Durango School District 9-R

2021/2022 Social Worker - Alternative Programs, 1.0 FTE (SW-06-ALT-21-22)

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Title2021/2022 Social Worker - Alternative Programs, 1.0 FTE
Posting IDSW-06-ALT-21-22

Durango School District 9-R is accepting applications for a Social Worker - Alternative Prgrams for the 2021/2022 school year. 


Job Title:  Social Worker - Alternative Programs                 

Pay Grade:  Student Service Provider Schedule

Job Family: Student Service Provider 

FLSA Status: Exempt 

Department: Student Support Services 

Prepared Date: March 27, 2021

Typical Work Year: 220 Days


SUMMARY: Provides a full range of school social work services to maximize student achievement and create a critical link between the home, alternative program, and the school. Responsible for providing comprehensive SEL supports and direct services to students across the continuum of alternative therapeutic programs. The SW will provide comprehensive case management for identified students, connecting community-based services and school programs. This position will lead the implementation of evidence-based SEL, behavioral health, and trauma-informed interventions and services, as well as provide leadership in student plan development and implementation.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • 10% Provide the training and the tools that will enable school staff and parents to understand and meet their child’s social and emotional needs. 
  • 15% Provide social work services as a member of the Student Support Team in student assessment, evaluation, educational and treatment planning, progress monitoring, and transition supports, in accordance with all applicable federal, State and local codes and regulations. Assist with the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s) and Personalized Learning Plans for program students, monitor the implementation of plans, and participate in the annual reviews. Enter contact notes, family services plans, periodic reviews, and other required documentation in the Trails database for Summit students.
  • 10% Complete a diagnostic social history on students referred to Alternative Therapeutic Programs for the purposes of evaluation, assessment of need, and student identification.
  • 10% Maintain an on-going relationship with families for the purposes of sharing information regarding the student’s educational program, assisting the family in cooperatively improving the student’s home and school adjustment, using mediation techniques to resolve disputes, providing home management counseling, and assisting the family in utilizing appropriate community and school resources. 
  • 20% Assume leadership and collaborative roles in identifying and working with students with social and emotional challenges that may interfere with effective learning through the development of program and intervention implementation and staff coaching plans for alternative programs and home-school teams. Provide structure and supervision in the Summit program milieu.
  • 20% Work with and counsel identified students to enhance their personal and social growth and increase their responsibility for behavior and attitudes. Provide opportunities and resources for students to increase academic success, improve interpersonal relationships, learn problem-solving and decision-making skills, and resolve conflicts and crisis situations. Support the development of materials for and help facilitate regularly-scheduled DBT groups for Summit students.
  • 2% Conduct home visits when appropriate, including monthly face-to-face contacts with the parents of Summit students as necessary.. 
  • 5% Serve as a member of the School and District Crisis Team. 
  • 5% Provide support to community-based student providers connected to alternative programs. 
  • Ongoing 3% Perform other duties as assigned. 


EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Master’s degree in Social Work, Colorado Department of Education License for school social work preferred. Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training required within two months of hire. 


EXPERIENCE: Experience is preferred but may not be necessary for hiring. 


CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, & REGISTRATIONS: Valid driver’s license required. Must hold or be able to obtain by start date a Colorado Department of Education License for social work. Will complete the Colorado Department of Human Services New Caseworker Training Academy within 3 months of hire.



  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form using positive interpersonal skills  
  • Consultation skills  
  • Ability to develop and support the behavior intervention plans, classroom management systems, and reinforcement systems  
  • Ability to use effective interventions for at risk learners  Knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis  Knowledge of developmental, emotional, and behavioral disabilities  
  • Experience in data collection and data analysis  
  • Ability to develop and provide training related to accessing community resources and behavioral intervention practices in all school settings.  
  • Non-violent and physical intervention techniques  
  • Ability to use proper English grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure  
  • Knowledge of first aid skills  
  • Ability to promote and follow Board of Education and District Policies, Superintendent policies and building/department procedures. 


MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT OPERATING KNOWLEDGE:  Microcomputers and general office equipment  Microsoft Office applications  Student Information Systems 




Durango School District 9-R is an equal opportunity educational institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates, or any other applicable status protected by federal, state or local law. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Laura Galido, Compliance Officer, Durango School District 9-R, 201 E 12th Street, Durango, CO 81301, (970) 247-5411,, or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 Spear Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204-3582, (303) 844-5695.

Shift TypeFull-Time
Salary Range$52,941.20 - $77,125.31 / Per Year
LocationDurango School District 9-R

Applications Accepted

Start Date04/16/2021
End Date06/01/2021

Job Contact

NameSamantha TowerTitleCoordinator of Student Support Services