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Community School Coordinator (Social Worker)

University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

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The University of Maryland School of Social Work (UM SSW) is accepting applications for a Social Worker for the Positive Schools Center.  This full-time, staff position is responsible for serving in the role of Community School Coordinator and for connecting Baltimore City Public School students to a customized set of services through collaboration with families, teachers, school staff, and community agencies. The Social Worker is expected to align all programs, services, and opportunities collaboratively with Baltimore City Public School administration and the UM SSW.  The Social Worker will work under the supervision of the Positive Schools Center and SWCOS while applying theories, knowledge, procedures, methods, and ethics derived from a formal educational program in Social Work.  The position will be located full-time at one Baltimore City Elementary, Middle, or High School. Celebrating over 25 years of innovative social work practice in the Baltimore area, the Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) was launched within the UM SSW in 1992.  SWCOS' mission is to advance social justice through mutually transformative community-university partnerships.  The vision for SWCOS is that all communities will be equitable and promote well-being, self-determination, individual and collective power. SWCOS’ mission is operationalized by providing graduate level social work students hands-on experience with critical social issues in an encouraging and creative atmosphere that prepares them to be leaders. In addition, SWCOS partners with community members to provide quality services and create research opportunities to generate new knowledge on social work practice.   The Positive Schools Center (PSC) is a K-12 school-based services program within the SWCOS initiative at the UM SSW. The PSC partners with Baltimore City Public Schools to coach school leadership to shift school culture.  By focusing on authentic family engagement, strategic community and neighborhood resources, practices of shared ownership and accountability, and addressing barriers to learning, the PSC’s Community School Coordinators work to foster school environments that are restorative, just and equitable. The PSC’s work is grounded in five foundational strategies: trauma-responsive educational approaches; restorative and healing practices; racial justice and equity; social and emotional learning; and student, family, and community voice. Within the PSC framework, we partner with school teams over multiple years by providing leadership and staff coaching, training school staff, and technical support that is responsive to the individual needs and a thriving community for all. This Exempt, Regular position offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools. The University of Maryland, Baltimore was ranked one of America's Best Large Employers by Forbes Magazine. (Feb 2021) In the Fall of 2021, UMB will require all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.    Essential Functions:
  • Implement a menu of needs-driven, high quality programs in adherence with the community school model, including, but not limited to, expanded learning and enrichment opportunities, health services, parent/family engagement, adult education, college & career readiness, community development, direct material assistance, and interventions targeted to chronically absent students
  • Advise principal on how to integrate partners and community members into school governance structures (school leadership, attendance teams, etc.)
  • Provide training, guidance, and support to teachers, school administrators, and staff as well as other community partners regarding issues including mental health, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, physical abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment, childcare, and/or medical care as well as the implementation of restorative practices
  • Convene and staff the site-based Community School Leadership Team, a coordinating body that is co-led by the principal and Community School Coordinator and may comprise of administrators, teachers, support services staff, partners, parents, and others to identify needs, set priorities, and coordinate the strategies
  • Support the research/evaluation of the community school by supervising and coordinating the collection of data, the timely submission of reports and response to other requests for information made by the initiative’s leadership
  • Provide social work education to graduate student interns as a field instructor. Specifically, support graduate social work students in conducting social work assessments that examine the risk and strengths of children and their families who attend school. Oversee the development of service plans in identifying evidence based or informed programs and services available for a variety of young adult issues dealing with challenges, strengths, change and crisis. Establishes and monitors the connection between the teachers and individual youth and their families
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education:  Master’s Degree in Social Work
Preferred Experience:  Two (2) years of post-MSW experience providing human services and program management, preferably in an urban school setting.  
Licensure/Certification:  Licensed Master Social Work - (LMSW) in the State of Maryland
  The Hiring Range for this position is in the low to mid $50,000s, commensurate with education and experience. 
UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at [email protected] If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact [email protected] Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff
Shift: Day Job
Organization: School of Social Work - Outreach Services
Job Posting: May 14, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing


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