Social Worker

Are you a Social Worker who envisions working in a school where students are seen for their assets and growth potential, colleagues collaborate in a highly supportive and effective manner, and school administrators trust and empower staff and students alike? If so, Amy Biehl High School, a highly innovative charter school that prepares all students for college and post-secondary service and life, has an opening for a full time Social Worker for the SY 21-22.

We offer a unique work environment with a positive staff culture anchored by twenty days a year without students to plan, collaborate and learn with colleagues. We are looking for an individual who will thrive in our collaborative, community-based setting, and believes all students can achieve. We are a fully inclusive school.

Social Workers play an essential role in cultivating and caring for a healthy and productive school culture at ABHS—one that is consistent with the school’s values of Courage, Scholarship, and Community.  Along with the Dean of Students and the Director of Special Education, and Social Work Interns, Social Workers form the backbone of the Student Support Team.

In close collaboration with advisors and teachers,  Social Workers support both special education students, as well as other students, with the goal of reducing barriers to learning so that all students may succeed academically and socially.  Such barriers to learning may include challenges such as depression, anxiety, stress, substance use/abuse, family struggles, difficulty getting along with peers, and other social and emotional issues.  Social Workers at ABHS also provide wrap around service to the whole school environment.

203 contract days per school year
Pay range is the same as teacher matrix (Dependent on license level & years of experience)

Required Qualifications:

  • LISW Licensure
  • Able to obtain New Mexico School Social Worker License

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with inclusive education practices
  • Experience with literacy support programs
  • Experience working with teens
  • Experience working with English Language Learners
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Spanish fluency

Social Workers support the ABHS community by carrying out the following core job duties:

  • Provide individual counseling for Special Education students through the IEP.
  • Act as the 504 Coordinator.
  • Meet the Health Assistant Certification requirement.
  • Provide interventions with students and their families.
  • Work closely with teachers and other staff members to address concerns in the classroom and develop solutions for that student.
  • Attend IEP meetings as an advocate for the student and family.
  • Mediate disagreements between students.
  • Assist students and families with community resources: i.e., legal issues, advocacy, trainings, referrals to support groups, mental health agencies, etc.
  • Consult with other mental health professionals to address student needs.
  • Host social work interns in the interest of advancing the profession and exposing future social workers to the ABHS way of work.
  • Collect and analyze relevant qualitative and quantitative data, reporting out to staff and faculty during PD times.
  • Attend all meetings and staff PD as needed.
  • Facilitate discussions in the classroom and run groups to promote social/emotional wellness.
  • Provide assistance for sick/injured students.
  • Empower teachers and students in creating safe classroom conditions.
  • Assist faculty/staff with interventions such as counseling or referrals for counseling in the community, support around working with students, stress management, and classroom management assistance.
  • Provide support in discipline situations, as often a social or emotional need will be identified when a student is involved in a behavioral or other disciplinary situation. Social workers work with the Principal and Dean of Students to provide support and intervention in such situations.
  • Assist in building and ‘re-building’ relationships in the ABHS community. Often they are needed to arrange and facilitate mediations between students, or between students and teachers, and to de-escalate situations that have the potential to become volatile.
  • Complete semester progress towards goals for caseload students.
  • Document time spent consulting with teachers, families, and students as well as direct work with students regarding social/emotional issues.
  • Teach enrichment hour or advisory classes if needed.
  • Support SEL program implementation.
  • Working outside school hours as situations require.

Please submit to

Cover letter
At least one letter of reference
ABHS Employment Application
Proof of license

ABHS is an ERB employer

Applications will be accepted until April 14th

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