Social Worker III

Apply by 4/30/21 for next Application Review

Recruitment #21-344020-01

Introduction

WHY JOIN US AT SOLANO COUNTY?

COMMITMENT TO SERVICE: Our mission is to serve the people and to provide a safe and healthy place to live, learn, work and play.

We serve the public in many different ways, including:
• Providing primary medical, dental, alcohol, drug and mental health services to residents, including the uninsured, low-income, and medically underserved
• Providing law enforcement services in the unincorporated area of the county
• Protecting the community from public health threats such as communicable diseases
• Coordinating countywide responses to domestic violence and terrorism or other emergencies
• Managing the criminal justice process after arrest (jail, prosecution, probation)
• Supporting other local governments through efficient property tax collection as mandated by the State, County and local jurisdictions; and,
• Administration and enforcement of Federal, State, and Local laws and policies pertaining to environmental health, building construction, and land use planning

OUR EMPLOYEES: Our diverse workforce is committed to fulfilling this mission and does so by exemplifying our IDEAL Core Values, engaging in our day to day work of serving the public with Integrity, Dignity, Excellence, Accountability, and Leadership.

WHY WE EXIST 

The mission of the Solano County Health & Social Services Department is to Promote Healthy, Safe and Stable Lives.

Vision: A Healthy, Safe and Stable Community

Core Values
• Diversity: We respect and value cross –culturalism creating an environment that is inclusive for all.
• Respect: We treat people with care and courtesy.
• Integrity: We do what we say will.
• Fairness: We are consistent and unbiased in decisions.
• Transparency: We communicate the how and why.
• Equity: We ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities.
• Responsiveness: We react quickly and positively.

THE POSITION

The Social Worker III works under consultative supervision and independently perform casework duties involving legally mandated matters affecting children. Assignments are often characterized by specialized casework, time limitations and responsibility imposed by the legal system in a wide range of highly sensitive investigations and interventions required by life threatening circumstances. 

The ideal candidate has experience and/or specialized education/training in preparation for work in Child Welfare Services.

Per Civil Service Rule 7.01(B), candidates with specialized training in Child Welfare services will be certified to vacancies in Child Welfare prior to candidates without such specialized training.

Although the current openings are in Child Welfare Services, this recruitment will be used to fill Social Worker III vacancies throughout the County.

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill part-time and full-time regular, limited-term or extra-help positions as vacancies occur or the need arises.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience

Either I - Two years of experience equivalent to the Social Worker II in Solano County.

OR II - Equivalent to graduation from a four-year accredited college or university with coursework that has preferably included thirty (30) semester units in social welfare, sociology, psychology, counseling, gerontology, vocational guidance or other related behavioral science. AND Three years of experience performing professional level social work with a public social services agency or private social services provider. (Preferably including substantial experience with abused/neglected children and/or adults)

OR III - Possession of a Master’s degree in Social Services (MSW) or a two year graduate level counseling degree emphasizing marriage, family and child counseling, gerontology, or clinical psychology. (Both the MSW and the two-year counseling degree must have included supervised fieldwork or an internship) This requirement may be met by a letter from an accredited college or university that states current enrollment in a Master’s degree program and confirms graduation with a Master’s degree in Social Services (MSW) will be conferred within three (3) months. AND Two years of experience performing social work with a public social services agency or private social services provider. (Preferably including substantial experience with abused/neglected children and/or adults). This requirement may be met by completion of a two (2) year social work internship through an accredited college or university.

To view the job description, please visit:
http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=16016

BENEFITS/ WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

Solano County offers a cafeteria-style medical package with health benefits, offered through CalPERS. The County contribution for family coverage for the 2021 calendar year is $1,586.60 per month. The County offers a cash back provision for those who choose employee-only or who waive medical insurance coverage. The County may offer a supplemental contribution for employees enrolled in Employee plus Two or More coverage.

Dental and vision insurances for the employee and eligible dependents are paid 100% by the County.   

Solano County participates in CalPERS retirement and contributes to Social Security.  

The County observes 12 full day fixed and 2 half day fixed paid holidays per year. Additionally, employees in this bargaining unit receive 2 floating paid holidays per year.    

Vacation is accrued at approximately 10 days per year for the first 3 years.

Sick leave accrues at approximately 12 days per year.

Employees are eligible to receive an additional 2.5% longevity pay, per level, after the completion of continuous service at 10, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years.

To review complete benefits information, please visit: http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=16512  

 Extra-help employees who work less than 29 hours per week do not typically receive or accrue benefits of regular employees during their period of employment. All extra-help employees accrue .034 hours of Paid Time Off for every full hour worked.

