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Social Worker, 1.0 FTE - Minnesota Internship Center

Posted on 9/11/2017 3:08:35 PM

Listing expires 10/9/2017

(ADA/Text Version)


FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Classification: 9 ½ -Month Position

Department: Student ServicesSocial Work

Reports To: Student Support Services Coordinator


The Minnesota Internship Center School Social Worker promotes and enhances the overall academic mission by providing services that strengthen home/school/community partnerships and alleviate barriers to learning. Specific areas of duties include: Special Education, provide advocacy for students, social work intern recruitment and supervision, truancy initiatives, being an effective school team member working with all service providers and staff, and supporting students on a daily and as needed basis. The School Social Worker significantly contributes to the development of a healthy, safe and caring environment by advancing the understanding of the emotional and social development of students and the influences of family, community, socioeconomics, and cultural differences on student success, and by implementing effective intervention strategies.


Special Education Responsibilities:

  • School Social Workers assist mainstream and special education teachers and administrators in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities with all special education students.

  • Services may also include school intervention strategies, behavioral management, in-service activities, and program evaluation. All such services are intended to help school staff recognize and provide for the individual differences and needs of all children.

  • Complete Social Worker portions on all special education evaluations

  • Provide service minutes for student with social work services on their IEP's

  • Assist in writing positive behavior intervention plans and behavior goals when requested

General Education Responsibilities:

  • Social Workers participate in screening, evaluation, and/or intervention with at-risk youth (14 to 21 years old) suspected of having emotional, social, behavioral, and/or learning difficulties. In addition to contact with these persons, assistance may also involve consultation with parents, siblings, teachers, school psychologists, school administrators, and appropriate non-school personnel to inform, as well as advise on issues of student functioning and needs.

  • Work cooperatively with teams to provide appropriate programming for students. Facilitate gaining access to social services for students and families.

  • Maintain communication with members of the educational team concerning academic and behavioral progress.

  • Responsible for organizing and conducting regular child find meetings and documentation.

  • Provide student triage services for high need students utilizing teams of support staff both within MNIC and with community providers.

  • Run social-emotional groups in response student needs

Crisis Management

  • Provide emergency services to students in crisis for housing, mental health, safety, etc.

  • Provide support to escalated students when re-integration into the classroom is possible

  • Serve as a mandated reporter, provide suicide assessment and response, including safety planning and referral to crisis services, and other  crisis response to mental health needs


  • Develop strategies and interventions in response to truancy

  • Serve as school representative at Truancy hearings

  • Work with all staff in tracking suspension/excused absences as they affect Truancy

  • Respond to parent concerns regarding truancy steps

Other Job Functions
  • Attends meetings as assigned for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions.

  • Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.

  • Attends job-related training activities as appropriate

  • Adheres to the attendance policy established by the school

  • Performs other duties as assigned for the purpose of meeting student and district needs

  • Participate as a member of the Student Support Services Team

  • Be involved in writing grants to secure resources

  • Performs other comparable duties of a like or similar nature as assigned.


  • Education/Knowledge:. Licensed through MN Board of Social Work as a LSW, LGSW or LICSW social worker. Licensed as a School Social Worker by the MN Department of Education

  • Experience: Previous school social work or  similar experience , experience with youth and minority youth preferred

  • Interpersonal Skills: Often works cooperatively with students, parents, co-workers, management, and the general public from varied educational and cultural backgrounds (approximately 26 – 50% of the work day). Interaction may require providing advice to others outside of direct reporting relationships, talking directly with others to determine/improve level of satisfaction with new changers; and/or looking at a situation from more than one point of view. Communication may occur in either written or verbal format. Persuasion may be necessary to gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas.

  • Abilities: Exercises independent thinking and judgment within the limits of established policies and standards.

To apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to chahn@mnic.org

Cindy Hahn
Minnesota Internship Center Charter High School 
Student Support Services Coordinator