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The Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School (EMSA, www.elginmathandscience.org) opened in August of 2018 to all students residing in the U-46 attendance area. This coming year we will serve kindergarten through sixth grade. 


EMSA is seeking a compelling, committed, and resourceful Social Worker that will help to establish positive relationships with students and families. EMSA’s social worker will provide problem-solving services to children and their families, as well as behavioral counseling and intervention. The Social Worker will also serve as a member of the diagnostic team, educational planning team, and the placement team for MDC’s and IEP’s. He/she will provide biological, psychological and sociological assessment information as part of those team structures.


The successful candidate in this role will use EL Education’s Core Practices as the foundation of our message to ensure remarkable academic achievement, character development, and community involvement for all students. At EMSA, students and teachers will reach their highest potential through active exploratory learning and social responsibility in which:

  • Individuals of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome
  • Children’s natural curiosity is nurtured
  • Students become leaders of their own learning
  • Teachers and students hold high standards
  • Critical thinking is central to math and science
  • Students develop skills to be responsible individuals

An EMSA Charter Crew Member will:

  • Operate with the understanding: Diversity is a fact, Inclusion is a behavior, Equity is the outcome
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the learning community to build relational trust and foster a growth mindset for all through modeling by taking professional risks, owning mistakes, and being metacognitive about their own growth and revision
  • Model EMSA’s habits of scholarship in word and action and effectively build a positive school culture that promotes self-discipline
  • Challenge, engage, inspire and empower all students with the Wow & Wonder of EL Education
  • Engage in professional learning and implement a progressive, bold educational approach to fostering EL Education’s Core Practices to inspire student success
  • Practice reflective and synthesizing professional practices to allow for a deeper understanding to manifest for implementation with the highest levels of fidelity
  • Establish clear and consistent assessment and progress monitoring techniques based on evidence to make decisions to meet student’s needs and further their growth
  • Cultivate strong partnerships with families; all words and actions demonstrate a commitment to inclusion, belief in all students’ capacity to succeed and a desire to create an amicably beneficial situation for everyone
  • Actively engage families and the community with expeditionary outcomes and critique of authentic student work


An ideal candidate is someone who:

  • Is able to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical journals, or governmental regulations
  • Is able to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures
  • Is able to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups and individuals
  • Is able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Is able to interpret technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and concrete variables
  • Is able to apply knowledge of current research and theory in instructional program
  • Is able to plan and implement lessons based on needs and abilities of students to whom assigned
  • Is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, peers, parents and community
  • Is able to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Is able to perform all duties with the awareness of all school and state requirements
  • Is able to travel in the U-46 attendance area and visit homes, as necessary
  • Is an extrovert with strong interpersonal skills, and delights in meeting and helping new people
  • Has strong communication and critical-thinking skills; is able to plan to avoid challenges, and adjust when challenges occur
  • Has a history of exceptional professionalism and a demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Wants to work in a feedback-rich culture, and is committed to ongoing improvement
  • Has personal or professional connections in the U-46 attendance area
  • Is committed to meeting the needs of every child in a diverse population and has demonstrated success working with low income and minority students
  • Has proven ability to work as a member of a team
  • Is a self-starter interested in working in a fast-paced, startup environment that requires flexible roles


As an EMSA Social Worker you will:

  • Perform casework services with individual students to correct those personal, social or emotional maladjustments related to their educational and social progress
  • Coordinate or serve as a member of diagnostic teams and educational planning and placement committees and provide biological, psychological, and sociological assessment information related to planning for children with adjustment problems
  • Consult and collaborate with other school personnel in gathering and giving information on a case by case basis and in establishing and planning for respective roles in the modification of the student’s behavior
  • Perform casework services with parents as an integral part of the task of helping students, to increase the parents’ understanding, their constructive participation in resolving their child’s problems and their knowledge and use of appropriate resources available
  • Make home visits for the purpose of gathering helpful information on a student’s background
  • Assist students directly toward adjustments to school
  • Supervise students and student interns as assigned
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Principal
  • Complete all necessary paperwork as required by state and federal law


  • Master’s degree from a graduate school of social work program with licensure in Social Work
  • Communication and interpersonal skills to engage in a highly collaborative school environment
  • Ability to develop relational trust with students, families, staff, and other community stakeholders
  • Ability to tactfully and effectively deal with the public and staff at all levels in a personable and professional manner while maintaining confidentiality
  • Fluent in Spanish and English is a plus
  • Expertise in working with English Language Learners
  • Expertise in working with low-income populations


Regionally competitive salary and benefits

Additional Notes

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

EMSA seeks individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to

maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute

to this effort. EMSA provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees

and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of

employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis

of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawful be used as a

basis for an employment decision.

How to Apply

We seek to hire a Social Worker for an August, 2021 start. Applications will be accepted and

reviewed on a rolling basis beginning May, 2021. To confidentially apply, please send a

Cover Letter and Resume/Curriculum Vitae to ApplyToEMSA@gmail.com.

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