The Next Step Public Charter School
Department of Student Support Services – Job Description
Job Title: Case Manager
Case management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet students’ and families comprehensive health needs through communication and available resources to promote school attendance and learning. Related activities to case management include complex condition management, promotion of wellness, and promoting transitions of care services. The individual in this position is responsible for identifying students at risk for school failure associated with personal, familial, and/or school factors; assessing multiple health, education and social service needs; developing an integrated school-community service delivery plan; and advocating on behalf of students. This individual may have specialized knowledge and expertise in a particular area such as immigration or adolescent homelessness. The ideal candidate is creative, organized, culturally sensitive and has previous experience navigating social service agencies in the DC metro area. The case manager promotes student achievement and development by connecting students to available services and encouraging student participation in those services. The case manager works with students, parents/guardians, teachers, other service providers, school principals, and community-based resources to develop a healthy community both inside and outside of the school.
Directly Responsible To:
Director of Student Support Services
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Maintain a high level of ethical conduct regarding confidentiality, dual-relationships, and professional stature.
· Work collaboratively with Clinical Case Manager to locate and mobilize community resources for students.
· Confers regularly with other stakeholders to assess needs of students.
· Attend trainings and workshops to further understanding of psychosocial needs of the diverse populations served.
· Promote and reinforce regular attendance with students, families, teachers, and administrators.
· Participate as a member of school-based teams to develop interventions for promoting students’ attendance and academic success.
· Provide staff consultation and professional development on behavioral, social and environmental issues affecting student population.
· Participate in weekly supervision with Director of Student Support Services.
· Coordinate, organizes and maintains files for students assigned to caseload.
· Consult and collaborate with clinical case manager, and school social worker to identify relevant and appropriate professional development trainings for staff and administrators.
· Assess on both an individual- and group-level to determine student needs and how those needs fit into the school program.
· Conduct home visits for students who are identified as truant.
· Maintain communication and collaborative planning with coworkers with specific supportive roles (e.g. New Heights Coordinator, Homeless Liaison, Special Education Coordinator, etc.).
· Attend meetings and professional development activities as required.
· Conducts other duties as assigned.
Major Areas of Accountability
Adhere to laws related to DC Attendance Accountability Amendment Act, client confidentiality and mandated reporting.
Education and Training
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field such as Psychology or possess 2-3 years of experience in working in education, public health, human services and/other direct social service areas.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Fluency in English and Spanish speaking and writing; leadership skills in working with individuals and groups (e.g. initiating individual and group discussion, listening, clarifying and facilitating interactions and sharing of ideas); strong writing skills; ability to counsel students, parents, staff and lay persons individually and in groups; ability to demonstrate effective liaison relationships with parents, schools and agencies; skill in communicating concepts and information accurately orally and in writing; ability and willingness to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
General responsibilities of all staff members
As a member of The Next Step staff, this position also involves the following:
- Fully embrace and promote The Next Step's mission, vision and values.
· Develop and maintain positive and supportive relationships with all students.
· Consistently implement school-wide expectations in classrooms and common areas.
· Participate actively in special events, including field trips, community days, college tours, graduations, etc.
· Participate actively in school responsibilities such as hallway and lunch supervision.
· Work cooperatively with colleagues to develop and implement effective and relevant policies.
· Adhere to school policies as described in personnel manual and/or staff handbook.
· Reflect upon performance, set goals for improvement, and take advantage of training opportunities to learn and implement effective strategies.
- Participate in assessment administration as needed throughout the school year.
- Participate in bi-weekly staff meetings, weekly welcoming morning meetings and any other meetings assigned in relation to the position.
- Maintain organized, clean and inviting work area