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School Social Worker


Reports to: Regional Administrator Classification: Contracted
Date: March 2004

Job Summary

Partners with educators, families and communities to provide effective learning environments for all students.† Helps ensure success for all learners through individual, family, and group interventions and services; advocacy; and coordinating services between home, school and community agencies.


  1. Masterís degree in social work.
  2. Iowa license with school social work endorsement or Dept. of Public Health license with Dept. of Education Statement of Professional Recognition.

Essential Functions

  1. Supports total school/community efforts to create a positive learning environment for students/children.
  2. Serves as liaison among AEA, district building(s), families and community and collaborates with various teams to assure positive outcomes for all learners.
  3. Models, implements and assesses strategies related to learning, social, emotional and behavioral needs to enhance educational programming for all learners.
  4. Provides ongoing support to educational staff related to applicable rules and laws.
  5. Integrates research into the design of best practices.
  6. Consults with teachers and administrators regarding best practices for classroom and building educational programs.
  7. Follows policies, procedures, standards and rules in accordance with national and state laws, the Iowa Dept of Education and GWAEA, which includes, but is not limited to, developing and maintaining proper and adequate records and documentation.
  8. Provides individual, family and group interventions and services to support educational success, which may include counseling, consultation and strategies for enhancing learning.
  9. Coordinates and advocates appropriate client services with other agencies and professionals.
  10. Consults with teachers and other team members and initiates on-going assessment and problem solving for intervention activities.
  11. Conducts evaluations/assessments to identify problem and strength areas and corroborate findings with other.
  12. Helps parents participate fully in their childrenís education.

Additional Responsibilities

  1. Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the Agencyís mission, goals and priorities.
  2. Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative to produce high-quality, organized and dependable results.
  3. Conveys a positive and professional image to staff and public.
  4. Handles information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc).
  5. Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.
  6. Facilitates educational and support groups for parents, educators, and other community members.
  7. Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.
  2. Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others and independently as appropriate.
  3. Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients and the Agency.
  4. Ability to integrate educational theory, research and expertise into appropriate practices for local contexts, in a service style that facilitates positive change and continuous improvement.
  5. Effective presentation and group facilitation skills.
  6. Ability to use data to make educationally sound decisions.
  7. Knowledge of best practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  8. Knowledge of applicable rules and laws that govern educational decisions.
  9. Ability to read and interpret documents, write reports and correspondence, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts.
  10. Ability to use and integrate technology appropriately in daily work which includes, but is not limited to, efficient operation of telephone and voice mail systems and application of basic computer skills to effectively use e-mail, internet and word processing.
  11. Knowledge of systems theory.
  12. Ability to demonstrate strong individual, family and group consultation skills.
  13. Ability to provide crisis prevention and intervention services.

Physical Requirements

  1. Ability to travel between schools/sites served.
  2. Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that canít always be anticipated.