Founded in 1973, Woodstock Day School (WDS) is a progressive, independent school set on a 40-acre campus in New York’s Hudson Valley. Located midway between the towns of Woodstock and Saugerties and roughly two hours north of Manhattan, WDS is a board-certified member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools and offers a unique and inclusive educational experience to approximately 200 students from nursery school through grade twelve. WDS believes that there is no such thing as an “average” student, and our combination of purposefully small class sizes, intensely committed faculty and a culture of individual respect empowers our students to aim high, shape and achieve their personal goals, and prepares them to make a positive difference in a complex world. Added to the program in 2003, our middle and upper schools offer outstanding programs for grades 6-12, helping students discover their passions, achieve academic and personal excellence and demonstrate a commitment to service. WDS actively seeks to build a diverse community of educators.
The School Social Worker is a key member of the student support services team at the school and is supervised by the Dean of Students and works closely with the Director of Education and Learning, Division Directors, Learning Specialists, and teachers. The School Social Worker is responsible for promoting the general well-being of students, advocating for their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing as well as maximizing coping skills for students in difficult situations. Duties include providing direct and indirect social work services to students experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioral problems that interfere with their performance in school, and facilitating communication among teachers and staff, parents, and community providers.
Assist teachers and parents in developing and implementing behavior management plans to address problem behaviors.
Assist students to improve their academic, personal and social functioning.
Provide social skills, anger management, stress reduction or other similar instruction to students who are experiencing social/emotional/behavioral problems that interfere with their learning or the ability of others to learn.
Provide short-term individual and group counseling to students who are experiencing social/emotional/behavioral problems that interfere with their learning or the ability of others to learn.
Provide information to families and assists them in accessing long-term or intensive counseling services, as needed.
Provide direct and indirect school social work services as a related service in support of special education.
Provide direct and indirect social work services as specified in students’ IEPs
Work collaboratively in designing and implementing social skills, anger management, stress reduction or other similar instruction as is appropriate to addressing students’ special education needs.
Assist in developing and implementing interventions to allow students with disabilities to be successful within the mainstream.
Provide information and assistance to families to help them understand their child’s needs and equip them with the tools necessary to support their child’s educational and/or behavioral progress. Provides parent training and support as needed.
Provide information to parents regarding the referral/assessment process, special education services available, and their rights relative to special education.
Conduct social/developmental assessments of students referred for special education, assists in determining eligibility for special education.
Provide short-term individual or group counseling to assist students during transitions and other high-stress situations.
Act as a liaison between parents, teachers and staff, and community providers to access, mobilize and coordinate services.
Communicate with teachers, administration, and parents concerning students’ social, emotional and behavioral progress.
Provide information to students and parents about services available within the community. Makes referrals to community providers, as appropriate.
Consult and collaborate with social services, mental health, and other community providers.
Maintain an accurate record of student, parent, and other contacts.
Provide crisis intervention services as needed.
Conduct risk assessments.
Coordinate parent, school, and community resources in addressing the crisis situation.
Coordinate follow-up services as needed.
Perform other comparable duties of a like or similar nature as apparent or assigned.
Attends training sessions as well as required department and school meetings.
Serves on committees, task forces, work groups, etc., as requested.
Keeps updated on changing developments, trends, instructional and educational technologies.
A minimum of a BA in Social Work is required. Masters in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling and LCSW/LMHC preferred.
Previous experience working in school settings desired, especially with adolescents.
Ability to assess, evaluate, and refer students to appropriate resources and referrals.
Ability to deal effectively and appropriately with students, parents and other educational professionals regarding student concerns and problems.
Ability to consult with school personnel in developing and implementing effective social and behavioral interventions for students.
Ability to work with and be sensitive to diverse populations.
Ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit a letter of interest, explaining why you would succeed in this position, resume, three references, and salary requirements as attachments, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, Please include School Social Worker in the subject line.
Employees are required to follow all COVID-19 protocols for K-12 schools as determined by NYS and any additional protocols as set forth by the school administration, including a requirement that all staff and faculty be vaccinated for COVID-19.
Woodstock Day School is a progressive, independent day school located on a breathtaking 50-acre campus in the Catskill Mountains. Our mission is to provide a socially and environmentally mindful education from Nursery School – 12th Grade, valuing each student as an individual and as a member of the community.