SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER in Woodridge, IL at The Geo Group

Date Posted: 2/8/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • The School social worker assists students with academic learning by providing strategic services that identify and address the social-emotional-environmental issues that interfere with the educational process. Working with parents/guardians, teachers, school principal and community based resources, the school social worker implements strategies that promote a positive school experience for all students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.

  • Identifies and assesses academic problems through analysis of factors impinging on student adjustment including factors in the home, school, and community.
  • Serves as a liaison between families and the school to positively promote collaborative processes in educational planning for students by encouraging parent/guardian participation in the school setting.
  • Provides individual and group therapeutic counseling to students and their families.
  • Provides parent/guardian educational workshops on identified issues related to adolescent development, stress reduction, discipline and safety, and teacher/parent/student communication.
  • Collaborates with school staff and other school system personnel in implementing strategies to promote student learning.
  • Participate as members of the IEP, and other school based teams to develop interventions for promoting students’ academic success.
  • Provides crisis intervention services.
  • Provides social work case management for students and families.
  • Provides staff consultation on behavioral-emotional-environmental issues affecting student participation in the learning process.
  • Conducts staff development on issues related to social-emotional-environmental factors that impact learning.
  • Develops programs to address parent/guardian participation in the school and student engagement in the educational process.
  • Conducts classroom meetings, psycho-educational social skills groups, and classroom presentations on identified areas of concern for the students.
  • Maintains required clinical records and submits appropriate documents for statistical reports with adherence to program standards in school social work.
  • Completes risk assessments on referred students.
  • Completes functional behavior assessments on identified students.
  • Completes classroom student observations.
  • Serves as liaison with community agencies and assists in fostering communication between schools, parents/guardians, and community leaders.
  • Locates and mobilizes community resources to support the educational program.
  • Attends meetings and professional development activities as required.
  • Coordinates clinical staff meetings and manages the development of clinical services.
  • Develop and coordinate specialized programmatic activities for the program to assist with addressing student needs and individualizing their educational needs.
  • Develop and maintain a current list of resources that includes self-help/support groups to ensure comprehensive services are provided to students and their families.
  •              Facilitate staff meetings and conferences.
  • Comply with GEO Group policies and work rules as described in the company Employee Handbook, Seven Key Principles of care, the Facility Policies and Procedure Manual, including directives of GEO Group managers and supervisors in a cooperative spirit to ensure conformance to company standards.
  •              Performs other duties as required


Job Requirements


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and/or Experience

Masters in Social Work with a Type 73 certification;


Minimum two years alternative education experience working with students that have at-risk behavior or special needs.

                                                                                                                                                     Language Skills                                                                                                                    

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos

Ability to write simple correspondence

Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and group situations to customers, students, and other employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills                                                                                                            

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability                                                                                                                 

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.

Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.                                                                                                                                                              

Computer Skills                                                                                                               

Word processing, email, and spreadsheets                                                                                                   

Other Qualifications

    At least twenty-one (21) years of age

Criminal clearances (State Police, Local, FBI, DCFS and National Sex Offender Registry clearances)

            Non-communicable diseases physical exam

            Valid driver's license      

             Successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening

             Successful completion of orientation training