Social Services Specialist

Recruitment #220630-H20C-04


ODVA is seeking a full- time Social Service Specialist for a State Veterans Home located in Claremore, OK.  ODVA offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link Plan Year 2022. The annual salary for this position is up to $51,090.52 based on education and experience.

Basic Purpose
Positions in this family are assigned responsibility for providing social services to residents in long-term care.

Typical Functions
• Manages a caseload and provides services for residents.
• Evaluates the needs of residents; counsels residents and arranges for needed treatment or services.
• Assesses the needs of residents and determines eligibility for specific programs; interviews residents, in an office setting, completes necessary case documents.
• Develops and plans casework services and treatment for residents.
• Develops and implements specialized treatment programs; utilizes community resources.
• Participates in staff conferences and interdisciplinary team meetings for the purpose of determining overall treatment.

Level Descriptor
This is the specialist level where employees are responsible for carrying a complex and difficult caseload. Responsibilities include providing training in caseload principles and practices and ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations, and agency policy and procedures.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of social work principles and practices; of casework principles and methods; of current social and economic problems; of the principles of family economics and budgeting; of human relations; of community, state and national health and welfare resources; of psychological terminology; of the principles of interviewing; of social assistance requirements; of therapeutic treatment; of psychiatric and medical terminology; of social welfare legislation as it pertains to the state administration of public welfare; of the functions of public welfare agencies; of social resources in Oklahoma as related to public assistance; of individual and group behavior; of social and psychiatric casework method and principles and their application to problems in psychiatric social work; of mental and emotional disturbances; of the principles of clinical interviewing; of community, individual, and family social, economic, and health problems; of medical social work methods and principles; and of literature in the field of social work. Ability is required to deal effectively and courteously with people; to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations; to present ideas and facts effectively and accurately; to consult with staff and agencies; to effectively treat social and emotional problems; to plan and organize a program; and to relate professional training to casework practice and supervision in the field of family services.

Some agencies may have determined positions in this job family to be safety sensitive as defined by 63 O.S. § 427.8.


Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of:
• A master’s degree plus two additional years of qualifying experience; or
• A bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in professional social work; or
• An equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one additional year of experience in professional social work for each year of the bachelor’s degree. 

Special Requirements
To be considered for the position, the Claremore Veterans Center requires the following:
• A bachelor’s degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (NOTE: A Master’s degree social worker with experience in long-term care is preferred), and
• A social work license from the state of Oklahoma, and
• A minimum of one year supervised social work experience in a health care setting working directly with individuals.