Austin is a vibrant city filled with a rich cultural heritage and is ranked as the #1 Best Place to Live for the second year in a row by U.S. News and World Report. The city of Austin is the state capital and holds the ranking as the 11th largest city in the United States. Currently, Austin is home to 10 of IDEA’s schools and serves nearly 5,000 students at campuses in Austin, Kyle, and Pflugerville.
In a city that is a hub for knowledge, IDEA is working to support the community through education, which is the single most effective anti-poverty strategy we possess as a nation. This is why we focus on AP courses for all students, college acceptance, and matriculation. Only 1 in 8 Austin students graduate college ready. Changing this statistic is part of the promise IDEA makes to current and incoming students. Our goal is to add 16 more schools over the next 4 years, including IDEA’s first health professions school, in support of our mission of college for all, positioning us to serve approximately 13,000 students by 2022.
Social Workers work directly with our at-risk scholars to ensure that they graduate from IDEA and go to and through college by providing them individualized emotional, behavioral and mental health support. The goal is to work with a large group of at-risk scholars and have them independently master coping skills to address and overcome mental, behavioral, and academic challenges.
- Schedule individualized and reoccurring sessions to address mental health needs
- Establish individualized counseling goals for scholars
- Use knowledge and understanding of the reciprocal influences of home, school, and community to intervene for scholar 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
- Inform Lead Team every time there is a potential persistence concern
- Communicate with family to figure out root cause and develop solutions to address concerns
- Collaborate with lead team to create a joyful, respectful school culture where scholars want to come to school
- Assist with campus joy factor, events and celebrations
- Collaborates with teachers of concern to develop a plan to address failing grades concerns.
- Communicates with families regarding weekly progress as needed.
We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:
- Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
- Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
- Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
- Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes
- Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
- Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
- Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
- We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.
- Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect for the communities in which they identify.
- Participate in weekly manager check-ins, grade-level meetings, parent meetings, parent information sessions, before and after-school duties, and school wide meetings and functions
- Engage in summer and year-long district, school and personal learning and development
- Minimum of 40+ hours spent at school per week
- Education: Bachelor’s degree required
- Experience: Teaching experience preferred; Ability to write and speak Spanish preferred
- Licensure: Social work license required
Knowledge and Skills:
- Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to adjust and adapt to a multitude of situations in the school environment
- Ability to build solid student and family relationships
- Salaries for this role typically fall between $50,004 and $59,794 commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.