School Social Worker (Bilingual)

Madison, Wisconsin
Staring from $50,000-plus, depending on knowledge and experience
Mar 27, 2021
Grade Level
Elementary School
Job Type

One City Schools is Growing! Join our Dream Team! We are seeking to hire an experienced, inspiring, nurturing, fun, thoughtful and detailed-oriented professional to serve as our School Social Worker who is bilingual in Spanish.This is a full-time position with comprehensive benefits, competitive pay and an unbelievable opportunity to help redefine public education in Wisconsin, while doing something exceptional for children.

Our School Social Worker will help parents, students and school staff identify needs that interfere with learning, and work with students and families to get the services they need. They must be effective at working with teachers, young children, and collaborating with a dynamic school leadership team, other team members, parents, service providers, volunteers and partners.


Positions will remain open until filled

All new One City team members participate in a fun, informative and engaging New Employee Orientation and significant professional development in our school design, two generation strategy and social work model. They will work in partnership with our other School Social Worker, support One City Elementary and Preschool, and report to One City's VP of Family and Community Initiatives.


One City Schools is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that provides high quality educational opportunities for young children. Our mission is to seed a new model of public education that ensures young children are on track to succeed in a college or career preparatory program from birth through high school graduation. Our vision is of a Greater Madison community where there are no persistent achievement and opportunity gaps, and where all children are prepared to contribute and succeed as adults. To this end, One City’s goal is to ensure young children are prepared to read, compute and succeed at grade level by the time they reach first grade. More importantly, we aim to partner with families and the broader community to cultivate children who become free, global and deep thinkers, curious learners, effective problem solvers, humanitarians, happy people and young people who care about the world around them.

Currently, One City operates two schools: One City Preschool, an accredited 5-star preschool serving children ages 2 and 3, and One City Expeditionary Elementary School, a public charter elementary school that presently enrolls children in 4K through second grade, and will add additional grades annually through grade 6.

One City Preschool is accredited by the City of Madison and was awarded 5 (of 5) stars through Wisconsin's YoungStar Child Care Rating System. Our Preschool was awarded Best of Madison in Child Care in 2018.

One City Expeditionary Elementary School (OCEES) is a unique, two-generation public school, authorized by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, that provides a tuition-free education to children in grades 4K through Grade 2 in South Madison (Note: We will add a minimum of one grade per year until we reach grade 6) and works directly with families to ensure children are learning, inspired and making solid progress. We also have a longer school year (219 days vs 180 days in traditional public schools) and a longer school day (8:15am to 5pm daily), including 90-minute co-curricular learning academies in Sports, Fitness, STEM and Creative and Performing Arts.

OCEES is also an EL Education Network School, offering the highly regarded Expeditionary Learning curriculum in kindergarten through second grade (and eventually through grade 6). Our 4K program is built exclusively around the AnjiPlay program from Anji, China. AnjiPlay will also serve as a supplement to children in Kindergarten and above as well.

We are currently located in a 57,000 square foot building on Madison's Nob Hill on the South Side of our capital city. However, this fall, we will move into our permanent home, a $12 million facility located at 1707 W. Broadway in Monona, Wisconsin, a small city locate on the South Side of our capital city just three minutes from our current location. This 13.5 acre campus includes a 157,000 school facility that will eventually serve grades K - 12 , a 714-stall parking deck with underground access, a wooded nature are for science and outdoor learning, and outdoor play space. The campus is situated just 5 blocks from Lake Monona, just north of Lake Waubesa and 10 minutes from downtown Madison.


The School Social Worker is important to ensuring high levels of student achievement and success at One City. They work with general and special education students, and their families, to resolve social, emotional and behavioral challenges that interfere with students’ educational success and development. We do this through (a) assessment, (b) consultation with school staff and community providers, (c) development and implementation of behavior management plans, and (d) providing indirect and direct services. Overall, One City’s School Social Worker will help to bridge school, home and community to help students achieve to their full potential.


