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Social Work SupervisorPOSITIONUncommon Schools is searching for a Social Work Supervisor (a€œSWSa€) for our Brooklyn and Newark regions. The SWS is network-based and each SWS will provide support to the regional Special Education a€œSPEDa€ team, Social Workers/School Counselors and Uncommon Managing Directors/Associate Managing Directors of instruction. The SWS will be responsible for managing a network-wide social work/school counselor department, focusing on: supporting individual school social workers/school counselors, researching and implementing social work professional development, developing community based resources and referrals with a specific focus on serving high risk students with psycho-social-emotional needs that are unmet in the school environment, and ensuring uniform data collection and analysis from individual school social work/school counselor departments. The position serves as an integral role within the campus-based and Special Education teams. The ideal candidate is able to manage multiple responsibilities, work independently and within a team, and understands child development. The SWS will report directly to the Brooklyn Director of Special Education and Newark Senior Director of Special Education, respectively.ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES1.Work with the SPED leaders and Managing Directors/Associate Managing Directors of instructiona€ cents Shares a sense of urgency about closing the achievement gap and demonstrates tenacity and persistence in pursuit of solutions that maximize student achievement.a€ cents Plans, organizes, schedules, and budgets in an efficient, productive manner; focusing on key priorities.a€ cents Speaks and writes clearly and articulately without being overly verbose or talkative. Maintains this standard in all forms of written communication, including e-mail.a€ cents Often solicits feedback and reacts calmly to criticism or negative feedback.2.Oversee Strategic Initiativesa€ cents Develop strategic planning for the network Social Work team including goal setting and overall visiona€ cents Collaborate with the network Special Education team to better develop the role of Social Workersa€ cents Perform other duties assigned by the Senior Director or Director of Special Education3.Provide Clinical Supervision to School Social Workers/School Counselorsa€ cents Meet with social workers/school counselors weekly or biweekly in clinical supervision sessions to provide ongoing case guidance and support of students receiving IEP and at-risk counseling services. This may include monthly group supervision sessions.a€ cents Communicate with School Leaders and school social workers to assess strengths and weaknesses of individual school social worker/school counselors using the midyear evaluation process and responding with tailored support (including onsite visits and hands-on client work) to address these needs.a€ cents Support school leadership in the selection of new social workers/school counselor. Provide guidance and support for hiring criteria.4.Offer Professional Developmenta€ cents Develop a year-long and ongoing core curriculum for social work professional development.a€ cents Topics might include: supporting the Uncommon culture; working with the schoola€ (TM) s behavior modification/school discipline program; working with the students who struggle most with behavior; working with small groups; working on clienta€ (TM) s long term goals in a short time frame; writing and assessing IEP counseling goals; building a supportive and productive relationship with the Sp Ed Coordinator and Dean of Students; self-care to avoid burnout; developing, maintaining, and adjusting client boundaries; understanding trauma; addressing crisis management within the confines of the school environment; training and implementing collaborative problem solving;.a€ cents Continually assess the needs of school social workers and coordinate targeted professional development opportunities, utilizing community social work professionals to deliver specific training. Provide regular updates of professional development opportunities available throughout New York City and New Jersey, respectively.5.Develop Community Partnerships for Mental/Medical Health Servicesa€ cents Collaborate with community based providers to develop an Uncommon pipeline for these services.a€ cents Serve as a liaison and advocate for families and outside programs6.Disseminate and Implement Best Practicesa€ cents Align social work protocols across the networka€ cents Maintain communication between staff regarding identified concerns and effective approaches to address thema€ cents Work with the Special Education leaders to develop data management tools to collect and manage network wide data on social work services and challenging social work cases.a€ cents Determine the type of data that should be collected: number of counseling sessions cancelled weekly/monthly and why; hours spent on critical cases; number of FBAs created and implemented; number of referrals to outside service providers; follow through with community referrals and outcomes, etc.a€ cents The goal: create a network wide bank of information that tells the story of the high risk students and families that we are serving, with a specific concentration on behavioral and emotional needs a€" which is separate from the data on SPED academic services.ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE BROOKLYN SWS1.Establish Professional Developmenta€ cents Facilitate monthly social work supervision group sessions for each academy level. Develop peer support networks to increase school-to-school social work/school counselor communication.a€ cents Maintain working relationships with outside organizations to offer 1 professional development per year to social workers/school counselors that provides CEU credits. Working collaboratively with these organizations to identify relevant professional development topics, creating agendas for sessions, managing follow-up and implementation from sessions, and handling the logistical components of these sessions.a€ cents Coordinate orientation professional development and training tools for the three-week preparation period prior to the beginning of the school year.a€ cents Create a summer social worker task list to complete during the three-week preparation period prior to the beginning of the year2.Establish an Internship Programa€ cents Explore the potential for providing social work interns at individual school sites. Collaborate with school social workers to understand individual school needs and capacity for hosting a graduate level intern.a€ cents Develop relationships with MSW graduate school programs. Understand the graduate schoola€ (TM) s criteria for participating in the fieldwork program and assigning MSW level interns.a€ cents Support school social workers in developing and managing a school-based social work intern program.3.Collaboration with Community Partnershipsa€ cents Conduct a network-wide needs assessment to identify the need for and possible roles for additional mental/medical health services.a€ cents Communicate with school leadership and school social workers to facilitate the process of engaging students and families with the community based providers. Develop a best practices protocol for successful engagement.a€ cents Assist individual school sites in coordinating informational events to understand the community based services that are available.ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE NEWARK SWSIn addition to having network-wide duties, the Newark SWS will also serve as a school social worker with a limited caseload in 2017-18. School-based duties will include:1.Manage Administrative and Appropriate Direct-Service Elements of the Referral Process for Social Services and Special Education Services Including:a€ cents Conducting regular needs-assessments of current and emerging student and family needs;a€ cents Referring individuals and families to external resources and services;a€ cents Monitoring and facilitating the delivery of external resources and services;a€ cents Administering records, documentation, and other compliance activities.2.Serve as a Case Manager as Assigned and Maintain Appropriate Case Records for Students with IEPS:a€ cents Performs all duties required as a member of the child study team by administrative code, state and federal laws, and board policy.a€ cents Participates in the evaluation, classification and placement of all pupils with special needs.a€ cents Evaluates the configuration of factors within the home, community and school as related to a student's current social and academic adjustment.a€ cents Maintains an ongoing relationship with families3.Participate as a full member of the North Star faculty/staffa€ cents Respond to family concerns promptly and effectively;a€ cents Commit to professional growth;a€ cents Participate in an annual three-week staff orientation and training;a€ cents Share responsibility for grade-level and school-wide activities;a€ cents Help complete necessary school wide duties for the successful and orderly functioning of the school (eg, hallway supervision, arrival/departure transitions, field trips, etc.) and other such duties as the Principal may request from time to time;a€ cents Provide appropriate supervision of students during class, breaks, meals, specials, and transitions to maintain an optimal work environment and to ensure studentsa€ (TM) safety and well-being;a€ cents Attend and participate in events outside of normal school hours (eg, family nights, student performances, field trips, report card nights, Teacher - Parent Conferences, etc.);a€ cents Collaborate with teachers in grade level meetings, department meetings, staff meetings, and other professional development activities;a€ cents Uphold the rewards and consequence system for student behavior with consistency to ensure that students observe the schoola€ (TM) s core values, high expectations, and strict code of conducta€ cents Adhere to the policies, standards, and school-wide responsibilities described in the Schoola€ (TM) s Faculty & Staff Handbook or as may be instituted or in effect from time to timea€ cents Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of schoola€ cents Implement and enhance the schoola€ (TM) s systems and culturea€ cents Build professional relationships and collaborate with the Supervisor of Social Work, Child Study Team Supervisor, members of the Child Study Team, Principal, Dean of Students, the Special Education Coordinator, and other school staff to maximize the ability of Uncommon Schools to support studentsa€ (TM) academic and socio-emotional developmentQUALIFICATIONSRequired knowledge, skills, and abilities:a€ cents Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom;a€ cents Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player;a€ cents Knowledge of laws and regulations governing special education and social work;a€ cents Knowledge of outside resources available to familiesa€ cents Effective problem-solving, human relations, and communication skillsa€ cents Belief in and alignment with Uncommona€ (TM) s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.a€ cents Strong organizational skills; extremely careful attention to detail and follow-through.a€ cents Ability to work effectively with multiple individualsa€ cents Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships.a€ cents Experience working with and in urban K-12 schools is highly preferreda€ cents 3+ years with social work or administrator of social work servicesa€ cents Valid School Social Worker certification required (New Jersey and Brooklyn)a€ cents Mastera€ (TM) s degree in Social Work required (New Jersey and Brooklyn)a€ cents LCSW preferred (New Jersey)a€ cents LCSW required (Brooklyn)REQUIREMENTSa€ cents Travel to Uncommon school campuses to provide onsite support for duties and responsibilities as outlined above.a€ cents Availability via cell phone, email, and/or in-person to provide timely assistance to schools during working business hoursa€ cents Availability to attend work functions where necessary that may take place outside of normal working hours including parent meetings and/or professional development workshops.COMPENSATIONWe offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, PDA, and all necessary supplies.The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.Please note that your application will not be saved until you click a€œsubmita€ at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along. Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools..

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