Academic Social Worker
Job Details
High School at Ida Crown Academy - Skokie, IL
Part Time
Graduate Degree

Keshet (Northbrook location) is seeking a Licensed School Social Worker or LCSW.  Keshet is a therapeutic day school program serving students with autism, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, other health impairments, and behavioral challenges; kindergarten through 8th grade, in self-contained classrooms located within a general education school environment. 


The primary role of the School Social Worker at Keshet is to work in collaboration within a multidisciplinary team to provide programming and intervention to facilitate students’ social and emotional skills, interpersonal skills, daily living and independent living skills, and self-advocacy skill development and growth.   The Social Worker works collaboratively with the students, the classroom teachers, other related service team members, families, administrators, and the staff and students of our host school.  The social worker is expected to be an ambassador for the Keshet organization within the schools as well as the local community. 



  • Provide direct support to students and their families
  • Run individual, group, and co-facilitated instruction/intervention
  • Participate in problem-solving multidisciplinary team meetings
  • Provide direct support to classroom teachers
  • Implement best practice related to social emotional learning and curriculum.
  • Provide staff training on best practice and strategies related to social emotional learning and curriculum.
  • Provide behavioral supports and assist with developing and implementing behavior intervention plans.
  • Collaborate on completion of Student Transition Plans
  • Coordinate community linkages
  • Complete all assessment, evaluation, paperwork, and data collection related to students' IEPs, eligibility determination conferences, and instructional planning and interventions.
  • Consult and collaborate with outside resources.
  • Build and maintain relationships with host school students and staff
  • Provide disability awareness to students and staff of our host school
  • Facilitate opportunities and interactions with host school peers
  • Co-administration and organization of peer buddy program
  • Assist with community-based instruction
  • Provide support, resources, and community linkages to families
  • Home visits and/or accompany parents professional/medical appointments
  • Provide transition planning support and guidance
  • Provide parent education
  • Certification in Safety Care Training to support student crisis management
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related mental health field; from an accredited program.
  • State licensure, LCSW or LCPC preferred.
  • Knowledge of or experience working with adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
  • Two or more years of related work experience.
  • Candidate should have knowledge on Transition Planning
  • Maintains confidentiality with all individuals and their families.
  • Respects diverse cultures and provides culturally appropriate, competent and individualized support according to each individual’s age, race, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious beliefs and culture.
  • Demonstrates ethical and professional behavior.
  • Embraces a culture of collaboration and teamwork.
  • Has excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to set and reflect on boundaries.
  • Manages time effectively.
  • Builds rapport quickly and has the ability to include empathy into their work as a clinician.
  • Ability to use appropriate behavior management techniques.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Must hold or complete CPR
  • Must complete Safety Care Training
  • Requires ability to sit and/or stand for prolonged periods
  • Ability to stoop, bend, reach, move, lift a minimum of 25 pounds, carry, pull or push heavy objects or materials.
  • Regular attendance and/or physical presence at the job

ABOUT KESHET: Keshet is a one-of-a-kind organization that brings classroom experiences, camps, sports, social and vocational activities, and residential opportunities to 600 people with disabilities and special needs each year.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: At Keshet’s therapeutic day schools, we foster caring communities where students ages 3 to 22 learn and grow. Educators and therapists work hand-in-hand to provide highly individualized instruction and therapies to meet the unique needs of each student. From preschool through high school transition, Keshet’s schools prepare students for a life of independence.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties may be assigned at any time by CEO.

Keshet is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our employment practices are in accordance with the laws that prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, marital status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law.