Job:

Social Worker (SY22-23)

Posted on: May 24, 2022

Perspectives Charter Schools Network is seeking multiple social workers for the 2022 – 2023 school year!

About Perspectives Charter Schools

All Perspectives Charter Schools will provide scholars with a rigorous and relevant education, based on the ethical principles of A Disciplined Life®, preparing them for life in a changing world and helping them further become intellectually reflective, caring and ethical people engaged in a meaningful life.
All of Perspectives Charter Schools achieved Level 1 or 2+ this year. As one of the first charter schools in Illinois, Perspectives has a long record of preparing scholars for success in college and beyond. Our five schools across the South Side of Chicago offer an education that combines character development and academic rigor through the A Disciplined Life® education model.
Our scholars come from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country, but they graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist in college at a rate above the national average. The keys to our success are our dedicated, hard-working, creative, and compassionate colleagues.

Perspectives’ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

We are committed to reducing barriers and fostering an anti-racist, non-discriminatory and inclusive environment by internalizing our core values of A Disciplined Life® and ensuring that our practices allow our diverse population of students and staff to grow, thrive, and excel.

Job Purpose
The Social Worker exhibits a strong commitment to the ethos of Perspectives Charter School and supports students pursuing an exceptional education by addressing their social emotional needs. The Social Worker displays discretion, confidentiality, honesty and integrity in his/her relationships with the differing sectors of Perspectives Charter School and wider community. This position serves as an advocate for social justice, the development of character and the right to receive and pursue an exceptional education. Above all, the Social Worker holds the ability to view students as creative, resourceful and capable individuals who have the ability to function successfully at school and in life.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Provides and documents progress on clinical supports with individual students and groups
Assists administration in the responsibility of protecting the health, safety and welfare of students
Confers with parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, support service personnel and students on matters of discipline, attendance, general safety and welfare of students
Arranges for and attends meetings with regard to tier III student behaviors, and assists in creating goals and interventions in regard to behavior issues
Assists students with academic, personal and social situations
Processes chronic attendance and discipline issues (tier III) with students
Maintains records of student disciplinary actions taken and student attendance
Responds to student behaviors and school attendance in a timely manner
Investigates, develops and implements proactive measures to encourage appropriates student behaviors, including improved school attendance
Works with community and government agencies on issues relating to truancy from school.
Seeks out community resources and refers students for services
Investigates, develops and implements proactive measures to encourage appropriates student behaviors, including improved school attendance
Builds collaborative relationships with community agencies and CPS to identify resources for students and families
Identifies and reports abuse and neglect situations to DCFS or appropriate agencies
Meets regularly with school and network Leadership to trouble shoot problems and facilitate communication
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Principal or other school leadership
Additional Responsibilities

Maintains professional growth which includes attendance at training and development programs
Displays discretion, confidentiality, honesty and integrity in his/her relationships with the differing sectors of Perspectives and wider community
Assists with general supervision of school grounds
Assists with assigning and monitoring student lockers and locker usage
Exhibits a strong commitment to the ethos of Perspectives Charter Schools
Demonstrates initiative and responsibility
Serves as an advocate for social justice, the development of character, and the right to pursue and receive an exceptional education
Ability to build collaborative relationships with administrators, teachers and parents
Proven organizational and planning skills
Proven ability to work well with diverse constituents
Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited College or University
Master’s Degree in Social Work
Illinois Type 73 Licensure
At least one year of experience of social work in a school setting
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Perseveres in challenging situations; acts with professional integrity at all times
Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment
Communicates directly and sensitively with colleagues, parents and students
Demonstrates ability to exert strong leadership skills
Ability to make firm decisions in the areas of responsibility
Demonstrates ability to function effectively as a staff member
Proficiency with Crisis intervention skills
Basic Qualifications

Exhibits a strong commitment to the ethos of Perspectives Charter Schools by thriving to live by the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life®
Serves an advocate for social justice, the development of character and the right to pursue and receive an exceptional education
Provide leadership in the development of improved classroom instruction, student performance and discipline
Research and shape best practices, curriculums and school wide projects
High level of managerial expertise
Expertise in interpersonal proficiencies and writing competencies
Excellence in parent/community involvement and the establishment of partnerships
Strong instructional leadership and promotion of a positive school culture
Keeps abreast of all local, State and Federal government policies, regulations/legislation
Physical Demands
Majority of work will be performed in a general office/school environment. Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours required to perform job duties. Also requires participation and attendance at organization sponsored events and meetings

Language Skills

Ability to read and write proficiently using the English language
Ability to interact and speak effectively in interpersonal situations and before groups of people