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19 May 2021

Instructional Support High School Social Worker

Colorado High School Charter

Job Description

High School Social Worker

Colorado High School Charter (CHSC) is seeking a Social Worker for our GES Campus in Denver for the 2021-2022 school year.  CHSC GES provides students with a unique and innovative learning experience that allows them to recover credits through project-based core content classes (Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts), while taking advantage numerous concurrent enrollment and community partnership opportunities, in a learning environment committed to equity and inclusivity.


The Social Worker is an important member of the School Support Team and works with that team, teachers and administrators to support students in their academic and social-emotional development.  Under the direction of the School Principal, the Social Worker serves as a positive role model and empowers students in learning to make choices that lead to the successful completion of their academic and life goals.


The Social Worker advocates, guides and motivates our students to find their individual pathways to success during and beyond high school.  The selected candidate will be one that is deeply invested in building meaningful and positive relationships with our students and families, engages in countless brave conversations and is willing to utilize many avenues to help students find their true meanings of life after graduating from the GES community.


Colorado High School Charter Overview

Colorado High School Charter GES is a grades 9-12 public charter school in Northeast Denver whose mission is to transform the alternative education experience by igniting the potential within each of the diverse young people we serve.  CHSC is one of the leading alternative education campuses in Denver, with student achievement data consistently showing notable growth.  As a Social Worker at CHSC, you will have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with students.

What makes working at CHSC exciting?

  • Constant learning through regular collaboration, coaching and professional development
  • A focus on student personal and academic growth achieved through tailored curricula, a supportive school environment and community partnerships
  • Social emotional support for students to remove barriers in and out of the classroom so ALL students can be successful
  • A great staff culture that regularly celebrates student and staff achievement
  • We are growing. CHSC has experienced increased enrollment; word is spreading about the amazing work we do.


What do we look for in candidates?

  • You are committed to equitable and inclusive practices, inside and outside of the classroom.  Understanding that continuous professional learning and individual desire will move our learning community in the desired direction for all students, families and staff members.
  • You are passionate about education in an alternative education setting and are excited about Colorado High School Charter’s mission.
  • You have experience or strong desire to work with young adults who have struggled personally or academically in traditional school settings.
  • You recognize the value of learning through real-world application and are eager to help all students consider a range of career paths.
  • You are tenacious about your own professional growth and have the ability to seek and apply feedback to improve your practice.
  • You are entrepreneurial, innovative and willing to do “whatever it takes.”
  • You value developing trusting and often transformative relationships with students.
  • You understand that professional boundaries allow authentic relationships to develop and exist with students and colleagues
  • You are a team player who helps create a positive, vibrant school culture for staff and students.


Job Description

  • Uses Evidence Based Practices to provide culturally-competent mental health support to individual students, small groups and families as needed, both on-site and in-home. (ex. anger management, conflict resolution, etc.)
  • Provides crisis intervention support to students and their families as a member of the crisis intervention team
  • Develops interventions, social skill development and coping strategies that empower students on caseload to succeed socially and academically
  • Leads our school’s continued development and implementation of culturally competent MTSS Multi-TieredSystems of Support that provide interventions for tiered students
  • Leads Suicide Risk Reviews and Threat Appraisals in collaboration with other trained CHSC professionals per DPS and CHSC policies
  • Participates in Special Education (SPED) assessments and Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) Meetings in conjunction with School and District SPED Professionals
  • Provides IEP mental health minutes for student receiving SPED support
  • Participates in 504 evaluations and implementation meetings
  • Uses evidence and research-based practices to lead culturally-competent staff professional development sessions on topics such as student engagement in the classroom, mental health awareness, mandated reporting, healthy relationships, suicide awareness, student voice, etc.
  • Supports school-wide mandated reporting policy and procedures
  • Works with the Principal to set priorities for needed services and supports
  • Positively engages parents/guardians through phone calls, meetings and home visits.
  • Actively participates in quarterly CHSC Parent/Teacher Conferences and Family Night events.
  • Serves as community liaison and make referrals to community-based resources that provide holistic wrap-around support for students and families that meet students’ social and emotional needs
  • Be an Advisory Committee team member that provides social-emotional curriculum to students once a week during daily (30) minute Advisory class


Social Worker auxiliary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supports and willingly engages with Restorative Justice practices
  • Assist with enrollment and recruitment of new students during the months of July-September
  • Other duties as assigned by the School Leadership Team



Colorado High School Charter seeks candidates with strong character, passion for supporting students of diverse backgrounds and needs, and a relentless commitment to improvement and learning.



  • Experience and a strong desire to work with high school students who have struggled personally or academically in conventional school settings.
  • Masters’ Degree in Social Work
  • Valid Colorado Department of Education School Social Work License
  • Experience writing IEPs and managing a caseload that includes creating goals, monitoring progress, collaborating with case managers and determining service minutes
  • Exhibits cultural competence and works with a student centered lens
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport quickly, facilitating positive relationships across a wide range of constituencies
  • Critical, strategic thinking and the capacity to manage multiple priorities
  • Permanent US work authorization
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle to perform home visits as needed



  • Experience working at the secondary level (middle and/or high school)
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or bilingual in English/Spanish are highly encouraged to apply
  • Proficiency in using Infinite Campus or other student data-base information systems


Work hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional evening commitments for school events.


The starting salary for this position is between $52,600 and $70,000, depending on education and experience. The maximum salary for this position is approximately $88,000. A comprehensive benefits package is included.


To Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to:


Colorado High School Charter (CHSC) proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. CHSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities.


CHSC Mission:

Colorado High School Charter is transforming the alternative education experience by igniting the potential within each of the diverse young people we serve. CHSC ensures students’ personal and academic growth by creating tailored curricula, a supportive school environment, and community partnerships. We empower our students to succeed in life and positively contribute to their families and communities by offering them the freedom and resources to pursue a post-secondary path aligned with their individualized goals.


Colorado High School Charter is an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and school needs.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state or local law.  Colorado High School Charter believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our schools’ success, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

How to Apply

Submit resume and cover letter to

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support.