Social Worker - Child Protection
Olmsted County, MN - Rochester, MN

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Graduation from an accredited four-year college in social work or related degree and two (2) years of experience in a public or private social service agency
-OR-

Master's degree in social work or related degree and one (1) year of experience in a public or private social service agency

If you are selected for an interview, a copy of your official transcripts will be required at that time.

Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three (3) years.

Nature of Work:

Under general supervision of a program manager or supervisor, and within State and locally developed programs and policies, identifies individual, family and community challenges and offers individuals or family case work, group methods or community organizations to work toward rehabilitation, prevention or control of these problems; and performs related work as assigned. Child protection intervention may be an investigative forensic approach with a formal finding of maltreatment or a family assessment response that requires no formal finding of maltreatment. Partnership based collaborative social work practice supports family involvement strategies as part of an effort to promote child safety, well-being and permanency.

Examples of Work:
  • Conducts interview and make home visits to identify needs, challenges and strengths of individuals or families
  • Counsels individual clients in group, family counseling or individual counseling to explore, identify, resolve, prevent or control problems
  • Advise clients of possible resources, rights, and responsibilities under programs or services
  • Refers clients to other programs or agencies when appropriate
  • Develops and writes individual and family treatment plans to treat identified challenges
  • Works with natural supports and family group decision making
  • Prepares correspondence reports and social histories and maintains case records in accordance with state, federal and local guidelines

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
  • Knowledge of family-based services/family dynamics/ family group conferencing
  • Knowledge of child protection and child welfare problems and services
  • Knowledge of mental health programs and services
  • Thorough knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of social work
  • Considerable knowledge of dynamics of individual and family behavior
  • Considerable knowledge of human growth and development
  • Considerable knowledge of the use of community resources
  • Knowledge of social and economic problems
  • Knowledge of federal and state social services programs and laws
  • Knowledge of agency policies
  • Knowledge of diverse cultures
  • Ability to use counseling techniques effectively on an individual, family, or group basis
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with clients, co-workers, public officials, and citizens of the community
* In compliance w/ the Americans with Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical/Environmental Demands: This position requires a majority of time (up to 75%) spent in a seated position. Some standing or walking is required and objects to be lifted or carried are usually no more than ten (10) pounds. Adverse movements such as reaching, stooping, twisting and bending are sometimes required. Excellent sensory skills are important (sight, hearing and speech) as well as ability to communicate effectively. Fine motor skills are necessary for repetitive activities such as writing and computer work. Some exposure to adverse working conditions such as extreme heat and cold when working outside.

* Persons with disabilities: The above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.

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