The Social Work Consultant works with three (3) partner schools to facilitate the school’s development of a high capacity student support system. While job does not entail direct counseling for students and families, it does mean, that vai coaching, consultation, and other support, the Social Work Consultant helps each school to dramatically increase long-term capacity to identify students at greatest risk early, connect them in a timely fashion with appropriate services and interventions both inside and outside of the schoo, and ensuring highquality case management and follow-through. The Social Work Consultant works as part of 3-person, interdisciplinary team assinged to each school, including an Instructional Coach and a Program Director.
Essential Job Functions include:
- In accordance with Turnaround’s model, lead the implementation (or strengthening) of each assigned school’s system of student support, the cornerstones of which include: a clinically trained social worker (or equivalent) with sufficient capacity to work with the general education population; an interdisciplinary student intervention team made up primarily of school staff; and a partnership with a Mental Health agency in the community.
- Via trainings and coaching, facilitate the adoption by student support staff of a specific set of practices of detection, risk prevention, and intervention. Practices include strategies for securing family consent for services, facilitating a weekly triage process to review identified students and assign them to an appropriate intervention, Student Intervention Team, observing identified students in the classroom context, and best case management practices, including record-keeping and case presentation protocols.
- Support each school’s partnership with the local community-based Mental Health agency to ensure strong collaboration and high rates of communication and responsiveness.
- As needed, work closely with Turnaround’s Instructional Coaches to support the development of teacher practices related to positive behavior management in the classroom context. This may include co-facilitating small group workshops, co-leading large group trainings, and/or conducting observations of teachers’ use of behavior management strategies.
- In collaboration with Turnaround’s Program Director, support the development and implementation of a school-wide behavior management plan, that seamlessly integrates the student support functions and the teacher practices delivered by Turnaround.
- As per Turnaround’s evaluation framework and reporting calendar, regularly collect and compile (capture in Turnaround’s Enterprise Data Repository) data related to practice and impact. Review monthly reports for patterns, trends, issues and actively engage with school staff regarding progress and concerns.
- As a member of the Program Department, contribute to the ongoing refinement of Turnaround’s model and approach by participating in ongoing practice discussions as well as training or workshop design projects.
- On a seasonal basis, support Turnaround’s school selection and new staff recruitment processes.
Education, Skills and/or Experience Required:
- A minimum of 10 years post-graduate (Master’s level) experience in conducting direct clinical practice with youth and families. Professional license in area of expertise is required. Prior supervisory Experience and administrative experience is a plus.
- Previous experience working with K-12 schools is required.
- Ability to look critically at a system or process and proactively identify ways to optimize it. Experience establishing a new system or process to streamline and maximize the impact of otherwise disparate functions highly desirable.
- Proven ability to facilitate individual or group instruction. Experienced leadership of group training and practice is essential.
- Proficient in use of data-driven practice: using data to inform assessment, goal setting, and intervention planning.
- Knowledge of and experience referring to/working with multiple child-serving resources, including mental health, social services, and school-based supports.
- Experience with counseling strategies that consist of targeted behavioral supports and interventions for a school context.
- Expertise in case presentation, collaborative treatment planning, and case management
- Strong facilitation skills.
- Exceptional organizational skills, including time management, record-keeping, and balancing priorities.
- Able to maintain and inspire an optimistic outlook when faced with resistance to change and challenging situations. Able to adapt to new situations.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office; basic computer skills and an ability to learn use of new programs (e.g. MS Excel, data management tools).
- Willingness to travel to NYC up to two times monthly for planning meetings and professional development
- Most work will be performed in high-need public schools. Successful candidates will be required to travel to and from schools and the TFC office throughout the school day and to move around within schools, which are sometimes not wheelchair accessible.
How to apply
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If you are able and willing to work in more than one geography, please apply to your first choice of location and indicate your flexibility in the cover letter.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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