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School Social Work Supervisor

Date Posted: Jan 24, 2023

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Exceptional Student Education Supervisor of School Social Work  

Location:  Central Office  

Salary:  $78,731 - $97,978

Reports to: Assistant Superintendent of Exceptional Student Education or Designee 

Bargaining Unit: OSAS 

Benefits Eligible: Yes  

Telecommuting Eligibility: Not eligible for telecommuting.

In accordance with the Agreement between Organization of School Administrators and Supervisors (OSAS) and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, the following vacancy is announced. 

Position Summary: 

The Supervisor of School Social Work provides direct supervision, support, and coaching to DPSCD and contracted school social workers and behavior specialists to assure high quality implementation of school related services and interventions for enrolled students and families ages birth to 26. The supervisor is also responsible for the development and implementation of parent trainings and staff professional development to ensure district compliance with the development and delivery of school social work services to students with an IEP, IFSP, or 504 Plan.  As an expert in social-emotional learning, the Supervisor of School Social Work collaborates and partners with DPSCD staff and community members to develop and implement supports and resources for District stakeholders.   

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Candidates for this position must be able to satisfy the requirements for State approval as a School Social Worker and is currently licensed as a Certified Social Worker by the State of Michigan. 

  • Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work including a minimum of 500 clock hours of supervised graduate fieldwork placement. 

  • Preparation in the following areas: Behavior analysis including dynamics of human behavior, problems of child growth and development, and medical, psychiatric and psychological information and planning to meet the affective educational needs of children, environmental information, including education sociology, community resources and how to use them, special services and guidance resources and child welfare, application and implementation, including counseling and casework methods, group work methods, community organization methods, administrative relationships and skills and supervised field work in a social work agency or school social work setting, and evaluation and measurement, including use of research methods and social statistics 

  • Graduate work beyond the minimal degree requirement preferred 

  • Approved, or is qualified for approval, under Michigan Department of Education requirements for Supervisor of Special Education (full or temporary approval) 

  • A minimum of five (5) years of successful school social work experience, three (3) of which must be within a public school setting serving students with exceptionalities 

  • Knowledge and understanding of Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education and how it relates to the development, implementation and monitoring of ESE programs, services, procedures and processes ¿ 

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills 

  • Proficient with basic computer skills and web-based systems 

  • Demonstrated leadership ability in past assignments 

  • Experience and strong orientation toward urban school systems, preferred 

  • Exceptional fiscal integrity and accountability 

  • Ability to listen, empathize and advocate for the needs of others 

  • Deep knowledge in the area of social-emotional learning as it pertains to students with exceptionalities 

  • Skill in developing positive interpersonal relationships and sensitivity to staff and shared stakeholders needs 

Essential Functions:

  1. The responsibility for the efficient operation of a school social work site office  

  1. Monitor and implement State and Federal standards within IDEA, MARSE and ADA 

  1. Maintain files and statistical reports on students served; submit timely and accurate reports to appropriate offices or agencies 

  1. Maintain budgetary expenditures within current policies and procedures where appropriate 

  1. Complete periodic monitoring of cases to ensure timeliness, accuracy, thoroughness, and compliance with regulations and policies; and confer with staff regarding issues or problems 

  1. Assists in establishing and maintaining department community resources network; represents the department in the community; and speaks before groups on matters related to assignment. 

  1. Develops special reference and training materials to meet staff training needs; trains staff in areas such as human behavior, group dynamics, crisis intervention, family dynamics, problems of aging, and alcohol and drug abuse 

  1. Collaborate and participate in intra-departmental/inter-departmental committees and work groups, as well as relevant county/state level committees and work groups 

  1. Serve as a resource for District staff, families, and students on social-emotional learning 

  1. Monitor ESE progress on State Performance Plan indicators, including but not limited to suspension/expulsion, graduation and dropout rates 

  1. Identify trends in school performance for students with exceptionalities based on data gathered across grades, and as compared to same age peers without exceptionalities   

  1. Interact with parents of students with exceptionalities for the purpose of defining and implementing services addressing the unique needs of each eligible student 

  1. Implement and maintain ESE programs through collaboration with District personnel, colleagues, and community stakeholders 

  1. Participate in the design and coordination of professional development activities to inform and equip staff with knowledge and skills needed in special education programs 

  1. Lead staff in the development and evaluation of ESE programs and services for continuous improvement, to ensure compliance with state and federal mandates, and the alignment of specialized instruction and assessment with District curriculum standards 

  1. Monitor assigned projects to ensure alignment with district and state curriculum and instructional objectives 

  1. Assist with recruiting, recommending, and assigning teachers, support aides and related service providers in compliance with special education rules and regulations 

  1. Prepare written documents for the purpose of responding to inquiries and conveying information 

  1. Maintain appropriate student and program/service data to support the development, presentation, and management of program budgets 

  1. In collaboration with District personnel, develop and deliver parent and community trainings that promote cooperative and supportive working relationships to improve the outcomes of students with exceptionalities 

  1. Review and recommend materials and supplies related to social-emotional learning, behavior assessments and behavior interventions 

  1. Participate in ongoing professional growth and development to remain current on researched based best practices  

  1. Provide assistance with the investigation, resolution and implementation of corrective actions related to complaints, due process hearings and compliance monitoring 

  1. Coordinate crisis intervention teams as necessary 

  1. Develop model lesson plans that address the unique vocational needs of students 

  1. Demonstrate fiscal integrity and accountability 

  1. Support, supervise and evaluate ESE staff as assigned. 

  1. Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as assigned 

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.  

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.  

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.  

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or 

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