PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency or facility this class is accountable for the provision of intensive supportive social case work services to an assigned caseload of individuals and families.
Works under the general supervision of a Social Work Supervisor or other employee of higher grade.
May lead professional and clerical staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs a variety of highly skilled case work services; obtains medical, physical and social histories of clients in order to provide maximum services to individual; confers with clients, relatives, professional associates and other social welfare agencies regarding case problems; provides counseling services to an assigned caseload; provides services to aged and disabled clients in boarding or convalescent homes; conducts and interprets results of investigations, professionally evaluating their significance; seeks employment, housing, financial assistance and other services for an assigned caseload; independently prepares case histories, forms and reports; performs related duties as required.
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: Performs a variety of highly skilled case work services for children and youth; maintains medical, physical, social and psychological histories; counsels families, children and youth both individually and in groups; investigates, evaluates and makes recommendations for Juvenile Court on all petitions alleging neglect or abuse of children; recruits and selects foster and adoptive homes for placement of children; consults with psychologists, psychiatrists and other staff to develop and administer treatment plans; consults with community groups to determine appropriate referrals and develop community resources; may supervise volunteer workers in conjunction with department volunteer services programs; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of principles, techniques and methods of professional social work; considerable knowledge of various economic, emotional, medical, psychological and social factors influencing attitudes and behavior of individuals and families; knowledge of community resources available to individuals and families; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to interpret and apply social work policies; considerable ability to prepare clear and concise reports and case histories.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Master's degree in social work or a
closely related field and one (1) year of experience in the self-directed use of case management techniques and counseling to sustain or restore client functioning OR a Bachelor's degree in social work or a closely
related field and two (2) years of experience in the self-directed use of case
management techniques and counseling to sustain or restore client functioning.
related fields are: applied sociology, child development, child welfare,
clinical psychology, counseling, human development and family studies, human
service, marriage and family therapy, nursing, social and/or human services,
education and criminal justice
2. Qualifying experience at this level must include the use of professional interviewing techniques, provision of skilled
counseling to an assigned client caseload and assessment of basic client needs
(nutritional, environmental, financial, medical, protective service) through
continuing personal observation during visits, intervention and evaluation.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
For state employees successful completion of the Social Worker Trainee program may be substituted for the General Experience.
1. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are completed.
2. Incumbents in this class will be required to possess retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
3. Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.
5. COMMISSION ON THE DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED: Incumbents in this class must be able to communicate fluently in American Sign Language.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(12)-SOCIAL SERV (P-2)
replaces the existing specification for the class of Social Worker - Social and
Human Services in Salary Group SH 24 approved effective May 12, 2017.
(Revised to modify Minimum Qualifications) Action No. 20-050