Social Worker/Psy (Bachelor Level) - CBF

Sunday, December 31, 2017
Clara B. Ford
Position Details: 

Clara B. Ford is looking for Bachelor level Social Worker or Psychologist.  Please apply at

CBF is a charter school located on Vista Maria's campus. The school provides educational services to those who are currently or who have been residents of Vista Maria. The academy is in its 7th year of a research project looking at how trauma impacts the brain and learning.(numerous articles have been published on our work.) All staff have had extensive trauma-informed teaching training and look at the underlying need of a child--it is a social worker's or psychologist’s  dream school! (look at or  )

CBF is a small (about 130 students); class size is small (15); there is a single service delivery system (not the typical divisions of special ed. vs general ed.). There is opportunity for creativity, community work, group, and individual sessions.

Primary Function:

To address students’ social, emotional and behavioral needs to help them achieve optimal academic and social-behavioral functioning, this will empower them to act as contributing adults. Further, to participate as an active member of a multidisciplinary evaluation team, and  Monarch Room Team to identify students’ strengths and limitations, while systematically ensuring that students’ are receiving a fair and appropriate education.


General Roles and Responsibilities:

Active member of Trauma Support Team (Monarch Room Team) to provide students with de-escalation techniques, counseling opportunities, facilitate group work.

Assist in identification of student’s strength and weaknesses and underlying need of displayed behaviors.

Designing and supporting individual Student Success Plans

Facilitating Restorative Justice techniques

Collect and analyze data.

Report writing.

Substitute in classrooms when unable to obtain substitutes.



Bachelor Degree in social work, psychology, or related field. Passion for at-risk students. Comfortable with Microsoft Office.  Awareness of trauma theories, adolescent develop, sensory integration techniques. Experience with adolescents extremely helpful.

Competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision BCBS plans with a low employee contribution. 3% Employer 401K Contribution. Life, ADD, STD, and LTD paid 100% by the employer!


"Working at CBF provides me with the unique opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of girls who have survived severe trauma in their lives. Teaching here is definitely challenging and unlike any other school I've worked at, but it is also the most rewarding position I've ever held." Ms Hay, ELA teacher

“I love working at CBF for a number of reasons. I love that I get to work with at-risk students and that class sizes are smaller to allow for more interaction with individual students and to ensure they get the support they need. I love the availability of paraprofessionals and TSTs (co-teachers) throughout the day. I also really enjoy the focus on ensuring students learn rather than testing scores. Most of all, I love my co-workers and the passion we all have for what we do, as well as the closeness we have as a group.” Ms Cady, Math

"We have an awesome staff!  We all care about each other and someone is always there to pick you up when your down.  It makes coming to work every day that much better when you love the people you work with.” Mr Williams, PE

I choose to work at Clara B. Ford because every day is an opportunity to help direct a student on a path to success. We work collectively not only on academics, but helping students learn skills that they will be able to transfer to the work force, college, or anything they choose to do once they leave our care. Working at CBF has a close family atmosphere which allows for many opportunities for collaboration and fun. All faculty members are given the opportunity to showcase strengths and have many leadership roles within in the building. Students and faculty are heavily supported academically and emotionally to enhance the learning atmosphere. Ms. Corsi, Assistant School Leader

“Working at CBF has given me the unique opportunity and privilege to support at-risk youth in their process towards adulthood and self-sufficiency. Education is essential for breaking the cycle of poverty and facilitating substantial change in the future and I am fortunate to be apart of the journey.” Ms. Rollins, SSW

We are looking for committed individuals who are passionate about impacting the lives of students that may have experienced a trauma-filled past. This is a position where you will be able to touch the lives of others and encourage students in their educational walk towards greatness. If you are interested in being part of our team at Clara B. Ford Academy, please visit 

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