Foundation Academies Home Office School Social Worker in Trenton, New Jersey

We are Foundation Academies. We are the largest charter organization in New Jersey’s capital city, Trenton, serving more than 1,000 of the city’s K-12 population across four schools. We believe every child deserves access to a high-quality education and we work relentlessly to ensure this happens.

We are a team of experienced and mission-driven, urban educators. We value growth mindsets, lifelong learners and individuals who believe that every child deserves an excellent education. We hold ourselves, our students, and our city to high-standards because that’s what our families deserve.

We are conveniently located a quick car ride to downtown Princeton, a 45-minute SEPTA ride to Philly’s Center City, and a hop on the NJ Transit Express to New York City.

We are Trenton and we are proud of it!

You are committed and you are determined. You understand that to actualize education reform in a revitalizing city is hard, hard work - no getting around it. But you are ready, hungry, and already rolling-up your sleeves as you read the rest of this post...

We seek a highly committed and talented School Social Worker to be part of our Home Office Team.

The School Social Worker provides a full range of school social work services to children grades K-12 at Foundation Academies. Duties include screening and assessment, individual and group counseling, completing Functional Behavior Assessments, working with outside agencies as appropriate, or other duties as assigned by manager. The School Social Worker will be an integral member of the Child Study Team to determine students' eligibility for special education services, coordinate appropriate programming, and recommend strategies and supports for educational, academic, and behavioral needs.


  • Determine individual and group services for children according to the services outlined in their IEP or 504 plan that emphasize improved educational performance and/or conduct.

  • Screen and evaluate children referred for special education services, including selecting appropriate instruments, administering assessments, conducting classroom observations, and writing reports which state the evaluation findings and provide for educational program recommendations.

  • Participate as a member of the Child Study Team, contributing evaluation findings and collaborating with all members of the team to develop high quality educational plans

  • Collaborating with school special education and general education staff around special education programming, Child Study Team Meetings, and student progress for students with IEPs.

  • Consult with parents, teachers, and other staff regarding any accommodations/modifications, behavior intervention, and support plans as needed for a specific child.

  • Maintain appropriate data on students, including present levels of performance and intervention strategies.

  • Establish and manage necessary caseloads (school social worker should case manage half of K-12 caseload) and work with schools, staff and parents to schedule and prepare for identification, annual review, and tri-annual review meetings.

  • Submit records, reports, and assignments promptly and efficiently, maintaining 100% compliance status.

  • Manage, conduct, and support special and general education teachers with the completion and implementation of Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Support Plans.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by principal/manager.about student progress

We work hard, but thankfully have fun doing it! Here are just some of the benefits we offer:

  • Competitive starting salary with merit-based pay increases annually

  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans

  • Tax deferred 403b retirement account with 25% matching up to a certain amount

  • Independent, conflict-free, financial consulting through Holberg Financial

  • Smartphone and fully paid wireless plan through Verizon

  • Work laptop

  • Making a positive impact in the lives of some pretty awesome kids

  • Strong organizational abilities

  • Experience working with children with challenging behaviors

  • Knowledge of a variety of behavior intervention strategies and how to implement them in the classroom

  • Master's in Social Work - MSW (required)

  • Ability to manage caseload and maintain compliance with federal and state special education laws (required)

  • Knowledge of NJ Special Education Code (required)

  • Ability to provide model of a completed Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan (required)

  • LSW/LCSW (preferred)

  • Training in Play Therapy (preferred)

  • Training in Social Thinking Curriculum (preferred)

  • Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (preferred)

  • Demonstrated success in raising the social/emotional levels of traditionally under-served students (preferred)

  • Semifinalist candidates will be required to provide unofficial transcripts, evidence of certification/eligibility, and 3 professional references.

  • Hired candidates are responsible for the following: official transcripts, criminal clearance (fingerprinting), and medical clearance (TB/Mantoux testing).

External Company Name: Foundation Academy

External Company URL:

Street: 363 West State Street