Social Worker

Job category: Professional
Exemption Status/Test: Exempt
Reports to: BE/ESL Nurse Coordinator/BE/ESL Director
Date Revised: May 27, 2015
Dept./School: BE/ESL Department-BE/ESL Clinic

Primary purpose

Assist students and families in gaining access to formal and informal community resources. Coordinates immigrant program to assist families and students acculturating to school and their ability to enjoy the benefits of the educational process. Function as part of the pupil services team to formulate plans with the school, student, and parents. Acts as a liaison between students, parent’s school staff and community resources.

Qualifications

Education/Certification

Master’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program

Valid Texas license as a master social worker (LMSW) granted by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners

Experience

Three (3) years minimal experience in social work

Special knowledge/skills

Knowledge of individual and group counseling skills

Knowledge and skill in casework methods

Strong consultation skills for conferencing with teachers, parents, and students

Knowledge of prevention and intervention strategies, including behavior management interventions

Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

Ability to instruct students and manage their behavior

Ability to present information in one-on-one, small group, and large group situations to students, parents, and district staff

Major responsibilities and duties

Instructional and Program Management

  • Conduct individual and group counseling sessions, to encourage peer support and enhance social development of students including developing the ability to accept responsibility for their actions, resolve conflicts, develop decision-making skills, and handle crises.  Work with students to improve attendance.
  • Perform casework service with parents to increase the parents’ understanding, their constructive participation in resolving their child’s problems and their knowledge and use of available and appropriate resources.
  • Provide crisis support and counseling to students, parents, and school staff.
  • Coordinate and integrate school and community resources and refer school staff and parents to community resources where appropriate.

Assessment

  • Identity and explore causes of student’ dysfunction as it relates to the home, school, and community including making home visits to gather information relating to students.  Arrange for medical, psychiatric, and other tests and examinations that may disclose causes of difficulties and indicate remedial measures.
  • Participate in the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee to assist in interpretation of assessment data, appropriate placement, and goal setting for students according to district procedures.

Consultation

  • Work with school personnel to help students explore support systems and make appropriate referrals.
  • Serve as consultant to school personnel regarding students or situations that are not referred for direct district or outside services.
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of parent involvement activities.  Develop and conduct parenting training and support groups.
  • Consult with parents regarding their children’s academic performance, behavior, and needs.
  • Inform students and parents of their rights and responsibilities under federal and state law including compulsory attendance.

Program Management

  • Develop and maintain effective individual and group relationships with students and parents.
  • Develop and coordinate a continuing evaluation of social work services and make changes bases on the findings.
  • Compile, maintain, and file all reports, records, and other required documents.
  • Comply with policies established by federal and state laws, State Board of Education rule, and board policy.  Comply with all district and campus routines and regulations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • May supervise persons completing practicum or internship through a college or university program.

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Personal computer and peripherals; standard instructional equipment
Posture: 
Prolonged sitting, frequent standing, kneeling/squatting, bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting
Motion: 
Frequent walking
Lifting: 
Regular light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds); occasional heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); may be required to lift and transfer students to and from wheelchair or assist with positioning of students with disabilities
Environment: 
Work inside, may work outside, regular districtwide travel to students homes
Mental Demands: 
Maintain emotional control under stress; may work prolonged or irregular hours

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.