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2019-20 School Social Worker

Company: Clarke County School District (GA)
Location: Athens
Posted on: April 18, 2019

Job Description:

Overall Purpose
The job of School Social Worker is done for the purpose/s of identifying and addressing the social, emotional, environmental, familiar, and/or systematic factors that interfere with student learning; facilitating positive school adjustment; communicating and collaborating among and between the home, the school, and the community.

Direct Supervisor
Director of School Social Work
Essential Functions
Assesses student and family needs (financial, medical, parenting skills, etc.) for the purpose of developing and implementing individualized plans of services to support educational objectives.Completes juvenile complaints in Juvenile Court in situations of truancy for the purpose of engaging court supervision on matters of school attendance.Conducts home visits and makes contact with families for the purpose of gathering and sharing information, building positive home-school relationships, and facilitating the implementation of supportive services on behalf of students.Coordinates workshops, support groups, and training for parents and/or students (parenting skills, community resources, district programs, social skill development, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a positive home environment, building trust between family and district, and supporting child's educational program.Coordinates activities with a variety of internal and external stakeholders (mental health organizations, probation officers, medical professionals, school officials, etc.) for the purpose of providing referrals and services for families and/or students.Evaluates or assists in the evaluation of programs and seniors for the purpose of improving service delivery.Maintains case records for the purpose of documenting activities and complying with mandated requirements.Mediates conflicts between parents, teachers, and/or students for the purpose of resolving issues that could impede student's success.Participates in meetings, workshops, and seminars as assigned (continuing education, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions.Partners with institutions of higher education (supervising Bachelor's and Master's level university interns, etc.) for the purpose of increasing the number of college graduates who might work in the field, including within the district, and increasing services to school-aged students.Provides training to school personnel as needed and required by law on topics related to student needs and student success (child abuse, suicide, poverty, mental health, etc.) for the purpose of professional learning for associated stakeholders.Refers students and families to appropriate school and community resources (mental health services, housing authorities, etc.) for the purpose of meeting complex social problems.Responds to requests for intervention in situations that could negatively impact a student's education plan (behavior problems, home issues, etc.) for the purpose of addressing needs of the student.Responds to all inquiries (parents, students, etc.) for the purpose of providing information on district support services and/or educational programs.

Marginal Functions
Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Competencies
Skills-based Competencies
Required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adhering to safety practices and procedures; analyzing data; applying assessment instruments; facilitating meetings; operating standard office equipment and office technology; preparing and maintaining accurate records; and promoting activities and/or events.
Knowledge-based Competencies
Required to perform basic math, including calculations using fractions, percentages, and/or ratios; review and interpret highly technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions. Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: age appropriate activities/behaviors; assessment instruments and techniques; cultural differences of student population; health standards and hazards; job-related codes/laws/rules/regulations/policies; knowledge of community resources; record keeping and record retention practices; school safety and security practices; stages of child development; and treatment modalities.
Ability-based Competencies
Required to schedule activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use basic, job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using defined methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types and/or purposes; and utilize job-related equipment. Independent 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 limited. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adapting to changing work priorities; communicating with persons of diverse backgrounds; dealing with frequent interruptions; maintaining confidentiality; organizing tasks; setting priorities; working as part of a team; working extended hours; and working with detailed information/data.

Keywords: Clarke County School District (GA), Athens , 2019-20 School Social Worker, Healthcare , Athens, Georgia

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