Child Protective Services Worker I

  • Napa County
  • Napa, CA, USA
  • Mar 18, 2017
Full Time Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $34.58 - $41.41 Hourly

Summary

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The Napa Valley
- Internationally known for its fine wines exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.

Job Description

The Child Protective Services Worker I class is the entry into the professional Child Protective Services Worker series and is designed to develop the professional skills of persons with a Master's in Social Work, but who have minimal social work experience. Employees at this level perform casework requiring a higher-level expertise and knowledge of social service techniques.

This eligibility list generated from this recruitment will be used to fill full-time permanent, part-time permanent, limited term, and extra help vacancies for up to twelve months.

The Recruitment Process:

1. Candidates will be screened for minimum qualifications during the week of April 10, 2017.

2. Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental questions scored by Subject Matter Experts the week of April 17, 2017. Only the most qualified from the scoring of supplemental questions will be invited to the Oral Panel Interviews.

3. Oral Panel Interviews will tentatively take place the week of May 1, 2017.
Human Resources will notify you via email to invite you to self-schedule yourself for an interview.

4. Only the most qualified candidates from the scoring of the supplemental questions and Oral Panel Interviews will be placed on the eligibility list and referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Human Resources reserves the right to make changes to the recruitment process and schedule at any time.

Special Instructions

Mon. 04/10/17 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Additional Information

The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,400 employees.
As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.

Job Requirements

Investigate and assess alleged child abuse/neglect complaints, often under time constraints and stressful conditions; visit clients in their residence to assess suitability of living conditions and capabilities of parents and/or caretakers; evaluate the presence and level of risk to the client; make decisions to remove the client from unsuitable living conditions, according to legal guidelines and restrictions; prepare extensive court reports and associated legal documents; testify in court; assist attorneys in the preparation of court actions; coordinate service of subpoenas; respond to inquiries regarding court actions; transport children to protective facilities, appearances in court, scheduled appointments or visitation, and for other authorized purposes; evaluate compliance with court orders; evaluate the suitability of adoption placements; administer and process court-ordered drug tests; interpret policies, rules, and regulations to clients, applicants, and other involved parties; prepare and maintain case records and reports in addition to answering correspondences; participate in staff development programs to increase technical competence; participate in community planning for the protection and care of children, and to identify potentially harmful influences to children; and perform other job-related duties as required.
Typical Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE OF:

Basic principles and techniques of interviewing and recording in social casework.

Laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of the public welfare agency.

Community organizations and the social problems calling for the use of public and private community resources.

Basic principles involved in the nature, growth, and development of personality and in-group processes.

Local socioeconomic conditions, current problems, and methodologies in the field of public social service.

Social service research methods.

Physiological and psychological influences on personality.

ABILITY TO:

Operate a motor vehicle in order to transport clients.

Perform a variety of social casework functions, including the investigation, supervision, placement, and care of dependent children, children in foster homes, or other child welfare cases through routine or emergency referrals.

Analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action, often under stressful conditions.

Apply existing laws, rules, and regulations to welfare department operations.

Interview, record, and analyze cases.

Create, process, and complete necessary case records and reports manually and electronically, within mandated time frames, to meet federal audit requirements and outcome performance objectives.

Work constructively within a community setting and effectively use appropriate resources and services.

Apply the principles of child psychology and family relationships.

Evaluate personal and psychological factors in the child and/or family's situation.

Develop and implement short and long-term treatment/service plans.

Provide case management services.

Coordinate activities with law enforcement, legal authorities, and court systems.

Act as an advocate on behalf of the client in situations where the client is unable to act on their own behalf.

Provide information and referrals to other services available from government agencies and community-based organizations.

Provide casework consultations to staff members without advanced training.

Work collaboratively with staff from other related governmental programs, community-based organizations, schools, and/or the courts.

Act as a lead worker in the respective team or unit.

Employ effective communication and interpersonal skills.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Experience:
No previous work experience is required at the Social Worker I level.

Education:
Possession of a Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, or a closely related field, from an accredited college or university.
License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid California driver's license.

ADA Accommodation
Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.