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