Social Caseworker I

SOCIAL CASEWORKER I

Deadline to Apply:      Sunday, October 30th, 2022 11:59 p.m.

Department:                DHS

Salary Range:              $19.23-$24.04/hour

FLSA Status:               Non-Exempt

Status:                         Full-Time

Benefit Status:             Eligible for benefits

POSITION SUMMARY

Performs various functions at a professional training level related to managing assigned cases, including: reviewing police reports and other documents to identify risk factors; conducting investigations; developing service plans and goals; interviewing clients and evaluating needs; conducting counseling and therapy; referring clients to appropriate agencies; providing crisis intervention; assisting in the removal and placement of children; conducting field visits to assess needs and make recommendations; and preparing case and court reports, forms and other documents. Incumbent is required to be on-call, 24 hours/day, seven days/week as scheduled.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited four‑year college or university in one of the behavioral science fields.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid Colorado driver's license

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)

  • All work is assigned, planned, and devised to develop and teach professional social casework techniques.  All functions are either closely supervised or performed jointly with experienced staff until mastery of each individual job function is achieved.)
  • The complexity of work is significantly restricted in scope.  The incumbent is assigned very limited aspects of the overall cases while learning regulations, laws, and procedures and developing knowledge of casework techniques and methodology.  Guidelines used are directly applicable to the assignments.  Only the most routine case management decisions are made without supervisory review.
  • All critical decisions are made by the supervisor.  Close, detailed supervision is provided before and during the course of work.  Incumbent keeps supervisor informed of the progress of each case. 
  • Manages assigned cases, including: investigating allegations of abuse and/or neglect of children or at‑risk adults; assisting in removing and placing child welfare clients; conducting home visits, assessing conditions and determining safety; developing service plans and goals; determining eligibility for services; making referrals to appropriate agency(s); providing crisis intervention; corresponding and collaborating with various agencies; remaining on‑call, as scheduled, to respond to client needs; and preparing and submitting reports and related correspondence/documents and maintaining files.

  • Provides counseling, therapeutic intervention, parenting skills, mentoring, protective daycare and other services/classes to aid in keeping children in their own homes; returns children to their homes or makes other arrangements for their care.
  • Secures client medical, physical, psychological and psychiatric records; evaluates information and makes recommendations and referrals; evaluates client capacities, makes referrals and monitors use of resources.
  • Monitors the progress of children in placement; assesses and determines appropriateness of return home; supervises visits with parents.
  • Petitions the court for order of treatment; testifies in court; makes recommendations.
  • Maintains records, progress notes, statistics and other correspondence related to work processes; develops and writes recommendations.
  • Enters information into a computer terminal or otherwise prepares, routine and non‑routine reports utilizing a variety of software; receives, sorts, and summarizes material for the preparation of reports; prepares work reports; relays and interprets administrative decisions, policies and instructions.
  • Receives requests for assistance, complaints, suggestions, etc., and handles or refers requests to appropriate staff members.
  • Serves as a liaison and/or member of various committees/teams and collaborates, persuades, presents reports to and negotiates/networks with others outside awn work area to coordinate efforts and maintain cooperative and efficient relations; attends and makes presentations at community forums and task force meetings.

IMPORTANT JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Recruits and evaluates new foster homes.
  • Coordinates inter‑county and interstate placements.
  • Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications; makes presentations at workshops.
  • Follows up on inquiries from various agencies/groups regarding department programs and services.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Moffat County is an Equal Opportunity Employer:
Females/Minority/Veterans/Disabled/ Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Questions?  Contact Human Resources at (970) 824-9195.

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