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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3845097
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : July 11, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

SWOS REEL (Re-engagement Exploration in Learning) Caseworker Job Description 2022-2023 Academic Year 


The REEL Caseworker will use best practices to (1) identify youth at-risk of dropping out of school or already dropped out; (2) provide strength-based assessment of their academic and career interests and community connections; (3) develop a personal service plan to include career, academic and life management goals and action steps; and (4) establish a continuous monitoring and evaluation system. The REEL Caseworker will connect at-risk students to SWOS courses and self-paced academic courses and dual enrollment options, county social services, and career internships and apprenticeships. 



  • Experience working with high school aged students 
  • Current Colorado license/degree in Social Work or Counseling 
  • Pass criminal background check 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 


  • Staff Performance: SWOS Staff are expected to develop a positive relationship with students, have a well managed work space, be prepared, and be proficient in their duty/responsibility area ? Personal Qualities and Competencies: SWOS Staff are expected to have a workable relationship with colleagues, administration, school volunteers, and parents; conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times; present themselves as a professional in dress and in personal appearance; possess competencies necessary to effectively complete their tasks; as well as, participate in training and meetings applicable to advancement of the organization ? Professional Responsibilities; SWOS Staff are expected to perform duties (campus duties, attending meetings and school functions) in a professional and proficient manner 


  • Communicate regularly with admin, staff, students, families, and community stakeholders ? Provide intensive case management for 15-20 of SWOS’ most high-needs students and families ? Support and grow concurrent enrollment opportunities, internship opportunities, and post-secondary job placements 
  • Support student graduation progress 

REEL Caseworker Domains, Responsibilities, and Expectations 

  1. Relationships: Students/Colleagues/Parents/ Stakeholders
  • Communicates regularly with parents/guardians
  • Cares for each student’s emotional and physical welfare
  • Uses SWOSology skills in all professional interactions, including seeking solutions through assertive communication in a timely fashion
  • Maintains appropriate boundaries and relationships with students, peers, and stakeholders

2. Professionalism

  • Reports to campus on time and fulfills contractual obligations daily, unless other arrangements are made with the Director
  • Acts and behaves with responsiveness to administrator directives and school procedures/protocols
  • Able and willing, or willing to learn, to support the grant-writing process for the REEL position and other grants that are pertinent to the REEL’s work
  • Participates in mandatory school wide events such as committee meetings, open houses, gallery nights, PDs, graduations etc.
  • Fulfills all “duty” responsibilities with enthusiasm, thoroughness, and timeliness
  • Responds assertively to constructive feedback
  • Enforces school policies, norms, and procedures
  • Dresses appropriately and is well groomed, i.e. no alcohol, drug, or objectionable references
  • Remains calm in challenging situations

3. Ethical Considerations

  • Is familiar with HIPAA, FERPA and ASCA laws as applicable to working in a school setting
  • Is licensed, or working toward licensure, through DORA and accurately represents that licensure in all personal and professional communications
  • Acts ethically and in the best interest of the student at all times
  • Carries professional liability insurance
  • Is aware of and maintains accurate continuing education hours for licensure requirements
  • Keeps brief documentation of each student encounter and keeps accurate hours of time spent in direct service for grant/billing purposes
  • Maintains professional working relationships with other behavioral health/social service professionals and represents SWOS positively in the community
  • Follows mandated reporting procedures and keeps a brief and accurate log of each call made
  • Follows up with the Director, Assistant Director, and other staff as needed on a regular basis regarding students’ academic, behavioral, and emotional needs
  • As per ASCA code, uses professional judgment and discretion when determining whether to disclose student information to another staff member
  • Does not disclose more information than is absolutely necessary, and only involves pertinent parties when making any disclosure of student information
  • Seeks consultation for cases outside areas of expertise and actively looks for opportunities to expand knowledge and skill sets
  • Has compassion for self and works toward a growth mindset
  • Regularly engages in peer support/consult for behavioral health professionals

4. Re-engagement and Academic Exploration Skills

  • Working with staff, accurately identifies students at-risk of dropping out due to attendance, behavior, and/or course performance
  • Fosters new community partnerships and deepens existing relationships to increase internship placement opportunities
  • Coordinates with community agencies to provide referrals for physical health, mental health, housing and utilities, food security, job security, transportation, continuing education, childcare, financial literacy, legal help, substance use issues, and parenting resources
  • Makes referrals, follow ups, assists in navigating complex systems, and provides one on one case management to define family needs, priorities, and goals
  • Supports the interdisciplinary team (IDT) to identify students with risk factors before they drop out, gathers information from the student and family, and delineate roles of support for the rest of the IDT team so there are no duplicated efforts
  • The program will use best practices to (1) identify youth at-risk or recently dropped out of school, (2) provide strength-based assessment of their interests and community connections, (3) develop personal service plan to include career, academic and life management goals and action steps, (4) Continuous monitoring and evaluation.
  • Uses strength-based assessment to determine the alternative learning pathway that best suits the student’s interests and schedule
  • Pursues funding sources for child-care stipends for the handful of single parents who need childcare to succeed in school
  • Works with the Director, Registrar, and IDT to track students who recently dropped out and takes the lead on re-engaging them in school


  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Student Services > Social Worker
  • Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Amy MacBean
    • Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1
    • Cortez, Colorado 81321

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