Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Social Worker - Social And Human Services

Recruitment #190731-7713SH-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF), is recruiting for ANTICIPATED Social Worker vacancies that may be filled at the discretion of the agency. Work locations will be in offices located in the following regions:

Region 1: Bridgeport and Norwalk
Region 2: Milford and New Haven
Region 3: Middletown, Norwich and Willimantic (Willimantic is a part of Windham County)
Region 4: Hartford and Manchester
Region 5: Danbury, Torrington and Waterbury
Region 6: New Britain and Meriden

Applicants selected for hire should expect to be assigned to one of the above listed regions.

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Selection Plan

The certification list generated with this recruitment/posting will be utilized for hiring occurring within September 1, 2019– January 31, 2020.

If you anticipate completing a qualifying degree by December 2019 you are encouraged to apply. Candidates will not be appointed until degree is conferred.

All applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application with their submission. Applicants invited to interview will be required to submit at the time of interview:

• Unofficial transcripts for degrees listed on application.
• Typed list of three supervisory references.
• Updated Resume (if applicable).

Applicants must thoroughly complete the application in order to be considered for these vacancies. Should you have questions pertaining to any phase of this recruitment, please contact the hiring agency's human resources office: Frances Leon,, (860) 550-6484. Due the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status updates during the recruitment process. Please note that not all applicants will be contacted for interview and are encouraged to apply for future postings.


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.


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.


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.


A Master's degree in social work or a closely related field 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 OR a Bachelor's degree and three (3) years of experience in the self-directed use of case management techniques and counseling to sustain or restore client functioning.

1. Closely 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. DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: A degree in a closely related field is required.

3. Qualifying experience at this level includes 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 home visits.


For state employees successful completion of the Social Worker Trainee program may be substituted for the General Experience.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess a Master or Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Additional preference may be given to candidates who have demonstrated foreign language skills in reading, writing and speaking.


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.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.