth served by PUSD #4.
- Knowledge of applicable Pinon Unified School District and departmental policies and procedures.
- Skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, vendors, students, parents and the overall community working with PUSD #4.
- Demonstrated ability to provide oral and written communication (translation in Navajo and English preferred).
- Ability to operate a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications.
- Problem solving and communication skills.
- Must be able to pass a background clearance check and possess a valid fingerprint clearance card.
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
- May be required to lift and/or carry materials and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds.
- May be required to travel to perform work functions.
- May be required to work outside normal working hours.
EVALUATION: Performance will be evaluated in accordance with Board’s Policy and the Evaluation of Performance of Professional Personnel.
Employee’s Signature: _________________________________ Date: ______________________