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Social Worker

Company: TrulyHired
Location: Ankeny
Posted on: January 10, 2022

Job Description:

JDE: 3.12Ankeny Community School DistrictSchool Social Worker - Position will be shared between Middle School & High SchoolPurpose StatementThe position of School Social Worker was established to support the process of serving as a professional with specific responsibilities of coordinating services for students and their families that impede student success in educational programs and life; provide direct services to students which increase student success; collaborating with teachers, other professional staff, and administrators, parents, community members, and others in addressing student issues; and responding to a wide range of inquiries from students, their parents or guardians and colleagues regarding overall student wellbeing.Job Goal: To coordinate services for students and families which reduce factors impeding student success in the educational setting and in the student's life.Essential Functions

  • Maintains regular contact with school personnel to identify students in need of assistance, including crisis intervention.
  • Coordinates resources and program for the purpose of improving student social/emotional, academic and family situations, including coordinating family involvement with agencies and services required to address student-specific needs.
  • Researches, selects, implements, and evaluates student and family strategies and resources focused on improvement of student social/emotional, academic, and family needs.
  • Assesses student needs and/or goals for the purpose of providing feedback to students, parents, and administration, and inform next steps for support.
  • Advises parents and/or legal guardians for the purpose of communicating resources, support organizations, and developing methods for improvement and/or reinforcing needs and/or goals in the home environment.
  • Serves as a liaison between schools, community based social services and families.
  • Research, identify, develop, and/or offer social/emotional professional development opportunities for staff.
  • Supports student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning environment.
  • Responds to inquiries from a variety of sources (e.g. other teachers, parents, administrators, etc.) for the purpose of resolving issues, providing information and/or direction.
  • Participates in a variety of meetings, including parent teacher conferences, PLCs, lEPs, 504 meetings, etc for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information to support students and families.
  • Prepares a variety of written materials for the purpose of documenting student progress and meeting mandated requirements.
  • Reports incidents (e.g., behavior infractions, suspected child abuse, suspected substance abuse, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining personal safety of students, providing a positive learning environment and adhering to state and federal laws and school board policies.
  • Develops and maintains an effective level of communication with appropriate personnel.
  • Maintains accurate records.Other Functions
    • Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution.
    • Demonstrates integrity and maintains confidentiality.
    • Works well with others, maintaining positive and effective communication with school personnel and works well with other custodians on jobs that require more than one person.
    • Is respectful and appropriately interacts with staff, students, and visitors.
    • Upholds and adheres to safety rules and policies of the Ankeny Community School District safety program.
    • Supports the goals and objectives of the school district and follow all district policies.
    • Demonstrates the ability to attend work on a regular and routine basis to avoid disruption to district operations.
    • Perform all duties in a safe manner to avoid injury to oneself and/or others.
    • Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution.
    • Performs other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.Minimum Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSAs) for Position QualificationKNOWLEDGE is required of the material for which the position is responsible. Thorough knowledge and understanding of the specialty area, and a variety of strategies and disciplinary techniques. Specific knowledge based competencies are required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the position such as: knowledge of appropriate codes, policies, regulations, and/or laws; age appropriate activities; stages of child development; and behavioral management strategies. Knowledge is required to read technical information, compose a variety of documents, facilitate group discussions, and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions.SKILLS are required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the function of the position include: communication skills to explain curriculum material in a variety of ways; skill in applying assessment instruments and operating standard technology and office equipment (i.e. pertinent software applications); skills in preparing and maintaining accurate records; collaborative skills to work productively with colleagues; and creativity and presentation skills to plan lessons and motivate and hold the attention of students.ABILITY is required to teach children and families in a pleasant, creative, and constructive manner. Must obtain the ability to schedule activities, meetings, and/or events, gather collate, and/or classify data. Flexibility is required to work with others in a wide variety of circumstances. Ability is required to analyze data utilizing defined but different processes, and operate equipment using standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of varied types and/or purposes. Problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines, and problem solving with equipment is moderate. Specific ability-based competencies that are required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the position include: establishing and maintaining constructive relationships; adapting to changing work priorities; maintaining confidentiality; exhibiting tact and patience; and the ability to work flexible hours.Responsibility Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; directing other persons within a small work unit; and operating within a defined budget. Utilization of some resources from other work units is often required to perform position functions. There is some opportunity to significantly impact the organization's services.Working Environment The usual and customary methods of performing the position functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Working conditions may include extreme temperatures and humidity. Hazards may include exposure to communicable diseases.Education: Master's degree in Social Work (MSW Certification is required)Experience:
      • Experience with community services, schools, and families
      • Position related experience, preferred.Certificates & Licenses:Meet certification requirements as directed by the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (SPR)Continuing Education / Training: Maintain Licensure and required certificatesClearances:Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background ClearancePosition Reports to: Building PrincipalFLSA Status:ExemptThe foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required. Approved by: Jodie Graham Date: May 20, 2021 Ankeny Community School District is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of the District to provide equal employment opportunities and not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, age or marital status in its employment and personnel practices. The job categories where the representative groups are underrepresented.
        • Position Type:Full-time
        • Positions Available:1Job Category :Student Services > Social WorkerEqual Opportunity EmployerAll employers submitting a job opening for posting on the Teach Iowa system will not discriminate in hiring on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, marital status, or status as a veteran. A bona fide religious institution may choose to exercise the allowances in Iowa Code section 216.6.(6)d. Employers may have additional developed specific equal employment opportunity policies and procedures; please check with employers. Job Requirements
          • No experience requiredContact Information
            • Tracey Goforth
            • 306 SW SCHOOL ST
            • Ankeny,Iowa 50023
              • Phone: (515) 965-9600
              • Email: click here

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