SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
Under general direction of the Principal and Coordinator of School Counseling, the School Social Worker will seek to address barriers to academic success that may exist within the child, home, school, and/or community. School social workers take a strengths-based approach to assessment and seek to intervene across the many systems that interface in the life of a child. By providing intervention strategies and direct services to students and their families, such as screening and assessment, case management, referral and linkage with community resources, crisis intervention and support, as well as individual or group counseling, the School Social Worker will support the mission and goals of the school district in regard to facilitating academic success for all students. School social work services are culturally appropriate and respect the diverse environmental contexts, characteristics, and experiences of the students and families of Washoe County.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Acts as a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect.
- Serves as a liaison between the school/district and students, homes, community agencies or organizations, family services, protective services, courts, law enforcement, doctors, behavioral health providers, and other similar entities in an effort to address barriers to academic success.
- Advises and consults with administrators, counselors, and staff on critical issues impacting student achievement.
- Works as part of a multi-disciplinary team and collaborates with school counselors, school psychologists, nurses, truancy officers, and other student support personnel to facilitate effective student support services.
- Contributes to the ongoing enrichment of the school through participation in program development and professional development opportunities.
- Provides individualized direct services to remove barriers that impede academic, social, and emotional success.
- Designs and implements behavior management programs for individuals and/or families.
- Assists students and parents with identifying and obtaining access to community services and resources.
- Assists students and families in obtaining access to medical, psychiatric, psychological, or other similar assessments or evaluations that may assist in identifying barriers to student success and indicate remedial measures.
- Facilitates individual, group, or family counseling or support sessions.
- Participates in crisis intervention and support teams.
- Provides assessment and referral services for students who indicate suicidal or homicidal ideation.
- Participates in school counselor training and programs.
- Adheres to the code of ethics for social workers.
- Maintains confidentiality.
- Complies with school and district policies and state and federal laws.
- Maintains student records and uses Infinite Campus appropriately.
- Provide mediation services;
- Advocate for the academic, social and emotional success of pupils;
- Assist other educational personnel with case management;
- Administer biopsychosocial assessments to pupils, as indicated with WCSD approved tools;
- Provide support and consultation to the school, the pupils and the parents or legal guardians of pupils at the school regarding, without limitation, education law and services related to special education;
- Provide strengths-based assessments for the school, the pupils and the parents or legal guardians of pupils at the school;
- Assist parents or legal guardians with problem solving;
- Assist pupils with developing social skills
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Education/Experience: Any combination of education/experience that could likely provide the required knowledge in qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
Education: Master’s Degree or a more advanced degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Experience: Three (3) years in school social work.
Licenses/Certificates: Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid Nevada teaching license with a school social worker endorsement.
OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS
Three (3) years of experience in social work with children is desirable.
COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE OF JOB DUTIES
Knowledge of/ Skill in/Ability to:
- Social work ethics and practice theories, including family systems theory and techniques.
- Theories of human behavior and development.
- Characteristics of the pupil population, including the exceptional child.
- Strengths based approaches to practice.
- The impact that risk and protective factors have in the life of the child and family.
- Historical and current perspectives of public education at the local, state, and national levels.
- Public education legislation, case law, and due process.
- The role of educational/school reform, social justice, and multitier interventions in school social work services.
- Evidence based approaches to teaching and learning.
- Behavior management and supports.
- The use of reliable and valid assessments to guide practice.
- Evidence based practices and interventions.
- The use of data to guide decision making and practice evaluation.
- Maintaining accurate and confidential records in accordance with state and federal laws.
- Limitations to scope of practice according to licensing regulations, including access to supervision structures.
- Culturally diverse and respectful practices.
- Interdisciplinary leadership and collaboration methods.
- Parent involvement and family engagement.
- Coordination of programs and services through home-school-community liaison activities.
- Consultation methods.
- Program development systems and strategies.
- Effective methods for advocacy at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work autonomously and responsibly.
- Case management and documentation.
- Multi-systemic assessment strategies.
- Individual, group, family, and crisis counseling.
- Developing, coordinating, and evaluating school social work programs and services.
- Conducting needs assessments.
- Using data and outcome measures to evaluate and guide program development and service delivery.
- Identifying and implementing evidence-based practices.
- Effective communication practices.
- Facilitating a collaborative process with parents, educational personnel, and community agencies or organizations.
The work environment and exposures 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.
The environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meetings and training rooms, libraries, residences, or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.
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.
The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee sits comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items, such as paper, books, or small parts; or driving an automobile. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.
THIS JOB SPECIFICATION SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED TO IMPLY THAT THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE THE EXCLUSIVE STANDARDS OF THE POSITION. INCUMBENTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS, AND TO PERFORM ANY OTHER RELATED DUTIES AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY THEIR SUPERVISOR.
The Washoe County School District is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment for all students, staff, and visitors. The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, and/or discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veterans or military status, marital status, disability or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental handicap in any of its educational programs/activities and employment, or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The District prohibits discrimination against any youth group listed in Title 36, as a patriotic society, (i.e. Boy Scouts of America) from access to public school facilities use.