K-2 School Social Worker or Counselor

Length of Assignment: 189 days per year

Salary – $46,000-$52,000, based on experience. Full benefits provided. Grant-funded for two years with possibility of continuation.

Purpose of Position: To develop students who are productive community members – demonstrating perseverance, collaboration, compassion, craftsmanship, respect, responsibility, and curiosity.  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.

Reports To: WPE Principal

Responsibilities: Duties of this job include, but are not limited to:

  • Continually assesses qualitative and quantitative data to identify student support needs, from individual to population level, in collaboration with other social emotional team members.
  • Serves as a member of WPE 1st Responder team for student behavior, mental health and social/emotional concerns.
  • Provides intervention and skill building for students who have been referred for intensive skill-building and therapeutic supports (individual or group).
  • Participates as a member of the school Multi-Tiered System of Support and RtI processes to represent social/emotional and mental health perspective, as needed.
  • Utilizes assessment tools to understand student strengths and lagging skills, and to determine an appropriate course of action.
  • Creates and follows 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 as appropriate.  
  • Participates in data collection and evaluation activities to measure the impact of interventions and supports, and to demonstrate the impact of the associated grant programs.
  • Consults with staff, parents and students about interventions and placement options for students.
  • Consults with educators, administrators, parents and community resources regarding current best practices for the delivery of academic and behavioral supports and interventions.
  • Works regularly with school leadership to review and flexibly adjust schedule as needed, meeting with leadership every three weeks at a minimum.
  • Assesses and groups students to efficiently provide appropriate group therapeutic interventions.
  • Collect and maintain evidence of student progress toward identified skills (evidence may include examples of student work, data tracking documents, exit tickets, behavior charts, discipline data, and student self-reflection).
  • Refer students in need of therapeutic services to community therapy resources (i.e. School based Health, Sol Vista, etc.).
  • Maintains records of contacts and actions taken with each student.
  • Perform Suicide Risk Assessments and other behavioral or mental health crises.
  • Serves as the mental health consultant on threat assessments, on an as needed basis.
  • Provides 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 Mental Health Collaboration Team and District Counseling/Social Work team.
  • Provide coordination or delivery of mental health minutes as designated on IEPs, in collaboration with Social Emotional Health Specialist.
  • Assists in the promotion of a positive school climate and follows school norms and expectations.
  • Promotes 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.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or Counseling required (CDE or DORA license within 45 days of hire)
  • Be able to motivate and work with Elementary (K-2) School Students
  • Possess at least 2 years of professional experience in social work or counseling, with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Experience with educational systems and practices, such as RtI, PBIS, and EL preferred
  • Experience implementing social/emotional curriculum to both classrooms and small groups
  • Experience with applying culturally responsive methods with students and families from diverse backgrounds, or strong foundation and willingness to learn these skills
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Ability to demonstrate a flexible, collaborative attitude in completing the work, and a willingness to be a team player to accomplish school and district goals.

Logistics:

  • Create schedules collaboratively with principal and other relevant stakeholders. Continuously revisit schedule with principal to refine and adjust as needed.
  • 45 minutes per day planning period.
  • Half hour, duty free lunch.
  • Student supervision duties will be required.
  • A work space will be provided; it may be shared, if needed.
  • Evaluated using CDE School Social Work or Counseling Rubric

To apply, please email a resume and letter of interest to Kathleen Fitzsimmons, WPE Principal, kfitzsimmons@lakecountyschools.net

Letter of interest includes answers to the questions:  Why Leadville?  Why West Park? Why you?, and your relevant experience for the position.

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