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Lead School Social Worker

  • Classified

Salary range: 52

Reports to: Coordinator of Student Services


Responsible for providing services related to the delivery of mental health care to assigned students at the designated school location under the direction of the Student Services Coordinator. Provide consultation services to the school staff to support the overall mental health goals of the school.

  • A Master's degree or higher in Clinical Social Work
  • Satisfactory work history
  • Have and maintain a valid California driver's license
  • Successful experience demonstrating tact, courtesy, and positive attitude, maintaining cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
  • Develop a Social Work Program, including recruitment and supervision of interns as well as program planning and evaluation
  • Effectively oversee Social Work Intern Program, including weekly group and 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, maintain 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 and related issues
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to students' treatment
  • Assess the needs of the student and the influence of the environment around those needs
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records and information
  • Work with public and outside agencies
  • Prepare reports, presentations, materials and present in a group setting
  • Perform related duties as assigned
  • Communicate and collaborate with staff, organizations and family members, as a means of effectively supporting students and strategies at home and school.
  • Thorough knowledge of common diagnoses and treatments for school-aged children and skills necessary to facilitate positive change in a school environment;
  • Understanding of social-emotional needs and their relationship to learning;
  • Report writing methods and techniques;
  • Ability to operate audiovisual equipment, computers, copiers, and other office and classroom equipment with dexterity;
  • Ability to communicate clearly through all media;
  • Ability to communicate with parents and staff concerning student needs;
  • Knowledge of effective supervision strategies (of Social Work Interns);
  • Ability to work independently as needed, as well as with groups;
  • Ability to work independently under general supervision;
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships and interpersonal skills with others using tact, patience and courtesy.

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.

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. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift arms above shoulders to point, reach, touch, pull or lift.

Vision for purposes of observing students and reading instructional materials, tests, student records and other printed matter. 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.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


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 and/or classroom environment during observances, and may also expect to make occasional home visits to meet with families of students. The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The work environment may include interruptions and sometimes crisis situations.

Work environment includes working directly with young children; entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes and exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases. Employee frequently works at a computer.

Work Year: 10 months

Revision Date: 06/25/2014

Initial date: 05/01/2014

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