Child Welfare Division Chief (#RM0800)
$55.40-$67.34 Hourly / $9,603.41-$11,673.01 Monthly / $115,240.98-$140,076.14 Yearly


Under general direction, performs complex administrative work in the planning, development, and coordination of a County-wide program of services for the care and protection of families and children; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 2 of the Civil Service Rules.


An incumbent of this class supervisors and directs Child Welfare Unit Chiefs and caseworkers, and is responsible for public relations, community resource utilization and staff development activities related to children's services programs.


  • Plans, assigns and manages the work of staff engaged in carrying out children's services programs; evaluates division and unit performance.
  • Analyzes policies and procedures which apply to children's programs; plans, develops, and recommends changes to increase program effectiveness; supervises research and studies for program evaluation and interpretation.
  • Interprets agency policy and procedure to staff, other agencies, and individuals; serves as case consultant.
  • Plans and assists in staff development activities.
  • Participates in the development and coordination of community resources and services for families and children.
  • Represents the Department of Public Assistance at meetings and conferences; speaks before public and private groups regarding children's programs.
  • Reviews correspondence, reports, and other material; prepares reports and correspondence; prepares budget and staffing recommendations.


License:  Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license.


Experience: Five years post-MSW social service experience, including at least two years supervising professional social service staff engaged in providing child-oriented casework and counseling services.


Education:  Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work based on a two year program which included supervised field placement. 


Education: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in counseling with a specialization in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling based on a two year program with coursework sufficient to meet State standards for an M.F.C.C. license which included supervised field placement as part of the course curriculum. 


License/Certificate:  Possession of a State of California M.F.C.C. license.


Principles of public social service administration; goals of a public social services agency; casework concepts and skills for formulating and carrying out treatment plans; principles of management, supervision and training; methods and techniques of providing casework consultation to staff members; laws, rules and regulations governing the operation of public social services agencies and the various specialized assistance programs; community public and private agency resources; social service research methods and techniques.


Plan, organize and direct the work of others; work cooperatively with fellow employees and the general public; organize and interpret data pertinent to caseload management; interpret program goals; apply casework skills and knowledge's to meet goals; communicate effectively; write clear, concise reports; interpret laws that apply to program.


San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RM0800; EST: 9/8/1965; REV: 1/14/1998;