• Posted Date: Jul 12, 2021 Deadline: Dec 31, 2021
  • New York United States

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Borough/Citywide Office (BCO) School Social Worker



Borough/Citywide Offices (BCO) in locations across Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island


New York City Department of Education licensed School Social Worker (LCSW preferred). For current DOE employees, you must also have been rated Satisfactory (S) for the past 3 years and have a satisfactory record of attendance and punctuality.

  • A Permanent Certificate as School Social Worker (NYS)
  • A valid New York State License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) preferred


  • Three (3) years of experience as a School Social Worker



  • Knowledge of DOE policies and procedures.
  • Exceptional project management and implementation capabilities.
  • Working knowledge of the principles, practices and ethical standards of school social work; the relevant state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and commitment to attend professional development activities.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

Clinical Supervision

  • Demonstrated success coaching, mentoring, and developing social workers or other educational professionals.
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective leader and/or member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with other professional staff.

Proactive Mental Health and Wellness Support

  • Demonstrated success leading school staff and/or school teams as part of a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support model.
  • Understanding of diversity, anti-bias, anti-racism and sensitivity to differences in cultures and family structures.
  • Understanding of trauma and the effect of poverty on young people.
  • Knowledge about assessment, educational planning, transition services, and effective intervention strategies.
  • Knowledge about community resources or other available services to assist students and their families in addressing problems affecting their social, emotional, physical and/or behavioral functioning.
  • Demonstrated success in initiating and maintaining open communications with students and families.

Crisis Prevention and Intervention

  • Demonstrated ability to use mediation and conflict resolution, modeling, and coaching strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability and knowledge of crisis intervention and de-escalation strategies.
  • Experience working with or willingness to work with high-need and at-risk students and their families.


Proactive Mental Health and Wellness Support

  • Participate in professional learning and recurring meetings with central staff from the Division of School Climate and Wellness and related offices to ensure alignment of role and responsibilities to citywide social-emotional and mental health initiatives.
  • Collaborate with central divisions and offices to ensure the effective implementation of new social-emotional learning and mental health initiatives that are being rolled out citywide and/or to small clusters of schools.
  • Provide coaching and capacity building support to school practitioners in a range of social-emotional learning and mental health areas including but not limited to areas outlined below.
    • Selecting, implementing, and monitoring the impact of universal Tier 1 social-emotional learning programs.
    • Integration of SEL skill building in core academic instruction.
    • Centering of culturally responsive and sustaining education principles.
    • Leading the development and implementation of a multi-tiered system of social-emotional and mental health supports.
    • Leveraging formal and informal data to drive intervention decisions, ensuring that students with social-emotional and mental health needs receive evidence-based Tier 2/3 interventions in a timely manner.
    • Development of student social emotional and learning goals and intervention plans
    • Community advocacy related to temporary and chronic community stressors such as violence, health hazards, street safety, and access to libraries and playgrounds.
    • Development and facilitation of professional learning for school staff and families.
    • Building strong relationships with students, families, staff, and community partners.
  • Build capacity of school social workers to lead and/or coach implementation of the school’s Pupil Personnel Team (or comparable teaming structure), including the ability to identify evidence-based interventions, analyze student data for the purpose of intervention planning, and monitor student progress.
  • Conduct professional development workshops and training for school social workers and support social workers to deliver comparable training for schools and school teams.
  • Report to and maintain strong professional relationships with Social Work Supervisors (including attendance at mandatory supervision sessions and all related paperwork).
  • Adhere to the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice and have specialized knowledge and understanding about the culture of the client population served by the supervisees.

Crisis Prevention and Intervention

  • Develop relationships with community partners to expedite referral and execution of services before, during, and after crisis situations occur.
  • Support social workers in their participation and/or leadership of school Crisis Teams, emphasizing the team’s responsibility for school-wide prevention and proactive support (see below for additional details).
  • Provide additional referral pathways to support schools in getting families and students connected to appropriate clinical resources available to them for additional services.
  • Provide support to school social workers and school teams during ongoing crises or when schools need additional supports with any or all of the following: challenging behavioral incidents, child abuse report history, suicidal ideation events/depression, temporary housing status, foster care status, unaccompanied minor status, domestic violence, return from court ordered settings, history of long term suspension, additional known acute or chronic family stressors such as illness, substance abuse, incarceration, family member death and unemployment, and cognitive, health and developmental challenges.
  • Offer short-term student or family crisis counseling when schools require additional mental health support, with clear planning for termination or transfer of service delivery to a permanent provider.

Clinical Supervision

  • Where applicable, provide clinical supervision to ensure the competence, development, and ethical practice of Social Workers, consistent with the requirements for LCSW licensure, as defined by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


As per the UFT Collective Bargaining Agreement


As per the UFT Collective Bargaining Agreement


Please email cover letter, resume, and copy of license to

Please type BCO School Social Worker Vacancy in the subject line of your email.

Office of Field & Information Services  Division of Human Resources

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.

New Requirement

As of August 2, 2021, all NYC Department of Education new hires (who are not currently employees of the City of New York) must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to beginning their employment unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Please visit the New Employees page for details regarding Executive Order 75.

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