JOB DESCRIPTION: To promote and enhance the overall academic mission by providing services to students and their families which strengthen home/school/community partnerships and alleviate barriers to learning. QUALIFICATIONS: Arizona Department of School Social Worker Certification Master degree in social work from an accredited college or university (preferred) Arizona State Social Worker license (preferred) One (1) year of successful social work experience (preferred) Obtain and maintain NCI, First Aid, and CPR certifications Knowledge of school, district, and community resources available for children and families Ability to assess family and student needs and provide intervention support Ability to coordinate activities with related and specialist staff Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, parents and the community; excellent human relations skills; skill in both oral and written communication Ability to work in a multicultural environment with a diverse population of staff, students, and parents Ability to develop and maintain required records and reports; good typing and computer literacy skills (required) Must be able to maintain a valid Arizona Driver’s license and be able to drive between schools and homes Bilingual (preferred) ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all duties and responsibilities performed by the incumbents of this class.) DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Act as liaison between family, school, and community agencies. Conduct home visits to gather information, to assess family needs and/or to address attendance problems. Provide assistance with the Student Support process by attending/participating in meetings; administering questionnaires and standardized rating scales/assessments, completing parent interviews, and obtaining needed signatures. Make referrals for students and parents/guardians to appropriate resources within the school community. Provide or arrange transportation for patents/guardians and students to school meetings, clothing bank, and medical/social services appointments. Facilitate families’ understanding of school policies and help families utilize school services. Maintain daily calendar and student contact log to document services. Consult with parents/guardians on effective intervention strategies. Identify cultural, ethnic, financial, physical or emotional problems that might constitute a reason for learning failure or problems in school functioning and provide support to alleviate barriers. Confer and work with school personnel regarding problems affecting the students’ academic progress, behavior, and personal well-being. Work with families in exploring alternative school programs to meet students’ needs. Work with school personnel and community resources to develop and coordinate services to meet the identified special needs of students. Provide intervention services to students and their families during crisis situations or as needed. Follow state law and district policies in cases involving child abuse and neglect. Maintain accurate records for compliance with district, federal, and state regulations. Conduct home visits to interview students and family members to assess needs, and to address attendance problems, and assist family in accessing appropriate community resources. Coordinate and maintain community outreach projects/resources by participating and acting as lead in assigned committees. Assist with upkeep and disbursement of clothing/shoes/hygiene items to provide for students’ needs. Perform other duties as assigned.
This position is grant-funded.