||May 22, 2020
||K-12: Charter Schools
Position: Social Worker
Start: July 2020
KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in educationally underserved communities. Over 100,000 students attend one of the 242 KIPP schools that operate in 31 regions across the United States. KIPP Philadelphia Schools Public Schools (KPPS) is a part of the national KIPP network and currently leads six schools serving approximately 2,400 students in North and West Philadelphia.
Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
KIPP Philadelphia seeks a highly dedicated social worker who will bring a “whatever it takes” attitude to its team. Our Social Worker will work directly with students and families to provide effective, high quality interventions. Our Social Worker will also work directly with teachers to cultivate their knowledge of students’ social and emotional development. Ideally, our Social Worker has the ability to supervise social work interns and manage this small team to provide a higher level of support for students. Our Social Worker provides the following core services: prevention, intervention, assessment, and collaboration.
- Provide group or 1:1 counseling services to students with and without IEPs
- Participate in weekly intervention meetings to thought partner with teachers around social and emotional interventions
- Build relationships and collaborate with external education and social services professionals to develop appropriate agency services for students and families
- Facilitate workshops and other learning opportunities for families
- Conduct home visits that support families to meet KIPP expectations and increases student/family involvement.
- Participate on school staff teams to develop policies and practices to proactively build school culture including opportunities for team-building and collaboration among students
- Help drive a school-wide atmosphere that best suits the needs of our students, teachers, and families
- Facilitate professional development for teachers to help them understand child development and how it affects student performance academically and social/emotionally
- Lead the school’s SAP program
- Drive social and emotional intervention plans for our most high need students
- Run individual and group counseling sessions with research based social and emotional practices
- Assist students, teachers, and families to develop solutions to family and community factors that influence students’ capacity or ability to learn
- Serve as the building lead for crisis intervention, managing crisis protocols from referral through to transition back to school
- Drive interagency collaboration and wrap-around services for students
- Attend IEP and inter-departmental meetings for students receiving Social Work services
- Complete high quality progress notes for all students receiving social work services weekly and maintain up-to-date records for all services rendered
- Conduct interviews with a student, family members, and KIPP staff members to gather information about each student’s social, emotional, and behavioral needs; help all constituents integrate information to best meet the student’s needs
- Conduct observations to gather data in order to determine best options for interventions
- Supervise and mentor social work interns.
- Create professional learning goals each year and implement feedback as part of working towards these goals
- Offer support to and receive constructive feedback from colleagues in order to create a professional working atmosphere that is conducive to growth and improvement
- As much as possible, be available for Open Houses, Family-Teacher Conferences, and other events involving families outside of normal operating hours
Additionally, the ability to perform the following duties is highly desirable:
- Supervise BSW/MSW level students
- Supervise additional MSW level employees pursuing their clinical licensure in PA
KIPP requires the following qualifications for all social workers:
- Masters in Social Work or Counseling from an accredited institution
- Pennsylvania Licensure (LSW minimum)
- Commitment to working with underserved students
KIPP prefers the following qualifications
- Experience working within an urban school
- Pennsylvania Clinical Licensure (LCSW)
Salary is competitive and a comprehensive benefits package is included.
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