(NJ) Social Worker

Camden, NJ, United States
Oct 01, 2019
About Mastery:

We believe educational inequity is the most pressing social problem facing our country and the civil rights issue of our day. Mastery exists to help solve this problem. Our ultimate goal is to create a model urban school district that serves all students with excellence. We are organized around one driving mission: All students learn the academic and personal skills they need to be truly prepared for postsecondary success and able to pursue their dreams. To fulfill this mission, we attend to the whole child - academically and emotionally - matching high expectations for students with high levels of support.

Mastery Charter Schools is a nonprofit network of more than 24 schools serving over 14,000 students in Philadelphia and Camden. We are the largest turnaround school operator in the nation and have been lauded by President Obama and the US Department of Education for our ability to dramatically boost academic achievement in historically low-performing schools.

We know neighborhood schools matter, all students deserve access to a great education, and the people in our building can grow and develop sustainably to make the biggest impact possible in this work.

Mastery Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. We offer a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.

Position Summary:

The Social Worker is directly responsible for improving the academic performance and behavioral functioning of the school's at-risk students through counseling, home visits, direct intervention, and teacher consultation. The Social Worker is also responsible for providing services for students in need of immediate crisis intervention. The Social Worker reports to the Assistant Principal of Specialized Services.

Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Working with students and families to support students' behavioral and academic success. Setting ambitious goals for improvement for students and implementing whatever interventions are necessary to help students meet those goals.
    • Handling behavioral health crises that take place in the school.
    • Managing child abuse reporting for the school and communication with the Department of Human Services.
    • Serving as the school's primary liaison with outside agencies and providers.
    • Serving students who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
    • Serving students who are pregnant or parenting. Identifying social support services for parenting students including Department of Public Welfare, WIC and parenting classes.
    • Serving homeless students.
    • Conducting home visits that support parents and families.
    • Coordinating the school's student assistance program and other school-wide student supports.
    • Tracking data on student supports, crisis situations, and pregnant students.
    • Conducting specialized individual and group counseling services to address specific emotional, social, and behavioral needs of students and improves their outcomes in the classroom.
    • Being a visible resource to at-risk students throughout the day.
    • Maintaining professional documentation of services and referrals provided to students and families.
    • Any other duties commensurate with the duties/responsibilities/grade of the post

    • Bilingual in English and Spanish highly preferred
    • LSW or LPC in NJ with at least two years of experience serving as a child or adolescent social worker. LCSW preferred.
    • Ability to work well on a multidisciplinary team
    • Strong leadership skills
    • Excels in problem solving, has a sense of humor, and has a desire to provide only the highest quality services
    • Explicit and relentless focus on outcomes
    • Experience working as a school social worker highly desirable but not required
    • Experience in urban education highly desirable but not required
    • Bilingual English and Spanish required

Education and Experience:
    • Master's in Social Work or similar clinical field required
    • NJ Licensure as a LSW or LPC required
    • New Jersey School Social Work Certification required

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