School Social Worker

Los Angeles, CA /
School Support – Student Services /
Full-Time 2022-2023 School Year
Who We Are

KIPP SoCal Public Schools is a network of 22 high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools. We educate more than 9,800 students in grades pre-K through eighth in the greater Los Angeles area and San Diego. Additionally, we support approximately 5,100 alumni on their journey to and through high school and college.  

What We Believe

KIPP SoCal believes that the purpose of education is for liberation. This means that we see, develop, and inspire the limitless potential in each and all of our KIPPsters.

What We Do

At KIPP SoCal we build trusting relationships that are strengthened by high expectations and collaboration alongside laughter and joy. We set ambitious goals and hold each other accountable for students achieving their greatest potential. We work together with each other and in partnership with families and communities in the active pursuit of a more equitable world. We do the right thing, even when it's not always comfortable standing up and speaking out against anti-blackness, racism, oppression, and injustice. We persevere through obstacles and treat failure as an opportunity to learn and grow.

You Should Apply If

You have previous experience as a Social Worker, providing social-emotional support to children in grades K-8; especially in a school environment. You are an excellent communicator who enjoys working with teachers, administration and other school staff. You are passionate about developing students' social-emotional skills to support their ability to access their educational program.

Please note: This opening is a '22-'23 school year opening with a tentative start date in mid-July

What You'll Do

    • 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 SoCal 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.)

You'll Be Qualified If You Have

    • 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

Joining KIPP SoCal Means the Following

    • Working at an organization committed to the hard work necessary to ensure education is for liberation 
    • Spending time with students and families in the best communities of LA, Compton, and San Diego
    • Support and care from fellow regional team members
    • Ongoing professional development and coaching from manager 

Working with Us Means the Following Perks

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

Please Note:

    • This opening is a '22-'23 school year opening with a tentative start date in mid-July

** PLEASE NOTE: KIPP SoCal Public Schools requires that all team members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the safety of our students, family, and staff. Team members may apply to seek a medical exemption. Regardless of your current vaccination status, our team can advise you on how to fulfill this important requirement so that you can start the position in a timely way. We’re here to help. **

KIPP SoCal 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 SoCal 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.