To view the benefits for an extra-help position, please visit: 
http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=16516


 

CULTURE OF LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Solano County is committed to “Invest In and For the Future” by providing training resources to encourage employee professional development and growth within our organization. While employed with Solano County, employees have the opportunity to pursue their career goals, interests, and develop the competencies on the Solano County Leadership Development Model by participating in the following programs:

• Tuition Reimbursement Program
• Annual Education Fair
• County Mentoring Program
• Leadership Academy
• Supervisory Trainings
• Skill Development Trainings
• Self-paced learning opportunities 

SELECTION PROCESS

03/31/2021  Deadline to submit application and required documents for first application review.

04/30/2021 Deadline to submit application and required documents for second application review.

Based on the information provided in the application documents, the qualified applicants will be invited for further examination and will either be pre-scheduled by the Department of Human Resources or be invited to self-schedule. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of an initial application screening, a mandatory information meeting, a written and/or practical exam, an oral board exam, or any combination listed. Responses to supplemental questions may be used as screening and testing mechanisms and will be used to assess an applicant’s ability to advance in the process; as such, responses to supplemental questions should be treated as test examination responses. Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

A minimum score of 70% is required to continue in the selection process, unless otherwise announced.

All potential new hires and employees considered for promotion to management, confidential positions or unrepresented positions will be subject to a background and reference check after contingent job offer is accepted.  These provisions are subject to change.

RETIREES - Solano County invites all to apply for positions; however pursuant to Government Code Section 21221(h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees.

HOW TO APPLY

Please visit the County of Solano website, www.jobsatsolanocounty.com, to apply. Applications must be submitted through the JobAps system. Paper copies of applications are not accepted. All additional application materials as requested in the job announcement (degree/transcripts, certificates, DD-214 if applicable, ADA Accommodation Request) must be submitted by the next application review date.

Previously submitted application materials (e.g., copies of diploma and/or transcripts, etc.) for prior recruitments will not be applied for this recruitment but must be re-submitted for this recruitment.

Any further questions can be directed to the Department of Human Resources at (707) 784-6170, business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EOE/AA.

Please note that all dates/times listed in the job announcement are Pacific Time.

DOCUMENT SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS

All applicants must submit a copy of their college diploma (verifying the degree, date earned and area of specialization) or official/unofficial transcripts (verifying the courses and units completed) within 5 calendar days of submission of application, or by the application review date. Applicants who are current Title IV-E students must submit a letter from their school to verify good standing in the Title IV-E program, and the letter must include the anticipated graduation date. Applicants who fail to submit their diploma/transcripts/letter by the next application review date will be disqualified from the recruitment. 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:  Applicants who attended a college or university that is accredited by a foreign or non-U.S. accrediting agency must have their educational units evaluated by an educational evaluation service.  The result must be submitted to the Human Resources Department no later than the next application review date.  Please contact the local college or university to learn where this service can be obtained.


How to Submit Your Documents

In addition to uploading attachments when applying online, candidates may submit documents by fax to (707) 784-3424, or by email to recruitment@solanocounty.com.  Be sure to include the recruitment title (Social Worker III) and the recruitment number (21-344020-01) in your email or fax.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE

This Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to determine applicants’ qualifications for this position and whether they will continue in the recruitment process; therefore, applicants are encouraged to answer all questions thoroughly and completely.  In your response, please include employer name and dates of employment. Omitted information will not be considered or assumed.  Applicants who have no experience in a specific area are recommended to state "no experience in this area" instead of leaving the space blank.


1

Which best describes your experience and education from an accredited college or university? 

NOTE: Depending on how you qualify, candidates must submit a copy of their college diploma (verifying the degree, date earned, and area of specialization); official/unofficial transcripts (verifying the student, institution, courses and units completed, degree conferred and degree conferral date); or a letter from their school verifying good standing in the Title IV-E program and the anticipated graduation date.

 Two years of experience equivalent to the Social Worker II in Solano County
 Equivalent to graduation from a four-year accredited college or university with coursework that has preferably included thirty (30) semester units in social welfare, sociology, psychology, counseling, gerontology, vocational guidance or other related behavioral science, AND Three years of experience performing professional level social work with a public social services agency or private social services provider. (Preferably including substantial experience with abused/neglected children and/or adults)
 Possession of a Master's degree in Social Services (MSW) or a two year graduate level counseling degree emphasizing marriage, family and child counseling, gerontology, or clinical psychology. (Both the MSW and the two-year counseling degree must have included supervised fieldwork or an internship). This requirement may be met by a letter from an accredited college or university that states current enrollment in a Master's degree program and confirms graduation with a Master's degree in Social Services (MSW) will be conferred within three (3) months, AND Two years of experience performing social work with a public social services agency or private social services provider. (Preferably including substantial experience with abused/neglected children and/or adults). This requirement may be met by completion of a two (2) year social work internship through an accredited college or university.
 None of the above
2

If you are in the process of obtaining a Master's degree in Social Work, please provide your anticipated graduation date, otherwise type in "N/A."

