Humboldt County Office of Education: Social Worker for Court and Community Schools

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HCOE Job Description

Social Worker for Court and Community Schools

Position Summary

Under the general direction of, and in cooperation with, the Court and Community School (CCS) Principal and the Humboldt County Office of Education’s (HCOE) Director of Foster and Homeless Youth (FHY) Education Services, the Social Worker for Court and Community Schools (SWCCS) will provide leadership and coordination for case management and support services for CCS students experiencing homelessness and/or students in the foster care system.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a Certificated Management position.  This position will need to have a strong commitment to system improvement and increasing access to mental health for all students.  The SWCCS will need to have effective communication with children, parents, staff members and representatives of other agencies, demonstrating strong leadership, organizational, communication and human relationship skills.

Supervision Received and Exercised

The SWCCS is under the direct supervision of the Director of Prevention and Intervention (P&I) Services and the general supervision of the Director of FHY, which is a program under the umbrella of P&I.  This position supervises Bachelors and Masters level social work interns.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assesses student/family needs and coordinates the interventions and supports necessary.
  • Monitors the needs and progress of identified students in targeted areas.
  • Provides leadership within HCOE’s Foster & Homeless Youth Program and supports case worker position(s) through guidance and coordination of case management services.
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with youth-serving systems and organizations.
  • Develops, delivers and coordinates an array of student & parent education programs.
  • Assists and facilitates CCS staff in the implementation of evidence-based programmatic changes that reflect effective trauma-informed educational practices.
  • Case analysis and management.
  • Develops and conducts appropriate staff development.
  • Provides an array of direct services to youth/families.
  • Develops procedures and coordinates with other HCOE Departments.
  • Maintains regular contact with leadership at school sites, outside agencies, students and families.
  • Collaborates with educational partners to implement identified goals and objectives.
  • Provides individual counseling services to students.
  • Assists school staff in providing services through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) lens.
  • Coordinates and provides documentation for billable services.
  • Protects agency, employee and client confidentiality and safety.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of effective presentation and facilitation techniques, styles and skills;
  • Program planning and evaluation designs and tools;
  • Federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations, requirements and current research and development pertaining to areas of assigned responsibility;
  • District policies and procedures, organizational structure and functions and personnel policies and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Modify or adapt systems and programs to meet the ongoing needs of identified student groups;
  • Sequence and integrate multiple projects and programs and develop short- and long-term goals;
  • Use software and technology to complete necessary tasks;
  • Deliver effective professional development.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Requirements

  • Must possess a valid Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential in school social work, psychology or school counseling.
  • Two (2) years of experience with multi-disciplinary teams focused on youth and families.

Preferred Experience

  • History of successful direct learning support experience with at-risk youth.
  • Experience in supporting the implementation of complex programs.
  • Experience in supporting mental health programs.
  • A history of successful collaborative experience, including child welfare, mental health and probation services.

Working Conditions

May be required to work evenings and weekends.

Environmental Elements

This position will be assigned to an educational setting.  The employee must work closely with other HCOE and CCS staff, district personnel, students, families, outside agencies and private partners.  Employees may be required to walk, stand, or conduct work in outdoor educational environments where there may be loud students or staff, varied temperatures, public interaction and/or upset staff or students.

Physical Demands

Consideration will be given to reasonable accommodation for the following physical requirements:

  • Sit, stand, walk, speak and hear.
  • Repetitive hand/finger movements for activities such as, but not limited to, using a keyboard.
  • Climb stairs, bend, reach with hands/arms, lift, stoop, kneel and crouch.
  • Sufficient mobility to move about the county office and other sites as may be required.
  • Physical and emotional stamina to cope with sometimes stressful situations and conditions.

Other Requirements

  • Must be fingerprinted, and a satisfactory Department of Justice records check must be received by HCOE before
  • TB testing and/or risk assessment will be required upon employment.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical (if applicable).
  • May be required to obtain first aid and CPR certificates within the first 6 to 12 months of employment.
  • May be required to drive with or without students; position requires a valid California driver’s license, proof of insurance and possible participation in the DMV PUll Notice Program once employed.


Certificated Management Mental Health, Class 1


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