Feb 20, 2019
School social workers assist students with academic learning by providing strategic services that identify and address the social-emotional-environmental issues that interfere with the educational process. Working with parents/guardians, teachers, school principal/principal’s designee, and community based resources, the school social worker implements strategies that promote students’ positive school adjustment.
Counsel individual students and student groups, regarding issues including mental health, poverty, substance abuse, physical abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment and child care.
Interview students individually or with families, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
Serve as a liaison between school and students, homes, family services, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and other contacts, to help children who face problems such as disabilities, abuse or poverty.
Consult with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior, and to implement solutions.
Participate as members of the IEP, IAT, PBIS and other school based teams to develop interventions for promoting students’ academic success.
Counsel students whose behavior, school progress, or mental/physical impairment indicate a need for assistance, diagnosing students’ academic success.
Address legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline.
Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school.
Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and code of conduct.
Implement activities to help students meet academic and social expectations.
Provide crisis intervention and behavior management to build students’ ability to meet the school’s high expectations.
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of physical and mental issues.
Understanding of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, ethnicity and cultures.
Other duties as assigned.
There are no supervisory responsibilities with this position.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Ability to serve as a liaison
The work environment is a school office setting and requires sitting, standing, walking bending and kneeling along with using office equipment such as copiers, faxes, phones and filing cabinets.
Required Education and Experience
Master’s degree in School Social work and LMSW preferred. Must possess or be eligible to possess a valid State of Michigan Certification as a School Social Worker. Experience as a school social worker preferred. Familiar with the basic concepts of positive youth development and experience working in diverse communities.
Landmark Academy, Lapeer Road, Kimball, MI, USA