School Social Worker
St. Louis, MO
Summer 2017
EAGLE-St. Louis

Social Worker Job Description
Position Summary:
The principle tasks of the Social Worker are to help students and families make the best use of available opportunities and resources and to fully develop each student's individual potential. The Social Worker for EAGLE Schools brings to the educational process an understanding of the psychosocial development of children and the influences of family, community, and cultural differences as they interact with the educational process.  The School Social Worker for EAGLE Schools also assists students and communities in problem solving and conflict resolution in a safe and healthy manner.
Direct Services with Students and Families:
  • Conduct assessment of student and family needs
  • Promote regular school attendance and parental responsibility for regular student attendance
  • Promote parental involvement in the schools and attendance at quarterly conferences
  • Conduct home visits
  • Promote safe, caring, and drug free schools
  • Provide culturally competent services
  • Recommend appropriate services/referrals for homeless students and their families
  • Provide and/or facilitate individual and group counseling
  • Facilitate parent groups focusing on parenting skills and appropriate discipline
  • Promote self-esteem, anger management, impulse control and positive social skills in students
  • Provide crisis intervention services
  • Participate in the evaluation of some special education placements
  • Participate in the development of behavioral modification plans, Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), and Supportive Intervention Plans (SIP)
  • Provide short/long-term case management services to individual students, and referrals to community agencies
  • Coordination of services with community agencies and other disciplines within the school, such as Special Education and outside counseling providers
  • Promote child abuse prevention and work with staff to comply with mandatory reporting
  • Participate in referrals and case management of students/families involved in the court system
  • Serve on the school Crisis Team to promote a safe school environment  
Program Planning and Advocacy
  • Conduct individual and/or system-wide surveys to assess the school and/or community needs
  • Implement appropriate programs, groups and initiatives to target at-risk populations (according to the assessment)
  • Manage relationships with area Universities and develop practicum student partnerships
  • Plan individual school and/or system-wide programs to promote a positive and caring school climate
  • Facilitate the implementation of federal and state education regulations
Professional Practice, Development and Management:
  • Adhere to the values and ethics of the social work profession and use the NASW Standards for School Social Work Services and Code of Ethics as guides in decision-making model professional behaviors that contribute to addressing the needs of students, families, and the school community.
  • Keep abreast of current community resources and determine how these resources may be beneficial to the student, her/his family, and the family's involvement in the academic process
  • Understand, and practice in accordance with, federal, state, and local laws, statutes, and/or policies that relate to students and families; such as, child protection/child abuse, special education, attendance, education rights and privacy
  • Consult with school personnel to encourage compliance with laws, statutes, and policies
  • Lead school staff in professional development on preventive interventions, classroom management, de-escalation techniques, child abuse and neglect, mental health and emotional impairments, family and psychosocial functioning
  • Assume responsibility for her/his own continued professional development
  • With support from the LEA, maintain professional materials for professional growth and development; including periodicals, books, and software
  • Practice professional renewal through a variety of means; such as, attending conferences, participating in professional organizations, and remaining abreast of current research and literature
  • Expand and exchange knowledge through consultation with coordinators, specialists, psychologists, counselors, and other colleagues
  • Maintain accurate and appropriate case records and documentation including a statistical, demographic breakdown of current caseload

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