The School Social Worker works with youth, families and school administration to address mental health concerns and social and emotional needs that interfere with academic functioning.
Student Support-·Assesses student’s needs by obtaining, collecting and evaluating information from appropriate school personnel, and meetings with the student, and/or family members. Intervenes and supports students effectively by engaging them in the establishment of goals and objectives in accordance with school policy and the needs of school professionals.
Parental Support –Provide guidance to parents while addressing student’s needs and to help navigate referrals or resources for families. Communicates via phone/e-mail and/or in person meetings based on the needs of the family and within the school’s policy.
Compliance – Adheres to standards and requirements of all external accrediting/licensing bodies by attending staff meetings and committee meetings as assigned.
Training - Shares professional knowledge with other staff by seeking out professional development opportunities and sharing new learning with staff.
Networking/Promotion - Promotes the agency by ensuring an understanding of program services available for clients, publicizing activities and accomplishments and outreach with community members as appropriate.
Scheduling - Adjust work hours during school year as needed by school administration, to be used as flexed work hours during school breaks as planned with supervisor’s approval.
Ambassadorship - Supports agency operations by appropriately representing the agency in all forums and by demonstrating commitment to agency philosophy, mission, goals, policies and procedures.
Service Philosophy-Exemplify and embrace the philosophies of person-centered service, trauma informed care, and a zero suicide culture into daily work responsibilities; as such participate in assigned trainings under these areas in order to meet the needs of those serviced by the agency, and of those a part of the agency.
Security and Privacy –Adhere to agency and client protection policies by regularly acclimating yourself with the JFS privacy, safety and security policies made available within the employee handbook.
Employee Philanthropy –Participate annually in agency and partner related philanthropic activities and campaigns.
Mission Dedication –Embody the mission and values of JFS in all work done on behalf of the agency. Utilization of the JFS key strategies will ensure success in this accountability.
Misc. – Other duties as assigned by management.
Experience: Experience working with youth and families
Education: Minimum of a master’s degree in a field that permits state licensing/registration to provide outpatient counseling/therapy.
Certifications or Licenses Required: Limited or Full Licensure
Technology - Maintain ability to utilize multiple documentation systems based on location requirements.
Communication – Express oneself in an articulate and effective manner both verbally and in written communication.
Effective Reasoning – Deal with abstract as well as concrete problematic people and situations. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
Time Management - Use time effectively by appropriately planning, organizing and scheduling required work hours to meet agency needs.
Continuing Education - Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending agency in-service programs, educational workshops, reviewing professional publications and establishing personal networks.
Child/adolescent development –Posses a high level of understanding of normal and abnormal behaviors throughout developmental stages in order to best intervene in problematic situations.
Clinical Framework – Understand and apply basic theoretical models and perspectives to successfully resolve student scenarios over short and long term periods.
Liaison Role – Act in accordance with the wishes of school administration as to daily tasks and duties.
Professionalism – Demonstrate effective judgment by making appropriate decisions, as well as conducting and maintaining a professional manner and appearance at all times.
Teamwork Capabilities – Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit is an Equal Opportunity Employer