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CWC Kansas City is a growing Charter school serving students within the boundaries of the Kansas City Public Schools district. We are seeking a committed and passionate social worker who will work to ensure that students and families’ physical and safety needs are met so children can come to school ready to learn and engage in an academic community. We are looking for a candidate who has a strong understanding of and who practices social work values and ethics in their everyday work and who understands supporting families through the lens of Systems and Person-in-Environment theories.
This is a full-time position located in Kansas City, MO. For more information on Citizens of the World Charter Schools – Kansas City, please visit www.cwckansascity.org.
Responsibilities will include:
- Complete Needs Assessments with families and ensure that referrals and resources are provided in a timely manner.
- Provide support and advocacy services for families concerning mental and physical health services, involvement with Children’s Division, educational needs, legal and housing assistance, employment search and support, and crisis intervention.
- Collaborate with community partners to ensure that interventions and community support services are available and easily accessible. Oversee Harvesters program (Pop Up Pantry and Back Snacks) and dental and vision programs.
- Manage internal school services, including bus pass program and the uniform closet (including soliciting donations and distributing to students).
- Collaborate as a member of an interdisciplinary team within the school. Attend weekly team meetings and provide a social work perspective when addressing family situations.
- Maintain accurate and timely documentation regarding communication and activities with families and services received, including completing required reports, in accordance with policies and procedures.
- Monitor, document, and follow up on attendance issues weekly to ensure both the safety of children and families and compliance with the attendance policy.
- Serve as the CWCKC McKinney Vento Liaison and carry out all duties as mandated by the Mckinney-Vento Act:
- Homeless children and youths are identified by school personnel through outreach and coordination activities with other entities and agencies.
- Homeless children and youths are enrolled in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in, schools of that local educational agency.
- Homeless families and homeless children and youths have access to and receive educational services for which such families, children, and youths are eligible, including services through Head Start programs (including Early Head Start programs), early intervention services under part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and other preschool programs administered by the local educational agency.
- Homeless families and homeless children and youths receive referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health and substance abuse services, housing services, and other appropriate services.
- The parents or guardians of homeless children and youths are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.
- Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youths is disseminated in locations frequented by parents or guardians of such children and youths, and unaccompanied youths, including schools, shelters, public libraries, and soup kitchens, in a manner and form understandable to the parents and guardians of homeless children and youths, and unaccompanied youths.
- Enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance with this law.
- The parent or guardian of a homeless child or youth, and any unaccompanied youth, is fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin, and is assisted in accessing transportation.
- School personnel providing services under this law receive professional development and other support.
- Unaccompanied youths—
- are enrolled in school;
- have opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic standards as the State establishes for other children and youth, including through implementation of partial credit procedures; and
- are informed of their status as independent students and are able to obtain assistance from the local educational agency liaison to receive verification of such status for purposes of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Weekly hours include case documentation, continuing education, parent meetings, assessment, and making referrals.
- Participating in professional development activities, both internal (led by the principal, lead teachers and visiting experts) and external (visiting other schools, attending conferences, and engaging in best practice sharing with others in the charter school community, etc.)
- Participating as an active member of the community to provide stewardship of the school and adherence to its mission and guiding principles
- Maintaining a high-level of professionalism including meeting deadlines, and commitments to self, students, and the community
- An bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred)
- A valid Missouri Social Worker License
- Experience (minimum two years preferred) working with children and families from low income, underserved communities.
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills
- Experience preferred working in a socio-economic, racial and culturally diverse school setting
- An exhibited ability to work with children in a caring and respectful manner in order to create a joyful, caring school environment where care is given to community building, conflict resolution, skill-building, and empowering students to be peacemakers and agents for positive social change
- Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a can-do attitude
- Willingness to explore additional school responsibilities (before/after school care and classes, committee involvement, etc.); stipends may be available for such responsibilities.
- Fluency in Spanish is preferred.
The mission of Citizens of the World Charter Schools is to impact and expand the conversation about what an excellent education contains, requires, and accomplishes. Citizens of the World schools challenge students to realize their full potential and thrive in a diverse society.
We are public schools open to all, committed to serving diverse communities throughout the U.S. with schools currently in Los Angeles and Kansas City. We develop sophisticated thinkers who master content and have a courageous and compassionate sense of responsibility for themselves and all people. Our schools are in strong demand: in 2015, we had ten times more student interest than space available. Our classrooms are challenging and joyful learning environments that engage children through projects tailored to their personal experiences, strengths, and needs.
Our teachers take the time to get to know each child as an individual. We empower children to think critically and learn to engage respectfully and productively with fellow students by developing their capacity to enter into and understand the lives of others. Our goal is for student “success” to include mastery of both content and emotions, so that students can meaningfully connect with each other, be part of any community, and courageously decide who they are in the world and how they want the world to be.
In this work, we:
- Prepare students to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future.
- Promote academic rigor and experiential learning to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity.
- Embrace a constructivist, project-based learning approach to teaching and learning.
- Develop each child’s potential to live as a learner, both in school and out.
- Reflect, welcome, and celebrate the community’s diversity.
- Strengthen the bonds among members of the school community and beyond.
Job Type: Full Time
Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999