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Social Worker

Health Leadership High School is currently seeking to fill their open Social Worker position.

Job Overview

Health Leadership High School is dedicated to nurturing future leaders in the health sector among high school students, fostering their growth to create positive impacts in our communities. We are seeking a passionate social worker committed to guiding and supporting young minds through project-based learning, utilizing community involvement and personalized student assistance. Our ideal candidate is driven by a dedication to student success, demonstrating creativity and enthusiasm in establishing supportive learning atmospheres that cater to individual student needs.

Health Leadership High School Mission Statement:

The mission of Health Leadership High School is to equip students who are interested in health with the skills they need to become leaders in developing healthier communities. Through experiential and project-based learning, our students develop as deep and complex thinkers to have a broad understanding of the determinants of improving healthier communities. Our mission is to take a holistic approach in supporting youth to have successful careers by caring for their intellectual, physical and emotional well-being as students.

Description of the Position:

The school social worker is a trained mental health professional to support behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents and administrators and provide individual and group therapeutic support services. The school social worker is instrumental in supporting Advisory programming and furthering the academic mission where home, school and community collaboration is necessary to support student success. At Health Leadership High School we believe that all students deserve social work support. In addition to special education students and IEP goals, the social worker provides global service to the whole school environment.

Social Workers support the HLHS community in the following ways:

  • Provide individual social work services as part of the IEP for students enrolled in Special Education.
  • Facilitate trauma-informed individual and group interventions with students and their Families.
  • Complete periodic home visits as needed to address attendance and truancy concerns
  • Perform suicide/homicide/self-harm and other threat assessments, complete safety plans, make appropriate referrals and report relevant information as needed
  • Work closely with teachers and other staff members to support classroom learning by modeling, scaffolding and teaching about Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies
  • Help to address behavioral concerns and work to develop solutions using a Positive Youth Development (PYD)
  • Attend annual IEP meetings as an advocate for the student and family
  • Complete social work evaluations for students with an IEP
  • Refer students and families to community resources, including but not limited to legal, advocacy, financial, mental health and substance abuse programs
  • Consult with community mental health professionals to address student needs
  • Promote and lead health and wellness initiatives
  • Help guide and promote the school Advisory Program and provide push-in support in Advisories
  • Participate in individual, group and reflective social work supervision with Student Support team

Required Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master of Social Work degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW); will consider candidates with a Provisional LMSW
  • Must have demonstrated experience working with children, youth and families
  • Must be willing to comply with a state and federal background check
  • Must be able to work at least 40 hours
  • Must be comfortable with completing home visits as needed
  • Must have strong critical thinking skills, experience working on teams, commitment to ethical practice and the ability to work autonomously

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Provisional LCSW from the State of NM
  • Licensed as a School Social Worker by the New Mexico Public Education Department or eligible and willing to become licensed within two to three months
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including refugees and undocumented immigrants and knowledge of their unique needs and challenges
  • Experience working in a secondary educational setting, preferably as a school social worker
  • Knowledge of IDEA, Positive Youth Development and SEL and experience applying these to a school setting

Benefit Information

  • Full Benefit Package
  • Starting Salaries:
  1. Level I - $58,5247
  2. Level II - $68,847
  3. Level III - $79,447
  • Tuition reimbursement for higher education degrees

Application Process

For consideration, applicants must submit the following materials directly to Denise Armenta, Director of Student Support at

  • Letter of interest demonstrating qualifications and experience
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • 3 references – direct supervisors preferred
  • Copies of current license(s)

All applicants will be screened based on qualifications and experience. The most qualified applicants will be scheduled for position interviews. All other applicant submissions will be placed in a talent bank for future consideration

Contact Information

Denise Armenta, Director of Student Support, Email: