Director of School-Based Social Work

Full Time

Full Year

Job Summary:

This professional position is responsible for the administrative oversight of the School-Based Social Work Program and funding (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief -ESSER II) in partnership with Springfield Public Schools. The Director of School-Based Social Work will supervise School-Based Social Workers and assist in identifying and developing strategies for addressing the needs of students and families within service area; develop collaborative relationships with schools, partners, and community agencies; develop a method for program evaluation and data collection; and help develop a sustainability plan; and maintain a budget in accordance with program MOU.


The Vice President of Community & Neighborhood Development, following adopted policies of Community Partnership of the Ozarks and United Way of the Ozarks, evaluates the Director of School-Based Social Work.

Reporting Structure:

The Director of School-Based Social Work reports directly to the Vice President of Community and Neighborhood Development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Positively and professionally represent Community Partnership of the Ozarks in the community;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the School-Based Social Work Program, including setting goals and outcomes and creating evaluation and reporting strategies;
  • Develop and maintain program budget;
  • Identify community resources and opportunities for leveraging existing resources to support needs of students/families/schools;
  • Prepare and submit required reports, documentation, and communication materials in a timely manner;
  • Train, supervise and support School-Based Social Workers to ensure that work performance meets expectations and staff have an avenue for brainstorming and feedback;
  • Maintain consistent contact with key school district staff to ensure program is meeting the needs of students/families/school;
  • Collaborate with the Caring Communities Program Director to ensure collaboration between programs, maximizing resources and decreasing duplication of services;
  • Collaborate with community organizations and agencies to enhance services and development/facilitation of programs and services that benefit students, families and schools;
  • Research funding opportunities and resources for program sustainability;
  • Communicate and meet regularly with the Vice President of Community & Neighborhood Development to ensure effective program implementation;
  • Attend staff, operational, and other community meetings as assigned/as are beneficial to the position;
  • Travel within the community to meet position requirements such as attending meetings and home visits;
  • Participate in relevant professional development and training opportunities;
  • Participate in Community Partnership of the Ozarks resource development/fundraising activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university and 5 years paid professional social work experience required;
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university preferred;
  • Staff supervisory experience required;
  • Experience and knowledge of budget development, oversight and management;
  • Experience with program development and management;
  • Experience and knowledge of grant writing and facilitation preferred;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal);
  • Ability to work independently and within a team setting;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, while maintaining good organizational skills;
  • Analytical skills including critical thinking, problem solving and prioritizing information;
  • Strong data collection, tracking and reporting skills and ability to measure and evaluate program performance;
  • Ability to meet deadlines;
  • Excellent follow up and follow through;
  • Flexible and resourceful when dealing with ever-changing situations;
  • Strong knowledge of local/community resources;
  • Punctuality and good attendance;
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter;
  • Computer and internet literate (Microsoft Office, Teams and Google);
  • Comfortable working with diverse groups and families;
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong collaborative partnerships across the community;
  • Public speaking/facilitation skills;
  • Student/intern supervision experience preferred;
  • Ability to deal with and respond to crisis situations;
  • Experience working in racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities;
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends

Position Clarification:

The position of Director of School-Based Based Social Work is a grant-funded position and is based upon funding availability.