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SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER

Social Worker I, Criminal Justice

Recruitment #24-002003-0001

Introduction

The Department of Juvenile Services, Juvenile Services Education Program (JSEP) is seeking to fill two school social worker positions: one in Frederick County and one in Baltimore County. These positions offer a rewarding opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of vulnerable youth while contributing to the betterment of our community.

GRADE

ASTD16

LOCATION OF POSITION

Frederick County
Victor Cullen School 
6000 Cullen Drive  
Sabillasville, MD 21780 

Baltimore County
Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School 
9700 Old Harford Road  
Baltimore, MD 21234

Main Purpose of Job

The principle tasks of the School Social Worker are to help students and families make the best use of available opportunities and resources and to fully develop each student's individual potential. The School Social Worker brings to the educational process an understanding of the psychosocial development of children and the influences of family, community, and cultural differences as they interact with the educational process. The incumbent will maintain a presence in the school, engage with students and staff.

The School Social Worker provides the necessary professional skills to assist students and communities in problem solving and conflict resolution in a safe and healthy manner. School Social Work is founded on the following premises: 

  • Definite and identifiable reasons exist why some students are not successful in school and exhibit undesirable behavior (including at-risk factors, dropping out and trauma). 
  • It is critical to assist teachers and families in alleviating adverse conditions in order to promote resiliency and academic success for at risk students. 
  • It is important to assist parents and school personnel in utilizing school and community resources to help children maximize their educational abilities. 
  • Parental involvement with the school is essential to create positive academic and social outcomes for students. 
  • It is essential that school staff listens to and respects the feelings and sensitivities of students and parents of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. 
  • Education becomes a successful experience for students who are helped to overcome the social and emotional problems interfering with adjustment and achievement in school. 
  • Special education and related services must be provided for students with physical, mental, social, emotional, or other educational disabilities. 
  • Social justice and equal opportunity for all students and families will increase educational attainment and enhance the educational experience for everyone.    

This position requires assignment to multiple sites, to provide systemic support.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Determined by the State Board of Social Work Examiners under the licensing requirements for Social Workers.

Experience: None

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Hold or be eligible for School Social Worker Certification issued by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Please attach a copy of your certification to your application.

Previous experience with children and working with a special needs population. 

Experience with educational agencies and interdisciplinary teams. 

Effective oral and written communication skills. 

Interpersonal skills that bring about effective communication and positive interactions with students.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. 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.

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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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 Police and Correctional Training Commissions.

SELECTION PROCESS

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 placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The evaluation may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

The online application is preferred. However, if you are unable to apply online, you may email or mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to the address below or fax a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to the fax number below. If you choose to fax or use regular mail, you must include on each page of the attachment your First and Last Name, the Recruitment Number located at the top of the bulletin, and the last four digits of your SS#. Paper application materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date for this recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted.

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services   
OHR-Recruitment & Examination Unit   
Attn: Laurita Lesperance  
217 E. Redwood Street  
Baltimore, MD 21202

Fax number 410-333-4188

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please contact the DJS Office of Human Resources at djs.careers@maryland.gov. Include the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin.

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 applicants are encouraged to apply.

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