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TITLE:  Elementary School Social Worker - Grades K-8       

REPORTS TO:  Director of Special Education


To serve those children whose social, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges interfere greatly with their ability to benefit from the school experience. 


  • Provides consultation and in-service training to school personnel.
  • Participates in the identification of those children who require social work intervention and provides the social-development study in a case study evaluation.
  • Assists students with adapting to various aspects of the school environment.
  • Serves as a liaison between the home and the school, and for providing parental education and counseling as appropriate in relation to the child’s problem.
  • Facilitates the effective utilization of existing community resources to meet the needs of school children.
  • Keeps informed of new developments in the field of school social work.
  • Participates in case conferences when referred students are involved, or as requested.
  • Assists families with designing their individual family service plan and refers them to appropriate services and agencies.
  • Participates in staffing and Individual Education Plan (IEP) and/or 504 conferences as relates to their direct client.
  • Participates in RTI and other district wide interventions.
  • Consults with teachers and parents as appropriate to assist them in addressing the expectations for social decision making, behavioral, mental health, and academic goals based on SEL standards.
  •  Facilitates a comprehensive continuum of support that promotes healthy positive youth development using the social emotional learning standards.
  • Keeps up-to-date on current research and practice referenced in the National School Social Work Practice Model.
  • Assists with collecting and analyzing data regarding program participant outcomes, in the following priority areas: improving Tier 1 instructional practices, policies, and student outcomes.
  • Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research.
  • Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping regarding the services delivered.
  • Coordinates with other professional staff members to evaluate and assess the social and emotional curriculum, and participates in faculty meetings and committees.
  • Applies knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
  • Applies knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
  • Uses computer network system and software applications as needed.
  • Organizes and coordinates work efficiently.
  • Communicates effectively with students and parents.
  • Engages in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work. 
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned by the principal/assistant principal and other district office administrators as designated by the superintendent.
  • Adheres to a professional code of ethics which includes confidentiality of school related matters and loyalty to the school district.

Note: The above description is illustrative of most tasks and responsibilities.  It is not all inclusive of every task or responsibility.


EVALUATION:  Performed annually by the Director of Special Education.


  • Valid and appropriate Illinois licensure.
  • School Social Worker endorsement required.
  • Prior school experience preferred. 
  • Complete required professional development to retain certification.
  • Successful completion of fingerprint based criminal background check (IL State Police and FBI), sex offender and violent youth offender screening, and employment physical.


Regionally competitive - actual salary, benefits, contractual terms and conditions will be set by the Board of Education.

Additional Notes

Central School District 51 is a PK-8 district with approximately 1,350 students enrolled.  We believe that a diverse and well-balanced curriculum gives students the opportunity to reach their greatest potential through active and engaging experiences.  This district focuses on providing a healthy, safe, fun, and accessible environment.  We believe in the value of a “Students First” philosophy that instills a passion for learning. For more on our strategies for student success, please see our strategic plan and illinois report card.

The district’s recent renovations and additions have enabled us to meet the needs of our students in various ways.  The newly completed construction project connecting the elementary and intermediate schools features:

  • 18,765 sf Band/Choir Art, and Primary Gym Addition
  • 18,870 sf 3rd & 4th Grade Addition
  • Expanded and updated student media commons at both CPS & CIS
  • Expansion of dining commons capacities at both CPS & CIS
  • Relocation of district and building administration at CIS including new secured entry sequence
  • Various renovation throughout CPS and CIS to create updated and expanded learning spaces
  • Expansion of classroom spaces to provide age appropriate learning spaces for all students K-8

Central School District 51 has a proud tradition as a school, largely because of the hard work, dedication, and professionalism of our staff. These same attributes will continue to help us carry out our mission established by the Board of Education –

“Encourage Excellence Every Day with Compassion, Commitment, and Community.”

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