Social Worker I/II: York-Poquoson DSS
Dept of Social Services - Local - Virginia

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Social Worker I

Entry level working under close supervision while being trained in program areas such as, Adult Protective Services and Generic Intake. Casework usually is reviewed by the supervisor prior to implementing a case action.

Social Worker II

Responsible for developing and implementing individualized service plans involving the application of casework methods and basic service level caseloads of Adult Protective Services and Generic Intake. Employees perform all tasks independently and seek supervisory advice on unusual situations or when policies and procedures require supervisory review or involvement.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field with a minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area as mandated in Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia and implemented by the Virginia Board of Social Services.

Some knowledge of: social work principles and practices; human behavior and motivational theory; and social, economic, and health problems. Skill in operating a motor vehicle and personal computer with associated software. Demonstrated ability to: communicate effectively both orally and in writing; interview, assess needs, counsel and refer clients to other resources as needed; develop and implement service plans in order to insure the delivery of appropriate services to the client; make sound judgments within the framework of existing laws, policies, and regulations; and adhere to strict standards regarding confidential information. Respond to the client's emotions in order to accomplish services objectives; plan and manage own work activities including service delivery preparing reports, and correspondence, record keeping responsibilities and related activities; establish and maintain effective relationships; and stay abreast of current trends and developments in the social work field. Ability to keep information confidential.

Preferred Qualifications

Prefer working knowledge of social work principles and practices; laws, policies, and regulations relating to human services program areas. Prefer working knowledge of investigating and interviewing techniques; and legal procedures as related to program area. Prefer demonstrated ability to interpret program laws, policies and regulations. Prefer demonstrated ability to analyze case information to make sound judgments within the framework of existing laws, policies, and regulations; and work in stressful situations and maintain diplomacy.

Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license are desirable. Prefer experience working with elderly and/or disabled adults. Prefer experience as an adult or child protective services worker and/or had the responsibility to complete investigations for abuse, neglect and/or exploitation complaints. Prefer recent experience working in a local department of social services agency.

Special Requirements

Applicants must have a valid Virginia driver's license without restrictions and the driving record must meet agency standards; applicants must also meet a level of insurability set by the agency. On call work, afterhours and weekends, required on a rotating basis. Responsible for shelter duty during times of disaster.