Special Education Social Worker - $5,000 SIGN ON BONUS
Job Details
Perspectives Leadership Academy - Chicago, IL
Full Time
4 Year Degree

About Perspectives Charter Schools

At Perspectives, our A Disciplined Life® education model teaches the whole child. We combine academic rigor, social emotional learning, and experiential opportunities to establish a culture of trust, curiosity and achievement. As one of the first charter schools in Illinois and founded by teachers, our mission is to provide students with a holistic, rigorous and relevant education, based on the ethical principles of A Disciplined Life®, preparing them for life in a changing world and helping them further become intellectually reflective, caring and ethical people engaged in a meaningful life. With 5 schools in three campuses, the Perspectives network has served public school students in grades 6 -12 on our city’s southside for over 20 years. Our scholars come from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country, but they graduate from high school, graduate from high school with a plan to enroll in college or trade school, and take with them the tools to persist in college and career. The keys to our success are our dedicated, hardworking, creative, and compassionate colleagues.

To qualify for the Sign-On Bonus, Applicants must be a new hire to qualify. Bonus will be paid within 30 days of start date. There is a 1 year payback clause if employment ceases prior to first year anniversary

LOCATION: South Loop

Be a Social Worker at Perspectives, where we live A Disciplined Life®.


At Perspectives, we pride ourselves in the quality of supports that we give to our students.  We are committed to providing an equitable and inclusive education for all.  Our Social Workers embody and teach our students how to live the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life® (our social emotional learning culture and curriculum) while also providing high-quality social emotional supports to our students.  We truly believe that every student is capable of greatness, and we are committed to providing a caring community of dedicated staff that meet the diverse academic, emotional, and social needs of our scholars.  Our Social Workers are advocates for social justice, and hold the ability to view students as creative, resourceful, and capable individuals while providing the resources and care to allow them to  function successfully at school and in life. 


Academic Rigor

  • Assists administration in the responsibility of protecting the health, safety and welfare of students.
  • Assists school personnel in resolving discipline problems in a fair manner.
  • Confers with parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, support service personnel and students on matters of discipline, attendance, general safety and welfare of students.
  • Assists students with academic, personal and social situations.
  • Processes chronic attendance and discipline issues with students.
  • Maintains records of student disciplinary actions taken and student attendance.
  • Works with community and government agencies on issues relating to truancy from school.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the principal or other school leader

Social Emotional & Ethical Learning

  • Provide clinical interventions with individual students and groups
  • Documents interventions and progress that students make.
  • Arranges for and attends meetings with regard to student behaviors, and assists in creating goals and interventions in regard to behavior issues.
  • Engage in ongoing collaboration between all staff members
  • Build meaningful and professional relationships with students and families
  • Investigates, develops and implements proactive measures to encourage appropriate student behaviors, including improved school attendance.
  • Responds to student behaviors and school attendance in a timely manner.

Experiential Learning

  • Maintains professional growth which includes attendance at training and development programs.
  • Seeks out community resources and refers students for services.



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited College or University
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work
  • Illinois Type 73 Licensure a MUST
  • At least one year of experience of social work in a school setting

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read and write proficiently using the English language
  • Ability to interact and speak effectively in interpersonal situations and before groups of people


  • Evidence of success working in an urban school environment strongly preferred but not required


  • A strong commitment to live by the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life and a belief that all students in Chicago deserve an excellent education
  • A willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve outstanding student outcomes
  • Strong classroom management skills with the ability to inspire and motivate students
  • A commitment to life-long learning with the desire to take advantage of professional development and coaching to constantly improve


  • Advocacy: Champion the growth and needs of our administrative leadership, teachers, and support staff, within a collaborative environment that takes into account the differentiated needs and goals of the entire organization to support our educational goals.
  • Cultural competence: Effectively communicate and collaborate with diverse individuals and groups; apply positive strategies to confront social issues, including discrimination, bias and stereotype threat; and use this competence to inform teaching and learning practices.
  • Equity-minded: The data-driven outlook and perspectives that call attention to patterns of inequity in access, outcomes and retention as institutional problems, in an effort to develop systemic strategies within the control of Perspectives that address these inequities. This includes being willing to have robust discussions about identity-based inequities.


Majority of work will be performed in a general office/school environment. Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours required to perform job duties. Also requires participation and attendance at organization sponsored events and meetings


  • Comprehensive and competitive benefits package 
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Paid time off including holidays
  • Company 403B plan available
  • Company contribution towards the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund if eligible 
  • Paid life insurance
  • Paid short and long term disability.
  • ISBE-approved professional development provider

Perspectives Charter Schools works affirmatively to include diversity among its workforce and does not discriminate in the selection of its staff on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, income, marital status, or any other dimension of diversity. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.