K-12 Social Worker/Counselor

Friday, May 17, 2019
Position Details: 






-  Michigan State Certification as a Social Worker or School Counselor.


-  Bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment


Position Purpose 

-  Provide students, parents, administrators, and other teaching staff with individually-tailored advice and consultation to overcome personal, emotional, familial, or social issues to maximize the students' learning experience. 


Essential Functions 

-  Performs casework services with students and parents to encourage parental understanding of, and participation in, overcoming social issues to maximize the educational experience of the student. 

-  Assists students and teaching staff in implementing students' behavior management plans. 

-  Coordinates with outside agencies, organizations and institutions, including state and federal authorities as needed. 

-  Coordinates with administrators and other teaching staff members to ascertain individual student's abilities and needs, including students with special needs, and to familiarize stakeholders with social work services. 

-  Assists with the school district's dropout prevention efforts. 

-  Serves as ready resource to students and parents to provide counseling that will lead each student to increased personal growth, self-understanding, and behavioral management; serves as liaison between home and school. 

-  Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research, and by maintaining professional relationships. 

-  Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping and providing student information to prospective colleges and employers, as required by district procedures and applicable laws. 

-  Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents. 

-  Assists in the orientation of new teachers, and provides in-service training in guidance. 

-  Selects and requisitions appropriate books, aids and other supplies and equipment and maintains inventory records. 

-  Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent. 

-  Travels to homes, school district buildings and professional meetings as required. 


Skills, Knowledge, Abilities 

-  Knowledge of Social Work principles, theories, testing, methods, etc. as well as proven behavior management methods. 

-  Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles. 

-  Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans. 

-  Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students. 

-  Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed. 

-  Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents as well as organize and coordinate work. 

-  Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth. 

-  Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work. 


Salary Range:                     Competitive Salary/Benefit Package available

Deadline to Apply:             MAY 17, 2019                    

To Apply:                             Send Letter of Interest, Resume and References, along with a job application (found on our website www.shps.org) to South Haven Public Schools staff listed below (via AppliTrack is preferred):


Cathy Pyle, Human Resources Department                  cpyle@shps.org

South Haven Public Schools, 554 Green Street, South Haven, MI  49090


Condition of Employment:               Fingerprinting is required for all new school employees


South Haven Public Schools shall not discriminate in its policies and practices with respect to compensation, terms or conditions of employment because of age, race, color, national origin, marital status, disability, handicap, physical characteristic, sex, religious belief, sexual orientation, political beliefs, cultural identity, socioeconomic status, familial status and genetic information.

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