Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0508
Post Date 7/20/2019
Title Social Worker, 2019-2020 School Year
City Houston
State TX
Description

Company Summary

At Connections Academy, helping students maximize their potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program is at the core of our mission. Connections Academy was founded in 2001 to deliver high-quality, highly accountable online education to students in grades K-12. Hallmarks of Connections Academy-supported online schools include personalized learning, an award-winning curriculum and Education Management System (EMS), dedicated state-certified teachers, and a supportive school community. Parents of enrolled students consistently share their satisfaction with Connections Academy: 92% “would recommend the schools to other families” and 95% say the curriculum is “high quality.” In 2019, Connections Academy-supported public schools serve students in 27 states, while the private online school, International Connections Academy meets the online school needs of students worldwide. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum and leadership, Connections Academy is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Academy is part of the global learning company, Pearson, and its Online & Blended Learning group. For more information, visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH) is a Texas Online School that offers 100% virtual instruction to public school students across Texas in grades 3-12 who are not physically present on a campus during instruction. The TxVSN OLS program is authorized by Texas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 30A and administered through TEA. For the 2019-2020 school year, TCAH has a 8,000 student enrollment cap. Connections Education, LLC is in partnership with Houston ISD to provide this high quality and rigorous virtual instruction through TCAH.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

Working from the office in Houston, Texas, the Social Worker will promote the academic mission by providing services that strengthen home/school/community partnerships and alleviate barriers to learning. The Social Worker significantly contributes to the development of a healthy, safe, and caring environment by advancing the understanding of the emotional and social development of children and the influences of family, community, and cultural differences on student successes and by implementing effective intervention strategies. Dropout prevention and support for improving the graduation rate will be the Social Worker’s primary objective.

This is expected to be an 12 month position.

The Social Worker will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:

  • Connect students and families with available community resources to fully develop each person’s individual potential;
  • Implement programs for students and families related to interpersonal adjustment issues;
  • Work with school teams to identify and help families access school and community resources, in order to remove barriers to attendance and academic success;
  • Participate in the development of crisis prevention and management plans for the school
  • Coordinate with teachers to help identify students who are “at risk” or “in crisis”;
  • Act as the main point of contact for these students and families, communicating regularly with them;
  • Report and refer critical incidents that jeopardize student well-being as obligated by law, administrative regulations, or ethical standards;
  • Stay abreast of all state regulations relating to incident reporting and documentation;
  • Support professional development activities for teachers and school staff members;
  • Collaborate closely with the Guidance and Special Populations Departments; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
Requirements
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work and appropriate Texas licensing
  • Residency in Houston, Texas; work in the TCAH office
  • Experience and demonstrated interest in working with high school at-risk youth
  • Experience with special education preferred
  • Candidates should have knowledge and familiarity with specific Texas resources and agencies that will assist in the healthy social, mental, and academic development of students and families
  • Ability to travel across Texas to support families and work with agencies as needed
  • Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google Suite)
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Customer focused approach
  • High degree of flexibility 
  • Team player with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work some occasional evening hours, as needed to support some families
  • Ability to work remotely
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