***Please note: This is a City-Only recruitment and Fluency in Spanish, both Verbal and Written, is a requirement for this position!***
Each year, Denver Human Services provides desperately needed assistance to at-risk men, women and children in our community.
Denver Human Services currently has an opening for a Lead Social Case Worker , (only current City and County of Denver employees are eligible to apply,) in the Division of Youth Service. This position performs permanently assigned lead work over professional social case workers, assists a Social Case Worker Supervisor establish unit goals, plans, and specific unit functions, and provides intensive social case work services including case management, counseling, referral, placement, and assessment/evaluation.
This position is essential to performing child welfare safety assessments of children, responding to reported abuse or neglect, and making safety decisions about children. This position is also responsible for assigned case load of10-12 cases and also provides support and back up coverage to the supervisor in their absence. Duties can include reviewing cases for transfer, reviewing assigned caseloads, and providing guidance for case planning for Social Caseworker staff.
A Bilingual Stiped is available for this position for those who pass the required test.
Our Vision: Partnering with our community to protect those in harm's way and help all people in need.
Our Mission: Denver Human Services helps and protects people of all ages. Our dedicated staff listen, advise and help people apply for public assistance programs. We protect abused and neglected children and adults by making sure they live in safe environments and help both individuals and families in crisis. In addition, we help connect people to community resources that can help them in a time of need.
Performs permanently assigned lead work over professional social case workers, provides guidance to social case workers regarding case planning, review, and permanence planning, assists supervisor in distributing and balancing workloads, and answers questions related to policies and procedures.
Participates in, gives advice, and consults with social case workers on unusual, difficult, or complex cases.
Trains social case workers in social work techniques and methodologies, orients workers with appropriate laws, policies, regulations, and procedures, and ensures that work conforms to standards, regulations, and laws of state and federal agencies.
Assists the supervisor formulate planning initiatives, objectives, procedures, and guidelines for the assigned area.
Performs case management activities involving complex, difficult, and complicated problems/cases, assesses individual and family needs, develops an appropriate service and/or treatment plans, provides on-going counseling and referral services, and determines appropriate placement actions.
Establishes , maintains, and coordinates services and activities with relevant community agencies, monitors and evaluates activities of agencies contracted to provide a variety of social services, and evaluates progress of placements and/or other services.
Collaborates with probation, Senate Bill 94 staff and attorneys in case planning and court presentation.
Represents the department in accordance with Volume 7 and city rules and regulations.
Develops or modifies work plans, methods, and procedures and determines work priorities and develops work schedules to provide adequate staff coverage. Provides work instruction and assists employees with difficult and/or unusual assignments. Assigns and distributes work, reviews work for accuracy and completeness, and returns assignments with recommendations for proper completion.
Prepares case records, reports, and documents and complies with state and federal standards in providing case notes, treatment plans, and evaluations.
Resolves problems encountered during daily operations and determines appropriate solutions.
Contributes to the development of the performance enhancement plan, documents performance, provides performance feedback, and furnishes information for the formal performance evaluation.
Responds orally to informal grievances and relays information to the supervisor.
Documents situations which may be cause for disciplinary action and provides this information to the supervisor.
Testifies , (by position,) in court by providing expert testimony and preparing comprehensive reports that allow the court to make findings and recommendations that affect court -ordered treatment plans.
Other duties as assigned.
This positions requires :
A Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Guidance and Counseling, or a closely related field, and
That you are a current City and County of Denver employee, in good standing, and
You have at least three years of post graduation professional social case work at the type and level of Social Case Worker, and
High level of fluency in Spanish , both verbal and written, (Candidates will be tested,)
Possession of a valid driver’s license at the time of application.
The City of Denver values leadership that influences the commitment, ability and willingness of employees to provide quality service to the citizens of Denver.
Classification Title: Lead Social Case Worker
Pay Grade: 807 A
Testing: 100% Supplemental Questionaire
To Apply: Please select the apply button at the top of this posting, please visit www.denvergov.org/jobs .
PLEASE NOTE: Please be as detailed as possible when answering the supplemental questions section of the application so that we can best determine your eligibility. Incomplete or incorrect answers can lead to disqualification. ‘See Resume’ is not an acceptable answer .
Testing: Supplemental Questions
Background Check/Drug Testing: Candidates must pass a criminal background check, 10 year employment verification and education verification. Additional checks such as credit and drug testing may be required.
Probationary Period: The successful candidate will be required to complete a minimum six month probationary period (benefits will be active during this time) prior to attaining Career Status with the City.