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Social Worker Supervisor (Newark)
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Social Work Supervisor 


Uncommon Schools is searching for a Social Work Supervisor (“SWS”) for our Newark regions. The SWS is network-based and each SWS will provide support to the regional Special Education “SPED” team, Social Workers/School Counselors and Uncommon Managing Directors/Associate Managing Directors of instruction. The SWS will be responsible for managing a network-wide social work/school counselor department, focusing on: supporting individual school social workers/school counselors, researching and implementing social work professional development, developing community based resources and referrals with a specific focus on serving high risk students with psycho-social-emotional needs that are unmet in the school environment, and ensuring uniform data collection and analysis from individual school social work/school counselor departments. The position serves as an integral role within the campus-based and Special Education teams. The ideal candidate is able to manage multiple responsibilities, work independently and within a team, and understands child development. The SWS will report directly to the Newark Senior Director of Special Education, respectively. 


1. Work with the SPED leaders and Managing Directors/Associate Managing Directors of instruction
• Shares a sense of urgency about closing the achievement gap and demonstrates tenacity and persistence in pursuit of solutions that maximize student achievement.
• Plans, organizes, schedules, and budgets in an efficient, productive manner; focusing on key priorities.
• Speaks and writes clearly and articulately without being overly verbose or talkative. Maintains this standard in all forms of written communication, including e-mail.
• Often solicits feedback and reacts calmly to criticism or negative feedback.

2. Oversee Strategic Initiatives
• Develop strategic planning for the network Social Work team including goal setting and overall vision
• Collaborate with the network Special Education team to better develop the role of Social Workers
• Perform other duties assigned by the Senior Director or Director of Special Education

3. Provide Clinical Supervision to School Social Workers/School Counselors
• Meet with social workers/school counselors weekly or biweekly in clinical supervision sessions to provide ongoing case guidance and support of students receiving IEP and at-risk counseling services. This may include monthly group supervision sessions.
• Communicate with School Leaders and school social workers to assess strengths and weaknesses of individual school social worker/school counselors using the midyear evaluation process and responding with tailored support (including onsite visits and hands-on client work) to address these needs.
• Support school leadership in the selection of new social workers/school counselor. Provide guidance and support for hiring criteria.

4. Offer Professional Development
• Develop a year-long and ongoing core curriculum for social work professional development.
• Topics might include: supporting the Uncommon culture; working with the school’s behavior modification/school discipline program; working with the students who struggle most with behavior; working with small groups; working on client’s long term goals in a short time frame; writing and assessing IEP counseling goals; building a supportive and productive relationship with the Sp Ed Coordinator and Dean of Students; self-care to avoid burnout; developing, maintaining, and adjusting client boundaries; understanding trauma; addressing crisis management within the confines of the school environment; training and implementing collaborative problem solving;.
• Continually assess the needs of school social workers and coordinate targeted professional development opportunities, utilizing community social work professionals to deliver specific training. Provide regular updates of professional development opportunities available throughout New York City and New Jersey, respectively.

5. Develop Community Partnerships for Mental/Medical Health Services
• Collaborate with community based providers to develop an Uncommon pipeline for these services.
• Serve as a liaison and advocate for families and outside programs

6. Disseminate and Implement Best Practices
• Align social work protocols across the network
• Maintain communication between staff regarding identified concerns and effective approaches to address them
• Work with the Special Education leaders to develop data management tools to collect and manage network wide data on social work services and challenging social work cases.
• Determine the type of data that should be collected: number of counseling sessions cancelled weekly/monthly and why; hours spent on critical cases; number of FBAs created and implemented; number of referrals to outside service providers; follow through with community referrals and outcomes, etc.
• The goal: create a network wide bank of information that tells the story of the high risk students and families that we are serving, with a specific concentration on behavioral and emotional needs – which is separate from the data on SPED academic services.

In addition to having network-wide duties, the Newark SWS will also serve as a school social worker with a limited caseload in 2017-18. School-based duties will include: 

1. Manage Administrative and Appropriate Direct-Service Elements of the Referral Process for Social Services and Special Education Services Including:
• Conducting regular needs-assessments of current and emerging student and family needs;
• Referring individuals and families to external resources and services;
• Monitoring and facilitating the delivery of external resources and services;
• Administering records, documentation, and other compliance activities. 

2. Serve as a Case Manager as Assigned and Maintain Appropriate Case Records for Students with IEPS:
• Performs all duties required as a member of the child study team by administrative code, state and federal laws, and board policy.
• Participates in the evaluation, classification and placement of all pupils with special needs.
• Evaluates the configuration of factors within the home, community and school as related to a student's current social and academic adjustment.
• Maintains an ongoing relationship with families 

3. Participate as a full member of the North Star faculty/staff
• Respond to family concerns promptly and effectively;
• Commit to professional growth;
• Participate in an annual three-week staff orientation and training;
• Share responsibility for grade-level and school-wide activities;
• Help complete necessary school wide duties for the successful and orderly functioning of the school (e.g., hallway supervision, arrival/departure transitions, field trips, etc.) and other such duties as the Principal may request from time to time;
• Provide appropriate supervision of students during class, breaks, meals, specials, and transitions to maintain an optimal work environment and to ensure students’ safety and well-being;
• Attend and participate in events outside of normal school hours (e.g., family nights, student performances, field trips, report card nights, Teacher - Parent Conferences, etc.);
• Collaborate with teachers in grade level meetings, department meetings, staff meetings, and other professional development activities;
• Uphold the rewards and consequence system for student behavior with consistency to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct
• Adhere to the policies, standards, and school-wide responsibilities described in the School’s Faculty & Staff Handbook or as may be instituted or in effect from time to time
• Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school
• Implement and enhance the school’s systems and culture
• Build professional relationships and collaborate with the Supervisor of Social Work, Child Study Team Supervisor, members of the Child Study Team, Principal, Dean of Students, the Special Education Coordinator, and other school staff to maximize the ability of Uncommon Schools to support students’ academic and socio-emotional development


Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
• Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom;
• Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player;
• Knowledge of laws and regulations governing special education and social work;
• Knowledge of outside resources available to families
• Effective problem-solving, human relations, and communication skills
• Belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.
• Strong organizational skills; extremely careful attention to detail and follow-through.
• Ability to work effectively with multiple individuals
• Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships.
• Experience working with and in urban K-12 schools is highly preferred
• 3+ years with social work or administrator of social work services
• Valid School Social Worker certification required 
• Master’s degree in Social Work required 
• LCSW preferred  


• Travel to Uncommon school campuses to provide onsite support for duties and responsibilities as outlined above.
• Availability via cell phone, email, and/or in-person to provide timely assistance to schools during working business hours
• Availability to attend work functions where necessary that may take place outside of normal working hours including parent meetings and/or professional development workshops.


We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, PDA, and all necessary supplies.

The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law. 

Please note that your application will not be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along.  Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.


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