Social Worker Iii

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Contra Costa County, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $81,030.24 - $98,492.76 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position
Bargaining Unit: Local 1021 - Social Services Rank & File Unit

Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you want to make a difference in people's lives? Come join a team committed to helping individuals and families live their best lives! The Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) is recruiting to fill Social Worker III vacancies within Aging and Adult Services, Children and Family Services, and Whole Person Care CommunityConnect. Responsibilities may include assessing an individual's or family's problems which involve abuse or neglect, developing case plans to preserve adequate functioning, or improve individual or family functioning, and may include preparing and submitting written court reports and recommendations, and may carry out the orders of the court.

If assigned to the Children & Family Services Bureau, you will work in one of the following areas, including but not limited to; Abuse/Neglect Investigations, Case Management, Juvenile Court, Out-of-Home Placements, Family Reunification/Maintenance, Independent Living Program, Foster Home Licensing and Adoptions. If assigned to Adult Protective Services, you will be responsible for investigating and mitigating abuse and neglect of elderly and dependent adults. If assigned to Whole Person Care CommunityConnect, you will be responsible for providing case management and care coordination for enrolled clients served by the County Health Care System.

A bilingual differential is available for positions and incumbents designated as bilingual and meet the qualifications. Applicants interested in the Social Worker II recruitment must complete and submit a separate application for Social Worker II.

Contra Costa County offers a wide range of competitive benefit options to meet the needs of our diverse workforce and their families. For general county benefits information, visit our Benefits page at: CCC Employee Benefits.

Are you curious about a day in the life of a Social Worker? Check out a couple of the Social Worker profile videos!
Adult Protective Services

We are looking for someone who has:
  • Knowledge and ability to learn and apply complex laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to clients
  • Strong analytical, organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills when working with diverse clients of various ages, socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, and mental and/or physical capabilities
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with other professionals in order to meet the needs of a shared client
  • Great communication skills
  • Tech-savvy skills and ability to learn and use specialized software programs

    A few reasons you might love the job:
  • Opportunity to compassionately support children, elders/dependent adults, and families
  • It's more than a desk job! Travel throughout the beautiful East Bay and neighboring counties to meet with clients and community partners
  • Work and network with dedicated professionals who share the same passion for public service
  • Career growth and upward mobility within the department
  • Supportive and respectful working environment that values work-life balance

    A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • Fast-paced environment
  • Meeting mandated deadlines (such as court)
  • Identifying ways to navigate limited resources and services while still meeting clients' identified goals and needs
  • Keeping up with many changing State mandates and policies

To read the complete job description, please visit the website,

The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.

Tentative Written Exams:
  • August 2020 (For applications received 5/4/20 - 8/9/20)
  • December 2020 (For applications received 8/10/20 - 11/15/20)

Typical Tasks
Note: Incumbents assigned to Children's Protective Services or Adult Protective Services positions may be required to:
  • Interprets and applies complex laws, rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to child welfare and adult protective services
    Investigates complaints and makes psychosocial assessments of families and individuals, consults with and refers clients to appropriate resources, if needed
  • Identifies immediate and potential risk of abuse and negligence of children and/or adults residing in non-institutional community care settings
  • Provides intensive casework services in children's or adult protective services programs while in the home or in placement
  • Conducts interviews, visits with clients in their homes and in other non-office settings
  • Develops, prepares and implements treatment service plans, and provides case management services
  • Completes and gathers necessary records and reports
  • Prepares appropriate case files, legal and casework documentation including the recording of relevant information
  • Responds to emergency requests during regular work hours or at other times assigned, and provides emergency services via on the telephone or onsite of crisis scene which may be a hospital, home or police department
  • Appears in court for hearings as required, or is on stand-by when necessary
  • Determines the need for court hearings, schedules and notifies appropriate parties
  • Prepares and submits written court reports/memos with recommendations for the court and carries out court ordered actions
  • Files of petitions, submission court reports, and other actions, as needed
  • Confers County Counsel regarding petitions, reports, hearings and other litigation
  • Maintains accurate and specific case records and logs in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, documenting
  • Maintains liaison activities with police jurisdictions, schools and hospitals
  • Makes presentations, provides education and outreach to community groups
  • Prepares relevant correspondence
Adult Protective Services assignment: In addition to the typical tasks above, incumbents in this assignment may perform all or part of the following as well:
  • Cross reports to law enforcement and other legal and regulatory entities
  • Coordinates and collaborates with the District Attorney's and County Counsel's offices, as needed
  • Collaborates with California State Community Care Licensing Division
    of local ombudsman on Residential Facility closure(s)
  • Performs related investigative and complex activities involving the health and safety of older adults and disabled adults
Children's Protective Services assignment: In addition to the typical tasks above, incumbents in this assignment may perform all or part of the following as well:
  • Prepares and submits notifications, petitions, court reports, court memos and other Court documents for required Juvenile court hearings and procedures
  • Prepares, testifies and carries out orders administered by the Juvenile Court on behalf of the agency
  • Secures, visits and monitors out-of-home placements in/out of county for youth and young adults
  • Assists teens and young adults in progressing toward independence and self-sufficiency
  • Provides highly skilled case management services for children and families involved in CFS, including, but not limited to, substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual abuse issues

Minimum Qualifications
License Required: Possession of a Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of State valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License will be accepted during the application process.

Education: Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social work, sociology counseling or psychology, with a specialization in marriage, family and children or in a major within the social/human services field.

Experience: Two (2) years of full-time or its equivalent experience as a social caseworker in a public or private human services agency. One year must have been after completion of the Master's degree.

Substitution: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in psychology, sociology, social welfare or a closely related field and four (4) years of full-time or its equivalent experience as a social caseworker in a public or private human services agency, two (2) years of which must have included experience in any of the following areas: adoptions, foster home and institutional placement, adult or children's protective services, conservatorship of individuals incapable of self care may be substituted for the required education and experience.
Selection Process
  1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.
  2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
  3. Written Examination: May include multiple-choice questions, writing proficiency test, and scenario based competency/behavioral questions. Test items may consist of the following assessment categories: Assessment, Interpersonal, Interpreting Policies and Procedure,Investigative,Psycho-Social, andWritten Communication.(Weighted 100%).

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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