Social Worker I/A/T (Investigations) Print
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Salary: $40,376.93 - $42,395.77 (Expected Hiring Range)                          Grade: 70


Interested applicants should submit a completed State Application (NC PD-107) to:

Haywood County Health and Human Services                OR Haywood County NC Works Career Center

Attention: Kathi Greene, Personnel Coordinator                             Attention: Kathi Greene, HHSA

157 Paragon Parkway, Suite 300                                                  1170 N. Main Street

Clyde, NC  28721                                                                        Waynesville, NC  28786

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State Applications (NC PD-107) are available at the following locations:, Haywood County NC Works Career Center, Haywood County Human Resources Department located on the 5th floor of the Historic Courthouse and Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency.

Resumes may be attached but must accompany a completed application.  "See Resume" on application is not acceptable.


Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Family and Children's Services Section of the Social Work Services Division focuses on enhancing the welfare of the children in the County promoting their physical safety, emotional, educational and social wellbeing.  This is accomplished through coordination of services with other agencies, the court system and by a cooperative effort with all Title XX services.

Primary Purpose of the Position:

An I/A/T (Investigations/Assessment/Treatment) Services Social Worker assesses the child/children's environment and develops a service agreement to set goals and meet the needs which will help in prevention of neglect and abuse; to provide specialized planning, coordination and delivery of services with focus on enabling the caretaker to modify or change the home.  To provide adequate services, the I/A/T Services Social Worker must help families utilize resources within the agency and community to reach these goals and facilitate change.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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 clients' 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.

Additional Skills:

Ability to interact and motivate a resistant involuntary client population and the public who may not agree with the laws, rules or policies of the process or the programs; ability to prepare documentation such as written investigative reports for the court, case records and treatment plans; ability to testify as an expert witness; ability to employ advanced case management interview techniques to establish a supportive relationship and involve families in the initial assessment for the need of services; ability to quickly assess the risks and safety of the client environment during daylight hours, after dark and in high crime areas; ability to employ expert negotiation skills in the most complex cases; ability to analyze and assess child development safety issues in relation to risk factors; ability to analyze tense family situations and make decisions about removing children when the decision has to be made with limited direct information and limited access to consultation; ability to communicate effectively and establish supportive client relationships.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Master's degree from an accredited school of social work and one year of social work experience; OR a Bachelor's degree from an accredited school of social work and two years of social work or counseling experience; OR Master's degree in a counseling field and two years of social work or counseling experience; OR a four year degree in a human services field or related curriculum 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, group work or community organization; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.  One year of work experience can be credited for completion of the Social Work Collaborative.


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 and Excel preferred.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants must submit official college transcripts (if applicable). Applicants must have NC Driver's License and access to a vehicle.  The applicant must have a clean driving record with no more than three (3) points showing on current DMV record.

Completion of Application:

Applicants will be given credit only for information provided in response to the announcement and included on the completed application.  Applicants should request a continuation sheet to record additional work experience on the application. Applications should include at least ten (10) years of work experience on the application (if applicable).  No additional information will be solicited or considered by this office; therefore individuals 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 or title.

The campus of the Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency is tobacco free.

The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.