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School Based Community Care Specialist - Topeka, KS
Kansas Children's Service League
Kansas Children's Service League

Job Location: Topeka, Kansas
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Summary
The purpose of this position is to improve elementary school outcomes for selected schools within USD 501. The work is accomplished by collaborating with school professionals and other human service professionals in the community to meet the needs of families and their child so that issues impacting school performance can be addressed. The incumbent in this position will be assigned and located within a specific elementary school(s) to provide needed intensive targeted case management services for children and their families at risk of successful school performance as identified by a lack of school attendance or a concern about an ability to maintain in a classroom due to behavior.

Assessment, Evaluation, and Case Management 45%
Exercising independent judgment and professional skills will identify the needs of children and their families by conducting program approved assessment tools in a school setting and in the family home as best meets needs of child and family. Will engage families and establish a trusting relationship that is built on a strengths based approach, is culturally competent, with a thorough understanding of how adverse childhood experiences can impact school performance. Based on the assessment and identified needs will create a service plan for each child and their family and work with school professionals and community professionals to implement the plan. The plan will address social, health care, and academic goals.

Implementation of the service plan will be accomplished according to service plan timelines and agency protocols for provisions of purchase of service agreements when appropriate. Documentation of activities within the case records is expected to ensure that any reviewer can identify the goal, task, timeline, and status.

Work is independent of daily direct supervision.

Communication 30%
Establishes positive and trusting relationships through appropriate communication with school administrators (superintendents, principals, assistant principals), school professionals (teachers, counselors, social workers, psychologists), community partners in child welfare (Judges, Child Protection Social Workers, Law Enforcement, District Attorney, Child Care Providers, Juvenile Intake), and other community human service professionals (Psychologists, medical doctors, drug and alcohol counselors). When professional disagreements exist, will use professional judgment to determine what is in the best interest of the child and then advocate appropriately attaining service goals.

Shares information appropriately and protects the confidentiality of health care information and school record information. Prepares reports to the Court and Child Protective Services when requested or needed to achieve service plan goals. Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings among school professionals and in Child Protective Services multi-disciplinary team meetings in the community as requested.

Documentation of decisions and service planning will be clearly identified in the case record. Case records will be managed independently and in accordance with agency and program protocol. Records will be recorded in a data base as identified within agency protocol.

Informs and prepares written report for Supervisor and the East Region Director when critical issues occur. Evaluates each situation and determines if a critical incident report is warranted.

Community Collaborations 20%
Continually evaluates the availability, accessibility, and eligibility of community services available to assist families with assessed needs. Maintains a working knowledge of these resources and assists family in accessing the services when it is identified on the service plan or will assist in meeting the child/family goals.

Networks and nurtures relationships with community partners, program funders, and agency leadership to ensure the goals of the program, needs of children and families, and priorities of the community related to school attendance are recognized and valued.

Participates in school administration activities as required by the District or the school in which the position is located.

Other Duties 5%
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Work Environment School and office setting
Travel Requirements Local travel between school and childs home is routine
Lifting Requirement 25 Pounds
Other Requirements Reliable transportation; current auto Insurance; valid drivers license; ability to pass all KCSL background checks.

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Major System (MIS) or Process Responsibility
As indicated by program policy and procedure

Education and Experience
Bachelors Degree in Social Work
Current LBSW in Kansas
Volunteer or vocational experience working in a school setting
Volunteer or vocational experience working with at risk youth and families

Masters Degree in Social Work

Mandated Reporter
All KCSL employees are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect as outlined in the Employee Handbook. Failure to properly report to DCF and the supervisor can result in disciplinary actions up to and including termination. See Mandated Reporter Policy in the Employee Handbook for specific details.

Our competitive salary and benefit package is set to attract and retain competent employees who take pride in their work.

Kansas Children's Service League

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