Job Title: Manager, Social Work
Office: Office of School Improvement and Supports
Date Posted: 11/16/2020
Salary Range: 1-5 / $90,047 - $101,607
The mission of the Office of School Improvement and Supports (OSIS) is to ensure we support our schools and our students to succeed and to meet the Goals of our Strategic Plan. The Office works to dramatically accelerate the number of excellent schools through school transformation, including design, partnerships, Connected Schools, and Comprehensive School Planning (CSP). The Office develops, aligns, and delivers high-quality supports to ensure students, particularly students furthest away from opportunity, are in school, able to engage in rigorous learning, and have a joyous educational environment. The Office ensures our schools have excellent leaders, educators, and staff who are prepared to meet the diverse needs of the young people we serve.
OSIS programs include the following:
- S c hool Improvement:
- School Performance: Promotes data-driven decision-making through an aligned system of continuous improvement designed to move schools toward a consistent standard of excellence.
- Design: Designs excellent school models that transform learning for our students furthest from opportunity by anchoring in data, community engagement and understanding, and elevating and integrating student voice.
- Partnerships: Develops and advances strategies and resources for schools and the district to maximize partner and community impact on student and school success.
- Student Empowerment & Equity: Advances diversity and equity for students, with an emphasis on student-focused programming elevating student voice.
- Student Supports:
- School Mental Health: Ensures that students' behavioral and social-emotional needs are met to increase access to the curriculum.
- SEL and School Culture: Ensures that schools have the resources to provide a safe and supportive learning environment where all students are able to thrive academically and socially.
Student Placement : Ensures that schools have the necessary supports to address the needs of the whole child and create the conditions where all students are ready to learn.
Health and Wellness : Ensures that all students are healthy and are supported with the appropriate services and accommodations to support their wellness and continued learning.
- Talent Development:
- Talent Acquisition: Advances talent development through an equity lens. Ensures we recruit, select, hire, and retain great people.
- Leadership Development: Ensures leaders are prepared at each stage of their career with the full complement of skills and capacities necessary to guarantee student and school success.
- IMPACT Operations: Supports the daily implementation of both Staff and School Leader IMPACT. The team ensures IMPACT policy is followed with fidelity and manages a helpline where staff can reach out with questions.
- IMPACT Align : Ensures all evaluators have the tools they need to accurately and consistently apply the DCPS classroom observation rubric (the Essential Practices) when evaluating teacher practice.
- IMPACT Design : Gathers and responds to feedback from DCPS leadership and staff, and uses this feedback to consider possible IMPACT design changes for the future. The team also liaises with other states, districts, education groups, and researchers to learn from the best practices and lessons learned in the field of staff and school leader evaluation.
The Manager, Social Work is responsible for the shared responsibilities of managing the School Social Workers and related duties. The Manager also is involved in other program development and department collaborations. This position is a safety-sensitive position. As a result, throughout employment this position will be subject to the Employee Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy. This position is a safety-sensitive position. As a result, throughout employment this position will be subject to the Employee Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy.
The Manager, Social Work will report to the Director, School Mental Health.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
- Develops overall program strategy and clear, specific, and ambitious performance measures for multiple projects and operational priorities; and translates targets into individual work goals and deliverables for other team members.
- Leads the implementation of program strategy; assesses and tracks project progress regularly using various computer programs and tools; and drives project completion holding others accountable for responsibilities and deadlines.
- Assigns, directs, and evaluates the work of direct reports; guides and supports the professional development and training of reports; and helps implement team's HR needs, such as hiring, performance evaluation, and team structure.
- Determines resource needs for program success within context of broader DCPS strategy and initiatives.
- Helps manage the analysis and presentation of data and progress of data-driven initiatives for senior management team and external audiences; communicates progress to key stakeholder groups; and incorporates their input.
- Anticipates, identifies, and resolves complex obstacles to success of overall program as well as specific projects.
- Interviews and surveys other colleagues and management teams to determine opportunities for improvement; researches specific issues; and develops detailed recommendations and implementation plans to resolve.
- Builds relationships and liaises with various internal departments to drive collaboration and project success; and interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders.
- Identifies and systematizes successful operational and project management methods across the department; and develops and strengthens resources for program evaluation and support.
- Completes full cycle of DCPS' IMPACT evaluations regarding evidence-based treatments and interventions in accordance with DCPS policy, determining quality and timeliness of services administered by Social Workers and other program therapists to determine areas of proficiency and development in meeting job responsibilities and expectations.
- Supports schools in the development of systems of care and coordination, providing consult in a variety of organizational and student-centered supports.
- Monitors functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention plan compliance in accordance with DCPS requirements to ensure timely administration and resolution.
- Monitors the collection of mental health data and oversight of effective use of that data in student treatment planning.
- Stays closely aware of progress of projects, high-level initiatives, and emerging issues across DCPS organization and proactively helps to adjust program approach based on changes in direction, priorities, and resources.
- Stays aware of innovations, developments in policy, and research and advises DCPS senior management team on proposed legislation, policies, procedures, and directives affecting the specific department and projects assigned.
- Master's degree in Social Work with four to six year of related work experience.
- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW).
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- STUDENTS FIRST : We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
- COURAGE : We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
- EQUITY : We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
- EXCELLENCE : We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
- TEAMWORK : We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
- JOY : We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.