POSITION: LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER- TRANSITION SPECIALIST- DEMONSTRATION SPECIALIST
LOCATION: A. HARRY MOORE SCHOOL
JOB SUMMARY: The A. Harry Moore School is the special education laboratory school of New Jersey City University. We provide services for students, ages 3-21, with multiple disabilities. The school offers the advantages of working in a public school with the additional benefit of being connected to a large, urban state university. We offer tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries, benefits, school hours and holidays, and a dynamic team of special educators and therapists. JOB GOAL: To help students with disabilities achieve personal fulfillment by providing them guidance and counseling services to enable students to create their own personal, educational, and occupational transition plans.
- Assists students in evaluating their aptitudes and abilities through a systematic transition from school to employment or school to college by identifying needs, interests, and preferenc.
- Develops appropriate job sites and works with the students and staff at AHM in scheduling student placements.
- Serves as liaison between the school and students’ places of employment by monitoring their job performance and assisting in their job retention.
- Review and coordinate any transportation needs through the Special Services Department.
- Train teachers in the development of individualized transition plans and work closely with parents and students in the development of these plans.
- Attend conferences with parents/guardians, Child Study Team members and instructional staff, as necessary, to review and update students’ transitional goals, objectives and activities.
- Maintain an up-to-date manual covering all school-to-career transition procedures and activities. Establish working relationships with post-secondary support agencies and service providers to facilitate transition planning. Develop and submit monthly reports to the Administration documenting student progress and program outcomes.
- Participate in professional improvement programs and activities as requested by the Administration.
- Maintain up-to-date student transition portfolios.
- Work with teachers, administrators, and other professional staff members by providing information and assistance that will be beneficial to students’ overall growth and development.
- Assist staff in the resolution of school related issues and problems pertaining to students.
- Develop and teach a self-advocacy curriculum.
- Provide a transition orientation program for students with disabilities from middle to high school, which may include orientation programs for students, parents, and staff.
- Keep the staff and community informed about the transition program.
- RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the A. Harry Moore administration, provide services to students with multiple disabilities ages 3-21 including:
- Assesses a student in terms of personal and family history, social-economic and cultural differences.
- Develops and maintains appropriate written reports and records.
- Responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating transition education and services at the school and system level
- Participates on a multi-disciplinary team, and consults with a student's team regarding clinical issues, sharing pertinent information to foster each student’s social-emotional growth.
- Maintains an ongoing relationship with student families for the purpose of assisting the family in utilizing appropriate community resources; assisting the family with transition planning, applying for guardianship, and assisting the family and/or students to facilitate social adjustment.
- Initiates, facilitates and maintains liaison with community agencies and other resources to meet special needs. Refers parents and child to agencies when appropriate.
- May counsel students in individual or small group sessions.
- Strives to maintain and improve professional competence and to keep abreast of latest professional practices/methods in Special Education.
- Observes pupils in classrooms, school activities, and/or related service sessions, as appropriate.
- Attends and participates in meetings as deemed necessary.
- Assumes other related duties/assignments during the assigned working day, as the administration deems necessary.
- Serve as a resource and/or mentor to other professionals, college students and parents.
- Adhere to the policy and procedures of A. Harry Moore School and the NJ Department of Education.
- LICENSE: Valid N.J. Educational Services Certificate (School Counselor and/or School Social Worker Endorsement). Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
- Demonstrated knowledge of laws and regulations governing special education
- Effective problem-solving, human relations and communication skills
- Successful experience working with families and community health and social services agencies (desired)
- Knowledge of computerized master schedule development desirable.
- Knowledgeable of special education laws and procedures, middle/secondary school guidance program design, and career/educational information and placement. Child Study Team experience preferable.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with students, parents, staff, and community groups and organizations
To apply for this position, refer to NJCU website at: http://www.njcu.edu/hr/employment
We offer a competitive Compensation and Benefits Package
New Jersey City University is an equal opportunity institution encouraging a diverse pool of applicants.
New Jersey City University is a Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus. For the health of our employees, students and visitors, smoking, vaping and tobacco use is not permitted on campus. This includes all buildings, grounds and parking lots.