Licensed Social Worker
- Dallas, TX, USA
- Department: School-based Support
- Grade Level: Elementary
- Start Date: Immediate opening
Note - position available at KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary
Founded in Houston in 1994, KIPP has become a national leader in partnering with families and communities, to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose — college, career, and beyond — so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
In 2018, KIPP schools in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio joined forces to become KIPP Texas Public Schools, a nonprofit public charter school network, accelerating student academic outcomes and impacting more students across Texas. As a unified, statewide organization, KIPP Texas can more effectively leverage the talent, resources, instructional expertise, financial strength, and advocacy in the public charter school movement, in order to have an even larger impact with educationally underserved communities across the state.
In the 2020-2021 school year, KIPP Texas Public Schools will educate more than 31,100 students in 59 schools, placing the district among the top 50 largest in the state. KIPP Texas will continue to prove what is possible for its students, communities, and state, with a goal of growing to educate 100,000 students and achieving a 75% college graduation rate for alumni.
The mission and vision of KIPP Texas is grounded in five Core Values as its cultural North Star:
As a Team & Family, we:
Persist with Purpose
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families.
The primary role of the Licensed Mental Health Professional is to identify and assist students, families and school systems in overcoming barriers that interfere with learning through the use of assessment, counseling, consultation, and coordination of school and community resources. The Licensed Mental Health Professional utilizes knowledge of human behavior, social and emotional competencies, and community systems to guide service delivery.
· Conduct assessments of individuals and families with the goal of improving student social, emotional, behavioral and academic outcomes.
· Conduct reliable and valid assessments of students and families to inform the design of interventions to remove barriers to learning.
· Complete assessments of campus needs to prioritize service delivery
· Provide consultation to school personnel, parents/guardians, and community partners for the purpose of enhancing their understanding of student needs, developing effective interventions, and building school capacity.
· Act as a liaison with community agencies to ensure continuity of services.
· Facilitate crisis response and provide follow up crisis counseling and referrals to appropriate providers.
· Demonstrate the use of evidence informed practices in their interventions
· Utilize data in assessing needs of, planning interventions for individual students, groups, and/or whole school population.
· Maintain accurate, complete and punctual records, as well as safeguard the privacy and confidentiality of information as required by law, District policy, and licensing requirements.
· Demonstrate a commitment to the values and ethics of the individual’s professional code of ethics.
· Meet the minimum professional development requirements as set forth by the licensing board.
· Adhere to state and District mandating reporting requirements as they pertain to safety concerns.
· Ensure that students and their families are provided services within the context of multicultural understanding and competence.
· Utilize evidence-informed practices, skills, and techniques that reflect the understanding of the role of culture in the helping process.
· Empower students and families to gain access to and effectively utilize school and community resources.
This position requires a Master Degree in Social Work or Master’s Degree in Counseling, or related counseling field with a current Texas license as either a Licensed Master Licensed Mental Health Professional (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Licensed Mental Health Professional (LCSW) or Licensed Master Licensed Mental Health Professional-Advanced Practitioner (LMSW-AP), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-I). Incumbent is responsible for maintaining active licensure throughout employment.
This position requires candidates to have knowledge of social services and programs available to meet a range of mental health, physical health, academic, and social service needs, as well as knowledge of state, local, and federal laws impacting the lives of students. Candidates must also have experience in crisis response. Candidates must have the ability to conduct interventions within a broad range of settings, in a professional manner and with competency.
Candidates must be able to work independently demonstrating persistence, self-motivation, and excellent communication, organization and time management skills. Candidates must work effectively within a multidisciplinary team, maintain appropriate boundaries, and serve as a liaison between school and community. Candidates must be able to manage a student caseload for one single campus.
Compensation and Benefits:
In addition to a competitive salary scale, a part of KIPP Texas’ competitive benefits options, KIPP offers all employees an $0 HMO plan for the employee only. In addition to our $0 plan, KIPP provides a $600 employer contribution towards a Health Savings Account and a variety of other supplemental benefits such as Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.