Director of Social Work
Title:Director of Social Work
Location:EPIC Academy - 8255 S. Houston Ave.

Director of Social Work

EPIC Academy is a charter high school that opened in Fall 2009 in the South Chicago community. We believe every student can learn, grow, achieve, and lead. We inspire every student to dream their future, guide students along their chosen path, and provide belief altering experiences that broaden students’ views of what is possible. Our classrooms are full of the experiences that prepare every student for college success - discussion, collaboration, leadership, and critical thinking. Each day, EPIC Academy refines innovative services and programs to realize a future where every student achieves college and career success. We provide a team atmosphere that attracts hard working individuals who believe in students and do whatever it takes to ensure their success. If this inspires you to help us grow our network and our impact, then consider joining us!


We are seeking a Director of Social Work to provide social-emotional supports that will allow students to function successfully in the school environment.  This highly organized individual must be able to build and maintain a strong rapport with students, families, and staff.  This position will report to the Director of Specialized Services.



  • Master’s Degree in Social Work (REQUIRED)
  • LCSW Certification (REQUIRED)
  • Type 73 School Social Worker Certification (PREFERED)
  • Prior experience with urban teens (PREFERED)
  • Prior school experience (PREFERED)
  • Prior supervisory experience (PREFERED)


Skills and Personal Characteristics

  • Organizes time well with ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Possesses strong management and leadership skills
  • Provides mentoring and counseling services in a facilitative manner across all targeted areas
  • Possess a repertoire of support and intervention techniques personalized to individual students
  • Works collaboratively with teachers, students, parents, and community members
  • Persists in finding solutions with most difficult students



Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and prioritize services for students using departmental resources
  • Manage and mentor social work interns
  • Oversee STLS program (homeless services)
  • Oversee homebound services
  • Manage budgets for wrap-around funding and summer social work programs

Summer Responsibilities:

  • Review incoming 9th grade student data to plan summer and school year early interventions
  • Reach out to families of incoming 9th graders who may need intervention services
  • Meet with high need students over the summer
  • Contact counselors or other staff from elementary schools to gain information on incoming 9th graders that may be useful in determining services
  • Build resources for support groups and tools for students struggling with different issues (anger management, anxiety/depression, teen parents, substance abuse, self-esteem, etc.)
  • Develop community and city-wide partners for Tier 3 interventions for students

School Year Responsibilities:

  • Act quickly on referrals from teachers to provide counseling for students with social and emotional issues
  • Communicate with all-staff to increase awareness of students in need of support
  • Coordinate and run student support groups (anger management, anxiety/depression, teen parents, substance abuse, self-esteem, etc.)
  • Monitor effectiveness of student interventions by reviewing academic, attendance, and discipline data
  • Manage student crisis situations
  • Maintain accurate records of services provided to students
  • Display professionalism at all times as a role model for the students and guardian of school mission, core values, and culture
  • Maintain positive relationships with area college social work programs
  •  Interview and select social work interns for the next school year
  • Provide regular reports and paper work to administration critical to tracking student progress and school compliance with high levels of organization and timeliness
  • Serve as social-emotional support liaison on the attendance committee & conduct attendance intervention meetings as needed
Annual salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. 

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