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Social Worker

Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, Perkins School for the Blind has provided quality educational and residential services to students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind, empowering them to reach their maximum potential. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff. 

Program: Deafblind Program
Schedule: Full-time, 40 hours/week

Under the general supervision of the Education Director or Assistant Education Director; Function as primary liaison between the students/clients, their families and staff within the assigned educational program, in order to facilitate communication between school and home. Function as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Facilitate communication between Perkins School and outside agencies. Provide direct service to students/clients and their families, as appropriate.

Responsibilities include:
Coordinate and provide consultation for all contacts with families of students/clients enrolled in Perkins programs. Provide ongoing education and support to parents and family members and make referrals as needed.

In collaboration with Education Director, coordinate contact with outside agencies in an attempt to meet the needs of students/clients and their families; interpret policies and procedures when indicated.

Provide consultation to Education Director and all program staff regarding issues related to the psychosocial needs of the students; Participate in case reviews and core evaluations and prepare written or verbal reports of current psychosocial needs of students/clients, when appropriate.

Serve as advocate for students and their families related to their psychosocial needs.
Facilitate communication between the family and school staff. Provide follow-up on parent concerns. Arrange for on and off campus visits with parents.

Participate in screening or evaluations of students referred for service; Provide information and referral to students/clients, families, outside agencies and individuals.

Maintain appropriate records as directed by education director; Prepare statistical data regarding service delivery, as necessary; Maintain a flexible schedule to insure availability to students and participation in programs.

Assist in the provision of formal and informal in-service training to staff; Participate in grant and proposal writing when appropriate.

Work closely with educational director in coordinating IEP meetings with families and other involved agencies such as Personal Futures Planning/MAPS.

Identify needs of families and provide for education and support of parents or family members or make referrals as needed.

Consult and cooperate with educational directors and leadership team; staff, parents and family members, public school liaison and with other support services, such as health service, in order to meet medical, psychiatric, psychological, recreational, residential and educational or vocational planning needs of students by sharing knowledge of resources, and facilitating parental/agency cooperation.

Participate in evaluation teams and planning committees for parent education programs.

Make recommendations to the education director for the disbursement of special funds established to meet the material needs of students.

To perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:
Master's Degree in Social Work degree from a recognized college or university.
Two (2) years' experience as licensed as clinical social worker (LCSW); Demonstrated experience working with families and children with sensory challenges in vision, multiple impairments or intellectual challenges or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW; Licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts; First Aid/CPR Certification; and Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) for some positions;

For a more detailed description of the position and to apply, please visit our website and submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package which includes tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training.

Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have relevant life experience are encouraged to apply.

For a more detailed description of the position and to apply, please visit our website and submit a resume and cover letter with your application.