• Posted Date: Dec 16, 2019 Deadline: Jun 30, 2020
  • New York United States

Job Details

(Subject to Budget Availability)


School Social Worker


The New York City school system is the largest in the country, composed of approximately 1.1 million students and 75,000+ teachers in over 1,800 schools. Each year there are over 100,000 students who are homeless and placed in temporary housing, including those living doubled up, or in shelter, foster care, and domestic violence safe housing. Research indicates that students in temporary housing face unique academic challenges and are more likely to be chronically absent than their housed peers.

The Department of Education (DOE) created the Office of Community Schools (OCS) to develop and implement one of the pillars of the education agenda of Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza. Community Schools are places where children have opportunities to learn, gain skills, create joy, and have the experiences that ignite curiosity and allow children discover their passions and talents. Community Schools are committed to bringing equity and using a “whole child, whole community” approach – looking holistically at students, families, and communities to ascertain their most pressing needs and decide together which services will best address those needs. OCS seeks to increase the capacity of schools and community partners providing tailored social services, healthcare, expanded learning opportunities, and similar in-school supports.

Reporting to the school principal, the Bridging the Gap Social Worker (BTG social worker) will be responsible for providing prevention and intervention services in schools with high rates of students affected by homelessness. Supports will focus on these students, and can include but are not limited to: individual, group, family and crisis counseling with an emphasis on trauma focused practice; parent workshops and school staff trainings; site visits to shelters and homes; school-wide culture and climate initiatives; and referrals of students and families for professional mental health services.

Social Workers assigned to a school will report directly to the Principal with additional oversight, professional development and coaching form the Office of Community Schools Students (OCS) in Temporary Housing team (STH team). These supports will largely be provided by STH team Regional Managers, but may also include clinical supervision supports and guidance from other staff on the STH team. BTG social workers are expected to participate in OCS scheduled professional development, including monthly meetings and other mandated trainings.

BTG social workers serve as liaisons between the schools and shelters providing mandated services under the Federal McKinney-Vento Act.



New York City Department of Education licensed School Social Worker (LMSW required/ 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.


School Principal




Demonstrated ability and knowledge of crisis intervention and de-escalation strategies:

  • Working knowledge of the principles, practices and ethical standards of School Social Work; the relevant state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Familiarity with the issues related to homelessness and housing insecurity, particularly the federal McKinney Vento law and appropriate Chancellor’s Regulations.
  • Understanding of diversity and sensitivity to differences in cultures and family structures.
  • Understanding of trauma and the effect of poverty and homelessness on young people.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and commitment to attend professional development activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective leader and/or member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • 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 address problems affecting their social, emotional, physical and/or behavioral functioning.
  • Knowledge of developing school-wide culture and climate initiatives.
  • Experience working with or willingness to work with high-need and at-risk students and their families.
  • Knowledge of DOE policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated success in initiating and maintaining open communications with students and families.
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with other professional staff.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to advancing equity in the delivery of resources, supports and services.


Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Providing individual and group counseling to students affected by homelessness with specific focus on issues affecting students in crisis, such as: behavioral incidents, child abuse, suicidal ideation/depression, physical or domestic violence, return from court ordered settings, history of long term suspension, known acute or chronic family stressors such as illness, substance abuse, incarceration, family member death, and cognitive, health and mental health, and developmental challenges.

  • Providing case management support, including monitoring student progress and making referrals to additional supports available in the school and the community.
  • Offering support for identified groups or cohorts of students affected by homelessness that need additional awareness and resources (e.g. – LBGTQ youth, those affected by the criminal justice system, those displace by natural disaster, students placed in foster care, and so forth).
  • Working with school leadership and other members of the school team and community to build universal supports to school culture and climate that mitigates stigma related to homelessness and improves equitable access to school and community resources and opportunities.
  • Identifying and assessing students affected by homelessness and makes visits to shelters/living areas to further understand the home environment.
  • Collaborating with school staff to develop interventions for students identified as homeless and developing individualized service plans, focused on issues related to improving school attendance, reducing incidents and suspensions, and supporting academic achievement.
  • Serving as a liaison between schools and such agencies/facilities as homeless shelters (DHS, HRA, DYCD, etc.) social services, court services and other institutional partners to coordinate assistance.
  • Providing families with information related to the needs of their child and acting as a resource to parents/guardians by providing family support activities and communicating available public benefits and other services.
  • Acting as a resource to school-based administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, and health services personnel regarding homeless students, offering interpretation and training regarding issues relevant to students affected by homelessness, including attendance improvement strategies, trauma informed practices, ensuring compliance with the McKinney Vento Act and relevant Chancellors Regulation’s, and similar issues.
  • Maintains necessary records ensuring confidentiality of students and their families and prepares related reports.
  • Models nondiscriminatory practices in all activities.


As per collective bargaining agreement


As per collective bargaining agreement / 36 hours 40 minutes per week (exclusive of 30-minute lunch) which is 6 hours 50 minutes per day (exclusive of 30-minute lunch). Hours: 8:30—3:50 daily.


Please use this online form to apply. If you are having any issues with the application, feel free to email Questions are welcome, but applications will not accepted at this email.

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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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