Social Worker
Washington County, WI - Washington County, WI

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A Part-Time Social Worker position is available within the Human Services Department, Children & Families Division, of Washington County. Effective January 1, 2013 this position will move to Full-Time status. Selected candidate will provide clients with environmental and supportive social services designed to overcome financial, personal health, or family problems. Responsibilities also include making assessments to determine services needed as well as providing, coordinating, and monitoring agency services when appropriate, referring clients to other community services where needed, and undertaking studies to determine resource appropriateness while working to promote maintenance of those resources. This position is assigned to the Intensive Supervision Program and does require flexibility and some weekend and holiday coverage.

Required Education, Training and Experience: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a major in Social Work, state certification as a Social Worker required within 90 days of hire, and a valid Wisconsin driver's license and available transportation. Work-related paid experience preferred.

Starting salary is $17.88/hr. Please visit our website at www.co.washington.wi.us to complete our online application. Applications will be accepted until the needs of the Department are met. If you have any questions, please call 262-335-4633. Thank you.

WASHINGTON COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Position Summary:
Under the direction of the Family Services Supervisor, provides clients with supportive community based social services designed to overcome personal or family issues. Makes assessments to determine services needed. May evaluate and assess difficulties in psychosocial functioning, develop a plan to alleviate those difficulties and either carry out the plan or refer clients to other qualified resources for assistance.

Duties/Responsibilities:
Job descriptions are not intended, and should not be construed to be exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with a job; they are intended to be accurate reflections of those principal job elements.

Makes initial contact with and receives referrals of clients with a variety of problems which require social work assessment and/or intervention.

Conducts assessments of client needs through interview, home visits, collateral contacts and other investigations, develops a casework plan with clients, and performs agreed upon and necessary casework services.

Prepares social histories and family assessments, reviews results with supervisor, makes recommendation concerning case disposition, and testifies at court and administrative hearings as required.

Performs the duties of an intake worker as prescribed under the statutes both 938.067 and 48.067 and the duties of a dispositional staff person as prescribed by the statutes under 938.069 and 48.069.

Maintains a caseload involving clients with personal, family, or socioeconomic problems and attends to the related protection and safety needs through contacts in the home and community.

Provides basic counseling, intervention and case management services. Coordinates the various social, community and mental health services received by the clients including the coordination of Family Group Conferencing.

Informs clients of available programs and services to meet their individual needs, and encourages participation in the most appropriate activities; or ensures participation in court mandated activities.

Initiates and maintains contact with the courts, school, mental health and community agencies to assist individuals and families in need of a variety of human services.

Attends and participates in staff development programs, including in-service training, staff meetings and professional seminars.

May provide consultation to other social work personnel and paraprofessionals.

May serve as a representative of the Human Service Agency to interested individuals, professionals and community groups.

Acts as departmental liaison and provide casework direction to providers of contracted services.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with client’s families, caregivers, services providers, community agencies and the public.

Prepares and presents detailed oral and written reports.

Maintains detailed case records and develops and prepares statistical reports as required.

Recruit, screen, license, re-evaluate, and support foster parents/relative providers. Coordinate availability and use of providers. Plan, implement and monitor required provider training. Implement policy changes/requirements for foster parent/relative providers.

Determine eligibility of voluntary Kinship provider and authorize placements of voluntary Kinship cases. Monitor waitlist for Kinship care and assess other relative situations as required.

Performs other duties and special projects as required.

Work Direction Received:
Work under the direction of the Family Services Supervisor.

Supervision Exercised:
None

Decision Making:
Decisions concerning overall case direction and/or treatment issues are made in consultation with the supervisor.

Interaction:
There is interaction with the Courts, law enforcement agencies, other county departments, county schools, families of juveniles, private providers and the general public.

Essential Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of applicable State and Federal rules and regulations and knowledge of the Juvenile Code, Children’s Code, and the Wisconsin Statutes pertaining to criminal law violations and other statutes related to juvenile matters. Basic understanding of human growth and development, age appropriate behavior, knowledge of current social and economic problems and the way in which these problems affect individuals and families. Able to communicate effectively orally and in writing, prepare and maintain necessary records and reports, and interact effectively with staff and the general public. Be able to fulfill physical demands of job, sensory demands (seeing and hearing) and cognitive demands (concentration, conceptualization, memorization).

Training and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a major in Social Work, or related field. State certification as a social worker required within 90 days of hire. A valid Wisconsin driver’s license, available automobile and automobile insurance are required. Work related paid experience preferred.

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