SOCIAL WORKER SERIES, CRIMINAL JUSTICE
SOCIAL WORKER I & II, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Prince George's County
|Department||OPD District Operations|
|Date Opened||9/21/2023 11:59:00 PM|
|Filing Deadline||10/5/2023 11:59:00 PM|
|Salary||I: $70,071-$86,450.00 prog. to $91,742.00; II: $74,766.00-$92,290.00 progr. to $97,940.00|
|HR Analyst||Janynee Covington|
As a State agency, Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. MOPD is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or genetic information.
All applicants must be able to communicate with clients and visitors and possess the ability to complete tasks in a fast-paced work environment. Applicants must be able to work in various positions, and travel to various courtrooms and office environments throughout the state. MOPD is further committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs and activities by modifying or adjusting the job application process or the job or work environment to make reasonable accommodations to the known applicant or employee to enable the applicant or employee be considered for the position they desire; to perform the essential functions of the position in question; or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees without disabilities, unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship. Applicants must be able to operate a computer and other office equipment. Applicants must have access to a motor vehicle or be able to navigate public transportation. If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Tawanda Jackson, Human Resources Supervisor, 410-767-8503, email@example.com.
The Office of the Public Defender is recruiting to fill vacancies for Prince George's County Social Worker I and Social Worker II, Criminal Justice. The Office of the Public Defender provides forensic social work services, including mitigation, to adult and juvenile clients in an indigent defense environment. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.
I Level Grade 16
II Level Grade 17
LOCATION OF POSITION
Main Purpose of Job
A Social Worker I, Criminal Justice is the intermediate level of professional social work providing defense-based forensic social work services in an indigent criminal justice environment. An employee working in a criminal justice environment provides services to clients who have demonstrated a need for rehabilitative intervention because of serious mental illness, psychosocial stressors/distress, behavioral factors related to mental health and co-occurring mental health, substance abuse or other social adjustment factors. The employee working in an indigent defense environment provides forensic social work services, and may be tasked with conducting psychosocial evaluations for mitigation purposes, assessing and linking clients to evidence-based services, and when needed, integrating those services into pretrial, sentencing, or alternative sentencing plans for clients charged with crimes or delinquent offenses and creates a defense strategy with Assistant Public Defenders for the legal disposition of criminal or delinquent cases. Employees in this classification do not supervise.
A Social Worker II, Criminal Justice is the full performance level of professional social work providing forensic-clinical social work services in an indigent criminal justice environment. An employee working in a criminal justice environment provides services to clients who have demonstrated a need for rehabilitative intervention because of serious mental illness, psychosocial stressors/distress, behavioral factors related to mental health and co-occurring mental health/substance use or other social adjustment factors. The Social Worker II will be tasked with conducting psychosocial evaluations for mitigation purposes, assessing and linking clients to evidence-based services, and when needed, integrating those services into pretrial, sentencing, or alternative sentencing plans and creates a defense strategy with Assistant Public Defenders for the legal disposition of criminal or delinquent cases. Employees in these classifications do not supervise. Candidates must be willing to work with adults and juvenile clients.
Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology or Welfare fields of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.
DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Currently licensed as a LMSW or LCSW-C.
Experience working in a forensic social work setting.
Excellent writing skills and experience writing social histories.
Experience testifying in court.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
1. (I) Employees are required to be licensed as a Graduate Social Worker (on or by June 30, 2018), Master Social Worker (on or after July 1,2018, 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.
(II) 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.
Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.
The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position. You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all experience and education that is related to this position. Applicants selected for the interview will be required to complete a writing sample onsite during the interview process.
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.