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Job Title: 2018-2019 Elementary Social Worker
Company Name: KIPP Public Charter Schools
Location: Dallas, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 01/20/2018
Expire Date: 02/20/2018
Job Categories: Social Services, Education and Library, Human Resources, Information Technology, Counseling, Research & Development, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
2018-2019 Elementary Social Worker

Job Title:/SOCIAL WORKER                    



Position Reports To: SCHOOL LEADER



KIPP DFW is part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 183 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving nearly 70,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia.  The mission of KIPP DFW is to provide children in underserved communities with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college, and the competitive world beyond.  KIPP DFW is currently comprised of five public charter schools serving elementary and middle school students in the southern Dallas region, and is amidst a rapid growth plan that will result in a total of ten schools providing quality education options to 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the most underserved Dallas-Fort Worth communities by 2021.


At KIPP DFW, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. Approximately 90 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged and most students come from neighborhoods where less than five percent of residents graduate from college. At a time when many have given up on public education – and the future of inner-city children – KIPP schools are raising expectations. Our students are outperforming their peers and advancing toward college because we set high standards, inspire achievement, and instill confidence.



KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth seeks creative, entrepreneurial, loving, and results-focused candidates who thrive on challenge and welcome the opportunity to be a part of a culture of continuous feedback, professional development, and innovation both inside and outside the classroom. We seek dedicated professionals with a passion for both education and social justice, who are willing to do whatever it takes to help our kids climb the mountain to and through college.

We believe that being part of the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth team and family means…

  • A commitment to long-term transformative outcomes for ALL kids founded in the belief that all children can and will learn.  We know the ultimate measure of our success is the lives our kids are able to lead.

  • We are part of a broader community. We know that it takes a village and actively learn and seek partnerships that will support our kids and our mission.  In particular, we know that our parents and families are the most valuable partnerships we have in this work.

  • We recognize challenges and obstacles to our vision. We creatively problem solve and find a way or make one to get our students what they need.

  • Teaching is not an individual endeavor. We teach as part of a team. Recognizing our collective effort, a student’s family must also teach our kids as well.

  • We are eager and continuous learners.  With deliberate practice, giving and receiving feedback, and constant reflection, we are all able to improve and move towards excellence.

  • We must know our kids and our content to be exceptional teachers and continually strive to have a better understanding of both. We know that our students are people first, and demonstrate respect and love for the people they are and will become.

  • We recognize the impact that our own background has on our story and what bring us to the work.  We push ourselves to discuss how our biases are impacting our work and our relationships.

  • Education, like anything else, is built on relationships. We work to create bonds with each other, our families, our community and our kids by being kind, loving, and having a sincere desire to understand others.

  • We know that every day will not be our best or our neighbor’s best. We demonstrate the professional maturity to address what needs to be addressed, reflect and improve, and are able to separate ourselves from our work.

  • Joy. We are lucky enough to do the hardest, most fun work imaginable. People should have their noses pressed up against the glass, begging for our jobs. Our students and their parents should know that we absolutely love what we do.

The school counselor will bring a collaborative, solutions-oriented attitude to our team. Our counselor will work directly with students and families to provide effective, high quality interventions. Our counselor will also work directly with teachers to cultivate their knowledge of students’ social and emotional development and create character education lesson plans. To ensure that we are meeting the social and emotional needs of all students and families we serve, our counselor will be a key driver of our schools’ student culture vision of creating a safe, inclusive, and character building culture for every single child. 



  • Participate in intervention meetings to thought partner with teachers around social and emotional interventions

  • Build relationships and collaborate with external education and social services professionals to develop appropriate agency services for students and families

  • Facilitate workshops and other learning opportunities for students and teachers

  • Participate on school staff teams to develop policies and practices to proactively build school culture including opportunities for team-building and collaboration among students

  • Help drive a school-wide atmosphere that suits the needs of our students, teachers, and families

  • Drive social and emotional intervention plans for our most high need students

  • Run individual and group counseling sessions with research based social and emotional practices

  • Develop protocols and plans to guide staff actions when they are alerted to
    student issues (sexual activity, pregnancy, drug use, bullying, abuse, relationship
    issues, etc.)

  • Develop crisis management plans that focus on grief counseling and maintain
    contact with external agencies to support additional grief counseling when

  • Model and uphold the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth vision and values

  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the School Leader

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, required

  • MSSW, LMSW, or LPC from an accredited university, required 

  • State Social Worker credential, preferred

  • Willingness to work towards state Social Work credential, required 

  • Experience counseling in an urban school, preferred

  • Teaching and group facilitation experience, highly preferred

  • Highly collaborative

  • Sensitive and responsive to the needs of others

  • Resourceful and flexible

  • Multi-faceted, multi-skilled, resourceful, and willing to do whatever it takes to help our students

  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, be flexible, willing and able to play different roles at the school, and to go above and beyond to meet the varied and constant needs of the students

  • Model positive and healthy character traits and habits, such as being organized, consistent, and understanding

  • Excellent organizational, communication, and facilitation skills

  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the KIPP mission and community

  • Spanish-speaking proficiency, required

Work Schedule

  • Weekday hours are from 7:00am to 5:00pm

  • Professional Development: 3 ½  weeks from mid-July through mid-August

  • This position will operate on the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth academic calendar.


Salary for this position is competitive and dependent upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Physical Demands

The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Long periods of standing and sitting and have the ability to lift items up to 25lbs. is required.

  • Requires normal/corrected vision and hearing.

  • Position will require travel.

  • Periodic participation in activities to support the KIPP Team and Family is required.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.   

  • Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the region and the delivery of high quality education for all students.

General Sign-off

The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth at any time.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment.  KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.  

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