School Social Worker - Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Specialist

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School Social Worker - Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Specialist

Posted date
March 22, 2023
School level

Chicago, IL

Employment Type

Pathways In Education (PIE) is an Alternative Learning Opportunities Program (ALOP) serving grades 9-12 in the Chicago community. Pathways considers the unique needs of every student, allowing access to small group classes, guided independent study, online courses, and experiential learning, to address each student's individual strengths and needs.

Are you a Social Worker that wants to make an impact in students’ lives? Do you believe that every student should have the opportunity for success? If so, Pathways is the place for you! PIE is looking for educators and staff that are warm, outgoing, authentic, passionate and inspiring. PIE places great emphasis on the student-teacher relationship, a critical component to the development of students’ personal, emotional, and academic well-being.

Pathways In Education is looking for a Social-Emotional Learning and Wellness Specialist in the Chicago Area with an MSW to work at the Humboldt Park center. The Social-Emotional Learning and Wellness Specialist will have the following responsibilities:

Essential Functions include, but are not limited to the following:*
Providing social work services to students with and without IEPs (504s and general education), methods to be used must be tailored to meet individual, group or classroom needs
Consulting with faculty, team members, parents, additional resource providers, and appropriate outside agencies regarding socio-cultural and emotional factors impacting the student’s academic performance/progress.
Consulting with PIE Leadership to identify priorities, develop action plans, and monitor progress.
Participate in Annual IEP meetings, Eligibility Determination meetings, and Three-Year Re-evaluations
Writes IEP benchmarks and goals and establishes appropriate methods to monitor the progress of them.
Coaches and supports school staff in determining the effectiveness of current referral, assessment, and progress monitoring practices.
Coordinates Tier 2 & 3 behavioral health and SEL supports to ensure the effectiveness of identifying root causes of student behavioral issues and implementing the appropriate interventions to meet students’ social and emotional needs.
Responsible for scheduling and chairing bi-monthly MTSS Team meetings; Utilize the Problem-Solving Process to identify campus-specific and individual student needs, then lead the team in collaborative efforts to establish appropriate school-wide or individual interventions for referred students; Provide general technical assistance on data entry and reporting for universal screenings, SEL MTSS referrals, and interventions.
Supports school staff in delivering evidence-based small group interventions and oversees the development of SEL lessons to address the CASEL’s 5 core competencies.
Conducts research, then establishes and maintains community partnerships and linkages for social services and behavioral health supports.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
The SEL and Wellness Specialist will serve as a member of the Student Support Services Team, fulfilling all requirements outlined in Rules and Regulations for Special Education.
Experience with using behavioral health assessments and progress monitoring data to inform critical conversations, planning, and intervention implementation.
Outstanding knowledge of child development, social and environmental conditioning, cultural diversity, psychopathology, and restorative justice practices.
Familiar with MTSS practices and knowledge of best practices to meet students’ social and emotional needs.
Familiar with ISBE SEL Standards and SEL strategies.
Ability to link students and families with school and/or community-based programming with social service offerings or behavioral health services
Demonstrates passion and comprehends the urgency of the critical need to address the SEL and behavioral health needs both on a school-wide level and on an individual student basis.
Must maintain diplomacy, courtesy, and professional decorum in times of crisis while continuing to deliver services/intervene in a respectful, effective, and efficient manner
Excellent oral and written communications skills are required as are strong organizational skills, and attention to detail
Ability to travel as needed.

Education and Experience:
Masters Degree in Social Work
Valid State of Illinois Professional Educator License
3+ years experience working in or with adolescents and youth in an urban setting with a focus on social, emotional, and behavioral support required.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to full-time staff that includes paid time off, holiday and sick time, medical, vision and dental coverage, incentives and an employer-matched 403(b) plan. PIE provides our staff opportunities to chaperone students on experiential learning trips to amazing places like Italy, Cuba and China as well as U.S. based trips to DC, a ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and a farm in Northern California. We regularly hold social functions to foster a genuine camaraderie that enhances teamwork. At our company-wide award functions, we take time to recognize the talent and dedication of the people who make PIE and our students successful. To learn more about our schools, visit us at in

Pathways In Education embraces diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Please use the following link to complete our online application.…