• Posted Date: Sep 18, 2019 Deadline: Sep 18, 2020
  • New York United States

Job Details

(Subject to Budget Availability)


School Social Worker Assigned – Single Shepherd (Multiple Positions).



Assigned to a school serving grades 6 – 12 participating in the Single Shepherd initiative (based on student need).


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


The Single Shepherd initiative is currently available to approximately 15,000 students in grades 6 through 12 in 49 schools throughout District 7 in the Bronx and District 23 in Brooklyn. Students receive support from a Shepherd who is responsible for guiding them through middle and high school and preparing them for post-secondary success. School Social Workers Assigned will be working as Shepherds to provide individualized guidance and social emotional support at an approximate 1:100 ratio. The cohort of Shepherds is comprised of social workers and guidance counselors. Shepherds meet with students either in a group setting or one-on-one to identify needs, provide individualized support to students, and assist them in the development of the social-emotional, academic, and post-secondary planning skills necessary to thrive in their education. Initiative guidance is provided by principals, superintendents, the Single Shepherd District Coordinators, and Office of Counseling Support Programs (OCSP) central staff. School Social Workers Assigned will be supervised and provided professional development by the Office of Counseling Support Programs (OCSP) and Office of Safety and Youth Development (OSYD) Central staff. OCSP and OSYD provides the day to day supervision of the social workers assigned working in the Single Shepherd initiative. Input will be provided by school principals and the Single Shepherd District Coordinator assigned to their respective schools.


  • Individualized counseling with specific focus on any or all of the areas of behavioral incidents, child abuse report history, suicidal ideation events/depression, temporary housing status, foster care status, unaccompanied minor status, domestic violence, special education, 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
  • Group counseling: topic specific (anger management; stress reduction/self-soothing; problem solving; interpersonal/communication skills; executive functioning skills)
  • Provide follow up support to recently graduated students
  • Collaborate as needed with existing school teams such as Pupil Personnel Team and School-based Support Team to provide individualized support to and input into the development of IEP’s for students within the shepherd’s caseload
  • Provide faculty workshops to educate staff on issues impacting student social emotional wellness and student achievement
  • Offer teacher wellness strategies and workshops to minimize compassion fatigue
  • Develop relationships with community resources to expedite referral and execution of services
  • Work closely with campus SAPIS worker to identify and support students with familial substance abuse
  • Broker relationships between school and previously estranged or currently disconnected families
  • Family counseling: brief family counseling to manage crisis and assist in movement toward referral and accessing of community related mental health and support services
  • Parent empowerment groups to assist families in accessing resources and cultivating the existence of new ones in their community
  • Identify unmet basic physical, health and safety needs and develop strategies to have these needs met
  • Identify temporary and chronic community stressors such as gang violence, health hazards, street safety and access to libraries and playgrounds so as to advocate on behalf of the community
  • Conduct discussions with students and families on goal setting related to academics, and post-secondary planning as it relates to social emotional strength building, and executive functioning skills
  • Provide class presentations on relevant topics
  • Meet with students and their families in the community and/or their home
  • Data collection of contact time of service provision to students and families
  • Collaborate with school based staff and administration on academic and post-secondary concerns.
  • Collaborate with school guidance counselor to share resources and information regarding on-site student siblings, support services and school-wide needs
  • Attend professional development workshops and Single Shepherd training, including orientation held during August 2019, after school and/or weekends
  • May be required to work up to 5 days during the winter recess, midwinter recess, or summer vacation period
  • Work hours outside of normal school hours to accommodate a flexible schedule to meet with students and families


  • Demonstrated ability to use mediation and conflict resolution, modeling, and coaching strategies to resolve barriers to student learning
  • Understanding of diversity and sensitivity to differences in cultures and family structures
  • Understanding of trauma and the effect of poverty on young people
  • Eagerness 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
  • 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


As per collective bargaining agreement / 37 ½ hours per week (exclusive of 30 minute lunch) which is 7 ½ hours per day (exclusive of 30 minute lunch). Hours: 3 days a week day begins ½ before start of school day, 2 days a week day begins at 9 a.m. or after to accommodate late days.


As per collective bargaining agreement


Please send cover letter describing related experience, current resume, and completed Single Shepherd application no later than UNTIL FILLED, to: Attention: Dereka Hendon-Barnes.

(Please include Vacancy Circular Number and School Social Worker Assigned – Single Shepherd in subject line. For current DOE employees, please include your DOE email address and/or file number in your application. Applicants not currently working as social workers for the DOE need to also complete the NYC Department of Education's Online Teacher Application).

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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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