Permanency Services - Social Worker - Tiered Sign On Bonus Up To $5,000

  • Wake Forest, North Carolina
  • Apr 03, 2024
Human and Social Services
  • Salary: 28.40 - 38.34 Commensurate with Experience USD
  • Salary Top: 38 USD

Job Description

What You'll Be Doing

Wake County Child Welfare has over 400 children receiving foster care services, with over 175 children in foster care (in the legal custody or placement responsibility of Human Services) with a plan of adoption.

We are currently seeking a Human Services Permanency Services - Social Worker to join our team and start making a difference in the lives of children in need. We are seeking to hire multiple candidates in multiple work locations throughout the county.

The Permanency Services Social Worker plans, delivers, and coordinates services for children and families through the following tasks:

  • Gathers and reviews information to develop comprehensive family assessments
  • Schedules and facilitates Child and Family Team meetings and Permanency Planning Review meetings
  • Develops family case plans jointly with families, incorporating families’ strengths and needs
  • Prepares referrals to services needed by children and caregivers
  • Ensures all team members (including guardian ad litems, mental health therapists, placement providers, and other service providers) have the information needed to initiate services
  • Facilitates introductory meetings between parents and foster parents
  • Participates in concurrent planning and activities in support of children achieving permanency in a safe and timely manner
  • Maintains ongoing communication with and assessment of children and their caregivers to ensure safety, wellbeing, and delivery of needed services through the following tasks: conducts regular visits with children, parents, and other caretakers to assess safety, strengths, and needs; coordinates and supervises visits between children and parents; completes required child and family assessments and respective assessment tools; and maintains regular communication with service providers and family supports to determine safety, wellbeing, and family plan progress
  • Completes administrative tasks and documentation by the following tasks: participates in supervision and required meetings and serves on committees as requested; completes day sheets, time sheets, mileage reports, tracking forms, and other required forms; and prepares and maintains timely documentation of all services as outlined in established documentation guidelines
  • Participates in court actions through the preparation and delivery of court reports and testimony at multiple hearings including adjudications, permanency planning hearings, and termination of parental rights

Positions open in multiple locations

About Our Team

Wake County Health and Human Services (WCHHS) is the consolidation of programs and services that include social services, public health, job search assistance, child support, and transportation. Our mission, in partnership with the community, is to facilitate full access to high quality and effective health and human services for Wake County residents. In addition to our numerous standard programs, Wake County Health and Human Services (WCHHS) is engaged in a number of special initiatives that are impacting services and programs throughout our entire agency. Whether legislated down from the changing regulations on the Federal or State level or bubbling up from the entrepreneurial spirit of our staff, you can always look forward to Wake County Health and Human Services implementing new and exciting enhancements to our services and programs.

The Basics (Required Education and Experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work or related field
  • Three years of job-related experience
  • Completion of the NC Child Welfare Education Collaborative (CWEC) traineeship can be substituted for 1 year of experience
  • Valid Driver's License and "safe" driving record
  • Equivalent education and experience are accepted
  • Please include ALL prior work experience on your application and resume.

Beyond the Basics (Preferred Education and Experience)

  • Current NC Child Welfare Pre-Service Training
  • Public child welfare experience in a Dept. of Social Service in NC
  • Experience working with children/families in a state or count administered agency
  • Foster Care and Adoption experience
  • Probation or Mental health related experience

How Will We Know You're 'The One'?

  • Detail oriented and able to produce accurate documentation
  • Advanced critical thinking skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A high level of energy with a results driven attitude suited to work in a fast paced environment
  • Detailed understanding of Child Welfare practice
  • Strong team member
  • Group Facilitation
  • Must understand the importance of shared parenting and family connections
  • Ability to understand the importance of achieving timely permanence for youth in foster care

About This Position

Location: Northern Regional Center Wake Forest, NC 27587

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5:15 pm

Hiring Range: 28.40 - 38.34 Commensurate with Experience

Market Range: 28.40 - 48.28

Please include ALL prior work experience on your application and resume.

Posting Closing Date: 7:00 pm on

What Makes Wake Great

Home to the State Capital, Wake County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and the most populous county in the state, with more than 1.1 million residents. The County has received national and international rankings and accolades from publications such as Money, Fortune, and Time magazines as being one of the best places to live, work and play. The central location of the County allows for a short drive to the spectacular mountains or coast. Wake County Government is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, who are elected at-large to serve two-year terms. Wake County Government has a general operating budget of $1.874 billion, employs over 4400 employees, experiences minimal turnover, and is an award-winning leader in wellness and technology initiatives; such as offering employees and covered spouses free access to the Employee Health Center. Wake County Government offers a wide range of training and development opportunities, a stable career in public service with a balance of work and family life, flexible work schedules and a competitive salary and benefits package.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Wake County provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Background Check Statement

Position may require a background check that may include: criminal, credit, motor vehicle, education, and sexual offender registry or others based on job requirements. Unless required by state law, a record of conviction will not automatically exclude you from consideration for employment. Wake County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Emergency Service Worker Statement

In the event of an emergency, as determined by the County Manager or designee, participation in preparedness and response operations should be expected. Employee may be required to fill a temporary assignment in a role different from standard duties, work hours and/or work location in preparation for, during and after the emergency. Employee may also be required to participate in relevant exercises and regular preparedness training.

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