Start Date: July 2013
About Achievement First:
Achievement First is a non-profit charter school management organization that is creating a network of achievement-gap-closing public schools in New York, Connecticut and other high-need areas in the Northeast. Achievement First currently operates 22 schools in Brooklyn, NY, and New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, CT (and will expand to Rhode Island in 2013). Over the next five years, Achievement First plans to open 10-15 additional schools, spanning the full K-12 spectrum and creating college-prep opportunities for more than 12,000 urban students. Beyond our students and schools, Achievement First is an engaged and prominent partner in the larger conversation about how to improve public education and student achievement in our country. For more information about the Achievement First mission, model, our schools and team, please visit our website at www.achievementfirst.org .
The Role of a Social Worker at Achievement First
The school social worker leads the school's efforts to ensure that students have the emotional support they need to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Social workers collaborate and partner with students, parents, and members of the school staff. The position reports jointly to the director of special services and the principal of the school in which they work.
Responsibilities of the School Social Worker include but are not limited to:
Develop student culture and character.
Support the rules, systems, academic, and behavioral philosophy of Achievement First schools through counseling in one-on one and small group support sessions.
Create a proactive counseling program that prevents crises and supports the academically rich environment of the school.
Work closely with the dean of school culture to create and maintain a culture of excellence for all students.
Serve on special education committees to provide required IEP services.
Organize and/or teach health education, sexual education, leadership, alcohol/drug prevention etc. as needed.
Help maintain school and staff morale by organizing school-wide events.
Organize, plan, and regularly schedule student meetings around conflict resolution and anger management.
Serve as the point person for all counseling issues that arise in the student body.
Meet with individual students who require counseling on their IEPS.
Use evidence-based practice to effectively develop treatment and intervention plans for students and families.
Build relationships with families.
Develop relationships with community organizations that can help support the school, students, and their families.
Serve as a liaison between students/families and local social service agencies when necessary.
Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of external services and resources.
Attend all staff meetings and professional development workshops.
Model the schools REACH (Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship, and Hard Work) values and set the standard for professional behavior.
Work closely with teachers to help them to better understand and relate with challenging students.
Lead workshops around issues of physical and social development in an effort to proactively address issues.
Maintain close contact with teachers regarding student behavioral plans.
Serve as the liaison to the school’s parent organization.
Keep impeccable records of all school-related actions and initiatives.
Visit homes of Achievement First families when necessary.
Skills and characteristics
History of professional success in planning, executing, and monitoring treatment plans
Strong analytical, communication, and negotiation skills
Flexibility- the ability to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed
Strong organizational skills
Belief in the Achievement First mission and educational model
Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and "roll-up-my-sleeves" attitude
Educational Background and Work Experience
Masters degree in social work, school counseling, or school psychology from a competitive college or university
2 years of previous experience with children and/or families in urban communities
LCSW preferred; Candidates must be licensed (LSW)
Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Achievement First offers a comprehensive benefits package.
Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Learn more about diversity and inclusion at Achievement First at http://www.achievementfirst.org/about-us/diversity/.