Social Worker 2018 - 2019 School Year

  • Brooklyn, United States

Social Worker 2018 - 2019 School Year

Job description

About Us

Williamsburg Charter High School (WCHS) is a high performing, public charter high school located in Brooklyn, New York. WCHS opened in August 2004 as the first Chancellor-authorized charter high school in the City of New York with a ninth grade class of 267 students. Now in its thirteenth year of operation, WCHS has grown to serve approximately 963 students in grades nine through twelve. The school’s mission is to unite youth, families, staff, teachers and the community at large in providing young people with the tools necessary to make sense of the world, and prepare them in their journey to become skilled workers and literate citizens of the world.  Young people will accomplish this through their participation in a rigorous and demanding liberal arts education that includes language, literature, writing, science, history, mathematics, the arts, technology, and exploration in disciplines designed to teach fairness, justice, respect and compassion for themselves and others, as well as the skills of critical thinking, communication and research. 

 

Williamsburg Charter High School provides a broad liberal arts academic program to the high-school age youth of north Brooklyn and beyond. School programs are individualized to connect to each student’s particular level of development, including English Language Learners and students requiring Special Education services. Further, WCHS provide itself on  supportive relationships with faculty, successfully leveraging instructional time to maximize student learning, and opportunities after-school and Saturdays for enrichment. Social and emotional support is also an integral part of the programming available to students to ensure that student non-academic needs are addressed. Students are accepted into WCHS through a random lottery with no minimum requirements, tests, or auditions required to gain entrance.  As a public charter school, there is no tuition.

 

The Williamsburg Charter High School seeks out individuals who:

  • Are committed to the idea that every child can succeed at high levels
  • Believe that they have been called to teach and empower young people
  • Demonstrate a commitment to providing students with a rigorous academic experience
  • Are resilient, resourceful, relentless, and well-able to adapt to the many changes that can happen in an organization focused solely on doing what is best for students
  • Excel at working in a highly collaborative, professional setting but can also work independently
  • Understand the unique needs of the community they serve as well as the complex issues that impact urban youth and their families
  • Are committed to inquiry-based teaching
  • Engage a youth development approach in their interactions with young people by being sensitive to their developmental needs
  • Are passionate and positive about school culture
  • Feel full responsibility for students’ achievement
  • Love ‘the details’ and realize that student success depends almost exclusively on them
  • Are reflective and willing to improve upon their practice through professional development and support
  • Effectively manage their time, resources, and technology
  • Are convinced of the transformative power of education for all students, families, and educators

Social Worker as Steward of Programming and Support Services

The ideal Social Worker will be responsible for coordinating all services at the school. In addition, the successful Social Worker would also implement school community educational programs, assess problems and implement intervention methodologies, and provide social services-related training. The Social Worker will also manage the following:

 

 Student and Family Counseling and Support

  • Provide assessments of students to identify emotional, social, and environmental catalysts for their life situations
  • Counsel students and interpret their needs to professional and lay groups
    • Provide training and professional development for counselors, teachers and staff (i.e., information about student self-mutilation)
    • Provide direct individual and group counseling to students; Mandates and Non-Mandates
  • Document, assess, plan, interact, and intervene as it relates to social work services and in accordance with school guidelines and standards
  • Maintain records and statistics in accordance with school policies
  • Create reports that inform the Principal of any general patterns or circumstances that affect the school
  • Provide consultative services to other school team members within scope of care definitions as needed
  • Maintain a working knowledge of relevant medical/legal issues that impact student care (e.g., advance directives, child abuse, etc.)
  • When necessary, support students and families dealing with adapting to the students’ life situations
  • Participate in grade level school level teams and provide leadership in representing clinical social work perspective
  • Train  students, staff, and faculty in relevant social work issues
  • Maintain working knowledge of and liaise with community agencies and resources          

Assessment and Planning

  • Document, assess, plan, interact, and intervene as it relates to social work services and in accordance with school guidelines and standards
  • Maintain records and statistics in accordance with school policies
  • Create reports that inform the Principal of any general patterns or circumstances that affect the school

Counseling Support to School Teams

  • Provide consultative services to other school team members within scope of care definitions as needed
  • Maintain a working knowledge of relevant medical/legal issues that impact student care (e.g., advance directives, child abuse, etc.)
  • When necessary, support students and families dealing with adapting to the students’ life situations
  • Participate in grade level school level teams and provide leadership in representing clinical social work perspective
  • Train  students, staff, and faculty in relevant social work issues
  • Maintain working knowledge of and liaise with community agencies and resources

Positively Contributing to Student and School Team Culture 

  • Arrive to school on-time and leave no earlier than 4:30PM.  Even with these times parameters in mind, we ultimately seek team members that will simply do whatever it takes and will work relentlessly to ensure each students are emotionally safe and able to academically excel
  • Create a safe learning and sharing space for students and families
  • Proactively involve assigned student’s family in their progress through regular communications including (but not limited to):  weekly informal communication via emails, notes, telephone calls, and meetings
  • Hold students to high behavioral and academic expectations and support students to succeed
  • Model professional and collegial behavior for students
  • Respond to all school-related communications within 24 hours, including but not limited to voicemails and emails, from WCHS faculty and staff (including supervisors and other teachers)
  • Adhere to the WCHS Handbook, Personnel Policies, and Instructional Manual
  • Perform any other job-related duties as directed and assigned 

Requirements

Education and Credentials

  • Master's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work
  • Social work experience in a school, health care setting or social service agency preferred 
  • Current licensure as a licensed clinical social worker by the NYS Social Work Certification and Licensure Board