Social Worker

Keystone Learning Services / Northeast Kansas Education Service Center USD 608 •


The school social worker assists students with academic and social emotional learning through services that identify and address environmental issues that interfere with the educational process; and functions as the home-school liaison to enhance parental and community involvement in the students success. 

I. Essential Functions: 

Assesses student's social and emotional needs (e.g., executive functioning, social skills, financial medical, parenting skills, etc.) for the purpose of developing and implementing individualized plans of services to support educational objectives.

Assists students and families with a variety of outside services agencies (e.g., mental health, medical, prenatal care, counseling, job training, etc.) for the purpose of providing referrals for families and students.

Consults with teachers, parents, and other personnel for the purpose of determining student needs, developing plans for services, making recommendations, and providing requested information.

Counsels students, parents, and teachers for the purpose of resolving issues that could impede student success.

Develops individual education plan goals and other written materials for student IEPs for the purpose of establishing strategies/opportunities for student success.

Facilitates social work sessions (e.g., grief, stress, social thinking, etc.) for the purpose of assisting attendees in resolving issues and creating positive change.

Maintains a variety of confidential and non-confidential files and records (e.g., case history records, educational plans, community resources, activity logs, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, complying with mandated requirements, and providing up-to-date information.

Participates in meetings, workshops, and seminars as assigned (e.g., IEPs, general education intervention meetings, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and gathering information required to perform job functions.

Prepares a wide variety of written materials (e.g., activity logs, correspondence, memos, intervention strategies, Medicaid billings, reports, required documentation, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, and conveying information.

Responds to a variety of inquiries for the purpose of resolving problems, providing information, and referring to appropriate personnel.

Serves as a liaison between a variety of groups and individuals (e.g., students, outside agencies, etc.) for the purpose of facilitating communication between participants while ensuring compliance and continuity of care.

Travels to multiple work sites for the purpose of providing social services to students.

Provides crisis intervention services and serves on the Keystone crisis team.

II. Other Functions:

Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

III. Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications: Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with an expectation that the social worker will occasionally upgrade skills to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include but are not limited to: facilitating meetings; analyzing data; applying assessment instruments; employing physical restraint practices; preparing and maintaining accurate records; exercising strong written and oral communication skills; and using pertinent software applications.

KNOWLEDGE is required to perform basic math, including calculations using fractions, percent, and/or ratios; review and interpret highly technical information, write professional materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define concerns and draw conclusions. Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include but are not limited to: disabilities and the impact they have on academic achievement; principles, methods, and human behavior; learning and motivation; human development; mental health; behavior interventions; codes, laws, rules, regulations, and policies; procedures for diagnosis and treatment; and knowledge of community resources.

ABILITY is required to schedule activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use basic, job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using defined methods. The ability to work with diverse individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types and/or purposes; and use job-related equipment is also required. Independent problem solving is required to analyze data and create action plans. Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include but are not limited to: communicating with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; employing active listening; diffusing confrontations; and working as part of a team.

VII. Work Environment: 

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting and carrying up to twenty (20) pounds, some pushing, and/or pulling, frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 75% sitting, 20% walking, and 5% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and in a generally hazard free environment. The job is performed under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

Core requirements: 

Experience: Job related experience within a specialized field is required. 

Education: Masters degree in a job-related area.

Equivalency: Required Testing Certificates and Licenses

Drivers License and Evidence of Insurability

Continuing Educ. / Training Clearances

Benefits Information

Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Accident Insurance, Critical Care Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, KPERS Covered Position, Paid Leave

Salary Information

Salary Placement on Salary Schedule based on Education and Experience

Employer Information

The mission of Keystone Learning Services is to forge educational partnerships through innovation and leadership to provide quality services that produce independent learners.  We achieve this mission due in large part to the outstanding people we employ!  Our staff is comprised of people who want to help students achieve their dreams and work in a positive and progressive environment.


Keystone hires special education teachers, related service providers, and paraeducators for eight USDs including: Atchison County Community Schools #377, Jefferson County North #339, Jefferson West #340, McLouth #342, Oskaloosa #341, Perry-Lecompton #343, Valley Falls #338 and Easton #449. We also hire special education administrators to assist schools with planning, training, and supervision all staff and oversee compliance monitoring. The member districts are located in the beautiful countryside surrounding Lake Perry including portions of Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, and Atchison Counties. 


In addition to special education services for the member districts, Keystone also provides services including:  Tiny K programs in 7 counties, internet and technology services, comprehensive staff development, Parents as Teachers in 21 school districts, hosts WebKIDSS IEP Consortium, John Dewey Learning Academy, and fiscal manager of KSDE Technical Assistance System Network (TASN), Autism and Tertiary Behavior Support (ATBS), and Kansas MTSS. 


We have a wonderful partnership with our member districts and unmatched community support for education.  The diverse scope of services offered here pairs personalized small-town services with state-of-the-art educational technology making Keystone Learning Services and Northeast Kansas a great choice!

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500 E. Sunflower Blvd.
Ozawkie, KS 66070

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