Position: Social Worker Reporting to: PrincipalContract Terms: 212 days, 7.5 hours per day, 5 days a weekNumber of Openings: 1 full-time positionValley Collaborative is a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved public school entity. Valley also provides Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) programs for Individuals over the age of 22 with special needs. Valley provides a robust pathway for students to continue their careers beyond high school by providing high quality academic, therapeutic, and vocational services to individuals referred by both local school districts and DDS and MRC. Valley provides programming that enables students and adults with special needs to maximize their educational and/or occupational skills.
By sharing its resources with multiple school districts and social service agencies, Valley programs maintain superior quality and reasonable costs to those it serves, by meeting or exceeding state standards, and achieving economies of scale.Essential Functions of the Job: Identify and meet with families within the collaborative in need of community services, to determine and advocate for their goals, concerns, and access Establish and implement a referral process within the collaborative to access such servicesAssist families throughout the entire process of accessing community and insurance based resources in order to provide continuity between home and schoolEstablish relationships with community organizations to make bridges for collaborative familiesResearch and develop internal collaborative resources for families (i.e. insurance based after school programming, development of a family support center/library)Attend staff meetings, clinical meetings, educational conferences, and training workshopsDiscuss student's progress with parents or guardians, teachers, administrators, collaterals, and other professionals regarding behavioral, academic, and social-emotional challengesEncourage students and our parents to seek assistance from a mental health professional when appropriateEvaluate students' abilities, interests, and personality characteristics using assessments, records, interviews, or professional sourcesMaintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulationsPrepare reports on students as required by administration Participate in clinical case conferences with supervising psychiatristCommunicate effectively, in both written and oral fashionTrained in or training eligible in nonviolent intervention (CPI)All duties as determined by the building Principal or designeeQualifications: Licensed by MA Board as LMHC or LICSW (LCSW if in process of obtaining LICSW)Certification as a School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).Experience working with students within a special education settingKnowledge of community agencies such as DDS, CPS, MRCKnowledge of insurance based servicesPhysicalDemands: Constant standing or walkingRequires ability to lift up to 50 poundsBends, reaches, lifts, carries, twists, pushes, pulls, and handles equipment when performing dutiesAble to reach and operate equipment and systems safely and effectivelyOther Competencies (skills, abilities, behavior): Ability to understand and follow both written and oral instructions. Adaptability to perform routine, repetitive tasks within a specific period of time. Prioritizes work assignments to be completed within time requirements.
Must demonstrate a positive and caring attitude toward students, clients, and staff. Must remain flexible and adaptable in order to meet department needs.Benefits: 12 sick, 2 personal daysTeacher retirement403BTuition assistanceHealth and Dental insuranceShort-Term and Long Term DisabilityLife Insurance Due to the high volume of response, please do not call to confirm receipt of your resumeValley Collaborative is an Equal Opportunity Employer.Valley Collaborative Programs are committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.