SOCIAL WORKER V

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Jun 28, 2019
Full Time Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $61,068.80 - $77,979.20 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position
This recruitment is being conducted to fill vacancies for theStanislaus County Community Services Agency(CSA)and establish an eligible list to fill future full-timevacancies. While this is a continuous recruitment, we encourage you to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time.

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ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Stanislaus County Community Services Agency (CSA) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community. With over 1,083 staff in seven locations, serving over 120,000 citizens each year, we are the largest social service organization in Stanislaus County. CSA offers services in: Adoptions; Child Protective Services; Foster Connections; Medi-Cal; Adult Protective Services; Child Care; CalFresh; General Assistance/Relief; CalWorks; Foster Care; In Home Supportive Services; and Welfare to Work.

ABOUT THE POSITION

SOCIAL WORKER IV TRAINEE


This is a training level in the Social Worker series. Incumbents perform professional casework in less complicated areas of social services. The casework requires the application of a moderate level of social services, expertise and techniques. Casework is in areas of child protective services. Incumbents at this level will receive necessary training and supervision. Note: Social Worker IV Trainees will earn 15% less than the first step of the Social Worker IV series.

ABOUT THE TRAINEE DESIGNATION
  • Trainees are part of the unclassified service of the County;
  • All trainees will be appointed to the first step of the salary range for the appropriate position, and will be compensated 15% below the range established for the Social Worker IV classification involved;
  • Trainee appointments are not to last longer than one year. However, appointments are extendible to a maximum of two years in cases where minimum qualifications are involved; and
  • Upon completion of the training period and the acquisition of minimum qualifications, the individual may be upgraded to a probationary appointment at step 1 of the Social Worker IV salary range. (An approximate 15% increase in salary).
SOCIAL WORKER IV

This is the next to highest level in the Social Worker series. Incumbents perform professional casework of an advanced nature in the most difficult social service areas. The casework requires the application of high level and sophisticated social services, expertise and techniques. Casework is in areas such as adoptions and child protective services. Incumbents at this level are expected to work independently without intensive supervision.

