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Elementary School Social Worker

Elementary School Social Worker

School Social Worker

Starting 2023-2024 School Year



Hamilton Community Schools invites dedicated social workers to apply for the open position of School Social Worker that's currently available. We are excited to engage with quality candidates who are not only results-driven but also committed to inspiring children to develop emotionally, socially, and intellectually.  


To be successful, this individual will plan, organize and implement appropriate instruction that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their educational potential by addressing the social and emotional well-being of students, potentially ranging from elementary to secondary levels.  Work is performed under the supervision of the principal and special education director.

  1. Provide specialized instruction in the area of social and emotional learning.
  2. Have the ability to manage a caseload of students including IEP’s and all other relevant paperwork.
  3. Lead meetings and development of IEP’s, Functional Behavior Analyses, and Behavior Intervention Plans.

LOCATION: Hamilton Elementary School



  • Demonstrate competency in working with children with varying degrees of social and emotional skills, ranging in grades from preschool through 12th.

  • Assist students with goal setting, social and emotional skill development and obtaining community service needs.

  • Lead the multi-disciplinary evaluation team in the evaluation process for special education eligibility.

  • Provide individuals, small groups and whole class instruction or interventions to work toward progress on social and emotional goals.

  • Participate in Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) by supporting teachers with data collection tools, intervention ideas and/or direct support for students in the general education and special education settings.

  • Possess knowledge of and seek professional development of best practice instructional and intervention strategies for social and emotional delays.

  • Educate students, staff, and families about best practice approaches to meeting individual student social and emotional needs.

  • Attend before and after school meetings such as Student Support Team meetings, IEP meetings, or other meetings related to successfully supporting students with social and emotional needs.

  • Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students and use the information to adjust teaching strategies.

  • Maintain accurate and complete records of student progress and development.

  • Plan, prepare, individualize and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning.

  • Update all necessary records accurately and completely as required by state and federal rules and regulations, district policies, and school regulations.

  • Prepare required documentation on student progress.

  • Participate in grade level, department, school, district, and parent meetings.

  • Prepare and help students transition from grade to grade.

  • Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, and parents regarding student progress and student needs.

  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.

  • Prepare a learning environment for all learning opportunities.

  • Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities.

  • Observe and evaluate students' performance and development using formative and summative assessments.

  • Work with or understand Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS).

Other functions of the job include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic, and ability backgrounds.
  • Encourage parent and community involvement, obtain information for parents when requested, promptly return phone calls, and answer emails.
  • Participate in appropriate professional activities.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


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 essential functions. 

  • Master's degree in social work and State of Michigan approval as a School Social Worker (or willing to take courses to obtain the school certification).

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

  • Must have the proven ability to report to work on a regular and punctual basis.

  • Perform all other related work delegated or required to accomplish the objectives of the total school program.

  • Knowledge and implementation of relevant technology.

  • START training and CPI certification preferred. 


REPORTS TO:  Building Principal & Director of Student Services


START DATE: 2023-2024 School Year


SALARY RANGE: Per HEA Master Agreement



  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • $25,000 Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Cash in lieu option  


Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer, hand-held learning devices and other office equipment, reach with hands and arms, and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30+ pounds. 



Hamilton Community Schools is a rural district located in West Michigan south of Holland and east of Saugatuck.  Our well-maintained district consists of four elementary buildings (Bentheim, Blue Star, Hamilton Elementary, and Sandyview) along with one middle school, one high school, and Hamilton FLEX (Virtual, Blended, and Shared Time options). Hamilton prides itself on being a big district (135 square miles) with a small-town feel. 

Hamilton Community Schools is one of 18 member public school districts within the Ottawa Intermediate School District (OAISD). Our district consists of 400 employees and over 2,500 full-time students and 1,100 non-public students in a variety of programs and formats. Hamilton Community Schools is known throughout the state as a premier district balancing a small-town atmosphere with educational innovation to meet the needs of each learner. The focus on K-12 academics, work-based learning, athletics, and the arts makes Hamilton a destination district.  WE are HAWKEYES!



Submit an application, cover letter and resume using the online application system.


Any questions can be sent to Matt Blood, Director of Human Resources 



Hamilton Community Schools is an equal opportunity employer and will provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, color, height, weight, marital status, familial status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status with applicable state and federal laws. 


DISTRIBUTION: Internal / External

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