Social Worker

  • Posted Date: Jun 5, 2020 Deadline: Oct 31, 2020
  • The Mafalda DiMango Campus for the Arts

Job Details

School Name: P.S. 939

District: 20

School Site: The Mafalda DiMango Campus for the Arts 278 59th Street, Brooklyn, NY

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Social Worker


In becoming culturally and civically responsible, our students will be aware of both the needs of their own communities, and the needs of the many diverse communities that make up our society through a rich and rigorous curriculum immersed in the arts. In the process of creating an equitable learning environment, students will develop the knowledge, attitude and skills needed to understand and manage their own emotions and empathize with others’, thus cultivating and maintaining positive relationships with peers. Our mission is to prepare students of all backgrounds and abilities to be engaged global citizens through community and self-expression in the arts.

School Vision:

P.S. 939 students will be equipped with critical thinking skills, global awareness and respect for core values through a rigorous curriculum in order to prepare them for a rapidly changing world.

Because we believe that all staff members play an important role in the education of our students, the school will offer opportunities for social workers to support and participate in activities such as:

  • After-school and/or Saturday tutoring programs, enrichment, sports, arts, and family programs
  • In-house school committees and/or special programs.
  • Daytime professional development such as inquiry work and collaborative conversation among staff members

Advance notice of dates will be supplied, and those who participate will be compensated according to the terms of the UFT contract. Staff participation in these activities is voluntary, although strongly encouraged, as they are very important to the development of the school.


Licensed certified Social Worker in New York City schools, [bilingual and Spanish or Chinese speaking preferred,] with satisfactory ratings and attendance.


Because roles in small schools are varied and complex, serious consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate in their resume and cover letter experience and/or willingness to commit to the school’s mission and core beliefs and to become involved in these essential aspects:

  • Practicing counseling to facilitate professional growth and collaboration that supports overall learning environment for students
  • Counseling students, individually and in groups, regarding discipline, social and emotional development, substance abuse, conflict mediation, and making appropriate referrals
  • Maintaining regular and open communication with parents
  • Organizing orientations, workshops (PTA/at risk students, etc) and other public speaking events
  • Having an open door policy for all members of the school community
  • Providing strategies and work with teachers to promote social and emotional competence in the classroom
  • Participating in community outreach events that foster healthy family involvement
  • Working collaboratively with staff and families to address attendance issues and help improve students’ attendance
  • Working collaboratively with staff to ensure services are most effectively organized for students
  • Leading school’s Pupil Personnel Team (PPT) and effectively create and implement plans of action for students whom the team identifies as those needing interventions


The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Willingness to carry out the above duties and responsibilities
  • Success in forming successful partnerships with community-based organizations and other organizations that offer social and emotional supports to students
  • Knowledge of or ability to make referrals for students in need of additional services or alternative placements
  • Knowledge of both ELL/ESL standards and Special Education compliance requirements.
  • Ability to use NYCDOE systems
  • Ability or willingness to develop conflict resolution programs including, but not limited to restorative justice and peer mediation
  • Evidence of success with students who exhibit academic, social, and/or emotional struggles; English Language Learners; students with special needs and their families Ability to articulate strategies with other building staff to promote social and emotional competence in the classroom, recognize and address bullying techniques, and implement a behavior modification plan.
  • Ability to intervene in crisis situations with verbal de-escalation techniques
  • Evidence of success leading workshops and discussions with/for parents
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills

In addition to the cover letter, resume, and interview, applicants must present three references including, if possible, one from a current supervisor. Other references might include a colleague with whom the applicant has collaborated, and/or a professional organization or staff development representative.


As per Collective Bargaining Agreement

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.

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