The New America School (NAS) provides a rigorous education in English and the academic disciplines. The curriculum is built around the experiences, needs, and aspirations of the students, and is dedicated to leadership, academic excellence and community service.


Aurora Campus

High School Social Worker/Lead Substance Abuse Prevention Staff

Primary Purpose. Provide specialized Social Work services to students at-risk for alcohol and drug abuse, as well as the general student population. Coordinate the substance abuse prevention programming for the school.

Position Summary.  This position is intended to provide general social work services to the general student populations of the New America School- -Lowry student body and to facilitate better screening, education, and referral care coordination for New America School students with substance abuse and other behavioral health needs; provide training and resources for New America School staff on the implementation of evidence-based programming on substance abuse prevention education; and connect New America School students who are at risk for substance abuse with services that are provided by community-based organizations for treatment and counseling.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Management

Under the general supervision of the school principal and working cooperatively with health and guidance staff:

  • Oversee the planning, development and provision of alcohol and substance abuse prevention activities in the school
  • Oversee the planning, development and provision of alcohol and substance abuse prevention education in the school
  • Arrange, coordinate and when appropriate lead professional development training on the implementation of effective alcohol and substance abuse prevention strategies and programs
  • Provide staff development training on early identification of student substance abuse involvement
  • Develop and coordinate a continuing needs assessment and evaluation of drug abuse prevention services and interventions and make recommendations based on findings
  • Maintain appropriate school records and provide written reports and communications


  • Access and work closely with community agencies to identify alcohol and drug prevention resources for student and parents
  • Establish referral network/linages with outside agencies for both students and parents
  • Serve as a source of information regarding community resources
  • Serve as substance abuse prevention liaison between the student, school, home and community resources
  • Make referral to public or private agencies with appropriate follow-up
  • Develop system for tracking and follow-up of all referrals made in and out of school

Counseling and Intervention

  • Provide general Social Work services to the NAS- Lowry student body
  • Consult with teachers and relevant staff concerning student referrals, drug abuse prevention and identification of students at risk
  • Develop system for and conduct substance abuse assessments and/or screenings
  • Provide individual and group substance abuse prevention counseling to students and parents
  • Participate in case conferences involving cooperation with other pupil personnel workers, school personnel and community agencies
  • Be available for crisis intervention social work as need arises or arrange for such coverage by emergency social services

Other duties as assigned



  • Possession of a valid Colorado credential authorizing pupil personnel services as a school social worker (secondary)
  • Possession of a Master’s degree in counseling or social work or related field such as Psychology
  • Three (3) years counseling experience in a school setting


  • Bilingual – Spanish/English
  • Certified Addition Counselor

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Leadership skills in working with individuals and groups (i.e. initiating individual or group discussion, listening, clarifying and facilitating interactions and sharing of ideas)
  • Experience providing case management, facilitating support groups, and individual and group counseling in a school setting
  • Experience collaborating with community-based organizations and other city agencies
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Social work case reporting and writing skills

Directly Responsible To:  School Principal

Salary:  Depending on Experience:  Starting $43,000 Annual Salary

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Please contact Angel Soto at resumes@newamericaschool.org for additional information regarding New America School employment.

The New America School is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity in any term, condition or privilege of employment. The New America School does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other status protected by state or local law.