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Social Worker Job Description

Job Summary: Provides school social work services that benefit students and families in Lansing School District 158 community; collaboratively delivers services for the purpose of developing the social-emotional, mental health, and behavioral skills needed by students to actively participate in school activities and to perform at their academic and social potential; collaborates with families, district personnel, and community service providers.

Supervisor: Principal

Qualifications: Illinois Professional Educator License with School Social Worker Endorsement

Contract: Length of contract, salary, and benefits are established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Lansing School District 158 Board of Education and the Lansing Employee Association (LEA)

Essential Functions: (specific roles and functions will vary depending on assignment)

Duties and Responsibilities Instructional Support and Organization

  • Provides crisis management services.
  • Completes mandated special education functions (e.g., social developmental studies, reevaluations)
  • Leads group and individual mental health sessions that utilize evidence-based practices for stressors related to grief, depression, chemical dependence, peer relationships, peer interaction, divorce, anger management, social-emotional development, or other factors that influence school success.
  • Supports students and teachers through classroom-based/unit-based activities.
  • Assumes responsibility for designing individual systems of support for students.
  • Facilitates services to families.
  • Serves as a liaison to students, families, and staff with outside agencies to help families access needed services.
  • Maintains appropriate records.


Provide Training/Education

  • Assumes responsibility for designing systems of support for students in the program (e.g., Peer Mediation, Peer Counseling, etc.).
  • Facilitates and provides family training.
  • Provides consultation and in-service to staff.


 Facilitate Social Work Case Management

  • Serves as liaisons between students, homes, schools, family service based, courts, protective services, doctors, and other contacts to help families access needed services.
  • Communicates regularly with team members regarding individual student’s strengths and needs.
  • Communicates frequently with students’ families.
  • Connects student to available resources for future planning.
  • Works collaboratively with outside agencies and personnel to assist with meeting student needs when appropriate.
  • Initiates, facilitates, and monitors wraparound planning services when appropriate.
  • Assists with designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating functional analyses and behavior plans.


Social Work Expectations

  • Maintains a safe environment for students and staff.
  • Participates in restraint procedures when appropriate, unless contra indicated, and when properly trained according to Lansing 158 procedures (physically exempt employees are excluded)
  • Utilizes evidence-based approaches to counsel individual, groups, families, or communities regarding issues affecting education, including mental health, social/emotional adjustment, parenting, disability awareness, and school success.
  • Strives to maintain a working knowledge of curriculum and Illinois State Standards and the Illinois Learning Standards, specifically Social/Emotional Learning Standards
  • Obtains and applies knowledge and strategies from the various disciplines which make up the school-based team.
  • Participates in transition planning when appropriate.
  • Acts as a resource for school-based team members regarding students’ mental health, personal development, and/or social issues.
  • Shares knowledge of resources and agencies that provide support services to a specialized population.


Communication Skills

  • Maintains confidentiality in matters related to position.
  • Relates in a helpful, positive, and efficient manner with peers, supervisors, and all those in contact with Lansing 158.



  • Maintains a safe work area.
  • Follows policies and procedures of Lansing 158.
  • Demonstrates continual assessment of personal and program effectiveness; responds effectively to feedback.
  • Performs as an integral member of the educational team.
  • Creates accurate documents in all aspects of the role.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adapts to change.
  • Conducts self in appropriate and ethical manner.
  • Treats others with respect and dignity.
  • Participates in professional growth activities and shares knowledge learned Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Master's degree in Social Work required
  • Illinois Professional Educator License with School Social Worker Endorsement


In accordance with collective bargaining agreement 

Additional Notes

Lansing School District #158 is an equal opportunity employer and affords equal opportunity to all applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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