Special Education School Social Worker

TITLE: Special Education School Social Worker




The Kansas City- Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is a nationally recognized urban school district that serves approximately 22-000 students. With a Head Start program- three preschools- 30 elementary schools- 8 middle schools- and 5 college and career academies/high schools- the district serves a wonderfully diverse mixture of students. A remarkable 62 different languages are spoken in the homes of our students. To serve those students- the district employs approximately 3-650 staff- including more than 1-600 teachers.


The vision of the Kansas City- Kansas Public Schools is to be one of the Top 10 School Districts in the Nation. Our goal is that -Each student will exit high school prepared for college and careers in a global society- and at every level- performance is on track and on time for success.- To help our students achieve this goal- the district is implementing a district-wide initiative called Diploma+.




The Special Education School Social Worker promotes and enhances the overall academic mission by providing direct services to students that strengthen home/school/community partnerships and alleviate barriers to learning for students with disabilities who demonstrate the most significant social- emotional- and behavioral needs.  Social Work services are developmental- corrective- and supportive services required to assist a child- who has been identified as a child with an exceptionality- to benefit from special education services.  The School 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 success and by implementing effective intervention strategies.




Assessment of Student- Family and School Needs

Effectively and appropriately assess and address the needs- characteristics and interactions of students- families- LEA personnel and community.

  • Conducts assessments and evaluations in accordance with parent or guardian and student rights.
  • Uses student- family and school assessment results to identify needs that impact student learning.
  • Uses assessment and evaluation results to develop appropriate interventions for students- families- schools and communities.
  • Develops long-term and short-term intervention plans consistent with curriculum; student needs- strengths- diversity and life experiences; and social and emotional factors.
  • Uses a variety of appropriate formal and informal tools and techniques including observations and interviews to evaluate the progress and performance of students and families.

Direct Services/ Service Delivery

Uses knowledge and understanding of the reciprocal influences of home- school- and community to intervene for student success via such practices as assessment- crisis intervention- home visits- conflict resolution- individual and group counseling- consultation- program development- dropout prevention and coordination of school and community services.

  • Provides direct services to students and their families within the context of multicultural understanding and competence that enhance families’ support of students learning experiences.
  • Provides direct services to students in ways that build upon individual strengths and offers students maximum opportunities to participate in the planning and direction of their own learning experience.
  • Develops and provides training and educational programs that address the goals and mission of the educational institution.

Consultation and Collaboration

Consults and collaborates with stakeholders on behalf of students and their families.

  • Consults with stakeholders to facilitate an understanding of factors in the home- local education agency- and community that affect students’ educational experiences.
  • Consults on such issues as attendance- confidentiality- ethnicity and diversity- mental health- behavior management- discipline- crisis intervention and child abuse and neglect.
  • Initiates and supports activities to overcome institutional barriers and gaps in services as leaders and members of interdisciplinary teams with the unique contribution of bringing the home- school and community perspective to the interdisciplinary process.
  • Works with individuals- groups and organizations that have diverse interests to develop programs or systems of care that support and enhance the health- social and emotional well-being and safety of students.
  • Promotes collaboration among community health and mental health service providers and facilitates student access to these services.
  • Uses extensive knowledge of community resources- enabling the school social worker to play a critical role in facilitating the provision of community services in the local education agency.
  • Helps to build effective school-community teams and orients community providers to school climate- culture and structure


Advocates for appropriate services for students and their families.

  • Advocates and facilitates change that effectively responds to the needs of students- families- and school systems using appropriate statutes- case law- policies- and procedures.
  • Promotes services to students and their families within the context of multicultural understanding and competence that enhance families’ support of students learning experiences.
  • Assists students and their families to gain access to formal and informal community resources.
  • Utilizes research and technologies to assist students- families- schools- and communities.


Advocates- facilitates- and contributes to School Social Work accountability for outcomes aligned with local- state- and federal policies and guidelines.

  • Conforms to the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Code of Ethics and Standards for School Social Work practice.
  • Maintains accurate case records and documentation to include- but not limited to progress reporting- Medicaid billing- and daily schedules.
  • Maintains current knowledge of and abides by federal and state laws and regulations with emphasis on persons with disabilities- child welfare- mental health- confidentiality- and student and parent rights.
  • Organizes time- resources- energy- and workload in order to meet responsibilities.
  • Evaluates own practice and disseminates the findings to consumers- LEAs- the community- and the profession in order to maximize the effectiveness of services & resources provided to students to indicate that by evaluating one`s practice- more effective services and resources will be provided.
  • Participates in appropriate professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills.


Program Planning- Implementation and Evaluation

Effectively plans- implements and evaluates programs that promote student and family success.

  • Applies knowledge of environmental factors in planning programs.
  • Conducts individual and/or system-wide surveys to assess the school and/or community needs.
  • Plans school and/or system-wide programs to promote a safe- healthy- caring school climate that fosters academic success.
  • Assists the school and community in planning programs that alleviate situations which may interfere with the learning process of students.
  • Assists in the evaluation of effective departmental- school-based- system- community- and state-wide programs.


Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.


  • Meets the employment qualifications set forth by the Kansas City- Kansas Board of Education and the Kansas State Department of Education.
  • Maintain a professional attitude with families and staff.
  • Hold current and valid School Social Work license (Master’s level) with the Kansas Behavioral Science and Review Board
  • Possess and utilize excellent interpersonal skills and professional judgment
  • Demonstrate collaborative and consultative skills


  • Maintains communication with teachers- other school personnel- and parents/guardians to enhance cooperative action which will meet the educational needs of students.
  • Provides health services- information- and counseling in an effective and positive manner to enhance the health and wellness of the school community.
  • Completes accident/incident reports for students/staff.
  • Compiles data for statistical purposes.
  • Maintains confidentiality regarding educational records.


  • Maintains a daily log of school/staff visits and documentation in either paper or electronic format.
  • Maintains the daily environment of the health office facility and supplies.
  • Utilizes existing technology effectively in the performance of duties.
  • Performs other related work as required.


  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written- oral- diagram- or schedule form.


  • Ability to read and analyze and interpret general professional journals- technical procedures- or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports- general curriculum and learning theories- correspondence- and protocols.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators- staff- parents- students- and the general public.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job- the employee is regularly required to sit- walk- stand and talk or hear.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • The employee must occasionally push items of 50 pounds such as pushing on a bike or wheelchair- or moving/rearranging furniture.
  • While performing the duties of the job the employee occasionally may visit a child’s home.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision- distance vision- and depth perception.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually loud and is a standard acceptable level for this environment.


The Special Education School Social Worker is directly responsible for students’ safety- work output and well-being.



SALARY: Based on KCKPS Salary Schedule



EVALUATION: Performance will be evaluated in accordance with Board of Education policy


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  The individual currently holding this position performs additional duties and additional duties may be assigned.


Kansas City- Kansas Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  KCKPS does not discriminate on the basis of race- religion- color- national origin- sex- age- tenure- disability or any other factors that cannot be lawfully considered in its programs and activities as required by all applicable laws and regulations.



This job description has been approved by all levels of management:


Manager _______________________________________________

HR ___________________________________________________


Employee signature below constitutes employee’s understanding of the requirements- essential functions and duties of the position.


Employee _____________________________ Date ____________ 


Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 08/31/2019

Job Contact Information

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Employer Information

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools USD 500 www.kckps.org

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is an exceptional urban system using an array of innovative teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs of our students with a vigorous professional development program designed to support our teachers.


Employer Address: 2010 N. 59th St. Kansas City, Kansas

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