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About KIPP Delta Public Schools:
The mission of KIPP Delta Public Schools is to create and support schools that empower students from underserved communities to develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to pursue a college education and a life of value, joy, and integrity.
We are a growing network of public schools offering a free, college-preparatory education to children in the Arkansas Delta. Across our four schools in Helena and Blytheville, we currently serve over 1,120 students and 80 alumni.
At KIPP Delta, we believe it is important that our school communities are able to empathize and adjust to meet the academic and emotional needs of all our students. Accordingly, KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy seeks a talented, committed Social Worker (SW) to lead our school-wide effort to better support our students and families most in need of additional services.
The Social Worker will work with teachers and leaders to identify our students and families most in need of additional services, and s/he will then lead a collaborative effort to plan for and provide the necessary support. In this effort, the Social Worker will directly provide individual and group counseling to students and their families, while also working to link families with long-term counseling solutions and external support organizations. Additionally, the Social Worker will partner with teachers and leaders to create and implement a plan that provides differentiated support for selected students during the course of their normal school schedule.
The Social Worker will report directly to the School Leader.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Identify and select the students and families most in need of additional support services:
Communicate regularly with teachers and leaders to learn their perspective regarding which students and families are most in need of additional support services
Use data (including attendance records, discipline reports, student grades, etc.) to help determine which students and families are most in need of additional support services
Respond eagerly and willingly to the direction provided by the School Leader as it pertains to which students and families are most in need of additional support services
Provide support services directly to students and their families:
Provide individual and group counseling to students and their families on an as needed basis, which will include both scheduling home visits and meeting with students and their families outside of normal school hours
Work to develop awareness of and partnerships with various long-term counseling solutions and external support organizations in order to effectively link students and families with additional support services
Lead the collaborative effort to create and implement plans that provide differentiated support for selected students throughout the school day:
Partner with teachers and leaders to create individualized plans to support students throughout their school day, which will include planning to track key behaviors, reward progress, and intervene when adequate progress is not happening
Support teachers and leaders as they work to follow established plans, providing feedback when the established plan has not been followed
Effectively communicate plans to students, families, teachers, and leaders in order to ensure continuity and clarity around established plans
Focus support services towards clear outcomes that will contribute to the school-wide effort to ensure all students learn, grow, and achieve transformative life outcomes:
Establish clear, measurable, and meaningful goals for each student and family receiving support
Track progress towards these goals and regularly report on this progress to relevant stakeholders
Continually adjust both goals and services to ensure that each student is on a path towards a college education and a life of value, joy, and integrity
A Social Worker candidate must possess:
A Bachelor’s degree
Experience working with children in a school or child-care setting
The ability to receive and act upon adjusting feedback
Unwavering belief in and passion for the mission of KIPP Delta Public Schools
A commitment to continually developing the character strengths of grit, zest, optimism, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude, and curiosity in all students and one’s self
A Social Worker candidate will ideally possess:
A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work, School Counseling, Child Psychology, or a related field
Experience working as a school-based Social Worker, Counselor, or Teacher
A state-issued license to practice Social Work or Counseling