Posting: Youth Vision Solutions - School Social Worker - Full-Time

May 30, 2019

General Description:

Provides supportive, diagnostic and consultative service to students, teachers, administration and parents/guardians/families of students with social, emotional and academic difficulties.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates students to determine their need for school social work or other services
  • Completes and presents a written evaluation report to parents/guardians and the local educational agency within required timelines
  • Assist in the development and implementation of measurable IEP goals and objectives
  • Participate in IEPT, MET and other meetings as appropriate
  • Establish and maintain appropriate records, reports, and procedures including, but not limited to, behavioral data and student progress on IEP goals/objectives
  • Communicate with mental health/child services or other agencies to coordinate services
  • Use various software packages for communication and documentation purposes
  • Conduct parent/teacher conferences as appropriate
  • Makes referrals for students and parents to appropriate resources with the school or community
  • Participates in Child Study, Eligibility and Special Education related meeting
  • Serves as a resource to parents about the needs of students and consults with parents as needed
  • Informs teachers and parents of available special services for students
  • Adheres to laws and procedures involving child abuse/neglect
  • Maintains an advocacy role to assure to assure that the students’ educational, social, emotional and materials needs are met according to established laws, rules, and regulations
  • Provides crisis intervention services as appropriate and as requested by administrative personnel assigned to schools
  • Develops effective intervention strategies for students based on knowledge and understanding of student’s behavior and learning styles
  • Conducts functional behavioral assessments and creates behavioral intervention plans to address student needs and target behaviors
  • Counsels individual students regarding issues, which interfere with adjustment and/or performance within the educational setting
  • Provide casework services to students and families
  • Exhibits punctuality
  • Maintains confidentiality in all student and professional matters, and works in a professional and cooperative manner with others to achieve duties and responsibilities
  • Follows the dress code as stated in the employee manual
  • School activities — the School Social Worker is required to attend and/ or participate in such other activities as directed by the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and/or Director of Special Education such as: faculty meetings (before or after school hours), open houses, commencement exercises, chaperone student activities, provide guidance for students, participate on faculty committees, study and help resolve school problems, and participate in the preparation of courses of study -- these activities demonstrate valuable support for Youth Vision Solutions
  • Acts in accordance to the directives and assignments given by the Curriculum Director
  • Has read and agreed to abide by the policies, directives, and guidelines as stated in all Covenant House Academies manuals pertinent to the position


Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to understand the awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of homeless and at-risk youth that Youth Vision Solutions serves
  • Knowledge of current state law/regulations regarding high school proficiency standards
  • Ability to demonstrate effective liaison relationships with parents, schools, and agencies
  • Leadership skills in working with individuals and groups (i.e. initiating individual or group discussion, listening, clarifying and facilitating interactions and sharing of ideas)
  • Ability to manage caseload and develop an effective schedule which allows for direct service to students and families, collaboration with staff, parent/community services and program management



  • Master’s Degree in Social Work (LMSW or LLMSW)
  • Must meet Michigan Department of Education requirements for full/temporary approval as a School Social Worker and licensing from the Department of Community Health




TALESHA HAWKINS, (FAX: (313) 558-9023, EMAIL:


Youth Vision Solutions is an equal opportunity employer. YVS will not discriminate against any otherwise qualified employee or applicant for employment with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions or privileges of employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, disabilities, or other legally protected status.


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