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SY23-24 Elementary School Social Worker

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
Washington, DC, US
Social Worker - ElementarySchool
  • Do you want to help create a more just and kind world?
  • Do you believe that diversity is a powerful strength for a school community?
  • Do you want to ensure that every student can be successful and prepared to thrive in college, career and life?
You Are:

A kind, communicative, social justice leader with a strong belief that student wellness is inextricably linked to preparing students to thrive in college, career, and life. You believe that effective school counseling includes culturally responsive, trauma-informed care to address the historical and sociocultural contextual factors that maintain social inequity and generational trauma in racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse school communities. Your training and experience allow you to create a safe and trusting learning environment for all students that meets individual needs and adheres to professional and ethical standards. You know what it takes to plan, implement, and oversee results-based school counseling programs that promote student welfare. You have a growth mindset for yourself, students, and adults and want to develop the perspective, agency, and urgency to make a positive impact in the world around you, and take actions that promote justice and equity in your community.

We Are E.L. Haynes.

A learning community where every student - of every race, socioeconomic status, home language, and ability - prepares to thrive in college, career, and life. Together, we create a more just and kind world.

Founded in 2004 and named for the first African-American woman to earn her Ph.D. in Mathematics, the award-winning E.L. Haynes Public Charter School serves more than 1,135 students in grades Pre-K3 through 12th grade. E.L. Haynes operates two campuses in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC, and offers a rigorous educational program designed to prepare students to succeed in the college of their choice.

We believe that our most significant contribution to ending systemic injustice is through purposefully empowering our diverse community- as individuals and as a collective- with the skills and the conviction to be effective leaders for equity.

Our mission of student success is inextricably linked with our commitment to equity and the daily efforts of every member of our community to live our motto-Be Kind, Work Hard, and Get Smart.

  • Lead For Equity: We challenge ourselves and each other to interrupt inequities and build equitable alternatives.
  • Choose Joy: We find, bring, and share joy in our work every day. We practice gratitude, celebrate wins, and offer praise.
  • Achieve Excellence: We deliver high-quality work every day. We set ambitious goals, embrace challenges, and hold ourselves and each other to high standards.
  • Own Our Learning: We model a growth mindset for our students. We own our actions, mistakes, and learning. We continually look for ways to improve and produce high-quality work.
  • Succeed Together: We value every member of our community and treat each other with kindness and care. We build meaningful relationships with students, families, and each other. We achieve more through collaboration and teamwork.
We Are Different. We Are:
  • A diverse and inclusive community, with more than 90% of our students identifying as culturally or linguistically diverse and nearly 75% of our staff identifying as people of color.
  • The hub of the neighborhood. We are a community school and partner with neighborhood organizations to provide our families with comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health services.
  • A place where all community members have their voices heard in the decision-making process.
  • A school where students learn in a rigorous and coherent PK-12 environment.
We expect students to demonstrate the following skills and qualities in our graduate profile.

About Our Academic Program:

E.L. Haynes provides a rigorous and engaging college preparatory curriculum for students in grades Pre-K through 12. Our instructional program provides intensive learning experiences that deepen understanding at all grade levels so that every student is prepared to become kind and curious community members, lifelong learners, and leaders of social justice.

Please read more about our academic program here .

About The Position:

The Social Worker provides social-emotional and behavioral support services in the educational setting to enable students to achieve optimal learning to qualifying students within the special education/504 plan setting and general education setting. In addition, as part of the school team, the Social Worker collaborates with other leaders to develop school-wide health and wellness education and prevention programming. This 10-month, full-time role will report to the Director of Student Health and Wellness.

You Will:
  • Provide supportive services to students within the special education/504 Plan setting and general education setting, including but not limited to: group therapy, individual therapy, crisis assessment and intervention, and assessment and referral for community-based agencies;
  • Collaborate with the Director of Health and Wellness to develop school-wide health and wellness education and prevention programming;
  • Collaborate with the Attendance and Family Engagement Coordinator and other community partners to provide intervention and support for students with inconsistent school attendance and track effectiveness of services;
  • Participate and actively contribute to all multi- and inner-disciplinary student support team meetings;
  • Provide assessment, case management, individual and group evidence-based interventions to students and families to improve student social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success;
  • Collaborate with families by sharing relevant resources, building a strong home-school connection, and making effective referrals to community agencies;
  • Act as liaison for community partners in their provision of services on campus;
  • Adhere to the ethics and values of the Social Work profession and practice according to the NASW Code of Ethics and IDEA regulations; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
You Have:
  • Master's degree in Social Work;
  • Possession of a valid LICSW license; or licensure appropriate to the provision clinical therapeutic services in a school setting (LGSW, LMSW, LGPC-T)
  • A valid LICSW District of Columbia Social Worker license. Out-of-state clinicians will be required to transfer their credentials within two months of employment. Any acquired fees will be the responsibility of the clinician;
  • Two or more years of experience working in culturally, demographically, and socially diverse educational settings, with a concentration in K-12 youth;
  • Inner ability, stamina, and self-care strategies necessary to work with a high needs population;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills;
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Commitment to meeting the needs of every child in a diverse population;
  • Commitment to his/her learning and professional development;
  • Strong collaborative skills; and
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination .
You Might Also Have:
  • Oral and/or written proficiency in Spanish;
  • Familiarity with standardized assessments and ability to analyze data; and
  • Familiarity with special education requirements and best practices.
We Look Forward To Meeting You!

We proactively recruit, intentionally develop, and deeply value all members of our diverse and highly talented staff community. Our work environment fosters inclusion and authenticity, supporting all staff to thrive in their roles and maximize their impact on our students.

If you are interested in joining our learning community, please visit this link on our website to start an application.

E.L. Haynes offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Click here to view our Employee Benefits Snapshot.

Spanish speakers and people of color are encouraged to apply.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, we have reimagined our safety and cleanliness procedures to keep our students, families, and staff as safe as possible. More details can be found here .

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