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School Social Worker

Sankofa School of Success

SANKOFA MISSION

The mission of Sankofa School of Success, Inc. is to create an environment that is safe, nurturing and seeks to meet students’ academic, social and emotional needs using neuroscience, mindfulness, and rigorous education.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Title Social Worker

Job Type Exempt – Social Worker

SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Address barriers to student learning, including social, emotional and mental health challenges and provide services at the school-wide, family, small group and individual levels. Assists students with behavioral, mental, emotional, or physical issues.

REQUIREMENTS

– Requires a master’s degree in Social Work.

– Must hold a valid Indiana School Services Personnel License as a School Social Worker and Indiana Professional Standards Board license.

– Experience working in a school environment is preferred.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIEs:

  • Utilizes student, school and community data to plan, identify and implement evidence-based, culturally competent prevention strategies to meet student needs.
  • Provides assessment and instruction/intervention at the school wide prevention level, at the targeted classroom/small group level and at the individual behavioral/mental health level to address issues that prevent learning readiness.
  • Works collaboratively with school professionals, parents and community leaders in a culturally responsive manner to support the optimum learning environment for students.
  • Serves as a member of the educational evaluation multidisciplinary team with responsibilities that may include the preparation of a social and developmental history on a student.
  • Assists in developing positive behavioral intervention strategies.
  • Provides brief individual and group counseling to students and families who need help with personal concerns or development problems.
  • Consults with school staff and parents regarding strategies for helping students cope with personal and social concerns.
  • Accesses and links community resources to students, families and the school in response to identified needs. To accomplish this responsibility, home and agency visits are required.
  • Counsels students whose behavior, school progress, or mental or physical limitation or condition indicates need for assistance. Consults with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems and effect solutions.
  • Arranges for medical, psychiatric, and other tests and examinations that may disclose causes of difficulties and indicate remedial measures.
  • Attempts to alter attitudes and behavior of parents and teachers that cause or aggravate problems.
  • Recommends change of class or school, special tutoring, or other treatment to effect remedy.
  • Serves as liaison between student, home, school, and community resources such as family service agencies, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and clergy members. To accomplish this responsibility, home or agency visits are required.
  • Serves as consultant to school personnel regarding students or situations which are not referred for direct service.
  • Leads group counseling sessions to enhance social development of individual members and provide peer support in areas such as grief, stress, or chemical dependency.

Perform other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to effectively present information in one-on- one, small group, and large group situations.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to find, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50

pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and 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 is occasionally exposed to wet and humid conditions and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

DISCLAIMER:

The above job description is designed to denote the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job.

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Adhering to Marion County Health.

Education:

  • Master’s (Preferred)

License/Certification:

  • IPLA State Social Worker License (Preferred)
  • School Services: School Social Worker License (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No
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