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Social Work Supervisor (New York City)
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Social Work Supervisor (NYC)
Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Uncommon builds uncommonly great schools by developing and managing regional networks that are philosophically aligned and highly accountable and by designing and implementing “best-in-class” teacher training. The organization has achieved outstanding academic results based on internal assessments, statewide exams, and graduation milestones. Its schools consistently outperform their district schools and are among the highest-performing urban schools in their cities and states. To learn more about Uncommon click here.

Reports to: NYC Uncommon Schools Associate Chief Operating Officer

The Brooklyn Social Worker Supervisor (“SWS”) will provide support to the Uncommon Brooklyn Social Workers/School Counselors. The SWS will be responsible for working with the NYC Uncommon Schools Elementary and Middle School Social Workers, focusing on: supporting individual school social workers/school counselors with clinical supervision, researching and implementing social work professional development, developing community based resources and referrals with a specific focus on serving high risk students with psycho-social-emotional needs that are unmet in the school environment, and ensuring uniform data collection and analysis from individual school social work/school counselor departments.

Network Duties
1. Provide Clinical Supervision to School Social Workers/School Counselors
  • Meet with social workers/school counselors biweekly in clinical supervision sessions to provide ongoing case guidance and support of students receiving IEP and at-risk counseling services.
  • Facilitate monthly social work supervision group sessions for each academy level. Develop peer support networks to increase school-to-school social work/school counselor communication.
  • Communicate with School Leaders and school social workers to assess strengths and weaknesses of individual school social worker/school counselors using the midyear evaluation process and responding with tailored support (including onsite visits and hands-on client work) to address these needs.
  • Support school leadership in the selection of new social workers/school counselor. Provide guidance and support for hiring criteria.
2. Offer Professional Development
  • Develop a year-long and ongoing core curriculum for social work professional development.
    • Topics might include: supporting the Uncommon culture; working with the school’s behavior modification/school discipline program; working with the students who struggle most with behavior; working with small groups; working on client’s long term goals in a short time frame; writing and assessing IEP counseling goals; building a supportive and productive relationship with the Sp Ed Coordinator and Dean of Students; self-care to avoid burnout; developing, maintaining, and adjusting client boundaries; working with difficult families; understanding trauma; working with the Administration for Child Services; best practices for home visits; developing and implementing effective Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans; addressing crisis management within the confines of the school environment; training and implementing collaborative problem solving;.
  • Continually assess the needs of school social workers and coordinate targeted professional development opportunities, utilizing community social work professionals to deliver specific training. Maintain working relationships with outside organizations to offer 1 professional development per year to social workers/school counselors that provides CEU credits. Working collaboratively with these organizations to identify relevant professional development topics, creating agendas for sessions, managing follow-up and implementation from sessions, and handling the logistical components of these sessions.
  • Assist with the coordination of professional development and training tools for the three-week preparation period prior to the beginning of the school year.
  • Create a summer social worker task list to complete during the three-week preparation period prior to the beginning of the year
  • Provide regular updates of professional development opportunities available throughout New York City.
3. Establish an Internship Program
  • Explore the potential for providing social work interns at individual school sites. Collaborate with school social workers to understand individual school needs and capacity for hosting a graduate level intern.
  • Develop relationships with M.S.W. graduate school programs. Understand the graduate school’s criteria for participating in the fieldwork program and assigning M.S.W. level interns.
  • Support school social workers in developing and managing a school-based social work intern program.
4. Develop Community Partnerships for Mental/Medical Health Services
  • Conduct a network-wide needs assessment to identify the need for and possible roles for additional mental/medical health services.
  • Collaborate with community based providers to develop an Uncommon pipeline for these services.
  • Communicate with school leadership and school social workers to facilitate the process of engaging students and families with the community based providers. Develop a best practices protocol for successful engagement.
  • Assist individual school sites in coordinating informational events to understand the community based services that are available.
5. Disseminate and Implement Best Practices
  • Data Collection on Social Work Services and Challenging Cases
    • Develop data management tools to collect and manage network wide data on social work services and challenging social work cases.
    • Determine the type of data that should be collected: number of counseling sessions cancelled weekly/monthly and why; hours spent on critical cases; number of FBAs created and implemented; number of referrals to outside service providers; follow through with community referrals and outcomes, etc.
6. Work with the NYC Uncommon Associate Chief Operating Officers and the NYC Uncommon Assistant Superintendents
  • Shares a sense of urgency about closing the achievement gap and demonstrates tenacity and persistence in pursuit of solutions that maximize student achievement.
  • Plans, organizes, schedules, and budgets in an efficient, productive manner; focusing on key priorities.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and articulately without being overly verbose or talkative. Maintains this standard in all forms of written communication, including e-mail.
  • Often solicits feedback and reacts calmly to criticism or negative feedback.

Reports to the NYC Uncommon Schools Associate Chief Operating Officer. Works closely with Assistant Superintendents, School Leaders, and school-based Social Workers and School Counselors. Works with outside consultants/vendors as appropriate.

  • Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
    • Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom;
    • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player;
    • Knowledge of laws and regulations governing special education and social work;
    • Knowledge of outside resources available to families
    • Effective problem-solving, human relations, and communication skills
    • Belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.
    • Strong organizational skills; extremely careful attention to detail and follow-through.
    • Ability to work effectively with multiple individuals
    • Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships.
    • Experience working with and in urban schools is highly preferred
    • Valid School Social Worker Endorsement required.

  • Travel to USI schools to provide onsite support for duties and responsibilities as outlined above.
  • Availability via cell phone, email, and/or in-person to provide timely assistance to schools during working business hours 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Availability to attend work functions where necessary that may take place outside of normal working hours including parent meetings and/or professional development workshops.
  • Minimum educational level:
    • Education: Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.)
    • Licensure: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Experience required:
    • 5+ years’ experience providing clinical social work services with children and adolescents. The experience can be a combination of school based work, a community based organization, or government related department (e.g. ACS).
    • 3+ years providing clinical supervision to social workers.
    • Ideal candidates will have K-12 social work experience.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, PDA, and all necessary supplies.

The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.

Please note that your application will not be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along. Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.

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