Mary McDowell Friends School is a K-12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse community in which all students can reach their full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society.
Mary McDowell Friends School (MMFS) invites applications for a part-time Social Worker. This is a 60% FTE position beginning mid - November through February 2022 (approximately).
The school Social Worker serves as a critical member of the school community. The Social Worker delivers and monitors high-quality, data-driven, interventions to support students in meeting and surpassing their individualized goals. The role will include providing core services to students and staff in prevention, consultation, intervention, and assessment. The Social Worker will work as part of the counseling team, school psychologists, and speech and language therapists; as well as general education scholars and staff. The ideal candidate will have school experience and outside of school clinical experience.
The essential duties of a school social worker include, but are not limited to:
Provide direct services to the school community including per school protocol:
Consult with students, faculty, and families on an as-need basis related to student social and emotional issues
Individual and group counseling (school-based and mandated)
Develop and implement curriculum for social and emotional development/intervention with students.
Refer, monitor, and evaluate individuals and families to external resources and services
Provide crisis intervention and behavior management to expedite students’ return to classrooms for learning and to build students’ ability to meet all social, emotional, and academic expectations
Administer records, documentation, and other compliance activities. Serve as a resource for students, faculty, and families related to social and emotional issues
Engage with outside providers related to specific student needs and issues
Make referrals when necessary to outside providers
Collaborate with other counseling team members and be a resource to one another
Communicate all necessary information to appropriate members of the school community
Participate in team meetings about students’ and students' needs.
Attend weekly division meetings and full faculty meetings; participate in school-wide and division-based committees and ad hoc committees where necessary.
Diversity and Equity Commitments
Understand and participate in all school-wide diversity and equity initiatives
Examine teaching practice through the lens of race, identity, equity, and privilege.
Develop a curriculum that provides students with an opportunity to recognize their many identities
Staff and reporting relationships
Social Workers report to the US Counseling Coordinator. They also work collaboratively with occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, school counselors, social workers, and school psychologists regularly.
We offer a rewarding work experience in Brooklyn, NY. The school has an ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusiveness and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the school's administration and faculty.
To apply, please upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references as a .pdf (preferable) or word document. If your background and experience are appropriate for the position, you will be contacted directly by a member of our search committee.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Master’s degree in Social Work or LCSW license required
3-5 years of direct experience; independent or charter school experience a plus
Strong oral and written communication with parents, children, and colleagues
Commitment to equity and justice, including knowledge and skills related to cultural competencies
The ability to create a classroom environment where students feel safe, supported and challenged
Strong collaboration and teamwork skills
Growth mindset and ability to use feedback to improve practice
Familiarity with new technologies; GSuite and Veracross a plus
Ability to prioritize multiple competing urgent tasks
Mary McDowell Friends School is a K–12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse community in which all students can reach their full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society.