Social Worker
City of Pasadena - Pasadena, CA

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Under general supervision, performs a wide range of social casework and related services, including assessment, development and implementation of plans to meet client needs, education, referral and crisis intervention services; advocates for and provides interventions designed to promote health and overall wellbeing, prevention and access to healthcare and social services; and performs related duties as assigned.

The current vacancy is located in the Pasadena Public Health Department's Prenatal Clinic. Our Prenatal Clinic offers caring, comprehensive and culturally-sensitive services for pregnant women and teens and for new mothers who have just given birth. The ideal candidate is passionate, energetic and highly communicative. Please join our team and grow with us!

About the Department
For over 110 years, the Pasadena Public Health Department has been responsible for helping protect, maintain and improve the health of the Pasadena community. The City of Pasadena is one of only three cities in the State of California that maintains its own independent local health jurisdiction with responsibility for a wide variety of services that support the three core public health functions of assessment, policy development and assurance.

The Pasadena Public Health Department is funded through various State and Federal grants and employs a diverse, compassionate and forward thinking group of professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality care and services. Although the Public Health positions are funded through external grants and programs of various kinds and duration, we have been fortunate to be able to sustain most of our positions over many years through our own success and growth, and we have many opportunities for our employees. Therefore, though a position may be designated as "limited term, grant funded" this does not necessarily mean that the position is likely to be discontinued or lost in the near future.

Essential Functions:

The following list represents some of the essential functions of the position. Assignments may vary. For more detailed information, please click here for the job description .

1. Identifies and analyzes client needs for service, sets priorities, explores alternatives and works with interdisciplinary teams, clients and their families to develop individualized treatment and service plans; participates in case conferences to plan or coordinate treatment and the delivery of supportive services.

2. Counsels clients in individual and group settings to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness and/or adjust to life and short-term situations.

3. Provides case management services, including referrals to community resources that will assist clients in addressing physical, mental health and other needs including financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement and/or education and training; helps remove barriers to the utilization of health care services; advocates for clients and provides crisis intervention and short-term treatment and supportive services.

4. Monitors, evaluates and records client progress according to treatment and service plan goals; assists clients in adhering to treatment plans by setting up appointments, arranging transportation or providing support; conducts ongoing assessments and reassessments to identify changes in client status and ensure they adhere to the treatment and service plan.

5. Conducts home visits for safety and health evaluations; provides educational sessions to clients and/or community members about mental, social, health, abuse and/or available community resources.

6. Documents assessments, treatment and service plans, progress notes and other case information as required by Medicare, Medi-Cal and other mandated regulations according to established procedures; prepares correspondence involving social evaluation of client, client follow-up and related matters; keeps required statistics.

7. Participates in program and community outreach activities; participates in the recruitment and retention of clients through outreach interventions.

8. Stays current in the field of social work by reviewing professional literature and research and attending training programs, seminars and workshops.

Qualification Guidelines:

Training and Experience:
A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is a Master's Degree in Social Work from a graduate school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and one year of professional experience in social work in a social service or health care setting; or the equivalent combination of training and experience.

Core Competencies
The following list presents some of the core competencies for this position; see the job description for more detailed information:

  • Ability to Work Independently - The capacity to perform one’s work with little or no guidance from others.
  • Cooperate and Collaborate - The ability to work positively and flexibly in group situations, while maintaining an open and helpful attitude as much as possible.
  • Critical Thinking Ability - The ability to think rigorously and broadly about challenges or problems and finding potential solutions.
  • Diplomacy Skills - Observes behaviors in others and modifies own behavior as a learning response; doesn't respond to negativity with negativity.
  • Ethical Conduct - Shows awareness to the importance of strong professional and ethical standards and the relationship these standards have to the organization's long-term success.
  • Functional Knowledge - Knows his/her subject area well; has become proficient, or "journey-level", in the core functional areas; is beyond the initial learning curve and can function independently most of the time.
  • Initiative - Readily spots/identifies current and potential problems and opportunities for improvement develops novel, resourceful, or imaginative approaches to problems or opportunities. Takes action to implement solutions and improvements.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Responsible for on-going relationship management with a variety of contacts; nurtures relationships with other professionals, managers, and those outside the organization .

    The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Physical Demands
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate computers and other standard office equipment; and reach with hands and arms. The employee regularly is required to walk and stand; and talk or hear. The employee occasionally is required to lift up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

    Mental Demands
    While performing the duties of this class, an employee is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; observe and interpret individuals and situations; analyze and solve complex problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; deal with changing deadlines; have occasional contact with upset and verbally abusive clients; and interact with other staff members, clients and their family members, representatives of other public and private agencies involved in client services and others encountered in the course of work.

    The employee works in an office, clinic or field environment where the noise level is usually quiet.

    Applicants who appear best qualified based on their application and supplemental application submitted will be invited to any combination of written, performance or oral appraisal to further evaluate their job-related experience, education, knowledge, skills and abilities. Probationary test period is one year.

    As a result of the selection process, an eligible list of candidates will be established which will be used to fill this vacancy and other similar vacancies that may occur in future. There is currently one full-time position in the Public Health Department.

    Special Requirements:

    Possession of or ability to obtain a Class C California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record at the time of appointment.

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