2024-25 Student & Family Support Specialist

Memphis, TN
School-based – Support /
Full-time /
Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter Schools (www.freedomprep.org) is a K-12 charter school in Memphis, TN. Our mission is to prepare all students in grades K-12 to excel in college and in life. Freedom Preparatory Academy opened in August of 2009 with a class of 96 6th graders. We now serve over 2,100 students in grades PreK-12. Our students have exceeded local and state averages in math and local averages in English language arts on the state exam.
We have three core beliefs that drive our mission:
1. Every child deserves the right to a high quality public education
2. A foundation in character development is essential
3. Direct exposure to an array of opportunities and experiences provides each child with the self-confidence and social knowledge to compete globally. 

We will accomplish our mission through a highly structured, academically rigorous environment where students will master the core subjects, develop advanced academic skills, and demonstrate the school’s core values of: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Excellence, and Community.

-Serves as a source of information regarding community resources
-Maintains appropriate school records and provides written reports and communication
-Provide individual or group counseling for children who are experiencing problems in school, home, or community adjustment with an emphasis upon early intervention
-Encourage and assist families in their pursuit of community services that may assist in the remediation of school-centered problems
-Mediate and advocate on behalf of students with family, school, and community
-Provide collaboration and consultation regarding student problems and coordinating plans and actions to meet them. Early identification of problems is emphasized
-Facilitate the involvement of community agencies in efforts directed toward the remediation of student problems in school adjustment
-Collaborate with teachers and other professionals in assessing student needs and designing strategies to help individual students
-Assist families with understanding their children’s educational needs and resources available within the school
-Assist parents with understanding problems experienced by their children. This is accomplished through group counseling, parent training and referrals to community services.

-Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work required; Master’s Degree in Social Work preferred
-Ability to obtain Tennessee credential authorizing pupil personnel services as a social worker (K-12)
-2+ years of professional work experience with background in education and urban communities preferred
-Making referrals to public or private agencies with appropriate follow-up
-Serving as a liaison between school, family, and community resources
-Experience with special needs students
-Experience with Crisis Management
-Experience with social and community organization coordination of benefits
-Demonstrated commitment to the educational mission, vision, and goals of Freedom Prep 
-Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
-Comfortable with ambiguity and creative problem solving ability
-Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and collaborate with others

REPORTS TO                   Social Work Department Head
PTO POLICY                    Support Based Administrative
$47,500 - $70,800 a year
Salary range determined by years of experience
BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION: We are excited that you are inspired or called to learn more about our mission, values, and potential opportunities. We’d encourage you to explore a few additional resources about us, the recent investment for what’s possible, and why you should consider our community as a place for you to become a part of. We are one of the few networks that centers the whole person and their needs to thrive and support themselves and their families in the South.
Check out some of the unique and rare benefits here, including but not limited to: 
-Paying higher, scaffolded teacher salaries from Year 1 to retirement stage
-Zero dollar monthly premium options, including holistic options such as chiropractic or acupuncture care
-Focus on staff well-being and collective care through our Adult Social-Emotional Learning
-Support in obtaining licensure

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY: Freedom Preparatory Academy is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced team of educators. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. We are an equal opportunity employer.