Who We Are:
Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60 serves nearly
17,000 students in preschool through grade 12 and is located
halfway between Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the
shores of Lake Michigan. The District has 1 early learning center,
15 elementary schools, five middle schools and a high school
program divided between two 9th - 12th grade campuses. The District
encompasses portions of Waukegan, Beach Park and Park City.
Why We Do This Work:
The Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60 has set an
ambitious agenda for change, guided by the belief that all
children, regardless of circumstances, can achieve at high levels
and academic gaps can and will be eliminated with the support of
teachers who deliver engaging, relevant, and academically rigorous
instruction that excites students and instills a love of learning
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The School Social Worker will be directly responsible to the
Director of Special Education and Social Work Coordinator. School
Social Workers are ethically driven master's level practitioners
with the unique ability to improve student academic outcomes by
improving students' social-emotional well being and school climate,
supporting teachers and administration, assisting families with
their child's social-emotional needs, and identifying local
resources and intervening in crisis situations. School Social
Workers have the skill set necessary to assist in all three tiers
of RtI (MTSS), including working with children with behavioral
challenges. School Social Workers have a positive effect on the
students they work with leading to positive educational
- IEP Writing: Provides social/emotional evaluations and social
histories based on domains, writes present levels of performance
and data -driven measurable IEP goals.
- Acts as an IEP team member in meetings and in service delivery.
Takes particular care to support the child and family in the IEP
- Provides any social work service as required by the IEP.
- Writes FBAs for students who are in the MDR process.
Social Work at the Intensive level (Tier 3):
- Provides crisis response and threat assessment for students in
critical need. Critical need is defined as suicidal ideation,
potential harm to self or others and family crisis that
significantly impacts student's functioning at school.
- Supports students below the 10th percentile.
- Provides confidential individual social work services.
- Takes a lead role in Wraparound plans.
- Takes a lead role in the development of FBAs and acts as an
active team member in the development and monitoring of BIPs.
- Performs comprehensive formal and informal ecological
assessments including: academic functioning, social-emotional and
mental health functioning, adaptive functioning, and family and
- Community liaison: to ensure adequate and appropriate resources
for students and families in need.
- Is an active member of the CORE Problem Solving team and
Individual Problem Solving Team.
- May assist in processing discipline referrals if
- May be a case manager for 504 plans if social-emotional needs
- May write social stories for individual students.
Social Work at the Secondary level (Tier 2):
- Is an active member of the Targeted Systems Team particularly
suited to the role of interpreting behavior and needed
- Uses building data systems to develop skill based social work
groups to help identified and screened students maintain personal,
social and academic competencies.
- Conducts social-emotional and behavioral needs assessments and
evaluates progress monitoring of student growth in identified areas
that impact academic progress.
- Serves as a liaison to families, the community and other
stakeholders to ensure open communication and continuing
- Facilitates and coordinates the delivery of educational and
mental health services with and by community agencies and service
- Assists team members to understand mental health and behavioral
concerns of students identified as needing interventions and the
potential impact of the chosen interventions.
- May write social stories for targeted groups.
Social Work at the Universal level (Tier 1):
- Consults and supports the development, implementation, and
evaluation of programs that address school-wide educational and
behavioral needs utilizing evidence based curriculums and PBIS
- Takes a leadership role in universal psychosocial educational
prevention programs and related screenings such as SOS grades 6-12
and SSBD grades 1-6 and Erin's Law, bully prevention and social
skills building across the district.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge via district meetings and
trainings. Maintains legally mandated, district and department
Qualifications: Must have and valid Illinois Professional
Endorsement(s): School Social Worker
Compensation: Per Teacher Contract
Application Deadline: Candidates must submit an online
application by closing date.
Only online applications will be considered.
Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 offers employment
opportunities without regard to age, gender, race, color, national
religion, marital or military/veteran status, sexual
orientation, pregnancy, parental status, genetics or