Social Worker

  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: School-based Support
  • Grade Level: Elementary
  • Start Date: Next year opening

Company Description

At KIPP Indy Unite Elementary, our goal is that every student will have the academic foundation, character strengths, and support necessary to succeed in college, to live a life of choice, and to make a positive impact in our community. To do this, we live by Walter Payton’s words, “We are stronger together than we are apart.” We leverage the unique perspectives, talents, and strengths of each member of our community in order to solve problems, inspire growth, and maximize learning. Combining technology and collaborative learning with rigorous academic standards, we will prepare students for their journey to and through college. With joy and enthusiasm, we instill a love for learning and we embrace challenges as opportunities for both individual and community growth.


KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools with a 20+ year track record of providing an excellent college-prep education that sets students up for success in whatever life path they choose. KIPP currently educates more than 100,000 students in 255 schools across the country, including Indianapolis. KIPP Indy Public Schools (KIPP Indy) was founded in 2004 with one class of fifth grade students and has grown to educate more than 1,250 students across three schools. KIPP Indy Unite Elementary was founded in 2014 with 100 kindergarten students and has grown a grade level each year to educate more than 600 students in grades K-5 in the 2020-21 school year. Of the students that attend KIPP Indy, 93% qualify for free and reduced lunch, 93% are African American, and 20% receive special education services. We will continue to grow KIPP Indy’s network of schools to educate a total of 1,400 students in grades K-12.

Job Description

At KIPP Unite Elementary is seeking a Social Worker to partner with families, students, and staff to create and implement plans that provide differentiated support for students KIPP Indy Unite Elementary. The Social Worker will be a critical part of the KIPP Indy Unite Elementary team working directly with our students to ensure they have the support necessary to succeed inside and outside of school.  An ideal candidate will be knowledgeable of and respectful for the culture of the community served, support and advocate for students and families from a trauma informed lens, and collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders in supporting students and families in accessing resources.


Provide direct services to the school community, including:

  • Providing regular one-on-one counseling or group counseling to students and families
  • Meeting regularly with students who have mandated counseling in their IEPs
  • Ensuring a safe, positive environment in group and one-on-one counseling sessions
  • Providing crisis intervention as needed
  • Managing, tracking, and documenting student interactions and counseling schedule
  • Setting goals with students and tracking progress towards those goals
  • Collaborating regularly with teachers and staff to meet student’s need
  • Identifying and supporting students and families who are identified as being displaced in setting up transportation to and from school and connecting with community resources
  • Communicating consistently with families and students who are identified as being displaced in order to keep up with their situation and connect them with any potential resources

Manage aspects of referral process for social services and community partners including:

  • Manage aspects of referral process for social services and community partners including:
  • Conducting regular assessments of student and family needs, using the data to create a vision for comprehensive student support in partnership with external stakeholder
  • Assist with student retention through strategic home-visits
  • Referring individuals and families to external resources and services and supporting families in accessing these resources
  • Home visits for newly enrolled and current students, as appropriate;
  • Workshops to educate families, staff, and/or students on specific issues
  • Administering records, documentation, and other compliance activities
  • Additional Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Consulting with the school-based leadership team to develop comprehensive supports and interventions to students who are presenting challenging behavior

  • Communicating with students, families, and colleagues, and respond to family concerns promptly and effectively
  • Participating in team meetings, school-wide activities, professional development and other events
  • Providing recommendations to the staff and leadership team around approaches to working with struggling students
  • Displaying the highest ethical and professional behavior and confidentiality when working with students, parents and staff


  • Expresses belief in all students potential to complete college and succeed in life
  • Articulates and teaches the organization’s vision, mission, values, and goals
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the cultures of our community while creating an inclusive environment that values diversity and differences
  • Focuses on results
  • Holds themselves and others accountable to achieving planned milestones
  • Takes responsibility for mistakes and learns from successes and failure
  • Perseveres through significant challenges to reach goals
  • Demonstrates flexibility when plans or situations change unexpectedly and adjust plans
  • Manages time and resources effectively
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and colleagues


  • Masters in Social Work required (LCSW preferred)
  • Experience in working within a school environment or extensive work with children, teenagers, and young adults
  • Experience in therapeutic modalities related to children and families in traditionally underserved communities, including assessment and treatment of trauma
  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic, extensive knowledge of child and adolescent development, and a documented track record of personal and professional success

Additional Information

Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience, and includes benefits. Teachers are also eligible for performance-based bonuses.

KIPP Indy Unite Elementary is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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