The Social Worker will serve as the link between our schools, our families, and our community. The individual in this role will work closely with scholars to constantly improve their mental and emotional well-being, preparing them for success both inside and outside of the classroom.
Who We’re Looking For:
First and foremost, we’re looking for people who share our unwavering commitment to the Democracy Prep mission of college success and authentic civic engagement for our scholars. Beyond that, we want people who are hungry, humble, and smart. Our Social Workers are people with a passion for counseling youth and providing individualized interventions and support.
What does the Social Worker do:
Provide crisis intervention and behavior management to expedite students’ return to classrooms for learning and to build students’ ability to meet the school’s high expectations.
Provide one-on-one counseling or group counseling as needed to students and families.
Train others to identify students and family members who may benefit from regular one-on-one counseling or group counseling.
Develop and implement curriculum for social and emotional development/intervention with students.
Manage administrative and appropriate direct-services elements of the referral process for social services and special education services.
Provide individual and group counseling mandates to our scholars/families.
Help scholars cope with personal and psychological issues that affect their school performance, behavior and socialization.
Provide information for outside support services or agencies to help students deal with economic, emotional or physical challenges.
Assess scholar independent functioning skills toward possible referrals to outpatient treatment/counseling/support options.
Assess possible abuse and neglect cases to appropriate emergency intervention organizations.
Perform related work as required.
Manage and track absenteeism and tardiness referrals from the Operations team.
Organize and chief administer RTI (Response to Intervention) planning and delivery.
Plan and lead episodic extended advisory sessions with students to develop core character and social skills building strategies.
Assist teachers and administrators in dealing with behavioral or attitude issues by communicating with scholars to find the causes of their distress.
Attend and participate in Manifestation meetings.
Develop and implement professional development training for educational staff and parents as requested.
Conduct home visits as a method to access the family and conduct interviews in response to school referrals.
Maintain an ongoing liaison with community agencies and other resources to meet student needs; refers parents and student to agencies when appropriate.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively.
Excellent organization, time management, and follow-up skills.
Passionately dedicated to Democracy Prep’s mission and a steadfast belief that all students deserve preparation for the college of their choice and active citizenship.
Able to speak and write in Spanish fluently.
Education and Work Experience:
A master’s degree in social work from a competitive college or university is required.
NJ State Department of Education school social work certification is required.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with your experience. Democracy Prep employees are provided with a benefits package that includes medical, vision, and dental insurance, parental leave, tuition reimbursement, a smartphone, and a laptop. Along with participating in the mandatory NJ Pension Plan, employees have the choice of enrolling in a pre-tax 403b or post-tax Roth with Democracy Prep.
Democracy Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars who will change the world. We strongly believe that by building a DREAM team that represents numerous perspectives, backgrounds, and expertises, we can achieve this goal together. This is a value we highly support and strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.