Hiawatha Academies is a growing network of high-performing, K-12 open enrollment public charter schools. We are driven by our mission that, “All Hiawatha Academies scholars will be empowered with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good.”
We have demonstrated success in student achievement, consistently recognized by the Star Tribune as Beating the Odds Schools. Hiawatha Academies is proof of what happens when we give every child the opportunities they deserve.
Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop (HLA-Northrop) is a results-driven elementary school that is part of the growing Hiawatha Academies charter school network. Hiawatha Academies opened HLA-Northrop, its second elementary school, in the fall of 2013. HLA-Northrop currently serves Kindergarten through 3rd grade scholars and will grow a grade a year until it serves students in grades K-4.
Educators at HLA-Northrop join a growing team of motivated, mission-driven professionals who are committed to going above and beyond for their students. All HLA-Northrop staff are charged with creating a safe and welcoming learning environment in which all students can thrive. Our teachers plan and implement rigorous, relevant, and engaging lessons in reading, writing, mathematics, and global studies (science and social studies) each day while also promoting curiosity, social/emotional learning, and positive identity development.
At HLA-Northrop, we are a school recognize that there is a strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning. We utilize the Responsive Classroom approach for managing school-wide and classroom culture and discipline. As educators, we are responsible for creating an environment which promotes a sense of belonging, significance and emotional safety for all students so they can focus on learning. We know that all students can meet high expectations for both learning and behavior when they receive the support they need to do so.
At HLA-Northrop we strongly believe in the use of restorative practices as opposed to punishments when students make mistakes or do not meet our community agreements.
We believe that when students are struggling to meet classroom expectations and having social-emotional challenges at school, they need the support of a team of compassionate adults who can assess the situation and provide student-centered, trauma-informed support structures to address the barriers to their success. We have a track record of success with this approach and have a yearly suspension rate of less than 1%.
HLA-Northrop is currently seeking a hard-working, passionate, social-justice-oriented educator to join our team as a School Social Worker for maternity coverage to start January until June, 2017.
The Social Worker at Hiawatha Leadership Academy - Northrop will work under the guidance of the Principals and Network Director of Student Support Services as a collaborative member of the school’s Student Support and Special Education Team. In collaboration with other building Social Workers, they will be responsible for promoting student success through the implementation of the school-wide guidance program that reduces social, emotional and environmental barriers to learning for all students. They will work to support individual students, teachers, student support staff, school leaders in maintaining a safe, proactive learning environment. They will strategically support the school’s mission by providing effective trauma-informed social, emotional, and mental health supports for students to ensure their safety and success in school.
The ideal candidate for this role is a dedicated educator with a passion for equity and is committed to helping ensure all students get what they need so they can learn in a safe, productive learning environment.
Candidates that are selected for an interview will receive additional information regarding the specific roles and responsibilities for the position.
Foster a school climate that promotes respect and appreciation for all students, staff and parents, and supports the school’s mission
Build effective relationships among teachers, parents, and the community to improve school culture
Exhibit a high degree of professionalism in all elements of this position, while serving as a contributing member of the school team and a dedicated role model for other employees and for students
Social/Emotional Counseling and Support
Plan and conduct individual and group counseling sessions to address social/ emotional/ behavioral needs including: social skills development, gender identity development, grief counseling, relationship counseling, mental health care, emotional regulation, etc.
Support the development of school-wide social emotional learning curriculum and lessons
Work with students who have identified social/emotional/behavioral needs and services as outlined on their IEPS and maintain current special education paperwork in compliance with due process requirements
With support from the other School Social Worker and School Leaders, lead the planning, implementation and regular revision of proactive social/emotional/behavior intervention plans for individual students by engaging families, school staff, and students
Provide consultation, coaching & technical support around implementation of individual behavior intervention and support plans for teachers and other school staff
Manage mental health emergencies as outlined in school policy. Situations may include the need to utilize emergency services, contact Hennepin County Care and Protection, and coordinate outside mental health support services
Participate in the development of crisis prevention and management plans for the school
Report and refer critical incidents that jeopardize student well-being as obligated by law, administrative regulations, or ethical standards
Stay apprised of all state regulations relating to incident reporting and documentation
Serve as a resource to staff on supporting specific students in the classroom by modeling interventions and offering clinical insight, as well as identifying and reporting child abuse
Act as a referral source to families for outside services which may include: outside therapy, health insurance, housing, legal advice, medical services, and utilities
Collaborate with the Director of Student Support Services to coordinate the scheduling and service provided by contracted therapists
Work with School Leaders and staff to analyze data to identify racial and other disparities and collaboratively work to develop improvement plans to interrupt disproportionate discipline practices
Perform other duties as required and assigned
The School Social Worker must demonstrate knowledge of and support Hiawatha Academies’ mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior
Core Value and Beliefs
All Hiawatha Staff must demonstrate a passionate belief in and commitment to the following core values:
1) Children are at the center of everything we do.
2) Our mission requires bold thought and action.
3) We choose optimism.
4) We push ourselves to improve.
5) We are stronger together.
6) We create fun and a little weirdness.
To honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world. To learn more about our equity vision, click here.
Hiawatha Employment Logistic
Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Northrop students’ school day is from 7:25am-3:00pm, Monday-Thursday and 7:25am-1:15pm on Friday.
Staff must be present from 7:00am-3:15pm, Monday-Friday.
Professional development sessions are held each Friday from 1:30pm-3:15pm.
All Hiawatha Staff are expected to attend and participate in all Family Events at the school, including evening events throughout the year.
Skills & Qualifications
MSW with appropriate state licensure
A minimum of 2 years of experience working in a low-income school or with low-income student populations
Knowledge of current research on trauma-informed practice and children’s mental health
Knowledge of local services pertaining to child and family mental health and development
Knowledge of and experience implementing de-escalation and mediation strategies that maintain the safety and dignity of students and staff.
Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build trust with students, families, and colleagues
Ability to learn quickly and adapt in the face of challenges
Excellent judgment and decision-making
Growth mindset for students, self, and other adults
Awareness of self and the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact within different cultural contexts
A commitment to racial equity and social justice
A desire to grow and develop in a start-up/growing, fast paced environment
A willingness to go above and beyond to ensure the highest level of service for our scholars
Bilingual or multilingual (Spanish preferred)
Experience working with English Language Learners and diverse student populations
Knowledge of and experience with implementation of evidenced-based trauma-informed practices
Training in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
Training in Responsive Classroom approach and/or Conscious Discipline
Knowledge of or training in the Developmental Repair Model
Salary for this position is competitive and based on prior experience. Hiawatha offers a collaborative and committed team of colleagues, and a comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, life, and retirement.
Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.