How to write a School Social Worker job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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School Social Worker job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of School Social Worker job titles

    School Social Worker
    School Social Worker (3+ Years’ Experience)
    School Social Worker (LCSW-C License)
    School Social Worker (Part-Time)
    School-Based Social Worker

School Social Worker job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a School Social Worker job summary

Our district is in current need of a School Social Worker, a role which will entail providing a full range of services to students who need additional support. As a key member of our support team, the successful candidate will partner with school administrators and teachers to develop and implement plans that provide specialized support for selected students throughout the course of the school year. If you are passionate about helping every student be successful, we encourage you to apply today.

School Social Worker responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of School Social Worker responsibilities

    Help students function effectively in the school environment
    Assess areas in which students may require assistance or counseling
    Communicate with parents, teachers and administrators
    Maintain accurate case files and reports to track student issues and progress
    Assist in remediation by providing treatment plans or counseling
    Evaluate student transcripts
    Participate in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process as necessary

School Social Worker qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of School Social Worker skills

    Master’s Degree in Social Work required
    LCSW license required
    Previous experience working in a school setting
    Excellent interpersonal communication skills
    Compassionate and approachable personality
    Strong sense of discretion and professionalism

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