Chief Clinical Social Worker (#RS3044 )
$44.47-$54.06 Hourly / $7,708.13-$9,370.40 Monthly / $92,497.60-$112,444.80 Yearly


Under direction, plans, implements, and evaluates a social service program in a mental health or acute general hospital setting; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this class is responsible for a specific comprehensive social services program in the Health Care Services Department. Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional, para-professional and other personnel. Work is performed with considerable independence of action; however, guidance, consultation and direction is received from medical and administration superiors.


  • Plans and develops a social service program for patients having acute, mental, physical or emotional problems.
  • Conducts and participates in staff meetings to insure effective coordination of work; hires, trains and evaluates staff.
  • Supervises subordinate professional and para-professional personnel in the performance of social casework, and in recording case histories and related matters; assigns cases and assists subordinates with difficult cases.
  • Consults with and informs medical personnel and other staff members of matters relating to social and environment problems of patients and their families.
  • Participates in planning and conducting training programs in the teaching of social diagnosis and treatment methods and coordinating the social work program with related community social services and treatment facilities.
  • Supervises and participates in interdisciplinary diagnostic and dispositional conferences to determine the nature of illness and recommend treatment plans; performs clinical assessments; makes pre-release studies of cases and makes recommendations accordingly.
  • Prepares and maintains records, reports and correspondence; may requisition supplies.
  • Determines, interprets and implements policies and procedures; monitors program effectiveness.
  • Represents Mental Health Services at conferences and addresses groups; may represent the Department of Health Care Services on matters relating to the service aspects of mental health programs.
  • Serves in an advocacy capacity for the civil and service rights of clients and family members.

    Education:  Master’s Degree from an accredited school of social work.


    Experience:  Three years of progressively responsible post MSW social casework experience in a clinical or treatment setting.


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


    Special Requirement:  Must meet licensing requirements for Clinical Social Worker set by Section 1277 of the California Health and Safety Code.


    Principles, practices, and techniques of psychiatric social casework; accepted social work placement methods and practices; social aspects of physical and mental illnesses and of modern methods of treatment.


    Plan, assign, and direct the work of subordinate social workers and related personnel; develop and maintain cooperative relationships with patients and their families; analyze base information and reach sound decisions on the basis of such information; interpret the casework program to other personnel, other social service agencies, and the community; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

    CLASS: RS3044 ; EST: ; REV: 10/17/1982;