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Organization Bridges Public Charter School (view profile)
Location 1250 Taylor Street NW
Classification Special Education
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 5/28/16


Bridges is seeking passionate Social Worker to work to support our students with special needs and the general education population. This position is an 11.5 month position.

Bridges mission is to provide an exemplary educational program that includes students with special needs. Our developmentally appropriate, student and family-centered educational approach nurtures students to expand their developmental skills, in order to build a foundation for life-long learning. Bridges Public Charter School is expanding into an elementary school program. We will add a grade level each year reaching capacity at 5th grade in the 2017- 2018 school year.


The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree and be a licensed (LGSW or LICSW) social worker with 2+ years of experience as a school social worker in an urban school environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Participate in SST, RTI, and Special Education process:
o Assess student social, emotional, and behavioral skills, both formally and informally, to identify student strengths and needs.
o Plan positive behavioral interventions. This includes: SST support, RTI goals, IEP goals, Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans.
o Actively participate in multidisciplinary team meetings.
o Provide social, emotional, and behavioral support services.
o Maintain records to document progress of services using school data systems (i.e. EasyIEP, etc).

• Lead weekly social skills groups.
• Co-facilitate caregivers support groups for parents of identified populations (i.e. parents/families of children with special needs, parents/families of children learning English, single parents of young children, etc).
• Identify strategies to support a parent when a student’s living situation (home, school, community) negatively impacts the student’s attendance and adjustment to school.
• Connect parents with community based services and social services i.e. Medicaid, SSI, services related to homelessness, domestic violence, and immigration.
• Consult with classroom teams to support student adjustment and participation in school.
• Collaborate with classroom teams and school staff to build positive classroom and school community.
• Provide in-service education to school personnel on a variety of topics including: identifying child abuse/neglect, social, emotional, and behavioral development, behavioral intervention strategies, the impact of poverty on young children, etc.
• Provide crisis intervention for students and families as well as debriefing for school staff.
• Consult and collaborate with community agencies and other mental health professionals to provide resources to students and families.
• Demonstrate knowledge of district, state, and federal policies including due process guidelines and child abuse/neglect reporting.
• Maintain records in a manner consistent with school and district practices.
• Maintains high standards of ethical behavior, uphold the ethical standards of the social work profession and confidentiality of student information.
• Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.
• Work cooperatively with Bridges staff, students, families, and outside organizations when representing Bridges PCS.
• Engage parents and families in their student’s learning and acting as an ambassador for the school in the community.
• Contribute productively to the school as a whole.
• Attend and participate in school events outside of regular school hours
• Other duties as assigned.

A social worker at Bridges is an 11.5 month position working from mid-August to almost the end of July (generally to July 25th). The work day is 8 am - 4 pm. There are time however when the special education team has planned evening sessions for families or there are school events which staff are expected to attend. Social workers are given Vacation Time Off (VTO) that they plan to take during the year, just as other employees who are not teachers do. Social workers do not have the academic break time off as vacation time, as teachers do. Social workers are also allotted Personal Sick time (PTO) that are used when needed.

Social workers works through the summer program that generally runs for 22 days following the end of the school year. This is done so that students with special needs have continuity of care from the therapists they work with during the school year. Social workers are also attending summer time IEP meetings in July and working with the special education team during the summer.

Salary is based on educational level, certification(s), and years of experience. Employees will be contracted yearly. Contracts will be renewed according to evaluations and staff interest. Health benefits (medical & dental), disability insurance, and a retirement plan: 401-(k) or the continuation of the DCPS retirement plan.

To apply for this position use the following link or go the the following webpage:

To ensure safety for all students, all staff members may be fingerprinted. Background checks will be conducted on all school staff prior to their service as employees. Bridges is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate all applicants without unlawful consideration of race, religion, age, color, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
Spanish-speakers and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.