School Social Worker – High School Alternative (DOOR) Program (Anticipated)
Reports To: DOOR Director
Length of Assignment: 189 days per year
Salary Range: $48,000-$52,000, based on experience
Purpose of Positon: Identify and support students and staff with intensive therapeutic supports, care coordination, assessment/evaluation and referrals, and the development of a trauma informed school environment. Demonstrate a flexible, collaborative attitude in completing the work and a willingness to be a team player to accomplish school and district goals.
Responsibilities: Duties of this job include, but are not limited to:
- Conduct health intakes with each student to support them in identifying personal and health and goals and needs; utilizing a Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach to supporting student success.
- Manage the health portion of the Individualized Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) for all students.
- Manage, track and support the Healthy Living aspects of student portfolios, including progress on mental/behavioral health issues.
- Collects and maintains evidence of student progress toward identified skills (evidence may include examples of student work, data tracking documents, discipline data, and student self-reflection).
- Continually assesses qualitative and quantitative data to identify overall student support needs; including substance, social-emotional, mental health, sexual health, and other needs.
- Utilizes assessment tools to understand individual student strengths and lagging skills and identify appropriate supports.
- Provide intensive behavioral health/social-emotional intervention and skill-building for students in individual and groups settings, including gender-based, and other themed groups such as teen parenting and LGBTQ supports.
- Create and follow referral, intervention and support protocols to meet the most significant needs of all students, building upon common social/emotional, behavior, and academic goals to deliver services to groups as appropriate.
- Develop knowledge of and build relationships with community resources for substance use, mental health, general health and social supports; referring students to these services as appropriate.
- Provide care coordination services and family outreach for students in need of or receiving outside therapeutic services.
- Support school staff in utilizing trauma-informed practices, including disciplinary practices.
- Participate on District Counseling/Social Work team.
- Provide coordination and/or delivery of mental health minutes as designated on IEPs.
- Serves as the 1st Responder for student mental/behavioral health and social/emotional concerns, including suicide assessments.
- Participate in data collection and evaluation activities to measure the impact of interventions and supports, and to demonstrate the impact of the associated grant programs.
- Consult with staff, parents and students about interventions and placement options for students.
- Utilize evidence-based and best practices for the delivery of prevention and intervention strategies.
- Assess and group students to provide appropriate group therapeutic interventions.
- Refer students in need of therapeutic services to community therapy resources (i.e. School Based Health Center, Sol Vista, etc.)
- Maintain records of contacts and actions taken with each student.
- Serve as a mental health consultant on threat assessments, on an as needed basis.
- Promote a positive professional and ethical image of the school district, social emotional and behavioral-mental health supports and special education services.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Master’s Degree in Social Work required (school social work licensure strongly preferred)
- Be able to motivate and work with 7th-12th grade students who have been identified for the alternative program due to academic, behavioral or safety-related challenges.
- Possess educational and professional experience in social work.
- Work with students from diverse backgrounds and a variety of family situations.
- Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
- Experience with educational systems and practices.
- Create schedules collaboratively with other alternative program staff. Continuously revisit schedule to refine and adjust as needed.
- 45 minutes per day planning period.
- A work space will be provided; it may be shared, if needed.
- Evaluated using CDE School Social Work Rubric
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Kerri Quinlan.