School Social Worker - Chicago Northwest
Work. With Purpose
Ombudsman, a growing, dynamic organization with a social mission to offer hope, is seeking an individual to join our family.
This individual will join an award-winning team and perform meaningful work in a culture that welcomes innovation, encourages creative expression and offers limitless potential for personal and professional satisfaction.
If you thrive in a fast-paced, goal-oriented, outcome-driven environment, seek a career with a social mission, and possess a problem-solving mindset, a sense of humor – and a stellar work ethic – we should talk.
Position Summary: The hours for this position are 12:00pm-8:00pm.
The Social Worker is primarily responsible for helping students to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally, through individual and group counseling and by collaborating with educators, parents, and other professionals to create a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment that strengthens connections between home and school. The position must perform their duties in a positive work mode and serve as a positive role model and influence for clients and peers.
The position operates with general direction from the supervisor and functions as an integral part of the Ombudsman team in supporting and implementing Ombudsman and ChanceLight initiatives. The position operates within the defined practices and processes from the Clinical Services and Special Education functions and adheres to the practices and processes as defined. The Social Worker supports the supervisor in decisions regarding the operation of the center(s) and is an active and productive member of the site team.
- Provides individual and group counseling sessions to address interpersonal or family issues that interfere with school performance, including crisis intervention consultation and/or family therapy as needed
- Maintains all required paperwork including but not limited to communication logs and meticulous notes regarding all services provided to students.
- Conducts interviews with students, family members, and school personnel to gather information required to assess student social, emotional and behavioral adjustment to school and the community. Determines appropriate individual and group topics based on above interview
- Maintains regular contact with students’ parents/guardians to inform of student’s progress, areas of difficulties, and any changes or situations in home life that may affect school performance.
- Develops and updates Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) as needed in adherence to the company, school, state and federal regulations and procedure
- Attends and participates in IEP team meeting, facilitating at the discretion of the school districts
- Actively participates in other team meetings when necessary to address specific student and parent concerns.
- Collaborates with education and social services professionals (for example wrap- around, probation officers, court systems) to develop appropriate agency services for students and their families
- Provides case management functions for students, which include but are not limited to, coordination of parent meetings, emergency transportation requests, and coordination with therapists outside the school setting.
- Collaborates and consults with teachers, parents/guardians, district personnel, and service providers to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems, always establishing and maintaining effective public relations and projecting a positive company image.
- Ensures the use of positive social skill teaching methods by conducting monthly direct observation of classroom staff’s implementation of IEP goals and/or Behavior Intervention Plans/ Treatment Plans
- Provides guidance, consultation, and assistance to teachers in the development of classroom schedules, maintenance of student data systems and facilitation of student transition plans to assure appropriate schedules and services based on each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) and/or other applicable goa Consults with and assists teachers in the classroom with teaching students social, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills
- Assesses student progress through consistent review of classroom data collection and recording systems and provides applicable training and guidance to classroom staff accordingly in addressing student behavioral need Conducts crisis assessments and contacts the appropriate authorities if needed to ensure that emergency intervention is provided to a student.
- Functions as a role model for effective teaching of students as well as for communication and problem solving with staff, reinforcing the school’s emphasis on a behavior analytic, empirical approach to education, the extensive use of data in decision making, and the use of positive behavior intervention and supports to achieve maximum performance when working with students and co-worker
- Keeps up to date with research-based practices and developments in subject area, resources, and professional development
- Responds constructively to formal and informal feedback
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