Social Worker (Scholar Success Team)

(Scholar Success, Culture and Equity Team)

Job Opportunity: SOCIAL WORKER (Scholar Success Team)
Location: Washington, DC
Start Date: August 2022
Position may also be a contract position

About Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School
Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School’s mission is to provide a quality
Montessori education is infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to
their fullest potential.
Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School is one of only a handful of public Montessori schools in the nation’s capital that offers an accredited Montessori program from preschool through the sixth grade. The school’s teachers and staff live the school’s mission of providing a quality and ‘authentic Montessori education’ and so our program is centered on the writings and vision of a Dr. Maria Montessori-directed best practices learning environment

Position Summary:
Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public charter School (SSMA) is seeking a School Social Worker to join our newly constituted Scholar Success, Culture & Equity Services Team in the 2022-2023 school year.
The Social Worker will play an integral role in ensuring student success by supporting our
school culture, developing relationships with our students, and using data to drive their daily
Additionally, our School Social Worker will provide social services and assistance to improve the
social and emotional functioning of students and their families in order to maximize academic
This may include but is not limited to the following core functions:
  • Participate in crisis management by implementing protocols, providing counseling and/or
    making referrals
  • Counsel students, parents (in groups and individually) and consult with staff in the
    development of appropriate behavior goals
  • Respond to referrals and/or reported cases from teachers, administrators, other school personnel, parents, students, self, and community agencies such as the DC Department of Behavioral Health
  • Serve as a liaison between students, homes, schools, family services, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and other contacts, to help children who face problems such as disabilities, abuse, or difficulty accessing financial resources.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Student Evaluation and Services
  • Support formal assessments for students that helps the SSMA team and families to
    better understand and address each learner’s needs
  • Support the academic, exceptional student and scholar services teams in conducting
    functional behavior assessments and implementing intervention plans to support student
  • Provide services to students in a variety of settings-one on one counseling sessions, small groups, and implementing curriculums to address student needs and reduce barriers to learning
  • Collaborate with school and network team members to determine the services needed for each student, based on their IEP goals and requirements, their personal goals, and other school-based goals for their learning and development
  • Manage, track and assess the SSMA Incident Reporting and In & Out of School Reflection process and protocols.
  • Co- Manage with SSMA Wellness Associate targeted programs and events for the school’s MKV and at-risk students
Team Participation
The SSMA Social Worker is a critical part of several teams on staff at SSMA including the Scholar Success, Culture & Equity Services Team, Academic Team, and Operations Team.
  • Work in collaboration with other Scholar Success Services Team members to make team recommendations for improved support to students, families and climate of classrooms and Schoolwide.
  • Bring expertise with behavioral health/wellness strategies, counseling young children and families in crisis.
  • Plan ‘fun’ events for students and families with teachers and other teams. Professional Development
  • Engage in regular professional development as part of a Scholar Services Team to improve services to children and families at SSMA.
  • Participate in school-based professional development
  • Participate in OSSE trainings as needed

  • All successful candidates must possess an unwavering belief that all students,
    regardless of their backgrounds and educational pasts, have the potential to succeed. In
    addition, strong candidates will have:
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s Degree highly preferred
    ○ At least three years of experience working with kids, preferably in a school setting
       LCSW is preferred; School Guidance and Licensed Counselors will also be considered.
  • Experience achieving outcomes with students
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

An ideal candidate for this position:
  • Demonstrates the belief that every student can work hard, leads in a way that reflects SSMA’s values and beliefs.
  • Demonstrates a sense of urgency to achieve dramatic gains in learning.
  • Brings a track record of success with achieving exceptional outcomes for diverse learners.
  • Fosters a culture that encourages productive relationships with key colleagues to advance the organization’s impact and goals and model the highest level of personal and professional trust with colleagues from across the organization.
  • Models communication style attuned to stakeholder dynamics and adapts to meet needs of organization leaders, key stakeholders, and constituent groups and publicly represents the organization, providing inspiration and building engagement and support.
  • Embeds diversity and inclusion policies and priorities within every team, ensuring there is shared ownership across the organization.
  • Articulates clear and compelling expectations for student excellence
  • Holds themselves and others accountable for ensuring high achievement for every student
  • Exhibits resilience in overcoming setbacks and remains constructive despite resistance or failure; demonstrates tenacity; supports perseverance in others;.
  • Gathers information from multiple relevant sources and stakeholders when problem-solving
  • Proactively develops contingency plans in advance of potential or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Takes responsibility for behavior, mistakes, and results; learns from successes and failures, and teaches others to do the same.
  • Continuously and humbly seeks opportunities for personal and organizational improvement, and proactively solicits and willingly accepts assistance.
  • Possesses strong written and verbal skills.
  • Demonstrates professionalism in diverse situations.

Salary and Benefits
Our salaries are comparable to those of other public schools in the District of Columbia area. In
addition, SSMA offers a robust benefits plan, including health care coverage, HSA/FSA and
dependent care accounts, voluntary dental, vision, short term and long term disability options,
commuter benefits, a 401k retirement savings plan, land the opportunity to positively impact
students with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.
Shining Stars is an equal opportunity employer. We believe a diverse staff is a better, more
effective staff.
Working Conditions:
The working environment characteristics describe those an employee encounters while
performing the essential functions of this job. The position involves sitting extended periods of
time and occasionally requires intra-city traveling.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being
performed by the employee assigned to this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties
and responsibilities associated with this position. Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public
Charter School reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and
organizational needs.

As a condition of employment, staff will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing. At this time staff are required to wear an approved mask, if and when reporting to a physical work site where they are interacting with others.
Shining Stars is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We encourage candidates who reflect the diversity of our student population to apply.