School Social Worker (Long-Term Substitute)

Location: Denver, Colorado
Date Posted: 06-29-2017
STRIVE Prep is looking for an experienced Social Worker to serve as a long-term substitute for our Westwood campus. Exact dates are subject to change, but the position would run full-time from July to November 2017.

About STRIVE Preparatory Schools:
Founded in 2006, STRIVE Preparatory Schools (STRIVE Prep) is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, college-preparatory education. We believe that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement. We are committed to preparing all students for educational success from kindergarten through college and career by challenging them to realize their full potential through high expectations in a safe, rigorous, and compassionate learning environment with shared accountability among students, families and staff.
Our teachers, leaders, faculty and staff clear a path for all families to have access to a high-quality school that’s just down the street, not across town.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.
At STRIVE Prep, transformation is a choice that has led to:
  • The opening of 11 free, public charter schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) throughout Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver.
  • A shared vision of making a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception, by growing from 11 schools serving 3,500 students to 17 schools serving 7,500 students by the year 2022.
  • A commitment to serve all students from the neighborhoods in which we operate, whereby approximately 97% of STRIVE Prep students identify as students of color, 87% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 49% are English Language Learners and 13% receive Special Education services.
  • 92% of seniors from the network’s first graduating class in 2016 were accepted to a 4-year college or university.
  • The welcoming of any scholar from kindergarten through twelfth grade who desires to STRIVE for college. Because STRIVE Prep participates in the DPS SchoolChoice process, enrollment is open to any student in the communities we serve regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement.
About STRIVE Prep-Westwood:
  • Westwood opened its doors in 2009 and currently serves middle school students in grades 6 through 8.
  • A top-performing school for academic achievement, Westwood earned a ranking of “Distinguished” on the Denver Public School Performance Framework in 2014.
  • Westwood prides itself on deep community relationships and strong parental engagement and constantly looks toward continual improvements and new innovations for teachers and scholars.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Perform psycho-educational, social-emotional-behavioral, and cognitive assessments for students.
  • Write Special Education Evaluation reports for Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Attend and contribute to IEP meetings.
  • Consult with staff and parents, make recommendations for developmentally appropriate services and strategies to assist in improving student achievement. 
  • Participate in crisis management by counseling and/or making referrals and completing Suicide Risk Reviews and Threat Appraisals. 
  • Implement effective attendance interventions, including filing for truancy, if necessary.
  • Coordinate Functional Behavior Assessments and Positive Behavioral Intervention Plans.
  • Provide best-practice and effective mental health services to students, (individuals or groups).
  • Consult on and implement a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), including social-emotional-behavioral interventions and supports.
  • Participate in Summer Training Institute as well as professional development and training throughout the school year.
Our Aspiring School Social Workers:
  • Consciously choose to serve and transform the lives of K-12 scholars in a school setting every day.
  • Proudly hold a Master’s of Social Work degree including coursework in school and special education law (required).
  • Bring experience of a practicum of 900 clock hours in the field of social work in a school, social service agency, mental health clinic and/or hospital setting with at least one field experience working with school-aged children (required).
  • Successfully achieved a passing score on:
    • The National School Social Worker examination; or
    • The Colorado PLACE Exam for School Social Workers (Exam #47); or
    • The Colorado Assessment for Licensed Clinical Social Workers
    • To find out more about becoming a special service provider in a Colorado public school, please see the standard requirements for all Colorado Initial Special Services Licenses here.
  • Speak Spanish or have experience working with bilingual students (preferred).
  • Commit to constant growth and reflection as professionals through regular coaching and professional development.
  • Dedicate themselves to the educational success of all students, not some students.
  • Bring enthusiasm, professionalism and positivity to their interactions with students and our adult community.
  • Assume the best in others and are willing to have courageous conversations in order to do what is best for students. 
  • Work hard and approach challenges as opportunities for improvement.
  • Set high expectations for themselves and others and a willingness to hold themselves and others to those expectations.
What we offer our Mental Health Providers:
  • Ongoing coaching and professional development.
  • Competitive compensation package and annual performance-based raises.
  • Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program including a PERA 401k contribution option.
  • Funding of 100% of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.
This position begins July 2017.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
STRIVE Prep is an equal opportunity employer.
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