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School Social Worker

Master’s Degree in Social Work Required

Students who attend Chicago Jesuit Academy will be the next generation of leaders in the city of Chicago. Talented men and women who wish to be employed by Chicago Jesuit Academy must demonstrate a past and continued commitment to academic excellence, professional development and the best ideals of the Catholic faith. Strong candidates are disciplined workers, compassionate listeners and tireless advocates for the children they serve. Most importantly, they recognize that Chicago Jesuit Academy will ask them to approach their work as a vocation and make substantial contributions of their time and talents in the service of the students of the Academy. The success of each Academy student hinges upon the determination and excellence of each staff member.

Strong candidates for CJA employment are disciplined workers, compassionate listeners and tireless advocates for the young men we serve. We seek talented individuals who believe all students have the right to an excellent education, work with soul and see excellence as a habit. The success of our students and alumni hinges upon the determination and excellence of our faculty and staff.

The School Social Worker provides social work services to children and their families, and to the teachers and staff members within the CJA community. The social worker functions within the guidelines provided by Chicago Jesuit Academy to which they are assigned and functions in alignment with CJA’s priorities

Essential Job Functions

The School Social Worker shall:

  • Be responsible for the identification and assessment of social work services to students with social and emotional needs.
  • Identify and assist students, families, and school systems in overcoming barriers that interfere with learning.
  • Execute curriculum and instructional practices that support social and emotional learning programing.
  • Make appropriate referrals to community agencies and perform follow-up tasks on student referrals.
  • Provide assistance and/or input in conducting socio-developmental studies, and referrals for evaluations to Chicago Public School Special Education Services.
  • Function as a member of the student services and grade level teams as assigned by supervisor.
  • Provide consultation to school personnel.
  • Work within the school setting and the community in developing programs for schoolchildren and their families.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned by their supervisor.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned, including but not limited to one minor duty, such as proctoring breakfast, and one major duty, such as teaching a daily half-hour formation course or proctoring lunch/recess.
  • Support the development of the Academy by sharing the school’s mission with friends and the benefactors who support the scholarship needs of Academy students.
  • Model the best ideals of the Roman Catholic faith as a “person for others” in the Jesuit tradition.

School Social Work experience strongly preferred, especially with IEPs and school-based interventions

Candidates are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment.

Mission: Chicago Jesuit Academy (CJA) is a full-scholarship lower and middle school for young men from modest economic backgrounds who could not otherwise access a well-resourced, faith-based college prep education in the Catholic tradition. We support and advocate for CJA students and alumni as well as other children of modest means as they progress to and through college prep high schools, post-secondary education and the transition to meaningful careers and citizenship. CJA invites students to become persons for others who aspire to be open to growth, loving, intellectually competent, religious and committed to doing justice.

Means: Located in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side, CJA enrolls students without regard for their past levels of academic achievement. We use small class sizes, rigorous extended school days and an 11-month school year to develop each student as a whole person in accord with the Jesuit mission and tradition. CJA shares best practices with other schools, and we partner with the broader community to promote access to better educational resources and a deeper understanding of the obstacles to educational equity. The disciplined sacrifices of CJA’s students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, volunteers and benefactors make the success of our mission possible.

Non-discrimination Policy: Chicago Jesuit Academy, in accordance with our Jesuit tradition, is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the CJA community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected identity.