Social Worker (SY 20-21)

  • Newark, NJ, USA
  • Full-time
  • Hiring Start Time: Immediate Start (SY 20-21)

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 53 outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day, with a college graduation rate that is well above the national average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni achieving their dreams.

Job Description

  • Provide direct services to the school community including:
    • Crisis intervention and behavior management to expedite students’ return to classrooms for learning and to build students’ ability to meet the school’s high expectations
    • Individual and group counseling (school-based and mandated)
    • Identify and train others to identify students and family members who may benefit from regular one-on-one counseling or group counseling
    • Develop and implement curriculum for social and emotional development/intervention with students.
    • Refer, monitor, and evaluate individuals and families to external resources and services
    • Administer records, documentation, and other compliance activities.
  • Serve as a Case Manager and member of Child Study Team
  • Strengthen and support parent and family involvement
  • Plan and develop school-based interventions with educators
  • Engage and partner with community agencies and resources
  • Help students and their families with learning, behavior, and/or attendance concerns while strengthening home, school, and community partnerships. 
  • Evaluate students in terms of personal and family history, socio-economic and cultural differences
  • Evaluate the configuration of factors within the home, community, and school as related to a student’s current social and academic adjustment
  • Implement and enhance the school’s systems and culture
  • Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues
  • Respond to family concerns promptly and effectively
  • Commit to professional growth
  • Participate in an annual three-week staff orientation and training
  • Share responsibility for grade-level and school-wide activities
    • Help complete necessary school wide duties for the successful and orderly functioning of the school (e.g., hallway supervision, arrival/departure transitions, field trips, etc.) and other such duties as the Principal may request from time to time.
    • Attend and participate in events outside of normal school hours (e.g., family nights, student performances, field trips, report card nights, Teacher - Parent Conferences, June and August Family Saturday Orientations, etc.)
    • Collaborate with teachers in planning grade level meetings, department meetings, staff meetings, and other professional development activities
    • Adhere to the policies, standards, and school-wide responsibilities described in the School’s Faculty & Staff Handbook or as may be instituted or in effect from time to time
    • Consistently demonstrate belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core values and educational philosophy
    • Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of their students in and out of school


  • Master’s degree in Social Work (Required)
  • Valid School Social Worker Certification from NJDOE (Required)
  • Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom
  • Proven track-record of high achievement
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Experience working with and in urban schools is highly preferred.
  • Belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.

Additional Information

Uncommon Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.  Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all necessary supplies.

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students.  As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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