School Social Worker (ISP)


Website Watertown Public Schools


James Russell Lowell Elementary School
Watertown Public Schools
Watertown, MA

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Job Details
Job ID: 3964552
Application Deadline: July 27, 2022
Posted: July 13, 2022
Starting Date: August 31, 2022

Job Description
Position: Social Worker (ISP)
Reports to: Principal and Director of Student Services
Affiliation: WEA Unit A

Watertown Public Schools seeks an outstanding mental health professional who is passionate about education to serve as Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor. The Social Worker will work with guidance counselors, teachers, and school administrators to identify and support students experiencing, or at risk of experiencing school adjustment challenges. This position requires excellent spoken and written communication skills, the ability to connect across diverse cultures, and a strong commitment to educational equity for all students.


  • Assess how a student’s mental health needs may be impacting access to the curriculum
  • Support the development of students’ coping strategies to improve academic access and outcomes
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with school-based staff, families, and outside therapists, physicians, and public agencies to support students’ growth
  • In collaboration with the Community Outreach Social Worker, provide timely intervention for students at risk of or already experiencing chronic absenteeism
  • Assist students and families by identifying resources, providing information, referral and support
  • Consult and collaborate with other school personnel in gathering and giving information regarding students, and in establishing plans for interventions and supports, as needed
  • Serve as a resource for other school personnel regarding adjustment situations
  • Serve as a member of the School’s Critical Incident Team and Student Support Team
  • Collaborate with teachers and other staff as needed to promote student success
  • Provide individual student and school-wide crisis intervention, as needed
  • In collaboration with the school psychologist, provide case management and support to students within the specialized Integrated Support Program, a substantially separate program for students with emotional and behavioral challenges
  • In collaboration with the school psychologist, provide clinical consultation to the teachers for the Integrated Support Program
  • Provide direct individual and group counseling to students who need counseling services in school in order to access the curriculum
  • Conduct mental health screenings to determine safety and additional clinical needs
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Principal or Director of Student Services

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Certification as a School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor
  • Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Pushtu, Urdu, or other language, preferred
  • 3 years experience, preferred
  • Master’s degree, preferred

Welcome to James Russell Lowell Elementary School!

History of the James Russell Lowell School The James Russell Lowell School opened in September 1927. It was named after James Russell Lowell, poet and United States Ambassador to England and, at a later date, Spain. As trustee of his wife’s estate, James Russell Lowell deeded to the Town of Watertown a parcel of land to be used as a school. The original James Russell Lowell School location is now the site of the North Branch Library. When it became necessary to build the present larger school, the name of the school was retained. In 1996, an addition was built and the old part of the building was renovated. James Russell Lowell lived near Longfellow House in Cambridge but made frequent visits to Watertown, as his wife Maria Lowell was a Watertown native. His description of a winter brook in “The Vision of Sir Launfal” is said to have been inspired by a brook in Watertown.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Watertown Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Contact Information
Qi Chen, Assistant Principal
175 Orchard Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-926-7770

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