School Social Worker
Job Summary Provides a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of students through early identification, prevention, intervention, counseling and support to assure academic success, educational equity and social justice for every student. Works collaboratively with school personnel and parents to reduce or eliminate the social, economic, emotional, and environmental barriers that may interfere with a student's ability to maximize the benefit from his/her education.
Essential Functions Facilitates the effective development of relationships between home, school, and community agencies by researching and coordinating community resources in addressing the needs of students and families Provides research-based strategies, interventions, and progress monitoring strategies to address specific academic and behavioral needs of students Performs structured observations of students in both the school and home settings to resolve problems with learning, behavior, and/or attendance ?Conducts a variety of parent education activities geared to supporting and strengthening the school-parent relationship Conducts individual, group, and family counseling as needed ?Maintains appropriate confidentiality and shares knowledge in a professional manner Serves as an advocate for the student Collaborates/consults with parents, teachers, and administrators and school community resources concerning student issues ?Maintains accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, division, policy, and administrative procedures Serves as a resource for students, parents/guardians, administrators and school staff Analyzes, synthesizes, interprets and disaggregates relevant data to examine student outcomes and to identify and implement interventions that improve student achievement, attendance and behavior; provides appropriate training for staff Acts as a liaison between schools and community agencies/professionals serving students and their families Collects and analyzes socio-cultural and adaptive information, including home information, social history, developmental and health information, family and living conditions, and family dynamics; prepares and provides reports for eligibility team consideration Serves as a member of multi-disciplinary teams, as needed (Threat Assessment Teams, School Based Intervention Teams, Child Find and Eligibility Teams, etc.) Collaborates with teachers, administrators, and other school personnel to provide effective instruction and support to marginally performing and at-risk students Serves on division crisis response team Plans, develops, and implements professional development activities for faculty and staff Performs related work as assigned oPerforms any other related duties as assigned by the Director of Special Education, Superintendent or Designee.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities oThorough knowledge of federal and state mandates and local procedures and regulations relating to special education programs. oAbility to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. oAbility to effectively relate with persons from a diverse social and economic background. oSkill in the use of personal computers and related software packages, hardware and peripheral equipment. oAbility to collaborate effectively with other school personnel, parents and community agencies. oAbility to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, students and parents. oAbility to travel frequently to and from schools/agencies within and without division.