Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls: Head Social Worker

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 3 June, 2016
Opportunity type: 
Employment

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa is a residential boarding school with 300 students enrolled in Grades 8 - 12. The Academy teaches the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) in Grades 8 - 10. The Grade 12 students write the Independent Examination Board (I.E.B.) NSC Examination. 

Applications are invited for the following position:

POSITION:     Head Social Worker
DEPARTMENT:   Wellness
REPORTS TO:  Deputy Head: Dean of Students
LOCATION: Henley on Klip, Meyerton

PURPOSE OF POSITION
The Head Social Worker position involves the administration of social work services at the Academy, as well as the management of the social work department within the broader Academy context. This is a full-time position which will primarily entail field work where the social worker will be directly responsible for managing and administering all social work services at the Academy. This will include home visits and follow-up with social welfare and other services countrywide, as well as the administration and facilitation of community outreach programmes with OWLAG families.
 
The ideal candidate will be an outstanding professional social work practitioner who is highly motivated, innovative and passionate about raising the Academy’s clinical interventions. Extensive experience and interest in work with adolescent girls would be an advantage.

GENERAL QUALITIES
The Academy requires an outstanding and inspirational Head Social Worker to lead and manage within the Social Work department as part of the Wellness and the Academy team. The successful applicant should have clinical, managerial and leadership experience. The Academy seeks a dynamic innovator with the ability and determination to take the Social Work services forward to the highest levels through good teamwork and collaboration with members of staff and students.

JOB PROFILE 

Main Responsibilities 

  • Managing the Social Services department, staff, social work students and volunteers
  • Implementing systems and procedures to ensure the smooth running of the department
  • Providing training and professional development initiatives to the department staff
  • Providing regular reporting and feedback to management
  • Liaising with other Department Heads to ensure a holistic approach is taken to the physical and emotional development of  learners
  • In addition the position involves the following:
    • The support of all students with regard to their home circumstances which includes travelling countrywide to conduct home psychosocial assessments
    • Liaison with local Social Development and Child Welfare departments when necessary. This may include the facilitation of the legal removal of children or other legal interventions necessary  
    • The facilitation of community outreach programmes with OWLAG families
    • Conducting individual and group psychotherapy with students and keeping updated records which includes the writing of social work reports, the compilation of relevant ststistics and completing psychosocial forms

Management of Staff

  • Implementation of departmental performance management systems that monitors and appraises the performance of staff
  • Lead professional development through example and support e.g. coaching, attending conferences and seminars
  • Hold regular Social Work meetings to discuss departmental progress, interventions etc.

Leadership

  • Commit to cultural diversity, build inclusive communities and navigate diverse cultural and social conditions
  • Network with the greater South African community to create a psychosocial support system for students and their families
  • Strengthen the links between the Academy and the students’ families
  • Implement the Academy’s Strategic Plan

The Head Social Worker is expected to practice within her scope and be able to travel to all nine provinces to strengthen the Academy’s bond with student families.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • An appropriate degree in the field of social work.
  • Added advantages: a post graduate qualification; a proven track record of management and leadership; experience in a girls’ school environment; a minimum of three years of working at a senior level; experience in working with trauma and disadvantaged communities; an ability to speak a number of South African languages.

IDENTIFIED COMPETENCIES

Technical Competencies

  • High competence with technology

Personal Competencies

  • Good communication skills
  • Moral and intellectual integrity (ethics)
  • Patience
  • Humanity
  • Empathy
  • Compassion
  • Self-control and tolerant
  • Diplomacy
  • Initiative
  • Acceptance of diversity

Generic Competencies

  • High level of presentation skills
  • Very strong planning and organizing skills
  • Ability to handle pressure and deal with deadlines

THE ACADEMY VALUES

  • Respect
  • Innovation
  • Service
  • Diversity
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Compassion

Applications for the post close on Friday 3 June 2016. Applicant must be registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professions, submit a CV, a letter of motivation, and the names of three contactable referees via email to: recruitment@owla.co.za
 
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls is a member of ISASA and an equal opportunity employer. Only suitably qualified applicants will be considered.  The Academy reserves the right not to fill any one of these positions. 

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