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Elementary School Social Worker [July Start]

KIPP Charlotte Public Schools
Gaston, NC, US
Closing date
Oct 4, 2021

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Job Category
Teaching, Elementary Education Teacher, Support Staff, Social Worker / Pupil Personnel Worker
Grade Level
Elementary School
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Company Description

**This role is located in Northampton County**
About KIPP North Carolina
In 2020, KIPP Eastern North Carolina (KIPP ENC) and KIPP Charlotte took the first steps to begin to merge and form KIPP North Carolina Public Schools (KIPP NC). Starting in July of 2021, KIPP NC will be a network of eight high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools providing an academically rigorous and joyous school experience to more than 3,500 students in grades K-12 in Charlotte, Durham, Gaston, and Halifax. Additionally, KIPP NC will support several thousand alumni on their journey to and through high school, college, and career.
Our History
KIPP NC will build on a rich tradition of academic excellence and relentless fight for social justice present from the founding of both KIPP ENC and KIPP Charlotte. KIPP ENC is the second oldest KIPP region in the nation. In its 20 years of operation, KIPP ENC has been a cornerstone for students and families in rural Gaston and Halifax, operating two primary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Over the past five years, it grew to serve even more students by opening up a middle school in Durham, an urban center in the center part of the state. KIPP Charlotte, which grew out of the strong traditions and academics of KIPP ENC, has supported students and families for the past 13 years, operating one primary school and one middle school in the largest city in North Carolina.
Our Commitment to Anti-Racist and Inclusive Schools
KIPP North Carolina will build upon the successes and experiences of KIPP ENC and KIPP Charlotte to provide inclusive school environments and an educational program that will enable our students to lead full lives and equip graduates to be future leaders and agents of change in North Carolina and beyond. KIPP NC also will continue to engage in direct, anti-racist work, and it will contribute meaningfully to the dismantling of structures of inequality within our organization, schools, and classrooms. KIPP NC will be committed to expanding our efforts to embed anti-racism in all of our activities and engagements within our classrooms and schools, across our organization, and throughout the State of North Carolina. All of this will be in a tireless effort to create classrooms that are homeplaces for our students, places where they feel safe, loved, validated, seen, and heard, places where all their beautiful identities will be affirmed and celebrated, and places where they will learn the academic knowledge and skills needed for college, career, and beyond.

Job Description

**This role is located in Northampton County**
Social Workers at KIPP North Carolina provide crucial support and services to students. In this role, social workers will work directly with students, teachers, community partners and families to provide individual and group counseling, as well as link families to long-term solutions and external support organizations.
Responsibilities of KIPP North Carolina Social Workers include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provide individual and group counseling to students with identified needs, documenting and collecting data on the effectiveness of services
  • Consult and collaborate effectively with families, teachers, school leaders, and other educational/community resources regarding students with identified concerns and needs
  • Identify, assess, and provide clinical intervention to students with behavioral, social, or attendance issues appropriate for school-based services
  • Provide specially designed instruction to students with Social Emotional IEP goals
  • Serve on the Student Support Team for behavior and attendance strategies and supports
  • Conference with classroom teachers and serve as a resource on mental health and social/emotional issues that may impact classroom performance
  • Collaborate with school leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders to build a social emotional program within the school, creating a culture of support and safety
The Social Worker will:
  • Evaluate a student in crisis and make an appropriate referral and/or intervention plan
    • Meet with the student in a one-on-one session to determine the best course of action
    • Consult with teachers and school leadership regarding the student's behavior
    • Conference with family members to get background information and the student's behavior history
    • Collaborate with KIPP leadership, outside agencies, and other mental health service providers, when needed
  • Counsel students according to their Tier 2 or Tier 3 Intervention Plan:
    • Facilitate group counseling sessions
    • Provide individual counseling and support student to master identified goal
    • Teach social skills to enhance positive interactions with peers
    • Assess and perform crisis intervention when a student exhibits behavior that needs immediate intervention, follow up to ensure that conditions improve and / or proper referrals were made
      • Coordinate implementation of Crisis Re-Entry Plan, if needed
  • Act as agency liaison working with families, agencies, and other service providers to support students with mental health needs and barriers outside of the classroom
  • Assist the Principal with Community Outreach
    • Coordinate activities and projects to achieve campus goals and objectives
    • Actively recruit students via community outreach
    • Coordinate family engagement activities and community projects


Education and Knowledge:
Required Qualifications
  • A deep commitment to the mission of KIPP NC and an unwavering belief in the potential of all our students
  • An unwavering commitment to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion
  • Possess a deep commitment to both racial equity and improving the lives of kids from low-income communities; experience working within predominantly Black, Brown, and/or low-income communities
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited institution
  • Current North Carolina licensure (or ability to gain reciprocity) in social work at the Master's level: e.g., LMSW or LCSW
  • Knowledge of federal and state Special Education law
  • Knowledge of best practices for special education and assistive technology
  • Independent self-starter with a strong focus on student development
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Possession of a passionate and loving attitude toward all children
  • Responsiveness; follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and faculty members are essential
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
  • Experience collaborating with team members and providing constructive and instructive feedback
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
Preferred Qualifications
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Ability to synthesize knowledge and present it to stakeholders in a comprehensive manner
  • Ability to interpret policy, procedures, and data
  • Ability to work both on broad-based strategy and everyday details

Additional Information

Compensation is commensurate with experience with a competitive benefits package.
KIPP North Carolina does not and shall not discriminate on the race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran in any of its activities or operations.
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