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Organization Education for Change Public Schools (view profile)
Location Oakland
Classification Administrative / Business Office
Job Type Full time / part time
Date of posting 8/4/17
County Alameda


Position Summary
Education for Change is looking for dynamic and visionary School Social Worker who will engage students, families, and other members of our learning community to ensure high student achievement and healthy emotional well-being. The School Social Worker is involved in the following three (3) key areas: (1) preventative and advocacy work with students, staff, and families that promotes positive school climate and social/emotional well‐being; (2) program development and planning to meet the unique needs of the school through contributions to school wide policies; and (3) direct services to students and families inclusive of general and special education students. S/he engages community partners and families in serving the whole child and ensuring ALL children achieve at high levels prepared to succeed in any setting.  S/he will know how to successfully work in urban schools with high English Language Learner and low-income populations, including traumatized students.

About Education for Change Public Schools
Education for Change Public Schools (EFCPS) believes it is the right for every child to have access to a high-quality, 21st century education. Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children by creating a system of schools that focuses relentlessly on our student’s academic achievement. EFCPS is a charter management organization that manages a diverse portfolio of K-8 schools, growing to a portfolio of preK-12 schools in the Fruitvale and Elmhurst neighborhoods of Oakland, currently serving 3,200 children.  Additional information about Education for Change can be found at www.efcps.org.

EFC believes that high quality instruction, and its continuous refinement, will lead to success for our students. We are looking for a Social Worker who is highly effective in each of the following areas:
Preventive Work
• Provide consultation to EFC staff and families to facilitate student educational, social, and emotional growth.
• Obtain information concerning the effects of environment, including family, cultural, and economic disadvantages that may be adversely affecting student progress.
• Conduct home visits that encourage home/school communication.
• Work collaboratively with the Collaboration of Services Team (COST) to develop plans of assistance for students at risk of academic and/or behavioral difficulty.
• Coordinate school and community services.
• Serve as the home‐school‐community liaison responsible for effective resource utilization and positive relations with stakeholders.
Program Development
• Conduct needs assessments.
• Plan for support services both within and outside the school.
• Facilitate special support groups, i.e. students with incarcerated parents, grief and loss, divorce, teen parents, conflict resolution, social skills, etc. as needed.
• Support coordinators of family resource centers, where parents/guardians can access needed information and participate in opportunities to learn how to support their student(s) by developing strong community-based partnerships with strategic organizations.
• Work with administrators to implement effective policies that address school safety, school attendance, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, child abuse, and neglect.
• Provide trainings and workshops to teachers, school staff and parents.
• Serve as a mediator within schools as appropriate.
• Communicate with outside agencies involved with students.
• Make appropriate referrals for community resources for strategic students

Community Partnerships
• Build strategic partnerships to bring much-needed resources for EFC families and students
• Manage org-wide partnerships
Systems Development
• Work in collaboration with EFC Student Support Team to build strategic systems to identify, monitor, and track student and family support
• Create progress monitoring systems to evaluate and track student and family progress who are receiving strategic services
• Build systems and train appropriate staff in the implementation of systems focused on targeting students and families for strategic community resources, aligning community resources, and evaluating effectiveness of services

Special Education
• Serve as a member of the IEP team in assigned strategic situations
• Collect data for the purpose of monitoring social/emotional progress and evaluating effectiveness of services.
• Provide direct therapeutic services such as individual, family or group therapy regarding specific issues for strategic/targeted cases
• Build a system where we evaluate and track student progress reports.
Case Management
• Manage strategic cases for families in crisis

Professional Responsibilities.
• Provide in-service training and workshops for teachers and staff regarding mental health issues and proper procedures for the identification and referral of students.
• Provide training to Coordination of Services Teams (COST) as appropriate
• Actively seek and participate in professional development opportunities to remain current with federal and state special education guidelines
• Maintain strict student and parent confidentiality

• Experience in social services
• California Pupil Personnel Services credential OR Masters in Social Work OR licensed Social Worker, preferred (not required)
• Spanish language proficiency, preferred
• Must possess a growth mindset and be able to use feedback to refine practice
• Demonstrate respect and understanding of students and families from diverse backgrounds
• Previous experience working in a school setting
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills

EFC Core Values - required by all EFC staff
We collaborate. We are a team. We plan together, observe and analyze each other’s work, collaborate with our coaches and site leaders, partner with our families, and together make decisions about our programming.
We are a learning organization. We approach or practice with an inquiry stance and a growth mindset; we analyze, innovate, and iterate every single day so that we continually improve. We believe in coaching and developing people at every level of experience, at every level of the organization.
We are solutions-oriented. We approach every challenge with a problem-solving orientation. We listen to and encourage each other. We are resilient in the face of adversity.
We are accountable. Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children. We assume personal accountability for student growth; we analyze multiple forms of data, and that analysis drives our instruction.
We are student-focused. We form close relationships, utilize personalized learning, differentiate instruction, make learning culturally relevant, engage families, and provide individualized interventions to meet the needs of every child.
We listen. We are a small, responsive organization that values students, family, and employee voice and input.
We are rooted in community. Ours is a place-based strategy that works deeply with neighborhood leaders and partners to serve our children. We understand that the cultures, values, traditions, and assets that our families bring must be leveraged and honored to reach and teach our children.

Compensation & Benefits
EFCPS offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. For details, go to www.efcps.org/careers.

Application Process
Apply online at www.efcps.org/immediate-openings.