Social Worker I (or Social Worker II)
Washington County, MN - Cottage Grove, MN

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  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (or closely related field)
  • Master's Degree in Social Work (or closely related field)
  • One year of related experience as a Social Worker
  • Work experience in a governmental agency providing Rule 79 Case Management Services for adults with a serious and persistent mental illness
  • Work experience in a non-governmental agency providing Rule 79 Case Management Services for adults with a serious and persistent mental illness
  • Work experience as a Social Worker working with adults with a mental illness in their homes
  • Work experience as a Social Worker working with adults with a mental illness in settings other than their homes
  • Work experience in a governmental agency providing Rule 79 Case Management Services for children with a serious emotional disturbance
  • Work experience in a non-governmental agency providing Rule 79 Case Management Services for children with a serious emotional disturbance
SELECTION TECHNIQUE : Your training and experience will be rated based on the required application material submitted and the top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

RESPONSIBILITIES : This position will provide community mental health case management services to adults with a serious and persistent mental illness. Duties include providing face to face visits, coordinating services, locating resources, monitoring court commitments and assessing mental health symptoms. Experience working with mental health diagnoses and chemical dependency is desirable.
HOURS / DAYS : 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Work schedules (hours and days) and location are subject to change based on department needs.
ANTICIPATED HIRING RANGE : $42,016 - $55,890 (This position may be hired at the Social Worker II level, depending on qualifications.)


The Social Worker I is a professional level position. This position is entry level in the classification series which allows an individual the opportunity to gain valued work experience. Work differs from the more advanced Social Worker classifications based on the depth of experience, knowledge, abilities and independence required for those classifications. Work is performed under close supervision by supervisor and/or lead worker and within limitations provided by departmental policies, procedures and established practices. A Social Worker I may be assigned duties in any of the units. Assignments are interchangeable dependent on department needs and specific program requirements.


Education and Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (or closely related field)

A Master's Degree in Social Work (or closely related field) and one year of related experience as a Social Worker is highly desirable.

Must have own means of transportation for business purposes. Individuals operating a motor vehicle for county business must possess a valid driver's license.

Offers of employment will be contingent upon receiving favorable responses to sexual exploitation inquiries per Minnesota Statute 148A, passing a fingerprint criminal background check, passing a drug test and receipt of official college transcript to verify degree(s) prior to beginning employment with Washington County.

Knowledge of: the principles, techniques, practices and ethics of Social Work; relevant laws, policies and resources; social and economic problems and family systems.

Ability to: assess vulnerabilities of individuals and families; develop clear and reasonable services and plans; coordinate implementation of services and plans with families, other agencies and the community at large; counsel and offer supportive services to individuals and families including those in crisis; problem solve; interview adults and children; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships; work with others as a member of a team; prepare accurate reports and documentation; understand written and oral instructions; accept and use supervision; prioritize work and complete within established timelines; tolerate high level of stress; learn new procedures and demonstrate flexibility and openness to changes; present self and agency in a professional manner to the community; use personal computer and other electronic equipment; keep abreast of new technology; report to work on a regular and timely basis.


1. Receives referrals, conducts interviews and investigates to identify and assess problems or need for intervention/service.

2. Counsels clients in group, family counseling or individual counseling to explore, identify, resolve, prevent and/or control problems. Assesses the risk of abuse or neglect and dangerousness to self and others. Develops and implements abuse prevention plans to address vulnerabilities.

3. Intervenes in crisis situations. Coordinates and secures emergency services. Negotiates and resolves conflict situations.

4. Develops, writes, implements and monitors individual and family service plans to correct/eliminate identified problems. Determines appropriate resources and referrals to community-based care and services.

5. Collaborates and consults with others including professional staff and community agencies regarding clients, community services or programs.

6. Opens and maintains client case records and files, prepares all necessary correspondence, required narratives, eligibility reviews and other incoming/outgoing communication about the client; provides appropriate information regarding case openings, closings, and denials.

7. Provides testimony or written recommendations in county or district court or in administrative appeals hearings regarding client cases, pre-petition screening, out-of-home placements, commitments, etc. Advises clients of possible resources, rights and responsibilities under programs or services and develops, coordinates and delivers program information to the general public, special interest groups and professional organizations.

8. Performs other duties as assigned.

The following statements briefly describe the mission of each one of the units in which a Social Worker I may be assigned to:

1. Children/Family unit: To protect children who are abused, neglected and in need of services while increasing family effectiveness and preserving families whenever possible and to identify adoptive homes for permanency.

2. Resource unit: To support families and individuals through the licensing and supervision of child care and foster care providers.

3. Adult Mental Health unit: To provide pre-petition screening assessments for individuals who are in need of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization and case management services for adults who have a serious and persistent mental illness.

4. Development Disabilities unit: To provide case management services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

5. Adult Family Services unit: To assist vulnerable/disabled adults and elderly persons who are in need of protective services or at risk of out-of-home placement to live safely, to maintain their dignity and highest level of functioning in a cost effective and least restrictive setting.

6. Minnesota Family Investment Program/WorkForce Center unit: To assess and assist families to find success who struggle to achieve self-sufficiency due to mental illness, chemical dependency, learning disability, physical handicap, domestic violence or other barriers to employment.

7. Housing unit: To assist the homeless and families who are at risk of losing housing to retain or secure affordable housing.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1-8 as listed above.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Semi-sedentary involving office and extensive outside field work. Lifting requirement may include lifting up to 20 pounds. Exposures may include but not be limited to disagreeable odors, communicable diseases, bodily fluids, and behavior challenges. Use of general office equipment to include telephone, cell phone, pager, personal computer, laptop computer, electronic recorder, calculator, etc. Additional physical/mental requirements that occur may not be listed above, but are inherent in performing the position's essential functions.

TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Community Services Supervisor or Economic Support Supervisor.

This description is intended to describe the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty being performed by people assigned to this classification. The list of responsibilities is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so qualified.