School Social Worker

Posted on: March 28, 2019

School Social Worker
Legacy Charter School is a high-performing public charter school holistically educating 500 scholars in pre-k through 8th grade in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. Our mission is to create an outstanding center for teaching and learning for children and their families that will recognize and nurture the full potential of every child, provide a foundation for a college education, and educate our scholars to be creative and critical thinkers and responsible citizens in school, at home, and in the broader community. Please visit our website and Facebook page to learn more about our mission, vision, purpose, and passion.


Direct Service with Scholars
– Provide individual social work services to scholars who face challenges that impact learning
– Plan and facilitate SEL small group, skill training groups, and classroom sessions
– Conduct behavioral assessments and assist in implementing and monitoring individualized scholar support plans
– Provide SW minutes to scholars as required by IEPs
-Plan and facilitate individual and small group sessions
– Serve as a liaison between the school and outside medical and social service providers to streamline supports
– Complete scholar risk assessments as needed
– Provide crisis intervention services as needed – Serve as a liaison with community agencies and assist in fostering communication between schools, parents/guardians, and community leaders
– Locate and mobilize community resources to support children and families’ success in and outside of school

Direct Service with Families
– Communicate with families to support scholars and help them become engaged advocates in their children’s lives; assist families in supporting their child’s individual learning needs
– Collaborate with community agencies to assist families in accessing outside services such as housing, medical and legal services

Direct Support to Teachers
– Observe classes to provide suggestions for social-emotional learning
– Participate as a member of the MTSS and other school-based teams to develop interventions for promoting scholars’ academic success
– Consult and collaborate with school personnel in implementing strategies to promote scholar learning – Provide staff consultation on behavioral-emotional-environmental issues affecting scholars’ participation in the learning process

Compliance with Special Education Law
-Observe and assess scholars as part of the special education evaluation and re-assessment process
– Enter ongoing social work minutes and notes into compliance system
– Participate in special education meetings
– Maintain required clinical records and submit appropriate documents for reports

∙ has flexibility and a solutions-oriented approach to being a part of a team dedicated to facilitating outstanding teaching and learning
∙ uses data to drive decision making
∙ is highly motivated, reflective, and creative – relentless in supporting all scholars
∙ lives as an active citizen dedicated to social justice
∙ is guided by strong intellect and curiosity
∙ respects diverse people, ideas, and perspectives
∙ has the capacity to handle the fast-paced and multi-faceted environment of a top-performing Chicago charter school with grace, humor, collaboration, and solution-orientation
∙ develops positive and productive relationships with all staff members and Legacy families, working in service of our scholars
∙ is familiar with Special Education Law
∙ is experienced implementing and supporting Behavior MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) processes

∙ Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university
∙ Type 73 Illinois Teaching Certification with endorsement in School Social Work (preferred, may not be required)
∙ Experience supporting children and families in an urban school environment

∙ Full-time School Social Work position based at Legacy Charter School
∙ Salary commensurate with experience

TO APPLY Please email a job-specific cover letter and resume to Director of Social Emotional Learning, Patrice Matthews, attention at
Legacy Charter School is an equal opportunity employer. Legacy will not discriminate against any person in employment because of race, color, marital status, parental status, ancestry, source of income, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, need for special education services, or any other protected status. This same nondiscrimination consideration will be used in all employment relationships and student admissions.