Recruitment Number 212219 - Statewide Employment.
Immediate vacancies are located:
Island of Hawaii - Hilo and Kona
Island of Oahu - Ewa, Waipahu to Aiea, Halawa to Kalihi, Downtown and Waianae
Island of Kauai - Lihue and Kapaa
Island of Maui - Wailuku/Kahului
A continuous recruitment may be closed at any time. The notice of the last day to file applications will be posted on the Job Opportunities Listing page of our website.
Social Workers seek to improve the overall quality of life of people within the context of their environment through the remediation and prevention of their problems, and by improving accessibility, accountability and coordination of service delivery among a variety of professionals and/or agencies tasked with providing appropriate services to clients. These professionals come from a variety of interdisciplinary bases, establish working relationships of mutual respect and trust with the clientele served, and utilize a variety of helping interventions to enable these clients to function as effectively as possible.
These positions are found in a variety of settings and work with diverse types of people. They may be found in hospitals and other health service agencies, social service agencies, schools, correctional facilities, and programs concerned with substance abuse, aging, and family violence.
Although work settings and clientele may differ, all Social Workers use similar professional concepts, principles and techniques regardless of the program in which they work.
The Social Worker positions are distinguished by the complexity of assigned cases and level of authority assumed by the worker. The following summarizes the types of positions found at this level:
Type A: These positions function as fully independent workers who provide the full range of core human services work such as assessment of needs; development and implementation of service plans, which may include direct services; and monitoring, evaluating and making adjustments to service plans. Clients served represent the full range of cases coming within an agency's purview, and include those with conditions such as a variety of psychosocial, physical/medical, and environmental problems. For most cases, client's needs are fairly well defined and appropriate services are identifiable and generally available.
Type B: These positions do not function at the fully independent worker level. All or a major portion of their assigned cases consists of clients for whom it is difficult to determine or obtain appropriate services; who may be hostile or resistant to services; or who present significant complexities due to factors such as multiple and/or severe psychosocial, physical/mental, and environmental problems. Positions utilize established policies and procedures and casework skills and judgment to address more routine aspects of casework, but due to the frequently volatile nature of the assigned cases, work will continue to be monitored by more experienced co-workers or the supervisor.
Note: Some positions may provide services covered under the Felix Consent Decree.
Program Preference Choices: The following are brief descriptions of programs where Social Worker positions may occur:
Department of Public Safety (PSD):
Adult Corrections - Counsel and work with the adult inmate population, assisting them in adjustment to prison life as well as rehabilitative/redirection services and transition back into the community.
Department of Human Services (DHS):
Adult & Community Care Services (ACCS) - Assess requests for adult social services; investigate all reports of abuse and neglect of dependent adults and arrange for appropriate services to ensure safety; and provide comprehensive services to severely or chronically ill and disabled adults of all ages as an alternative to institutional nursing home care.
Child Welfare Services (CWS) - Provide services for child protection, foster care, adoption, independent living skills, case management, foster home recruitment and licensing, and contracted support and treatment services to prevent and remedy abuse and neglect.
General Human Services (GHS) - Work with one of the following programs: 1) employment-related or first-to-work services, child-care licensing services, and economic assistance to eligible families and individuals; 2) administrative planning, development, and implementation of comprehensive statewide social service programs; 3) medical assistance; and 4) vocational rehabilitation services, including eligible individuals who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired.
Youth Corrections (OYS) - Work with incarcerated youths at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF).
Department of Health (DOH):
Hawaii State Hospital (HSH) - Work with severely mentally-ill adults, geriatric, forensic, dual-diagnosed clientele, providing psychiatric patient direct and indirect services including discharge planning, referral and placement services.
Developmental Disabilities (DDD) - Service clients with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities and their families, providing care coordination and case management functions.
Adult Mental Health (AMH) - Excluding HSH positions, work with complex and difficult cases providing comprehensive mental health treatment services to clients who would otherwise be at high risk for hospitalization or subject to recurrent symptoms requiring crisis services.
Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) - Work with youth clientele with emotional and behavioral health treatment services to clients and families.
Family Health Services (FHS) - Service families with infants and toddlers with special needs ages 0 to 3 years providing comprehensive care coordination, developmental evaluation, community-based resources and services, and assist with transition at age 3.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements:
Basic Education: In accordance with Act 238, SLH 2005, applicants must possess a bachelor's or master's degree in social work from a program of study accredited by the Council on Social Work Education , or a doctoral degree in social work from a college or university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or a comparable regional accreditation body.
Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess progressively responsible professional work experience which involved helping individuals and their families find satisfactory ways of identifying their problems, coping with their conditions, and functioning effectively within their environments in the amounts shown below.
For applicants who possess a Bachelor of Social Work degree, one year of the aforementioned professional experience.
For applicants who possess a Master of Social Work degree, no professional experience required.
For applicants who possess a Ph.D. degree in Social Work, no professional experience required.
Note: Applicants who will graduate within six months, and will meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements upon their graduation will be accepted for examination. If you are graduating within six months with a Bachelor of Social Work degree or applicable Master's degree, please submit a copy of your official transcript of coursework completed thus far.
Other Requirements: All applicants who are conditionally offered employment or conditionally approved for movement into this position shall be subject to drug screening, as required by Federal, State or local laws, or departmental policy; and will be subject to an intensive background check.
Driver's License: A valid driver's license is required for most positions. For those positions requiring a driver's license, you must possess a valid driver's license at the time of appointment.
Note: All positions in the Department of Health - Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD) require field work; therefore, all incumbents must have a valid driver's license or the ability to utilize alternative methods of transportation to perform the essential functions of their job.
The information provided above represents a summary of the complete Minimum Qualification Requirements . To view the Requirements in their entirety, please CLICK HERE .
The examination for this recruitment will be conducted on an unassembled basis where the examination score is based on an evaluation and rating of your education and experience. It is therefore important that your employment application provide a clear and detailed description of the duties and responsibilities of each position you held.
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