Posting: Livonia Public Schools - School Social Worker

September 28, 2020

School Social Worker
Category: Student Services/Social Worker
Date Posted: 9/23/2020
Location: Livonia Public Schools - Central Office
Date Closing: 10/07/2020/until filled.


NOTICE OF VACANCY School Social Worker


Livonia Public Schools is seeking a highly qualified school social worker. The school social worker will work to help students address and resolve personal, emotional, and social problems that interfere with their adjustments to school and their capacity to enjoy the fullest benefits of the education offered to them. The school social worker may have assigned responsibilities for evaluation, consultation, and other services to Livonia Public Schools students in pre-school through post-secondary levels.


Livonia Public Schools employs approximately 1,900 staff members, serving approximately 14,000 students pre-K to post-secondary. There are 15 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 3 high schools, 1 career technical center, 1 early childhood center and 1 vocational and transition center in the School District. The annual budget for Livonia Public Schools is $156 million, with a state funding of $8,529 per pupil.


The following is a list of minimum qualifications for this position, any one of which may be waived by the Administration in exercising its prerogative to determine qualifications.

Minimum of a Master of Social Work and have current approval as a School Social Worker
A passionate commitment to improving learning for all students
Demonstrated positive interpersonal relationships
Evidence of ability to establish positive working relationships with all stakeholders
Superior verbal and written communication skills

Exhibits a commitment to the District’s Shared Vision and Collective Commitments
Creates a welcoming and positive classroom climate and culture
Provides school social work services to any student in order to actively identify and address systemic barriers to learning
Directly intervenes during crises (e.g. suicidal assessments) to ensure safety or in the case of tragedy (e.g. traffic fatality) to lower distress
Responds to threatening behaviors, by investigating the reasons behind the threat and recommends interventions designed to lower the likelihood of violent behavior to ensure the safety of all students and to eliminate sources of provocative behaviors (e.g. harassment, bullying) that impacted the student reacting due to victimization
Contributes to initial "problem identification" or the likely nature of a student, classroom, or school problem in order to help develop intervention efforts as part of a problem-solving team
Accurately identifies, through comprehensive evaluations, students' specific strengths and weaknesses, helpful evidence-based intervention options, and eligibility for an accommodation plan (504) or special education under rules for Emotional Impairments, Other Health Impairment, or Autism Spectrum Disorders
Systematically gathers information (e.g. Functional Behavior Assessment) needed to determine the need for and, if needed, the specific features of a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) or variation (e.g. Antecedent Intervention Plan, Anti-harassment interventions)
Meets with colleagues to develop classroom-based approaches to help with one or more students experiencing academic, emotional, behavioral, social, and/or physical difficulties
Teams with colleagues for extended interventions to help with initial implementation, monitoring, modification, and ultimately, evaluation of plans designed to address student needs
Contributes to problem-solving procedures required to determine the need for, nature of, and specific accommodations for students to have access to a free and appropriate public education (i.e. 504 plans)
Contributes to team problem-solving procedures required to determine the need for ongoing intervention or further assessment for students for whom there is suspicion of a disability
Provides professional development related to specific disabilities (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders to help staff work effectively with students (e.g. Classroom behavior plans, Student Behavior Intervention Plans, Evidence-based strategies helpful for specific problems), and/or service delivery systems (e.g. Child Protective Services, Positive Behavior Support, Bullying Prevention, Trauma Informed Care)
Presents annual review of abuse/neglect and suicidal policy procedures and serve as a resource on these subjects
Provides IEPC directed individual or group counseling services to students.
Actively assists parents when their children are in crisis when in the school setting and connecting them to community resources when difficulties extend beyond the school setting
Provides feedback, consultation, recommendations using a collaborative approach with parents regarding their children's strength and weaknesses and how best to help them with a wide range of obstacles / challenges
Shares information with parents, families, and the community regarding helpful information regarding child development, academic skill development, motivation and learning, common areas of difficulty, resources to parents and their children where there is evidence supporting their effectiveness
Works in a partnership with parents as part of intervention assistance for their children (e.g. home-school intervention plans, parent responses to anxiety)
Facilitates and coordinates the delivery of wrap-around educational and mental health services with and by community agencies and service providers
Follows all District guidelines, protocols and procedures
Executes other duties and assumes other responsibilities as assigned by building administrator


The work year, salary, and fringe benefits will be consistent with the current agreement between the Board of Education and the Livonia Education Association. The deadline for applications is 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. This position will remain open until the position is filled.


All applicants, including current LPS employees, must complete and submit an application through Applitrack which can be accessed through the Livonia Public Schools webpage. All applicants must also upload a cover letter, professional resume, copies of educational documents (transcripts/certificates), and three current letters of recommendation to their online application.

The Livonia Public Schools School District prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or transgender status), national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, handicap, or disability in any of its educational programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries and grievances regarding discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or transgender status), national origin, age, height, weight, and marital status-Director of Human Resources, 15125 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48154 at (734) 744-2521. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries and grievances regarding discrimination based on handicap or disability-Director of Student Services, 15125 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48154 at (734) 744-2524.

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