Lead Social Worker

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Lead Social Worker

Posted date
November 18, 2021

Washington, DC

Employment Type

You are:
A kind, communicative, social justice leader with a strong belief that student wellness is inextricably linked to preparing students to thrive in college, career, and life. You believe that effective school counseling includes culturally responsive, trauma-informed care to address the historical and sociocultural contextual factors that maintain social inequity and generational trauma in racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse school communities. Your training and experience allow you to create a safe and trusting learning environment for all students that meets individual needs and adheres to professional and ethical standards. You know what it takes to plan, implement, and oversee results-based school counseling programs that promote student welfare. You have a growth mindset for yourself, students, and adults and want to develop the perspective, agency, and urgency to make a positive impact in the world around you, and take actions that promote justice and equity in your community.

We are E.L. Haynes.
A learning community where every student – of every race, socioeconomic status, home language, and ability – prepares to thrive in college, career, and life. Together, we create a more just and kind world.

Founded in 2004 and named for the first African-American woman to earn her Ph.D. in Mathematics, the award-winning E.L. Haynes Public Charter School serves more than 1,135 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 12th grade. E.L. Haynes operates two campuses in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC, and offers a rigorous educational program designed to prepare students to succeed in the college of their choice.

We believe that our most significant contribution to ending systemic injustice is through purposefully empowering our diverse community— as individuals and as a collective— with the skills and the conviction to be effective leaders for equity.

Our mission of student success is inextricably linked with our commitment to equity and the daily efforts of every member of our community to live our motto-Be Kind, Work Hard, and Get Smart.

- Lead For Equity: We challenge ourselves and each other to interrupt inequities and build equitable alternatives.
- Choose Joy: We find, bring, and share joy in our work every day. We practice gratitude, celebrate wins, and offer praise.
- Achieve Excellence: We deliver high-quality work every day. We set ambitious goals, embrace challenges, and hold ourselves and each other to high standards.
- Own Our Learning: We model a growth mindset for our students. We own our actions, mistakes, and learning. We continually look for ways to improve and produce high-quality work.
- Succeed Together: We value every member of our community and treat each other with kindness and care. We build meaningful relationships with students, families, and each other. We achieve more through collaboration and teamwork.

We are different. We are:
- A diverse and inclusive community, with nearly 70% of our staff identifying as people of color.
- The hub of the neighborhood. We are a community school and partner with neighborhood organizations to provide our families with comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health services.
- A place where all community members have their voices heard in the decision-making process
- A school where students learn in a rigorous and coherent PK-12 environment

We expect students to demonstrate the following skills and qualities in our graduate profile.

You will:

- Provide clinical supervision and support to junior student wellness team staff members;
- Provide supportive services to students within the special education/504 Plan setting and general education setting, including but not limited to: group therapy, individual therapy, crisis assessment and intervention, and assessment and referral for community-based agencies;
- Collaborate with the Director of Health and Wellness to develop school-wide health and wellness education and prevention programming;
- Collaborate with the Attendance and Family Engagement Coordinator and other community partners to provide intervention and support for students with inconsistent school attendance and track effectiveness of services;
- Participate and actively contribute to all multi- and inner-disciplinary student support team meetings;
- Provide assessment, case management, individual and group evidence-based interventions to students and families to improve student social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success;
- Collaborate with families by sharing relevant resources, building a strong home-school connection, and making effective referrals to community agencies;
- Act as liaison for community partners in their provision of services on campus;
- Adhere to the ethics and values of the Social Work profession and practice according to the NASW Code of Ethics and IDEA regulations; and
- Perform other duties as assigned.

You have:
- Master’s degree in Social Work;
- Possession of a valid LICSW license;
- A valid LICSW District of Columbia Social Worker license. Out-of-state clinicians will be required to transfer their credentials within two months of employment;
- Two or more years of experience working in culturally, demographically, and socially diverse educational settings, with a concentration in K-12 youth;
- Inner ability, stamina, and self-care strategies necessary to work with a high needs population;
- Strong organizational and communication skills;
- Proven ability to work as a member of a team;
- Commitment to meeting the needs of every child in a diverse population;
- Commitment to his/her learning and professional development;
- Strong collaborative skills; and
- Full COVID-19 vaccination.

You might also have:
- Oral and/or written proficiency in Spanish;
- Familiarity with standardized assessments and ability to analyze data; and
- Familiarity with special education requirements and best practices.

We look forward to meeting you!
We proactively recruit, intentionally develop, and deeply value all members of our diverse and highly talented staff community. Our work environment fosters inclusion and authenticity, supporting all staff to thrive in their roles and maximize their impact on our students.

Our hiring process consists of an online application, an initial virtual interview, and a final video interview with a lesson plan demonstration.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, we have reimagined our safety and cleanliness procedures to keep our students, families, and staff as safe as possible.