SOCIAL WORKER II, CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Contractual Grant Parental Defense Division Title IV-E
|Department||OPD District Operations|
|Date Opened||11/7/2022 11:59:00 PM|
|Filing Deadline||3/22/2023 11:59:00 PM|
|Salary||Step 11 $70,010-Step 22 $86,450|
|HR Analyst||Janynee Covington|
The Office of the Public Defender is a statewide independent agency charged with providing superior legal representation to indigent defendants. The agency’s vision is Justice, Fairness and Dignity for All. Employees are committed to the core values of culture of excellence, client centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and are united in achieving the agency’s mission. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented to apply.
The Office of the Public Defender is seeking a social worker to provide clinical services in our Parental Defense Division Baltimore County office supporting parents whose children have been placed in the custody of DSS. Several positions will be filled statewide under Title IV-E matching funds.
OPD’s Parental Defense Division represents parents and guardians when the Department of Social Services has, or wants to, remove their children and place them in state custody. OPD is seeking a Social Worker for our Baltimore County trial office to serve as a member of the legal defense team alongside lawyers and social workers. In addition to providing our clients with high-quality legal defense, the goals of the teams include keeping children out of foster care, shortening lengths of stay for children in foster care, promoting quality visiting arrangements, ensuring that families receive services that they feel they need to address the family’s social needs, and providing out of court advocacy on behalf of the parents. We are seeking Social Worker who utilize an anti-oppressive framework and possess a nuanced understanding of the harm perpetrated by the social work profession as a whole. These are grant-funded positions contingent on the renewal of matching grant funds.
LOCATION OF POSITION
Main Purpose of Job
The Parental Defense Social Workers will provide social work expertise and services as part of the family defense team. In an interdisciplinary setting, Social Workers work as agents of the attorney to provide legal representation to parents when their children have been removed, or are in danger of being removed from them by the local department of social services. As “agents of the attorney,” Social Workers employed by the Parental Defense Division must adhere to client-attorney privilege and, as a result, are not mandated reports. Social Workers in this position are exempt from legal requirements to report suspected child abuse or neglect to state officials.
A Social Worker I is the intermediate level of professional social work providing clinical, therapeutic, and forensic social work services. A social worker in the Parental Defense Division provides clinical and therapeutic services and works alongside parents enmeshed in family policing/child welfare court proceedings. Social Workers in the Parental Defense Division should possess a general understanding of behavioral health, a strengths-based approach and the impact of social factors on overall well being. As a Social Worker 1, this practitioner will receive supervision under a Licensed Social Worker- Clinical to obtain hours toward the highest level of licensure.
A Social Worker II is the full performance level of professional social work providing clinical and forensic social work services in an indigent defense environment, including mitigation, and creates a strategy with Assistant Public Defenders for the legal disposition of abuse or neglect cases. A Social Worker II in the Parental Defense Division should possess a strong understanding of behavioral health, harm reduction and the impact of social factors on overall well being. Employees in these classifications do not supervise.
DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Currently licensed as an LMSW or LCSW-CBackground and experience in child welfare/family policing and/or forensic social work and/or social justice-oriented work
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Detail-oriented and able to meet internal and external deadlines.
Ability to balance working as a team and working independently.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
1. Employees are required to be licensed as a Certified Social Worker or Certified Social Worker-Clinical by the State Board of Social Work Examiners prior to appointment to a position in State service. Applicants who do not have a license may also apply pending receipt of the required license. When the license is obtained, submit a copy to the hiring department.
2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.
1. Employees are required to meet mandatory standards for continuing education as determined by the hiring department. Employees who fail to obtain the required continuing education credits shall be subject to disciplinary action including demotion, suspension and dismissal.
2. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services must complete an approved training program in group counseling techniques.
3. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services may be required to complete the Level I Counseling course certified by the Maryland AIDS Professional Education Center.
4. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services are required to qualify for and successfully complete the Entry Level Training Academy operated by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions.
5. In-state travel required.
Online applications preferred. Please fax all paper applications and questionnaires to (410) 333-2260.
Inquiries regarding applications and submitting paper applications can be directed to: Office of the Public Defender, Human Resources Division, 6 Saint Paul Street, Suite 1304, Baltimore, MD 21202; or by calling (410) 767-8500, toll free: 877-430-5187; TTY users call Maryland Relay Service 800-735-2258.
Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing. A paper copy of the MD State application form and questionnaire can be downloaded from the link below.
As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.