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SALARY: $38,312.11 GRADE 70 POSITION #: 187-40-2117

APPLY BY: OPENED UNTIL FILLED Will consider Work Against for Social Worker III

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: The Family and Children’s Services Program Area focuses on enhancing the welfare of the children in the county by promoting their physical safety and emotional, education and social well-being. A multiple response system (MRS) is used as our approach to working with families, which focuses on the six principles of family centered practice.

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: Multiple Response System (MRS) is a family centered approach to protecting the safety of a child or children, while trying to better engage the family in the process. MRS provides an avenue for maximizing parents’ and caregivers’ interactions with the children in their care. Emergency intervention is one of many strategies utilized to protect youth from birth to eighteen years of age from exploitation, abuse and neglect. The Investigator/Family Assessor is thereby the entry into services provided by the program area once information has been received. In most cases, intervention will be through a Family Assessment model. For more severe maltreatment, a Forensic Investigation approach will be used. When assessing or investigating a family’s situation it may become apparent that the family will need ongoing services. The Family Assessment worker will work with the family to remedy issues that may keep the family from providing safety for their child/children. The Forensic Investigator will staff their cases for a case decision and if substantiated the case will be transferred to a Forensic In-Home worker.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The Forensic/Assessment Social Worker should have social work values and ethics, information and training in Family Systems Theory, and the ability to help the family set small, attainable goals and achieve them. Thorough knowledge of social work principles, techniques, and practices and their application to complex casework, group work, and community problems. Considerable knowledge of a wide range of medical, behavioral, and/or psychosocial problems and their treatment theory. Considerable knowledge of family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques, governmental and private organizations, and resources in the community, laws, regulations and policies which govern the program. General knowledge of the methods and principles of casework supervision and training. In certain settings, considerable knowledge of medical terminology, disease processes and their treatment as they relate to decisions regarding clinical interventions and appropriate therapies based on medical or psychological diagnosis. Skill in establishing rapport with a client and in applying techniques or assessing psychosocial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of client’s problems. Ability to supervise, train, or instruct lower-level social workers, students, or interns in the program. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of case load and their families, as well as civic, legal, medical, social and religious organizations. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely and to plan and execute work effectively.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work and one year of social work or counseling experience; OR a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of social work and two years of social work or counseling experience; OR a Master’s degree in a counseling field and two years of social work or counseling; OR a four year degree in a human service field or related curriculum including at least 25 semester hours in courses related to social work or counseling and three years of social work or counseling experience; OR graduation from a four year college or university and four years of experience in rehabilitation counseling, pastoral counseling, or a related human service field providing experience in the techniques of casework, groupwork, or community organization; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING/EXPERIENCE: Ongoing education and training are strongly encouraged within the Agency. State required training will be provided. This position requires an extensive training period be completed prior to assuming a caseload. Experience with Windows 98/2000 and Excel preferred

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Must submit official college transcript. Must have N.C. Drivers License and access to a vehicle. Applicants should include at least ten years of work experience on the completed application (if applicable).

COMPLETION OF APPLICATION: Applicants will be given credit only for information provided in response to this announcement. No additional information will be solicited or considered by this office; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience. Applicants will not automatically be given credit based on their position title.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1ST, 2008 THE CAMPUS OF DSS WILL BE TOBACCO FREE FACILITY. YOU MAY USE TOBACCO ONLY AT THE DESIGNATED AREAS OFF THE GROUNDS OF THE BUILDING.We prefer to hire social workers who are certified by the North Carolina Certification Board for Social Work. The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background search.