The Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) and Wellness Specialist is responsible for providing needs-based behavioral and social-emotional services to students with and without IEPs. In addition to working directly with students and their teachers, the SEL Specialist will be responsible for planning and implementing a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to support schools in the development of positive school climate, classroom management, social & emotional skills development, restorative practices, and behavioral interventions processes. The SEL specialist will collaborate with the Pathways Leadership Team on strategic planning, professional development, along with teacher coaching, and provide any technical assistance with establishing/implementing/utilizing progress monitoring tools.
Responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to, providing social work services to both individuals and groups; direct and indirect consultation with students and teachers; conduct universal screenings for behavioral & social-emotional concerns; participate in assessment, behavior planning, intervention implementation, and progress monitoring.
Providing social work services to students with and without IEPs (504s and general education), methods to be used must be tailored to meet individual, group or classroom needs
Consulting with faculty, team members, parents, additional resource providers, and appropriate outside agencies regarding socio-cultural and emotional factors impacting the student’s academic performance/progress.
Consulting with PIE Leadership to identify priorities, develop action plans, and monitor progress.
Participate in Annual IEP meetings, Eligibility Determination meetings, and Three-Year Re-evaluations
Writes IEP benchmarks and goals and establishes appropriate methods to monitor the progress of them.
Coaches and supports school staff in determining the effectiveness of current referral, assessment, and progress monitoring practices.
Coordinates Tier 2 & 3 behavioral health and SEL supports to ensure the effectiveness of identifying root causes of student behavioral issues and implementing the appropriate interventions to meet students’ social and emotional needs.
Responsible for scheduling and chairing bi-monthly MTSS Team meetings; Utilize the Problem-Solving Process to identify campus-specific and individual student needs, then lead the team in collaborative efforts to establish appropriate school-wide or individual interventions for referred students; Provide general technical assistance on data entry and reporting for universal screenings, SEL MTSS referrals, and interventions.
Supports school staff in delivering evidence-based small group interventions and oversees the development of SEL lessons to address the CASEL’s 5 core competencies.
Conducts research, then establishes and maintains community partnerships and linkages for social services and behavioral health supports.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
Experience with using behavioral health assessments and progress monitoring data to inform critical conversations, planning, and intervention implementation
Outstanding knowledge of child development, social and environmental conditioning, cultural diversity, psychopathology, and restorative justice practices
Familiar with MTSS practices and knowledge of best practices to meet students’ social and emotional needs
Familiar with ISBE SEL Standards and SEL strategies
Ability to link students and families with school and/or community-based programming with social service offerings or behavioral health services
Required Education and Experience:
Masters Degree in Social Work (REQUIRED)
Valid State of Illinois Professional Educator License in Social Work (REQUIRED)
3+ years of experience working in or with adolescents and youth in an urban setting with a focus on social, emotional, and behavioral supports (Preferred)
Perks and Benefits:
Excellent Medical, Dental & Vision Benefits
403B Plan with Employer Matching
Short and Long Term Disability
Generous Paid Time Off Per Year