SOCIAL WORKER V

This is a full journey level in the Social Worker series. Incumbents in this class independently perform difficult professional casework that require the application of sophisticated social services expertise and techniques. Assignments are typically in the complex social service program areas such as adoptions, court liaison, family reunification, early placement, emergency intake/response, family maintenance, and permanent placement. Incumbents at this level work under direction, choosing from a wide range of procedures to achieve objectives. This position is subject to overtime, standby, and callback assignments. Performs related duties as assigned.
Typical Tasks
SOCIAL WORKER IV TRAINEE
  • Investigates child neglect reports from the community;
  • Provides information and referral for services;
  • May be required to utilize own vehicle as the need warrants;
  • Investigates child neglect referrals;
  • Makes investigations for Juvenile Court dependency actions;
  • Writes court reports and makes presentations and recommendations to the Juvenile Court;
  • Provides initial intake, crisis intervention and counseling services to children and their parents;
  • Provides group orientation to families interested in obtaining County licenses for foster family care;
  • Provides services to children in out-of-home care and to their parents;
  • Provides home based services to abused/neglected children and their families;
  • Selects suitable out-of-home care placements and supervises the children in these placements;
  • Participates on community task forces and committees, and carries out other duties as directed;
  • Understand the principles/philosophies of Team Decision Meetings and Family Engagement Meetings, be expected to refer cases and participate in the process;
  • Have a working knowledge and be able to utilize CWS/CMS computer system; and
  • Participate and complete Institute and Academy training courses.
SOCIAL WORKER IV
  • Receive and screen reports of child/adult abuse or neglect from the community for degree of urgency;
  • Provide information and referral for services;
  • Provide 24-hour protective services as back-up to the assigned after-hours social worker in child welfare;
  • Serve as after-hours social worker, on a rotation basis;
  • Investigate child abuse or neglect referrals;
  • Investigate for Juvenile Court dependency actions;
  • Write court reports and make presentations and recommendations to the Juvenile Court;
  • Provide initial intake, crisis intervention and counseling services to children and their parents;
  • Provide group orientation to families interested in obtaining County licenses for foster family care;
  • Provide services to children in out-of-home care and to their parents;
  • Provide intensive home based services to abused/neglected children and their families;
  • Select suitable out-of-home care placements and supervises the children in these placements;
  • Provide services and transitional planning to foster youth in out-of-home care;
  • Provide safety and risk assessments throughout the life of a case;
  • Participate on community task forces and committees;
  • Act as a lead worker, when necessary;
  • Assess prospective adoptive parents suitability for adoption;
  • Possess a working knowledge and ability to utilize CWS/CMS computer system; and
  • Participate and complete Institute and Academy training courses.
SOCIAL WORKER V
  • Provides emergency response intake services in order to receive and screen reports of child neglect and/or abuse from the community and determine the degree of urgency and type of follow up needed;
  • Serves as the after-hours emergency response worker in child welfare on a rotational basis;
  • Investigates child abuse or neglect referrals; when in the field, requests law enforcement, mental health, ambulance and/or other emergency services as needed for the immediate safety and protection of children; consults with a supervisor as needed regarding the removal of a child from the home;
  • Investigates referrals of alleged sexual abuse of children; orders forensic testing;
  • Provides initial intake, crisis intervention and counseling services to children and non-minor dependent youth in shelters and similar types of out-of-home care, as well as to their families;
  • Prepares petitions and positions statements for juvenile court hearings; acts as the court officer by representing child welfare services and providing case management with regard to early family reunification court processes; performs investigations for Juvenile Court dependency actions; writes court reports and makes presentations and recommendations to the Juvenile Court;
  • Makes and coordinates out-of-home placements for children and/or non-minor dependent youth; gathers school, medical and other information to support out-of-home placements; contacts relatives; investigates backgrounds/criminal histories of potential placements and assesses the home environment; recommends approval/denial of placements;
  • Selects suitable out-of-home care placements and supervises the children/youth in these placements;
  • Provides crisis intervention and counseling services to children, youth and their parents;
  • Provides social casework services to children and youth in out-of-home care and to their parents; arranges and supervises visitations;
  • Provides intensive home based services to families a high risk of having a child removed;
  • Monitors and reports on progress on court-ordered requirements;
  • Serves as the primary caseworker for a caseload of children at various stages in the adoption process;
  • Conducts studies of potential adoptive homes;
  • Assesses prospective adoptive parents' suitability for adoption;
  • Conducts periodic visits with adoptive families until the adoption is finalized;
  • Prepares court reports and recommendations pertaining to adoption status and finalization;
  • Provides case management to children and non-minor dependent youth who did not reunify with their parents, were not adopted, and who require permanent placement;
  • Participates on community task forces and committees;
  • May acts as a lead worker over a unit of Social Worker III/IV's;
  • Understands the principles/philosophies of Family Decision Meetings and refers cases and participates in the process;
  • Utilizes automated computer systems to maintain data and information; and
  • Participate and complete Institute and Academy training courses.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)
SOCIAL WORKER IV TRAINEE

SKILLS/ABILITY
  • Apply the principles of Social Worker practices related to working with children and their families;
  • Evaluate personal and psychological factors in the children and/or family situations;
  • Act effectively under stressful situations;
  • Provide specialized individual, family and group counseling;
  • Work effectively with professionals in other disciplines and at the same time maintain professional identity;
  • Express strong personal and professional ethics;
  • Respect and protect the rights of clients;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to children, their protection and their rights to permanent placement, preferably in their own homes;
  • Sit at a desk for extended amounts of time;
  • Lift, bend stoop and reach overhead; and
  • Push, pull, squat, twist and turn.
KNOWLEDGE
  • Social service research methods;
  • Child development;
  • The impact physical and mental health problems have on a personality development and functioning;
  • Group dynamics; and
  • Therapeutic intervention techniques.
EDUCATION
  • Be within one year of completing a Masters Degree in Social Work or a two-year Master Degree in Counseling. Applicant must attach proof of education to be considered.
Proof of education is required for verification purposes at the time of application. Applicants who are unable to submit proof must call 209-558-3532 to make other arrangements before 5 pm on the final filing date. Failure to submit proof or make other arrangements before the final filing deadline will result in disqualification.

