School Social Worker
Our mission at International School of Louisiana is to provide a challenging education emphasizing language
immersion, international awareness, the celebration of diversity and community responsibility. The
employee must understand and support the school mission.
Under the direction of the Principal/Associate Principal, the primary role of the School Social Worker is to identify and assist students to overcome barriers that interfere with learning through the use of assessment, counseling, consultation, coordination of school and community resources, and program development. The School Social Worker utilizes knowledge of human behavior, social, cultural and community influences to help create a positive learning climate. The School Social Worker functions as a mental health professional on the multi-disciplinary team and provides case management services.
- Provide psycho-social screenings to determine the social, emotional, behavioral needs of students for the purpose of pinpointing the source of school or parental concerns; provides effective intervention strategies which will lead the student to be more successful in school.
- Collect and record information to share with appropriate personnel as a component of case study:
- Initiate parent conferences or contact.
- Interview parents and others.
- Review student records.
- Observe student in various environments when appropriate.
- Coordinate in-school counseling and intervention services with appropriate mental health provider.
- Serve on multidisciplinary team to address needs of students with or without disabilities to assure implementation of appropriate services.
- Share appropriate family, cultural, social, economic and developmental information.
- Assist in the development of intervention strategies to meet individual social, emotional and learning needs.
- Provide crisis intervention services.
- Intervene and assess students who demonstrate suicidal ideation and/or behavior.
- Participate as a member of the crisis response team.
- Assist teacher and administrators and nurses in the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect.
- Serve as Homeless Coordinator
- Make appropriate referrals of students and parents to outside agencies and specialist when necessary.
- Work with Principals to identify students with excessive tardies and follow up with families.
- Continually plan, evaluate, and revise the school counseling program.
- Promote an understanding and appreciation for diverse populations.
- Prepare students for transition to next level (elementary to middle school, middle school to high school).
- Select and coordinate data-driven, researched based programs to prepare students for transitions to middle school and to high school.
- Coordinate the administration of EXPLORE to all 8th graders.
- Consult and collaborate effectively with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators and other educational/community resources regarding students with identified concerns and needs.
- Implement an effective referral and follow-up process.
- Provide appropriate information to staff related to the school counseling program.
- Adhere to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counseling profession.
- Conduct a yearly program audit to review extent of program implementation.
- Collect and analyze data to guide program direction and emphasis.
- Measure results of the school counseling program activities and shares results as appropriate.
Education, Certifications, and Work Related Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree or higher (Masters Degree preferred).
- Licensed Social Worker (LCSW)
- Experience working in a school setting
- Adhere to the ethical standards of state and national school counselor associations.
- Adhere to best practices prescribed by state and national school counselor associations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of local policies and state and federal laws pertaining to school counseling.
- Demonstrate personal growth and professional development.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk three flights of stairs, stand and talk or hear and sometimes sit for an extended period of time. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally lift/ and or move up to 50 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, and the ability to adjust focus.