School Social Worker

Los Angeles, CA
School Support – Special Education Support
Full-Time 2019-2020 School Year
The Mission

KIPP LA Public Schools is a non-profit organization that operates free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving students in South, Southeast, and East Los Angeles. KIPP LA’s mission is to teach the academic skills, foster the intellectual habits, and cultivate the character traits needed for our students to thrive in school, college, and life. Through the success of our students, KIPP LA's team and family will serve as a model of excellence and collaborate with others to raise the quality of education in Los Angeles.

KIPP LA currently operates 17 schools and serves approximately 7,200 students. Our team is expanding rapidly; over the next five years, we will more than double the number of students we serve.

The School Social Worker/Counselor provides a range of comprehensive school-based mental health services to 5th – 8th students, including individual and group counseling, school-wide prevention and intervention, consultation and collaboration with school staff and outside agencies, psychosocial assessment and progress tracking.

The Counselor works directly with students who experience difficulties in educational achievement due to social and emotional adjustment and/or learning-related challenges. They provide direct clinical and case management services to students, including students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) to optimize school success.

The Opportunity

    • Provide school-based individual and group counseling services to students with IEPs with Designated Instructional Service (DIS) counseling goals/needs
    • Maintain documentation within compliance of KIPP LA regulation and procedures
    • Provide advocacy, child welfare, and case management services to students
    • Collaborate with all school staff including Resource Specialist (RSP), School Psychologist and Lead Education Specialist for the continued evaluation of current DIS counseling students
    • Assess, identify and provide clinical interventions to students with emotional, social, attendance and/or behavioral concerns within the general education population. Provide threat assessment and risk management crisis services. Collaborate with community-based agencies and provide referral services
    • Participate in the development of school-wide prevention, initiatives and policies related to safety, violence prevention and positive culture, social/emotional health, and the welfare of students
    • Supports the training and education of MSW interns as a field instructor or preceptor, depending on experience
    • Facilitate staff trainings and professional development bringing knowledge of developmental social/emotional needs of students
    • Perform consultations with classroom teachers and be a resource for school site personnel on mental health and social/emotional issues that may affect classroom performance
    • Identify student needs and provide prevention and intervention for concerns such as substance use, gang affiliation, sexual education, etc
    • Provide and manage peer mediation and group counseling lessons (identification of students, selection criterion, training, facilitation, etc.)

The Qualifications

    • Master’s in Social Work (MSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) required
    • Pupil Personnel Services Credential required
    • At least one year of supervised employment in the field of school social work with school-age children or one year of supervised field placement experience (accredited by the Council on Social Work Education) in a school mental health setting working with school-age children
    • Training in clinical interventions and providing evidence-based therapy to youth and families
    • Knowledge of special programs, guidance and scheduling preferred
    • Knowledge of district policies and procedures related to special education and DIS services
    • Ability to work as a part of multiple teams
    • Knowledge of and experience with RTI/SST programs and interventions
    • Demonstrated commitment to students’ wellbeing and learning
    • Ability to connect with people from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds (including but not limited to homeless and LGBTQ youth)
    • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills

The Perks

    • Very competitive compensation package inclusive of a generous benefits package
    • 100% of healthcare premium costs covered by employer, dependents added at 50% of cost
    • Employer paid KIPP LA life insurance
    • 401(k) plan with up to 6% match by KIPP LA
    • Voluntary Benefits (Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, Pet Insurance, etc.)
    • Generous time off program includes 22 holidays and sick leave
    • Other great benefits (Flexible spending account, EAP, tuition reimbursement for dependents, etc.)

KIPP LA Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation/gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

KIPP LA strives to ensure that our careers website is accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, please contact us. You can find our contact information on our website, Information will be sent to a talent acquisition representative who will provide assistance to ensure appropriate consideration in the hiring process.