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Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
Iowa , United States (on-site)
14 days ago
Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
Iowa , United States (on-site)
14 days ago


JOB TITLE:  School Social Worker                                   DATE:  December 2022

WORK GROUP:  Special Education                                GROUP:  Licensed Association

REPORTS TO:  Regional Administrator


  • EDUCATION: Master’s degree in Social Work or School Social Work from an approved CSWE University.
  • LICENSURE: Social Work license issued by Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners and eligible for licensure (SPR or licensure) by Iowa Board of Education Examiners.
  • EXPERIENCE: Previous experience working with children, families and resources in human services/mental health setting and/or educational setting is desired.


  • Collaborates and consults with school personnel and parents on the emotional, academic, cognitive, behavioral and vocational needs of children.
  • Facilitates the PTR process and conducts Functional Behavioral Assessments. Develop/consults in the development of Behavioral Intervention Plans and Positive Behavioral Support Plans.
  • Informally use diagnostic skills to provide information in the development of behavior/support plans for students and link them to appropriate services.
  • Maintains a frequent and regular schedule to provide consultation with educators, parents, children and other professionals; to improve student behavior and respond to student data.
  • Works collaboratively with school staff to implement the problem-solving process through development, implementation and monitoring of research-based interventions which support a safe and productive learning environment.
  • Maintains documentation of each student served.
  • Consults and develops Tier 2 and 3 intervention plans, data collection and parent meetings for students with challenging behaviors.
  • Models and coaches school personnel to successfully develop and implement behavior plans.
  • Provide direct services (individual, group) to students as needed and within the scope of training and expertise.
  • Coaches appropriate, valid and reliable assessment methods to monitor student progress and maintain documentation to address tiered intervention plans and IEP goals.
  • Conducts appropriate assessments for developing individual or system-wide interventions during the problem-solving process or to determine eligibility for special education services in the area of behavior.
  • May serve as case manager, assist in writing and implementing IEPs, and help interpret data for decision-making for evaluations.
  • Participate in and attend IEP meetings for students with significant social/emotional/mental health or behavioral needs.
  • Supports special education teachers in the development, implementation and monitoring of IEPs.
  • Assists schools with technical assistance and ongoing monitoring of progress toward measurable goals related to district-wide assessment and action research.
  • Remains current and up-to-date in research, training and professional practices in the field.
  • Provides Behavior and Mental Health in-service and training to school personnel, families and community agencies.
  • Serves as a liaison to access specialized school resources, AEA services and services within the community in the area of behavior.
  • Collaborates and communicates with other professions and agencies to improve client services.
  • Sign Medicaid forms for districts who bill for behavior reimbursement.
  • Encourages family involvement in the IEP process.
  • Collaborates with the IEP team to determine continued eligibility for special education services during reevaluations.
  • Partners with teachers and appropriate team members regarding transitional planning for students with unique learning needs.
  • Provides assistance to districts if/when a crisis occurs and support is requested.


  • Contributes to a positive and productive work, learning and team environment
  • Believes in, advocates for, understands, supports and delivers the priority work of the AEAs, Iowa Public and Accredited Schools, the Iowa Department of Education and Prairie Lakes AEA
  • Focuses upon agency and team efforts to deliver equitable, efficient and effective educational services that prepare Iowa children for a life well-lived
  • Anticipates and responds to needs, requirements and expectations of clients resulting in acceleration, inspiration and innovation
  • Demonstrates effective verbal, non-verbal, written, listening and visual communication
  • Possesses effective interpersonal, collaboration, facilitation skills and is committed to relationships and partnerships, within and outside of the agency
  • Exhibits self-motivation, reliability, organization, detail and quality and engages in continuous improvement of professional practice to build skills needed to perform job duties and meet agency goals and expectations
  • Manages time effectively so that timelines are met and improved results are evident in learning, professional capacity and system effectiveness
  • Problem solves by utilizing data-based decisions, preventing and resolving conflicts and providing comprehensive, high quality solutions
  • Works with integrity and maintains confidentiality
  • Models and integrates technology into daily work
  • Leads professional development for at least one course, internally, externally or both
  • Understands other duties and responsibilities may be assigned, according to current needs of the agency or districts served


  • Ability to travel between schools and sites served.
  • Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can’t always be anticipated. 

Job Information

  • Job ID: 68380474
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Iowa , United States
  • Company Name For Job: Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
  • Position Title: School Social Worker
  • Industry: Secondary Education
  • Job Function: Psychologist 

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