The School Social Worker at Memphis Scholars South Campus provides a full range of services to students across grades K-8. The goal of these services is to foster improvement in the social-emotional well-being and academic success of our students. As a key member of the South Campus team, the School Social Worker will partner with school administrators, teachers, and support staff to develop and implement plans that provide specialized support for selected students throughout the course of the school year. If you are passionate about helping every student be successful, we encourage you to apply today.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Help students function effectively in the school environment
  • Assess areas in which students may require assistance or counseling
  • Communicate with parents, teachers, and administrators
  • Maintain accurate case files and reports to track student issues and progress
  • Assist in remediation by providing treatment plans or counseling
  • Evaluate student transcripts
  • Participate in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, as necessary

REQUIRED MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree in education, human services, social work, or psychology, or a related field. Hold or obtain the 488 School Social Work PreK-12 certification. Proven ability to design and implement behavioral interventions to ensure student success. At least two years of experience, preferably in a high-performing urban school environment. Excellent organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders including students, teachers, families, school administrators, and clinical service providers.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree. Previous experience working in the school turnaround model.

WORK AUTHORIZATION/SECURITY CLEARANCE: Eligible candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States with no requirement for sponsorship. No security clearance is necessary. Employment is contingent upon clearance of a comprehensive background check and fingerprint analysis.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: This position is not responsible for supervising staff.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: This job operates in an educational, office setting. The role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers/laptops, phones, copier/scanner/fax machines, and filing cabinets.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing and walking all day. The employee must infrequently lift and/or move items under 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. May be exposed to high noise levels. In the course of this work, the employee may be required to physically move or restrain a student in accordance with network and district policies and guidelines.

POSITION TYPE / WORK HOURS: This is a full-time position. Typical School hours are from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm. However, this work may require 40+ non-standard work hours to be effective.

TRAVEL: Minimal to moderate travel to attend professional development and/or meetings is expected for this position.

EEO STATEMENT: Memphis Scholars is an equal opportunity employer and doesn’t discriminate based on gender, race, age, disability, color, creed, religion, marital status, or any state or federally protected status. Employment is at will and can be terminated upon notification by either party. Continued employment can’t be guaranteed or promised by any Memphis Scholars employee or representative except the Executive Director.

THE REWARDS: Competitive salary and benefits package. Opportunities for advancement within the Memphis Scholars network. Professional connections with other expert educators who share your commitment to doing whatever it takes to close the achievement gap. Weekly professional development sessions. Chance to maximize your impact by working in schools where we are raising the bar for student achievement.