Title:

Social Worker – Dean of Emotional Support and Community

FLSA Classification:

Exempt - Salary

Reports to:

Head of School

Salary Range:

$49,000 - $60,500

Created Date:

10/19/2021

Updated Date:

N/A

Bloom Academy Charter School exists to provide a high quality, rigorous, and joyful educational experience to students in grades kindergarten to fifth grade. We are a new and independent school seeking to add deeply mission aligned, smart, hardworking, and emotionally intelligent people to our founding staff. We opened August 2019 with a cohort of kindergarten and first graders, and now serve scholars in grades K-3 this 2021-2022 school year. We will continue to add a grade level every year until we reach the fifth grade.

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE BELIEVE

At Bloom Academy we provide a safe, joyful, inclusive, and challenging learning environment for all students. This includes children with special needs. This includes children from low-income households. This includes children who have been historically marginalized. We believe that all children can learn at high levels. We believe that all children are extraordinary. We believe that children can only be as great as the adults in front of them. We believe that excellent teaching requires planning, coaching, constructive feedback and reflection. We believe that teaching is one of the greatest and hardest responsibilities in the world. We treat each other with respect and value the talent each person adds to our organization no matter their position on our organizational chart. The Founding Dean of Emotional Support & Community will play an integral role in ensuring our scholars and their families are seen, loved, heard, and successful.

We exist to change the narrative about what children from low-income neighborhoods are capable of achieving both academic and personally. We exist to change the narrative about what Black and Brown children are capable of achieving both academically and personally. We are unapologetic about our philosophy. All applicants must share this mindset – no exceptions.

The Bloom Academy Founding Dean of Emotional Support and Community

Driven by our mission to ensure every child succeeds, the Founding Dean of Emotional Support and Community (DESC) will be responsible for supporting the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic growth of students. Specifically, the DESC will work to help address social emotional challenges and concerns both with scholars and with their families in pursuit of our mission.

The Founding Dean Emotional Support and Community will have the following key responsibilities:

Establishing and Maintaining an Emotionally Supportive School Environment

  • Select and implement a comprehensive and mission aligned social emotional learning program.
  • Keeps a pulse on the needs of our scholars across all grade levels and creates social-emotional interventions when necessary.
  • Conducts specialized individual and group counseling sessions to address specific
  • emotional, social, and behavioral needs of students.
  • Selects appropriate social-emotional regulation strategies for scholars and works on implementation cross collaboratively with families and teachers.
  • Provides crisis management services, including assessing for safety and completing risk assessments when necessary.
  • Works with classroom teachers to develop plans to support scholars that have experienced trauma and or loss.
  • Assists with planning for schoolwide community meetings and celebrations on Fridays.
  • Assists with planning on the Bloom Baby Bloom Family organization.
  • Manages providing assistance to families who are experiencing financial challenges through the Bloom Family Fund.
  • Attends family/teacher conferences throughout the school year, when necessary.
  • Works to build relationships with prospective and new Bloom Academy families and aids them in transitioning to the new school environment.
  • Work with Bloom team to plan summer training camp for new and returning team members.
  • Assist with planning recruitment and school culture events (that may include weekends)
  • Provides trainings and professional learning sessions to teachers, school staff, and parents.
  • Assist with day-to-day operations (including arrival, dismissal, lunch, professional development sessions and after school activities). Serve as role model to students. Provide support to all staff in a team-first, mission-oriented environment focused on student achievement.

Working Collaboratively with Stakeholders Across Houston

  • Advocates for student services and students’ best interests with stakeholders across Houston and greater Texas.
  • Provides case management services including, but not limited to, referrals to community
  • resources, collaboration with other professionals.
  • Attend meetings with partners across Houston.
  • Serves as a liaison between the student, home, school, private counseling facilities and

community resources such as social services, court services, and family service agencies.

  • Facilitate making connections between families and local support organizations.
  • Manages local partnerships that serve our scholars and their families (Houston Food Bank, Mental Health America, Mentoring programs, etc.)

Required Qualifications

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Must have an active social worker license and be in good standing.
  • Deep alignment with school’s mission and core values.
  • A growth mindset and high emotional intelligence.
  • A staunch belief that all students regardless of race or socio-economic status can achieve at high levels and be positive contributors to their communities.
  • A successful background check in compliance with state law.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with children.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with all school stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.

Preferred Key Competencies, Mindsets and Abilities

  • A background in trauma informed practices; and or work in a school setting.
  • Strong leadership qualities.
  • A social justice-oriented philosophy as it relates to the achievement gap and educational advancement of disenfranchised communities.
  • Experience as a teacher or other profession in a high needs/and or urban setting.
  • Experience with equity or cultural competency work and or professional development.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Must be available some nights and weekends.
  • Knowledge of office equipment and services including computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, phones, and software.
  • Open and receptive to feedback about performance and self-reflective about ways to improve.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and social media platforms (Instagram & Facebook).

Disclaimer: This job description provides the general nature and level of work to be performed by individuals hired for this position. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. Bloom Academy Charter School reserves the right to change any or all content of this job description based on the school’s needs. If applicable, the incumbent will be notified of any changes before they take effect.

Bloom as you are.

Bloom Academy is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and strive to create an inclusive environment for all adults and children who enter our doors.