School Social Worker

Health Leadership High School

About the organization

Health Leadership High School approaches education through an innovative approach that aims to address the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds. Utilizing a Positive Youth Development approach, and seeking to support students through the lens of restorative justice, students participate in project based learning to make an impact in their lives and the community.

This radical approach allows for us to utilize lenses and approaches not found in traditional education. By viewing conflict as learning opportunities, and collaboration as a strength, Health Leadership is part of a network of schools that changes the way we approach education.

Health Leadership High School is a public school dedicated to hands-on, project-based learning through the lens of the health profession. Curriculum is designed around industry-focused projects, group learning, and student support.


At Health Leadership High School we focus on supporting students. 360-degree support is a priority of our educational program.

Our Student Supports are guided by these underlying philosophies:

Positive Youth Development
Support from graduation through transitioning to adulthood
High expectations require high levels of support (social/emotional/academic/health)

Below are some key components to the Student Supports provided at Health Leadership.
The Support Team Goals:

Supporting Special Education Students
Supporting English Language Learners
Supporting staff as Advisors and Teachers to create positive relationships with students and families
Supporting Positive Youth Development practice
School Culture
Collaborating with community supports for students and families
Supporting individual students
Collaborating with Families to support their child
Facilitating Advisory curriculum as needed
Assisting in disciplinary issues and proactive practices to eliminate disciplinary issues
Providing support during family meetings
Peer Mediation and Social Justice
Running Groups addressing student needs
Co-facilitates advisories as needed


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 with the flexibility and willingness to work at least five evenings a month in our re-engagement program (night school) plus additional hours when necessary for periodic evening school functions
Must be comfortable with completing home visits as needed in various parts of Albuquerque, including home visits after normal school hours
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 oreligible 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 with at-risk youth that have experienced complex trauma, grief and loss
Experience working in a secondary educational setting, preferably as a school social worker


$40,000 to $67,000 a year

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