LICENSE
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeatedpreventable accidents; AND
  • Employees may be required to use personal transportation during the performance of their duties; AND
  • Proof of liability insurance as required by the State of California.
SOCIAL WORKER IV

SKILLS/ABILITY
  • Apply the principles of Social Worker practices related to working with children and their families;
  • Evaluate personal and psychological factors in children and/or family situations;
  • Act effectively under stressful situations;
  • Provide specialized individual, family and group counseling;
  • Work effectively with professionals in other disciplines and at the same time maintain professional identity;
  • Express strong personal and professional ethics;
  • Respect and protect the rights of clients and;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to children, their protection and their rights to permanent placement, preferably in their own homes.
KNOWLEDGE
  • Social service research methods;
  • Child development;
  • The impact physical and mental health problems have on personality development and functioning;
  • Group dynamics; and
  • Therapeutic intervention techniques.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

PATTERN I
  • Possession of a Master's Degree in social work (MSW) or an approved two (2) year master's degree in counseling.
PATTERN II
  • Possession of a Master's Degree must be acquired within three(3) months of the application date for the position and prior to appointment.
Proof of education is required for verification purposes at the time of application. Applicants who are unable to submit proof must call 209-558-2330 to make other arrangements before 5 pm on the final filing date. Failure to submit proof or make other arrangements before the final filing deadline will result in disqualification.

LICENSE
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents; AND
  • Applicants who can provide own transportation, as use of personal vehicle may be required to perform job duties; AND
  • Proof of liability insurance as required by the State of California.
SOCIAL WORKER V

SKILLS/ABILITY
  • Apply the principles of Social Worker practices related to working with children and their families;
  • Evaluate personal and psychological factors in children and/or family situations;
  • Act effectively under stressful situations;
  • Provide specialized individual, family and group counseling;
  • Work effectively with professionals in other disciplines and at the same time maintain professional identity;
  • Express strong personal and professional ethics;
  • Respect and protect the rights of clients; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to children, their protection and their rights to permanent placement, preferably in their own homes.
KNOWLEDGE:
  • Social service research methods;
  • Socioeconomic conditions and trends;
  • Current issues in the field of child social welfare;
  • Social welfare programs at the Federal, State and local levels;
  • Child development;
  • The impact physical and mental health problems have on personality development and functioning;
  • Group dynamics; and
  • Therapeutic intervention techniques
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
  • Possession of a Master's Degree in social work (MSW) or an approved two (2) year master's degree in counseling; AND
  • Two (2) years of experience as a Social Worker IV in a Stanislaus County Child Welfare Program; OR
  • Two (2) years of social work casework experience in a public child welfare program area.
Proof of education is required for verification purposes at the time of application. Applicants who are unable to submit proof must call 209-558-3532 to make other arrangements before 5 pm on the final filing date. Failure to submit proof or make other arrangements before the final filing deadline will result in disqualification.

LICENSE
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents; AND
  • Applicants who can provide own transportation, as use of personal vehicle may be required to perform job duties; AND
  • Proof of liability insurance as required by the State of California.
In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screening will focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the "Duties" section of the online application.
  • Possession, or within one year, of a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) or an approved two (2) year (60 unit) Master's degree in Counseling.

Application and Selection Procedures
CLASSIFICATION INFORMATION

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to theTechnical Servicesbargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classification position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months for a total of eighteen months. The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s). Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES/FINAL FILING DATE

Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a complete application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.

TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS

Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Describe the special test arrangements you require in the "Additional Information" section of the application form.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening *if applicable and job-related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.
APPLICATION AND/OR EXAMINATION APPEAL RIGHTS

Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.

DISCLAIMER

Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this bulletin to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understandings, and such information prevails over information contained in this bulletin. Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Human Resources.

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at http://www.stancounty.com/riskmgmt/ under "Disability Management."


Closing Date/Time: Continuous