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Brilla Public Charter Schools Social Worker Middle School, LCSW or LMSW 2021-2022 School Year in Bronx, New York

Brilla Public Charter Schools Social Worker

About Brilla Public Charter Schools

Brilla Public Charter Schools is a network of elementary and middle schools that currently serve over 1,360 students from the Mott Haven and University Heights area and surrounding neighborhoods in the Bronx. We plan to grow our network from our five current campuses to eight over the next decade, reaching some 3,200 students in the Bronx. Brilla Public Charter Schools aims to empower their scholars and community through an innovative approach that combines co-teaching practices and blended learning, with core elements of a classical education - helping students know and appreciate Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. Brilla Public Charter Schools focus on teaching the whole child, instilling a deep sense of character through the Core Virtues of courage, justice, wisdom, and self-control, while setting a high bar for academic performance and teaching content that has withstood the test of time. Brilla’s commitment to holistic child development is paralleled with its commitment to creating a joyful community for families and staff. In order to achieve results for students, Brilla staff model the intellectual and social competencies Brilla Public Charter Schools desire for all of their scholars to become young men and women of good character and spirit, and to be prepared for excellence in high school, college and beyond.

Position Overview

The Social Worker commits to upholding Brilla Public Charter Schools' mission, instructional vision, and Commitment to Excellence. The Social Worker will report to the Student Services Manager. He/she will demonstrate high expectations for the achievement and conduct of all students, and foster a safe, joyful, and nurturing learning environment in which students can thrive. The Social Worker will be responsible for working with students, families, and teachers to solve problems relating to student achievement and health.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Attend 3 week long summer Professional Development in August before school year to become familiar with systems, routines and expectations. (8am-5pm)

  • Actively engage in ongoing professional development

  • Maintain regular communications with parents and guardians to build positive and trusting relationships with students and families

  • Aids students with behavioral, mental, emotional, and/or physical problems: counsels students whose behavior, school progress, or mental or physical handicap or condition indicates need for assistance; arranges for medical, psychiatric, and other tests and examinations that may disclose causes of difficulties and indicate remedial measures; attempts to alter attitudes and behavior of parents and teachers that cause or aggravate problems

  • Counsels individual and small group sessions as per Individualized Education Program (IEP) requirements

  • Manages crisis situations as they arise; can expect to be on call for such crises

  • Provides individual and group counseling to students and their families on a short-term basis

  • Serves as a professional resource for school staff in areas of supporting families and students in crisis

  • Makes home visits; should feel comfortable working with people from all ethnic and economic backgrounds

  • Participates in the creation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), serving as an advocate for the students

  • Trains staff and parents; works with students on school and behavioral support program

  • Maintains clinical records on case-management services, which includes documenting home visits, counseling sessions, and other services

  • Provides feedback to teachers and administrators on how to best support caseload and non-caseload students; consults with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems and effect solutions

  • Designs and implements a curriculum that allows parents to talk with a counselor and with each other about how to best support their child's (children's') academic and social development

  • Serves as a consultant to school personnel regarding students or situations that are not referred for direct service

  • Designs curriculum and facilitates topic-specific groups, workshops, and drop-in discussion groups to address common social, emotional, and/or behavioral issues

  • Assesses high-risk situations; makes immediate recommendations and referrals in efforts to ensure child safety and reduce or eliminate risk factors

  • Works with students and their families to develop strategies, including providing referrals to outside agencies, for addressing the safety, emotional, and basic needs of the students and their families

  • Serves as a liaison and advocate among student, home, school, and community resources, such as family-service agencies, mental-health clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and clergy members

  • Commit to be available by phone after school hours until 7:00 p.m. each day weekday to address any student or family questions or concerns (cell phone provided by the school)

  • Perform other duties as assigned

  • Dresses professionally at all times

    Key Qualifications & Competencies

  • Possess zest, grit, hope, love, social intelligence, gratitude, and a sense of humor

  • LCSW or LMSW required

  • Minimum of two years of counseling experience, preferably in an urban school setting

  • Passion for contributing to a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and desire to contribute to building a school from the ground up

  • Optimistic, motivated, and adaptable

  • Self-aware and understands own strengths and weaknesses; commitment to continuous personal growth, professional development, and mentorship opportunities

  • Verbal and written communication skills

  • Spanish language proficiency required

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