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Middle School Social Worker - SEL

Downtown Middle School

About Us:

Prospect Schools is a high performing, intentionally diverse, K-12 college preparatory charter network with seven schools in Brooklyn. We have set a vision to become, by 2025, the leading network of intentionally diverse schools where students and educators can work, learn, and thrive. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.

Our experienced team of leaders and educators works hard every day to prepare a diverse student body to have a positive impact on society and develop a lifelong passion for learning. We are committed to offering a rigorous educational experience to all of our students regardless of background, familial income, or geography, because we believe all children have the right to a high quality education. The strong relationships across our communities allows us to push our mission forward each day for more than 2,100 students.


Our Core Values are:

  • Curiosity: Develop sound judgment and intellect by asking questions confidently and thinking critically

  • Care: Support others by grounding every action in empathy while championing equity and inclusion in our work

  • Persistence: Grow and learn by solving problems with determination, creativity and tenacity

  • Passion: Succeed by approaching challenges with excitement, enthusiasm and self assurance

About the Role:

Prospect Schools is seeking an organized, self-starter, flexible, and mission-driven Social Worker to join us in support of our growing network of schools. The ideal candidate is fully dedicated to the mission of Prospect Schools and to supporting the success of our students and families. This person will report directly to the Director of Student Supports (in Elementary and Middle School) or the Director of Student Affairs (in High School) and be responsible for creating and implementing advisory lessons, leading restorative justice interventions, and providing comprehensive support to students. This role is integral to fostering a positive school culture and enhancing the social-emotional well-being of our students.


Advisory & Socio-Emotional Development

  • Design and support grade-level programming and advisory curriculum aimed at the development of all students and staff’s’ socio-emotional competencies

  • Assess and identify high-risk students and provide supportive individual and group counseling, and/or referral to additional services as needed 

  • Serve as the Primary resource for advisors and staff in building SEL skills in response  to students’ emotional and developmental needs

  • Develop and lead PD cycle on circle practices, SEL,conflict resolution and building relationships, to name a few..

  • Lead short term counseling groups based on student needs as identified by the school community. 

Restorative Justice 

  • Lead restorative justice interventions to address conflicts and behavioral issues within the school community.

  • Facilitate restorative circles, conferences, and other restorative practices to promote healing and accountability.

  • Provide training and support to staff and students on restorative justice principles and practices.

  • Maintain detailed records of restorative justice interventions and outcomes to track progress and impact.

  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of restorative justice interventions and adjust strategies as needed.

Data Driven  

  • Attend and collaborate with MTSS Team to develop behavior plans and response to interventions  as needed

  • Utilize Behavior management system data (Deanslist) to inform interventions and schoolwide culture initiatives.  

  • Collect and analyze data related to student behavior, social-emotional development, and the impact of interventions.

  • Monitor, evaluate and observe the effectiveness of socio-emotional programming in advisory through a feedback cycle protocol 

  • Ensure that all counseling notes are tracked and entered within 48 hours for individual and group counseling and immediately for crisis evaluations.  

  • Prepare reports and presentations on the effectiveness of social-emotional programs and interventions.

Student Culture

  • Collaborate with other Social workers and facilitate family workshops based on the need of the school

  • Collaborate with the lead social worker to ensure alignment in SEL interventions with school culture protocols. 

  • Model how to build strong, mutually respectful relationships with students and families and support teachers to do the same

  • Support in school-wide systems such as Arrival, Lunch, and Dismissal with an eye for student safety and inclusiveness

  • Provide individual and group counseling to students to address emotional, social, and behavioral issues.

  • Develop and implement intervention plans for students in need of additional support.

  • Work closely with teachers, parents, and administrators to monitor and support student progress.

  • Assist in crisis intervention and provide appropriate referrals to external resources when necessary.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Masters Degree in Social Work required

  • At least 2 years of social work/counseling experience, preferably in a school environment

  • Exceptionally strong organizational skills, with a keen attention to detail

  • Adept at collaborating and building community with others

  • Prior experience with advisory cohorts/curriculum 

The critical features of this job are described above; they may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.



  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Paid Time Off (PTO) or Paid Sick Time (PST) based on date of hire and hours worked per week

  • ~5-6 weeks of prescribed summer vacation (depending on the calendar), as well as regular school breaks and holidays during the school year 

  • 401(K) and Roth IRA with a 4% employer match with a 3-year vesting schedule

  • Flexible spending accounts, including Transit Commuter Options, Health Care FSA and Dependent Care FSA options

  • Ancillary insurance, including Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, and Short-Term & Long-Term Disability Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Program with free expert support services to assist with a variety of life issues, from family care to mental health services




Employees at Prospect Schools are provided with a competitive salary. Our salaries are set through a lens of equity, and based on an individual’s skills, education, and years of experience relevant to the role. The salary range for this role is from $60,000-$85,546.