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Sample school social worker job description

[SCHOOL] is seeking a talented and compassionate school social worker to join our collaborative, student-centered community. As a key part of an interdisciplinary team, you will partner with students, teachers, parents, and staff to develop creative solutions to individual, group, and school-wide behavior and performance issues. Core duties will include: enhancing individual growth, promoting positive self-image, providing services for children with learning disabilities, offering social skills development services, and facilitating outside support.

Objectives of this role

  • Promote respect, dignity, independence, and self-regulation for all learners

  • Provide targeted emotional and social support services as needed 

  • Enable equitable educational opportunities for all students

  • Connect students, parents, teachers, and administrators with relevant resources

  • Ensure that students are mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared for the classroom

  • Develop proactive educational programs that meet the needs of the student body


  • Provide daily psychosocial support to students through individual and group counseling 

  • Conduct assessments to determine factors affecting student performance and behavior

  • Advise teachers and staff on how to best meet a student’s social-emotional needs

  • Collaborate with parents and outside providers to coordinate appropriate support services

  • Maintain progress records for all support services provided by the school

  • Assist the school in running educational and therapeutic programs

  • Obtain additional resources from the district and community as needed

Skills and qualifications

  • Social work registration, certification, or licensing, depending on local or national regulations

  • Supervised experience, whether through a college course, apprenticeship, or training

  • Knowledge of clinical interventions and the ability to apply them to individual situations

  • Excellent oral and written communication, empathy, and superb interpersonal skills

  • Ability to pass a background check, including drug and alcohol screenings 

  • Commitment to ethical conduct, local reporting laws, and the welfare of children

Preferred qualifications

  • 1–2 years of social work experience relevant to the age group served

  • Background in crisis intervention, conflict resolution, character education, or counseling

  • A growth mindset and collaborative approach to meeting student needs

  • Patience and flexibility