DHS13-0051 - Job Share
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The Department of Human Services branch office within the Child Welfare Unit is seeking to fill a Permanency Caseworker to provide services to children and families. This is a permanenet job share (20 hours per week) position, located in Clackamas (16440 SE 82nd Drive) and is represented by a union.
This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
Please be aware that due to the economic downturn and subsequent state budget short-fall these positions will be required to take furloughs in the biennium 2011-2013.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The primary purpose of this position is to provide child welfare casework services to children and families. The role of the caseworker is to engage children and families and provide services in a regular, systematic and ongoing way. Good practice across all child welfare program areas focuses on: The ability of the caseworker to engage the client; The rapport or the helping relationship between the caseworker and the client; Risk and safety assessments and the associated decisions and plans; Comprehensive child and family assessments; The development of a case plan with the family; Casework decision-making; Essential casework activities designed to facilitate change; The review and evaluation of client progress. This position provides intensive time-limited casework services to children in substitute care and in their own homes. Completes a Protective Capacity Assessment and identifies, assesses and monitors the Conditions for Return to facilitate reunification of the child. Child Monitors the safety and well being of the child by maintaining on-going contact with the child per department policy and procedures. Facilitates child’s adjustment, assess developmental progress and treatment needs, explain planned changes and prepare child for transitions including return home and adoption. Facilitates visitation of children in care with parents and other significant family members. Directly observes visits or other parent-child contacts to assess relationship and provide feedback and counseling where appropriate and make appropriate arrangements for transportation for the visits. Provides case management services through referrals and regular contact with service providers for parents and children to coordinate services and assess progress. Parent/Family Meets regularly with clients to develop and maintain professional working relationships with them which encourages, assists, and empowers them to make needed changes. Maintains availability to clients by phone and field and office appointments. Facilitates visitation of children in care with parents and other significant family members. Directly observes visits or other parent-child contacts to assess relationship and provide feedback and counseling where appropriate and make appropriate arrangements for transportation for the visits. Attends the Child Safety meeting and works with CPS worker and families to develop a safety plan for the children. Monitors the safety and well being of the child by maintaining on-going contact with the parent per department policy and procedures. Develops a treatment plan for all legal parents, utilizing evaluation information (psychological, treatment reports, etc.). Involves clients (and supportive extended family members and others where appropriate) to develop service agreement or court ordered conditions. Addresses cultural issues in plan. Communicates clearly with clients about expectations, contacts planned, time lines and benefits and consequences of compliance or non-compliance. Utilizes Safety meetings, FDMs and common case plans with other DHS divisions and community partners. Provides case management services through referrals and regular contact with service providers for parents and children to coordinate services and assess progress. Confirms the ongoing out of home safety plan. Works closely with the parents and schools to assess the child’s achievement of appropriate academic goals. Provides direction and support to families in appropriately meeting the individual needs of their children. Communicates clearly with clients about expectations, contacts planned, time lines and benefits and consequences of compliance or non-compliance. Provider/Foster Parent Face to face contact with children in foster care regularly (minimum once a month) to assure well-being, facilitate adjustment, assess developmental progress and treatment needs, explain planned changes and prepare child for transitions including return home and adoption. Monitors the safety and well being of the child by maintaining on-going contact with the foster parent per department policy and procedures. Works in partnership with foster parents through regular meetings and telephone contact, exchanges information, provides support and consultation, and coordinates services. Provides and exchanges information with the foster parent on court hearings, CRB, medical, education, mental health, visitation and other treatment for child’s needs and case plan information. Administration Reviews each case record received for completeness, including identity and whereabouts of all legal parents, documentation of births, divorces, marriages, ICWA status, etc. Gathers any missing information and social history, including culture and language issues of children and parents. Completes regular documentation requirements of OAR, policy and procedures. Maintains case file including correspondence, treatment reports, and other documentation. Generates referrals and payments and maintains documentation. Completes other forms and maintains data. Maintains case file including correspondence, treatment reports, and other documentation. Generates referrals and payments and maintains documentation. Completes other forms and maintains data. Attends court hearings, makes case presentations, prepares concise and comprehensive court reports, testifies and makes recommendations to court when requested. Attends Citizens’ Review Board Reviews and provides verbal and written reports. Other duties as assigned Attends weekly unit meetings, monthly staff meetings, other ad hoc meetings, and relevant training. Participates in supervisory conferences. Seeks broad consultation for critical case decisions. Keeps supervisor informed about case activity and sensitive situations and issues. Participates in ad-hoc committees and work groups. Other duties as assigned. WORKING CONDITIONS Work is done in office and field, including client homes. Some travel is required. You must have a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record. This position requires ability to use computer technology, including a working knowledge of GroupWise, Microsoft WORD and IIS/OR-Kids. This position requires working a flexible schedule as a condition of employment with a normal work day of 8 hours, from 8 AM to 5 PM; however, working hours may be adjusted within a given week, to provide planned services. Occasional compensated overtime during evening and weekend work may be required.
Qualifications & Desired Attributes:
Your application materials, including your answers to the 'Supplemental Questions' will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications and how you meet the desired attributes for the position to which you have applied. Your answers to the supplemental questions must be reflected in your application. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor's or higher level degree in Social Work/Human Services or a closely related field; OR A Bachelor's degree in a field not closely related (to Social Work/Human Services) and one year of human services related experience (i.e., work providing assistance to individuals and groups with issues such as economically disadvantaged, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, inadequate housing). DESIRED ATTRIBUTES Child welfare program experience.
Experience working with and establishing a rapport with adolescents. Experience attending court hearings, making case presentations, preparing concise and comprehensive court reports, testifying and making recommendations to the court when requested. Experience working in a human or social service setting where child abuse or neglect has occurred or been alleged. Experience gathering information to assess family situations and determining appropriate substitute care for children. Experience screening and assessing clients for appropriate community referral or eligibility for programs related to human services. Experience communicating effectively with people over the telephone, in writing and in person. Excellent organizational skills and systems. Strong ability to multi-task and keep up with a fast-paced and energetic caseload. Applicants that most closely match the minimum qualifications and desired attributes will be invited for an interview.
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