  • Develop and implement intervention and prevention programs that assist in the reduction of at-risk students, including implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) utilizing evidenced- based interventions;
  • Participate on problem-solving teams to support student success and collaborate with community agencies to promote accessibility of services to the school community and inclusion of student families;
  • Prioritize student safety through consistent implementation of the Student Code of Conduct and school wide systems of management and discipline;
  • Personalize student supports through mastery and innovative use of curriculum supplements and technology resources, as available;
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with parents and the school community for the purpose of fostering individual student success and growth while engaging the families in the therapy program;
  • Support the professional development of colleagues through referrals, collaboration with outside services, and linking services and intervention strategies to the classroom to enhance the student’s overall educational development;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with school staff, parents, organizational partners, service providers and volunteers;
  • Participate in various meetings for the purpose of addressing student goals and needs, and to meet laws/policies.
  • Maintain and submit information/records including student progress for all students;
  • Maintain consistent attendance, and implement and comply with One City’s policies and procedures;
  • Advocate for One City’s vision and commit to our district’s common themes of equity, cultural competence, high expectations, developmental appropriateness, attention to individual students (including those with special needs), appropriate use of technology, and student assumption of responsibility;
  • Exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and exercise sound, professional judgment especially in interactions with administration, colleagues, families, and students;
  • Perform related duties as assigned by the administration in accordance with school district policies and procedures; and attend Professional Development with One City's education partners, as necessary.


  • Model appropriate behavior rooted in One City’s Habits of Character: integrity, self-respect, compassion, perseverance and a willingness to encourage and allow students to take risks;
  • Maintain appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance & appropriate use of planning time;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with our instructional, student support, and school leadership teams;
  • Strive to communicate the positive aspects of One City to the public in word and deed;
  • Help maintain a clean an orderly educational environment and facility, and at all times and shows grace and support when engaging children, parents and guests who utilize or visit One City; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Strong commitment to the mission, vision, goals and objectives of One City, and to working to with young children from diverse racial/cultural populations and their families.
  • Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of three (3) years of experience working with children ages 13 and under, and their families, is required
  • Valid Wisconsin Certification, or eligible for certification. One City will help you secure your certification, if hired.
  • Knowledge of subject matter/course content and resources relevant to assignment.
  • Knowledge of and skills in using effective strategies and practices specific to various challenges and disabilities.
  • Knowledge of and skills in administering, scoring and interpreting relevant assessments.
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development and communication development.
  • Skills in managing and promoting positive student behavior and using data to assess, monitor, and inform instruction for student growth; skills and abilities in organization, time management, and record keeping.
  • Ability to operate a computer and the skills to learn and utilize software and other technology in instruction.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with other professionals in a team setting.
  • Ability to interact positively and effectively with parents, students, staff, and administrators.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Success working in an urban setting with students from diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent judgment, growth mindset, communication and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative and proactive.
  • Understands challenges and opportunities in a start-up public charter school environment
  • Ability to regularly and routinely lift and push at least 50 pounds.
  • Completion of a background check required.


One City offers salaries and wages that are competitive within our local market and area public schools, as well as comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees. Compensation includes:

  • Minimum $50,000+ annually per hour, depending knowledge, experience and demonstrated impact on student achievement and children's success
  • Generous time-off program, including 18 Days of PTO and holidays, spring break and winter break (same dates as the Madison Metropolitan School District); Although we have a longer school year, between scheduled breaks and PTO, staff receive nearly 60 days off
  • Comprehensive health benefits (medical, dental and vision)
  • Comprehensive professional development
  • 401K with employer match of 5.9%
  • Voluntary Benefits (Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, etc.)
  • Your age-eligible child automatically admitted to One City Expeditionary School
  • Family Perks Discount Program (
  • Life Insurance and Long-term Disability
  • Investment in Professional Growth and Development
  • Employee Assistant Plan

Compensation will be consistent with One City’s approved compensation plan as stipulated by the Board of Directors.


One City is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all team members and applicants, and to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.


Presently, 70% of our students are learning in-person and 30% are virtual. We have also implemented a rapid COVID-19 testing program in partnership with a testing lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have strong health/safety protocols in place.

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