Social Worker - Topeka Public Schools 501
Position: Social Worker
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: School Social Worker
Job Location: Topeka Public Schools
Beginning: Jul 14, 2021
Deadline: Open until filled **
District: Topeka Public Schools 501
Topeka, KS 66611
Telephone: 785-295-3019
Job Description:
Position Purpose:
Children are affected by many social forces that impact their role as students. Families can be in a state of change, or be experiencing economic and employment pressures; personal safety may be at risk due to drug/alcohol abuse, violence, or poor nutrition and health. Unmet physical and emotional needs of children affect their ability to learn and adjust in school.
Social workers employed by the Topeka Public Schools are mental health professionals who provide direct and indirect therapeutic services with, or on behalf of, exceptional students and their families.

  • Required to hold a current and valid license to practice social work in the state of Kansas, issued by the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.
  • The license must be at the Masters (LMSW) or the Clinical Specialist (LSCSW) levels.
Physical/Emotional Requirements:
(The incumbent may be required to use the skills and abilities outlined below during any part of the working day.) While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee is required to interact with staff and to meet demands from several people.

Performance Responsibilities:
  • Working together with teachers to ensure the access of all children to a free and appropriate education and to clinical social work services as needed.
  • Participating in comprehensive evaluations to identify family, health, developmental, emotional, and community elements that may affect a student's ability to learn.
  • Identifying those factors in the life of an exceptional student (home, school, and community) that may impact his/her education.
  • Applying knowledge and skills when working with exceptional students and families, individually or in groups, for the purpose of enhancing positive educational experiences.
  • Collaborating with family, school, and community agencies to enable an exceptional student to receive maximum benefit from his/her educational program.
  • Providing direct IEP services to students with disabilities, and billing insurance for services to those students who are both disabled and eligible for Medicaid.
  • Providing consultation to the building-level Student Intervention Teams (SIT) in the general education problem-solving process. (This includes providing time-limited services to students on general education intervention plans.)
  • Engaging actively in building the tiered structure of support at their schools. This is especially true of the positive behavior intervention supports effort, as well as the antibullying and social-emotional character development programs.
  • Special assignments are available to those who are interested, or as assigned. These may include representing the district in community service organizations, being on district-level steering committees, and providing training in programs such as MANDT.
See more details on the TPS website.

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