Social Worker V (#RS3405)
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$37.44-$45.51 Hourly / $6,490.33-$7,889.04 Monthly / $77,884.01-$94,668.50 Yearly


Under general direction, provides the most advanced social casework and related services to clients or specialized services programs in either Child Protective Services or Adult Protective Services units within the Human Service Agency; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the most advanced level in the Social Worker series. Incumbents at this level are expected to have an understanding of social services theory and practice that has been gained through a qualifying master's degree program combined with work experience. Positions are assigned to Child Protective Services or Adult Protective Services, or may provide program oversight in other areas. Incumbents are expected to perform the social casework, counseling, and related activities of the unit with the highest level of independent judgment and authority. The specific duties and assignments may vary depending upon area of assignment.

The class of Social Worker V is distinguished from the Social Worker IV in that it requires an incumbent to possess a master's degree in a qualifying program.


  • Supervises a caseload for clients requiring social services.
  • Interviews clients in their homes, in the office, or via telephone to assess their needs and problems; evaluates individual and family case information; determines appropriate types and methods of treatment; initiates long- or short-term treatment plans; makes referrals to other agencies, organizations, or divisions within the department when appropriate; works with service providers to meet client needs; and advocates on behalf of clients.
  • Researches, evaluates, develops, and carries out, in cooperation with the client, financial and basic social treatment plans; assesses and evaluates progress in case plan.
  • Makes home visits to assess housing and health conditions and family relationships; refers cases of suspected abuse and/or neglect to appropriate unit.
  • Investigates referrals and provides services to clients where their physical or emotional welfare is involved; provides services for individuals incapable of protecting themselves.
  • Coordinates service plans with supervisor, eligibility workers, service providers, and other agencies.
  • Prepares case records, reports, and correspondence, including documents for the Courts, and maintains appropriate controls; utilizes computer systems to input and retrieve information related to social service cases.
  • Interprets and communicates policies, rules, and regulations of the department to clients, service providers, and the general public within the scope of responsibility; confers with supervisor regarding caseload problems.
  • Attends court proceedings and testifies in court.
  • Arranges for guardianship or conservatorship of clients.
  • Participates in specialized activities depending on client population that include provision of adoption services, investigation of abuse and/or neglect, including financial abuse; renewal of conservatorships and evaluations of care homes/facilities; processes applications for service and assistance from clients, relatives, care providers, prospective adoptive parents, or others in need of help; recruits, studies, and selects adoptive homes, board and care facilities, and other care settings; places clients into care facilities as appropriate; assists care providers and institutional staff in meeting the need of clients.
  • Performs comprehensive assessments of client's psychological, physical, social, and environmental needs; works with client and interdisciplinary team to develop a realistic service plan.
  • Mentors assigned staff.
  • Monitors program budget; prepares statistical reports and analyses; oversees contractual services.


Education: A master’s degree in social work, behavioral science, sociology, psychology, counseling, or a closely related social/human services field. 

Experience: One (1) year of full-time social casework experience equivalent to the class of Social Worker IV working in Child Protective Services or Adult Protective Services for a public or governmental agency. 

Education: A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) based on a two-year program with coursework sufficient to meet State standards for an MFT license which included supervised field placement as part of the course. Verification must include the possession of an MFT internship number. 

Experience: One (1) year of full time, paid post-master’s social casework experience. 

License: Possession of a State of California MFT license. 

Experience: One (1) year of full time, paid post-master’s social casework experience. 

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

Special Requirement: Positions assigned to designated Children’s Services units may require incumbents to possess a Master of Social Work to comply with State regulation. Assignments to Multipurpose Senior Services Program are required by State regulation to have one (1) year of experience working with the elderly.


The principles and techniques of social work and the role and function of the public social service agency; principles of individual and group behavior with emphasis on normal growth, development, and family relationships; social casework objectives, principles, and methods; the socio-economic factors that promote stable family life and an understanding of the elements that affect family security; physical and mental illnesses, aging disabilities and their impact on personality; principles of gerontology and the aging process; social service research methods; community organization and the use of public or private community resources; the laws, rules and regulations governing the operation of public social service agencies; the goals involved in legislation directed toward the rehabilitation of clients; principles of interviewing; personal computer systems; principles of report writing; principles of public relations; principles of planning, organization, research, and analysis; principles of training and development; and state and federal laws and regulations, with particular emphasis on compliance requirements and funding allocations.


Establish rapport with clients and their families in working toward a solution or amelioration of their problems; analyze situations and conditions that require the application of specialized social work and other skills; assess and monitor client needs; develop and implement client care plans; apply casework skills and knowledge to meet goals; understand relevant laws, rules, and regulations; work cooperatively with fellow employees and the general public; demonstrate skill in planning and analysis; provide consultation to others; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; maintain effective working relationships; effectively apply casework knowledge and skills; and utilize supervision and direction effectively to meet agency's program goals; and operate a computer.


Mobility-Frequent operation of computers; repetitive motion; sitting for extended periods; walking; frequent driving may be required; Lifting-Ability to frequently lift 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 60 pounds; Vision-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motions; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Constant public contact, decision making and concentration; frequently working alone and exposure to trauma, grief and death; occasional exposure to noise, emergency situations; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require occasional weekends/nights, overtime, and travel.

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: RS3405; EST: 2/13/2003; REV: 5/8/2024;