School Social Worker

Position Purpose 

Under the general supervision of the Principal, to provide students, parents, administrators, and other teaching staff with individually-tailored advice and consultation to overcome personal, emotional, familial, or social issues to maximize the students’ learning experience. 

  

Essential Functions 

  • Assist teachers and parents in developing and implementing behavior management plan to remediate problem behaviors.
  • Assists students to improve their academic, personal and social functioning.
  • Provides social skills, anger management, stress reduction or other similar instruction to students who are experiencing social/emotional/behavioral problems that interfere with their learning of the ability of others to learn.
  • Provides short-term individual and group-counseling to students who are experiencing social/emotional/behavioral problems that interfere with their learning of the ability of others to learn.
  • Provides information to families and assists them in accessing long-term or intensive counseling services as needed.
  • Provides direct and indirect School Social Work services as specified in students’ IEPs 
  • Works collaboratively with special education staff in designing and implementing social skills, anger management, stress reduction or other similar instruction as is appropriate to addressing students’ special education needs. 
  • Conducts risk assessments, and coordinates home, school and community resources in addressing the crisis situation including follow-up services as needed.
  • Consults and collaborates with social services, mental health and other community providers. 
  • Maintains an accurate record of student, parent and other contacts. 
  • Attends training sessions, conferences, seminars, department and district meetings. 
  • Serves on District committees, task forces, work groups, etc., as requested. 
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Equipment 

  • Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone. 

  

Travel Requirements 

  • Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required. 

  

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities 

  •  Knowledge of Social Work principles, theories, testing, methods, etc. as well as proven behavior management methods. 
  •  Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles. 
  •  Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans. 
  •  Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students. 
  •  Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed. 
  •  Ability to organize and coordinate work. 
  •  Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents. 
  •  Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth. 
  •  Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work. 

  

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards 

  •  Works in standard office and school building environments.

Note:  Also see the Summary of Physical, Sensory and Environmental Requirements Needed to Perform Essential Functions for this position. 

  

Qualifications Profile 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and able to successfully communicate with students, staff, parents, and related agencies.  Must be able to read, interpret and enforce school policies in the area of student discipline and supervision.

Certification/License: 

  •  Licensed Social Worker, perferred Licensed School Social Worker by MN PELSB. 
  •  Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or ability to provide own transportation. 

 

Education: 

  •  Bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment. 
  •  Degree in Social Work. 

 

 

FLSA Status: Exempt