Lower School Social Worker-Clinician

Caliber Public Schools - Richmond, California - Full time

About Caliber Public Schools

Caliber’s Mission is to achieve educational equity by shifting the experiences, expectations and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. Our strengths-based educational program validates, affirms, respects and supports students, families and staff members to reach their full potential. Caliber graduates will be academically college ready; have emotional intelligence or ‘EQ’; be critical thinkers, and have the skills and desire to be changemakers in their communities and the world..

Caliber’s four graduate pillars--Heart, Smart, Think, Act--guide our work. Caliber teaches computer science as a core academic subject K-8th grade to directly challenge the inequitable presence of women and underrepresented minorities in the computer science industry. We are a community-based organization and celebrate the diversity of the communities we serve. Our parents are active partners; frequently engaging through school events, restorative practices, and academic support.

As we grow, we are looking for educators and leaders who want the opportunity to use their voice to build something new; to be a part of a team that's building something from the ground up. Our first school, Beta Academy in Richmond, CA, opened in 2014 and ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, CA opened in fall 2016. We plan to open additional schools in future years as we grow to nearly 4,000 seats K-12 in the Bay Area.

Position Summary

We are looking for a compassionate School Based Social Worker at Caliber: Beta Academy in Richmond! As we continue to grow, we are in search of a clinician with broad knowledge of serving students with exceptional needs, compassion and patience for the challenges these students face in the classroom, creativity to find unique ways to make the curriculum accessible, a desire to support the social-emotional learning needs of all students, and the experience to consult with school staff about the best ways to support students.

This role will be required to be on campus when Caliber returns to in-person instruction during the 21-22 school year.

The Social Worker is responsible to …

  • Collaborate with school staff to meet the SEL and mental health needs of students.
  • Provide individual and group based therapy. Provides short-term individual and group counseling to students who are experiencing social/emotional/behavioral problems that interfere with their learning or the ability of others to learn. Provides information to families and assists them in accessing long-term or intensive counseling services, as needed.
  • Provides social skills, anger management, stress reduction or other similar instruction to students who are experiencing social/emotional/behavioral problems that interfere with their learning or the ability of others to learn.
  • Support de-escalation of students who are dysregulated by re-directing and engaging children in mindful breathing, coloring breaks, prosocial physical activity, etc. Provide push-in services to support students re-integrating and being successful in the classroom.
  • Support the implementation of restorative practices, such as guiding students through restorative justice circles and logical consequences (e.g., apology letters, reflection/practice, wellness project, etc.) that they have identified in partnership with staff/peers.
  • Collaborate with staff members to implement a school wide positive behavior support plan.
  • Communicate regularly with parents and care providers to promote generalization of skills to the home environment.
  • Assess students’ behavioral and social-emotional needs.
  • Meet and consult with teachers and instructional staff daily for the purpose of planning, evaluating or problem solving student supports and interventions.
  • Provide materials to staff and families to support student services.
  • Review student records and document service delivery.
  • Maintains an accurate record of student, parent and other contacts utilizing Deanslist.
  • Conducts risk assessments.
  • Coordinates home, school and community resources in addressing the crisis situation with the support of the Mental Health Director.
  • Coordinates follow-up services as needed.
  • Attends Student Support Team meetings.
  • Collaborates with the school Social Emotional Learning team to oversee the referral of students requiring social-emotional and behavior support, timely implementation of interventions, the progress monitoring of students receiving interventions, and the evaluation of intervention effectiveness.
  • Engage school community and caregivers in the educational process through formal professional development training and workshops and by providing frequent opportunities to discuss student growth and needs.



  • Candidate must be licenced as an MFT, Clinical Social Worker, Professional Clinical Counselor and/or PPS
  • MSW and/or ASW accepted


  • Experience working with diverse populations, preferably in Vallejo
  • Preferred experience working in school settings
  • Preferred experience working with individuals with emotional disorders and/or challenging behaviors
  • Preferred experience with Restorative Practices and/or Restorative Justice


  • Bilingual in Spanish strongly preferred.


Caliber staff…

  • are committed to a culture of feedback, development and continuous improvement.
  • validate and affirm the identities, strengths and passions of each person.
  • know that It is everyone’s collective responsibility to work in service of and alongside our school communities.
  • approach situations and people with empathy and kindness.

Salary scales are based on years of experience and expertise. Scales are competitive with other charter school organizations and local districts.

Caliber Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. 

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Experience Level

Mid Level

Caliber Public Schools

Caliber's mission is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. We provide students with a challenging and engaging education that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in colleges, careers, and communities.
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