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District School Social Work Specialist

  • Classified

Salary range: 57

Reports to: Director of Student Services

OVERVIEW
  • Under the supervision of the Director of Student Services, provide a wide range of support services to children, families, schools and the community to promote student engagement, including counseling, crisis support, consultation, case management, and related duties as assigned
  • Assist with program planning, supervision, mentoring, report writing, data collection, and committee work
  • Oversee the district's Social Work Intern Program.
QUALIFICATION
  • A Masters Degree or higher in Social Work
  • Successful experience demonstrating tact, courtesy and positive attitude and maintaining cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work
  • Satisfactory work history
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Have and maintain a valid California driver's license
  • Bilingual preferred.
RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES
  • Develop a Social Work program, including recruitment and supervision of interns, and program planning and evaluation
  • Effectively oversee a Social Work Intern program, including group supervision and weekly individual supervision of Interns
  • Plan and conduct programs to improve community health and counseling services and prevent at-risk behaviors
  • Improve school climate and culture, through the enhancement of outreach, student engagement strategies and parent education
  • Encourage students to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, and help them to develop insight into themselves and their relationships
  • Guide students in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with problems
  • Counsel students, individually and in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, and making positive changes
  • Collect and assess information about students through interviews, observation, and review of documents
  • Act as student advocate in order to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations
  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge
  • Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments and develop treatment plans
  • Meet with families, probation officers, police, and other interested parties in order to exchange necessary information during the treatment process
  • Refer students or family members to community resources or to specialists as necessary
  • Gather information about community mental health needs and resources that could be used in conjunction with therapy
  • Run workshops and courses about mental health, attendance, student engagement strategies and related issues
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to students' treatment
  • Communicate and collaborate with staff, organizations, and family members as a means of effectively supporting students and strategies at home and school
  • Perform related duties as assigned
  • Oversee the District's Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) process, including developing procedures, resources and support services
  • Coordinate school attendance efforts, including development of engagement efforts, protocols, resources, support; related activities
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records and filing systems
  • Communicate clearly through all mediums
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records and information
  • Work with public and outside agencies
  • Prepare reports, presentations, materials and present in a group setting
  • Work independently under general supervision.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • Knowledge of Education Code related to Child Welfare and Attendance;
  • Best practices in the areas of mental health, student engagement and social emotional learning and its relationship to other types of learning;
  • Child development;
  • Report writing and techniques;
  • Effective supervision strategies (for working with Social Work Interns);
  • General Social Work practice;
  • Common diagnosis and treatments for school-aged children, and skills necessary to facilitate positive change in the school environment;
  • Conflict resolution techniques and strategies;
  • Ability to work independently as needed as well as with groups;
  • Assess the needs of the student and the influence of the environment around those needs;
  • With appropriate training, may be required to provide First Aid/CPR
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships and interpersonal skills with others using tact, patience, and courtesy.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to understand speech at normal levels in person or on the telephone; ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand a normal conversation in person or on the telephone; ability to operate audiovisual equipment, computer, typewriter, copy machine and other office and classroom equipment with dexterity.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, turn, talk and hear, and taste and smell. The employee frequently is required to use hands to write, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.

Ability to occasionally lift/carry supplies and printed material weighing up to 25 pounds. The employee must occasionally lift arms above shoulders to point, reach, touch, pull or lift. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

Ability to see for purposes of observing students and reading instructional materials, tests, student records, and other printed matter. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works in an office environment; classroom environment during observances, and may also make occasional home visits to meet with families of students. Work environment includes working directly with young children. Employee frequently works at a computer.

The work environment may include interruptions and sometimes crisis situations. May be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases. Possible contact with hostile or abusive individuals with unpredictable behaviors, both students and adults.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work Year: 11 months

Revision Date: 03/22/2017

Initial date: 07/01/2016

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.