Social Worker (Early Childhood - GSRP Pre-K for All)

Marquette, MI
Full Time
Mid Level
POSTING DATE: April 30, 2024
NOTICE OF VACANCY

Social Worker (Early Childhood - GSRP Pre-K for All)

 
SUMMARY:
The Social Worker delivers a wide range of services to young preschool children, their families and preschool
teaching staff in diverse settings such as children’s homes, classrooms and community-based environments. The
Social Worker coordinates services and community agency resources for children and their families. The Social
Worker promotes and enhances the overall academic mission by providing services that strengthen home,
school, and community partnerships, and address barriers to learning and achievement. The Social Worker
participates on Multidisciplinary Evaluation Teams (METs), and actively contributes to Individualized Education
Programs (IEPs).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master’s degree from a graduate school of social work program approved by the Michigan Board of Education
  • Currently licensed with the Michigan Department of Licensure and Regulatory Affairs
  • Capable of developing individualized programs for students with unique social-emotional needs
  • Experience with special education law
  • Ability to independently problem-solve, schedule daily activities, model good communication, and communicate and work effectively with children, students, parents, childcare providers, and professional staff

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience working with preschool-age children
  • Demonstrated success providing in-service training to staff and parents
  • Experience with the Pyramid Model and MTSS framework for behavior and intervention needs
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with classroom teachers, support staff, and Early Childhood Specialists
  • Demonstrated expertise in assisting educators in positive behavior supports and developing strategies/plans in the classroom to ensure student success

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Provide social work tier one and tier two services to preschool students in their natural environments or classroom settings
  • Provide support in diverse settings such as children’s homes, daycare centers and/or community settings
  • Schedule and manage responsibilities of position across multiple classrooms
  • Advocate for providing services to preschool children in inclusive settings
  • Develop individualized programs for students/families with unique educational needs
  • Provide a problem-solving service to children and their families through individual, group and community social work methods, so as to enable those served to cope with problems adversely affecting the ability of children to make optimal use of the educational experience
  • Educate family members and caregivers on different intervention strategies for children
  • Proactively contribute information as an interdisciplinary team member within the context of METs and/orIEPs, including development, planning, and follow-up
  • Serve as liaison between school, home, and the community in building and maintaining positive
  • relationships
  • Coordinate and develop resources within and outside the school system for use by children, their families and school personnel
  • Collaborate with principals, teachers and other school personnel to improve use of existing school programs and procedures, as well as to plan and implement new programs and procedures related to the educational, social, and emotional needs of children
  • Collect and manage data; create and maintain data collection documents
  • Use data based decision making to lead a problem-solving model in dealing with student academic and
  • behavioral concerns
  • Foster professional development through in-service education of social work staff, including interns, paraprofessionals and volunteers, and through planning, conducting, and participating in workshops for these and other school personnel
  • Consult and cooperate with school psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, principals, directors, Early Childhood Specialists, and classroom teachers in assessing the mental and emotional health of the individual student having school difficulty and in evolving appropriate remedial plans
  • Assist districts and Community Based Organization (CBO) partners in the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) within a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework
  • Adapt and function independently within several classrooms
  • Complete all required reporting and documentation related to the position within specified timelines
  • Model continuous learning and use best practices in educational improvement Perform other duties as assigned

SPECIAL CONDITIONS:
  • Must exercise confidentiality and sound judgment in dealing with LEAs, CBOs, staff, students, and parents
  • Must demonstrate excellent oral/written communication skills
  • Proficiency in computer/software use including Google Suite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom
  • Must effectively orchestrate multiple activities/projects simultaneously to accomplish goals and us resources effectively
  • Must be organized, self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Must successfully adapt/function independently within a variety of school districts
  • Position routinely requires travel to preschool programs in Marquette and Alger counties.
  • Occasional travel to other areas of the Upper Peninsula or the State may be required

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full time position. Must have regular and reliable job attendance, performance,
and the physical ability to do the job

REPORTS TO: Director of Early Childhood Education

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: According to Marquette-Alger RESA MEA Collective Bargaining Agreement

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applicants who are interested in being considered should submit a letter
of interest and a resume to [email protected] by noon on Friday, June 21st, 2024.

 
Please direct any questions to [email protected]
Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
sex, (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status,
military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, (collectively, "Protected Classes") in
its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. The Agency's Compliance Officer shall handle inquiries
regarding the Board's nondiscrimination policies and address any complaint of discrimination.
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