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The incumbent in this position determines initial and continued ongoing eligibility for all needs based benefits issued by the Division, which includes: Food Supplement Benefits (SNAP), Medical Assistance, Delaware Healthy Children’s Program (CHIP), Subsidized Child Care, State Funded General Assistance (GA), and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). Other duties include working closely with TANF and SNAP Employment and Training vendors to move clients to self-sufficiency. In addition, the incumbent will be expected to counsel, case manage and make referrals regarding client assistance with benefits DSS does not provide such as Child Support, foreclosure assistance, or food closets. Senior Social Workers are also expected to be responsive to the diverse needs of vulnerable and low-income residents by sharing information in addition to providing timely and accurate benefits that improve nutrition and health as well as supplement basic financial needs. Staff need to perform these duties ethically, with respect, compassion and accountability.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
- Interviews client, family and/or professional sources to determine clients needs for a variety of social services which may include employment, job search and basic skills remediation.
- Develops a comprehensive cost effective service plan utilizing in-house sources, referrals, contracted providers and/or institutions.
- Conducts on-going monitoring and assessment of service delivery for optimum quality and efficiency, and authorizes and recommends changes and adjustments as needed.
- Maintains comprehensive case records, summaries, statistical and narrative reports and completes required forms.
- Establishes effective working relationship with clients, family, community and professional sources.
- Provides specialized casework and counseling services in such areas as protective, adoption and options counseling.
- Provides direct casework service through individual/group conferences, counseling and/or site visits.
- Supplies information and responses to inquiries regarding services for clients, family, community and government agencies.
- May provide supportive casework to clients prior to, during or after hospitalization based upon physicians diagnosis and recommended treatment.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Senior Social Worker/Case Manager
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
- Six months experience in case management which includes assessing, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating options and services to meet an individuals human service needs.
- Six months experience in making recommendations as part of a client's service plan such as clinical treatment, counseling, or determining eligibility for health or human services/benefits.
- Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
- Six months experience in using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data.
- Six months experience in narrative report writing.
The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.
Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email. Please keep your contact information current. You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at statejobs.delaware.gov.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance. The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.