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Lead Social Worker

 Job Title:

Lead School Social Worker

 Grade Level/Terms of Employment:

Certified Teacher’s Salary, 11 or 12 month contract, 5% Lead Stipend

 FLSA Status:


 Work Location:

Department of Culture, Climate & Student Services

 Immediate Supervisor:

Senior Social Worker

General Description:
The Lead School Social Worker serves as both a division social worker and supports the school social work department by providing leadership to a team of social workers to ensure that students and families to receive supports to address social emotional development and academic progress.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

●        Leads and evaluates a team of school social workers in order to ensure students receive the appropriate whole child supports impacting social emotional learning, mental health, attendance and academics

●        Supports in planning and implementing team, department, and division-wide professional learning over the summer and during the school year

●        Works with the Senior Social Worker to coordinate comprehensive division wide social emotional supports across the division

●        Serves as a member of school-based and division-wide crisis response teams inclusive of threat assessment and mental health support teams

●        Assists families in connecting with a full range of community support resources based on identified need

●        Provides support to enhance students’ social emotional learning and development 

●        Serves as a designated Attendance Officer

●        Serves on school-based teams including school-based intervention, child find, attendance and student supports

●        Completes appropriate assessments and evaluations for child find and shares findings with eligibility committees as needed

●        Investigates and responds to issues identified through school referral forms

●        Conducts home visits as necessary during assessments and investigations

●        Provides services and support over the summer during division programming

●        Performs other duties as assigned


●        Pupil Personnel Services License with an endorsement in school social work and completion of a two-year Master's Degree program from an accredited school of social work required

●        Minimum of three years of successful experience as a school social worker  

●        Experience leading a team preferred

●        Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate complex ideas simply and succinctly

●        Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders

●        Strong organizational skills, including keen attention to detail and ease at managing competing demands and determining priorities independently

●        Experience working in a fast-paced, environment; adaptable when managing multiple, shifting priorities; comfortable with ambiguity

●        Ability to work in a cooperative, collaborative manner with administrators, teachers, parents and other professionals about student challenges and appropriate strategies

●        Ability to establish appropriate networks with school programs, community agencies and resources to provide essential services for families and children

●        Necessary Special Requirements: Valid Virginia driver's license and willingness to use personal automobile.

●        Bilingual/fluency in Spanish preferred