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Teacher, Social Worker Spec Asgn (SWOSA) - Indian Education

Date: Aug 11, 2022

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Job Title: Teacher, Social Worker Spec Asgn (SWOSA) - Indian Education  and Requisition ID number: 84454

Close Date:  No established closing date;  open until filled

Organizational Unit:  Indian Education (10000261) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE 1.0 FTE (39 weeks); this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  Teachers(04) 

Functional Area:  Teaching 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.




This is one of two positions within the American Indian Education Department that is focused on supporting American Indian students and families in all of our schools across the district. Under general supervision, promote and support students’ academic and social success by providing professional level casework services; screens, identifies, assesses and refers students with potential disabilities, as well as providing support services, crisis services and social/emotional skill instruction, and assist with connecting to appropriate external resources as necessary; consult with families and staff daily to support students’ success in the education and social environment.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be those identified within special education; evaluates and assess studentsin attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Performs and supports special education due process related duties and responsibilities; Provides direct social/emotional skill service to all students including with suspected disabilities in partnership with the American Indian Education Special Education DPF.

  • Works in collaboration with the school site social worker/s to contact and engage with families of American Indian students in relation to information regarding resources and rights; responds to parent questions and concerns.

  • Works in partnership with schools to engage students and families with students who are absent with no contact.

  • Provides direct social/emotional evidence based and culturally responsive intervention for students; consults with staff regarding support and interventions for students, interpreting behaviors for staff.

  • Facilitates social skills groups.

  • Facilitates cultural specific affinity groups for American Indian students.

  • Collaborates with community mental health providers and case managers.

  • Connects students and families with basic needs resources; communicates, problem solves, and shares information with community partners.

  • Provides individual and group support for students and families around issues of grief and loss, trauma, suicide ideation, etc.; provides classroom lessons on grief and loss; psychoeducation; collaborates with crisis assessors – talks with families about crisis assessment resources, arranges for crisis assessment.

  • Prepares Child Protective Services referrals reporting abuse and neglect concerns.

  • Collaborates with Homeless and Highly Mobile Students program to advocate and implement the McKinney Vento requirements; provides support to homeless and highly mobile students; trains staff on the McKinney Vento law.

  • Implements attendance interventions and support.

  • Participates in the building leadership School Support Teams/Response To Intervention/data teams; reviews referral data; assists teachers in interventions in Classroom For Success (CFS); provides CFS training.

  • Coordinator for 504 law accommodations plans.

  • Intervenes in student alcohol/drug issues.

  • Gay Straight Alliance support and group facilitation.

  • Must be able to transport students and/or parents

  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment 

  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.

  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.




Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Master’s preferred; AND two (2) years of professional social work experience with children, youth, and families plus supervised practicum experiences with children and youth; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles; practices, and ethical standards of social work.

  • Laws, codes and regulations related to assignments.

  • Disabilities and accommodations including Individual Education Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans

  • Crisis intervention and counseling techniques.

  • Community resources and programs available to clients with identified needs.

  • Multi-tiered evidence based interventions for supporting and improving children and youth social/emotional/mental health functioning, including culturally responsive practice.

  • Typical development milestones and mental health issues of children.

  • Child welfare systems and community resources.

  • MPS discipline policy and procedures.


Skill in:

  • Providing direct social work service to special education students, as outlined in the Individual Education Plan.

  • Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities.

  • Providing direct social/emotional/mental health services, individual and group, to students.

  • Family engagement skills; knowledge of family systems theory.

  • Conflict mediation, crisis management.

  • Analyzing, interpreting and applying complex laws, codes, regulations and procedures.

  • Assessing cases appropriately and utilizing the most appropriate community and welfare resources to provide effective client services.

  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.

  • Organizing own work, setting priorities and meeting critical deadlines.



  •  Valid license as a school social worker by MDE.

  •  Licensed by the Board of Social Work at the graduate level or higher (LGSW, LISW, or LICSW).

  • A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required



Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently.  A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.





Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.  Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.
Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | [No Established Closing Date]  | Indian Education (10000261)  | Davis Center (0001)  | Teaching

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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