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Social Worker – Watson Institute

The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time Social Worker to serve a partner school district and at Friendship Academy, a Watson Institute special education school for children with special needs ages 5 to 21. This position works Monday through Friday and follows the administrative calendar.

Job Benefits

At the Watson Institute, we invest in our employees personally and professionally. Check out a few of the employee benefits you’ll receive as a Watson employee:

  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurances as well as life and long-term disability and access to voluntary benefits. 
  • 403b Retirement Plan with Watson matching employee contributions after 1 year of employment. 
  • Access to Tuition Reimbursement to pursue further education and advanced degrees.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program access for employees who meet the forgiveness program requirements.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and flexible spending accounts.

Learn more about what it’s like to work at the Watson Institute!

Employment Type: Full-time


  • Provide direct clinical support to students and families (if appropriate) utilizing evidence-based treatments (cognitive behavioral treatment, family systems, Dialectical behavior, social skills, and program solving therapy)
  • Collaborate with education team and participate in IEP meetings as needed
  • Conduct individual/group therapy with assigned students as directed
  • Function as a liaison with community agencies and service system providers to facilitate continuity of student and family care
  • Evaluate student and family data, select appropriate intervention methods and implement programs in conjunction with multidisciplinary team based on an understanding of psychiatric symptomatology and family systems principles
  • Conduct meetings with the school team reviewing goals and progress and provide updates on family or community activity and progress
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Master’s Degree in Human Services field
  • Ten years or more of clinical experience in a psychiatric setting working with children and families diagnosed with a variety of psychiatric disorders
  • Experience working with secondary aged students with severe emotional challenges
  • Ability to work at both a school district and Friendship Academy, including during summer
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, act as a self-starter, and take iniative
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and written/oral communication skills
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others
  • Current Acts 34, 114, and 151 clearances