NOTE: As mentioned in Question 1, applicant's who have not yet obtained their MSW must submit a letter from their school)

3

Are you a current or former Title IV-E MSW Student?

 Yes
 No
 

If yes, did you intern with Solano County Child Welfare Services?

 Yes
 No
 N/A
 

If you are a current or former Title IV-E MSW Student and did not intern with Solano County, which other County Child Welfare Services Department did you intern with? If not, please fill in "N/A."

4

Select the work experience (may include internship experience) that you have working within Child Welfare. Choose all that apply.

I have no experience working within public Child Welfare
Child Welfare Services/Child Protective Services – Investigations and/or Emergency Response
Child Welfare Services – Ongoing Programs (Court/Dependency Investigations, Family Maintenance/Family Reunification, Permanency Placement, Nonminor Dependents, Adoptions)
Child Welfare Services – Specialized Programs (non-case carrying/non-investigatory) (Hotline/Intake, Resource Family Approval, Placement Support)
Foster Family Agency Case Management
Other agency type where you provided case management to clients, assessed client’s functioning, developed service/case plans, etc.

5

Level of experience with the following typical Child Welfare duties:


 

Write Investigation Narratives:

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Write reports for the Court (i.e. Detention, Jurisdiction, Jurisdiction/Disposition, status reviews, termination of parental rights, etc.):

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Write and modify Case Plans:

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Experience utilizing CWS/CMS system:

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Conduct monthly planned compliance visits with foster youth per Division 31 regulations:

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Conduct unannounced home visits due to safety concerns and/or as part of a case plan:

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Facilitate/lead multi-disciplinary team meetings:

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Investigate abuse and neglect:

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Working on a Hotline (Answering Abuse calls, writing intake narratives, completing risk and safety assessments, and writing referral):

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Remove children from parent/guardian’s custody as the result of abuse and/or neglect:

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)

 

Applicable Social Work Skills


 

Worked with involuntary or reluctant clients:

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Writings of any type that were submitted to a court setting or whose results have legal ramifications:

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Conducted Social Work including field visits in risky settings to serve clients (i.e. homeless encampments, areas of high crime, jail settings, psychiatric settings):

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Lead or participate in client-centered team planning meetings (i.e. Child & Family Team, Wraparound, etc.):

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Working on a crisis line where the purpose is to screen, and/or assess the safety of the caller. (i.e. suicide hotline, mental health warm line, etc.):

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
 

Place children in a resource home, relative home, Foster Family Agency Home, group home or STRTP:

 Novice (less than 3 years)
 Experienced (3-6 years)
 Proficient (greater than 6 years)
6

Which statements describes your experience conducting home visits with clients (select all that apply):

I have no experience in this area
I have conducted Foster Family Agency Social Worker Home visits
I have provided Supportive Services (i.e. Therapeutic Behavioral Services, Clinical Services, 1:1 support) as part of Wraparound services to a foster child/youth and their caregiver
I have conducted County home visits for Public Health, Mental Health, Employment and Eligibility Services, and/or Probation
7

Which statements reflect the areas in which you have experience as a Social Worker (select all that apply):

I have no experience in this area
I have worked with children within the educational system
I have worked with children within the juvenile justice system
I have worked with children within a mental health agency or setting
I have worked within a child welfare services agency
I have worked with adults, including older and disabled adults
I have worked with adults, children, or families experiencing homelessness
8

Some positions may require bilingual skills.  Applicants who indicate bilingual skills in their application may be required to demonstrate proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in the language indicated.

Are you proficient in speaking, reading and writing any of the following languages? (select all that apply)   

Spanish
Tagalog
Vietnamese
None

VETERANS PREFERENCE POINTS

To be eligible, applicant must have served at least 181 consecutive days of active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.  A COPY OF THE DD 214, SHOWING DISCHARGE TYPE (GENERALLY COPY 4), MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT BY THE FINAL FILING DATE.  Applicants who have a service connected disability must also submit a recent award letter from the VA stating they are receiving disability benefits for service connected reasons. 

Veteran applicants for initial County employment with an honorable or general under conditions discharge shall receive five (5) points added to their combined score.  Disabled veterans rated at not less than 30% disability shall have ten (10) points added to their combined score.  Veteran’s preference points will only be added to passing scores in competitive open examinations

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

It is the policy of Solano County that all employment decisions and personnel policies will be applied equally to all County employees and applicants and be based upon the needs of County service, job related merit, and ability to perform the job.

APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES: Qualified individuals with a disability, who are able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, and need an accommodation during any phase of the recruitment/testing/examination process (as detailed in the “Selection Process”), must complete the following Request for Testing Accommodation by Applicants with Disabilities Form: http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=23215.  

This form must be received in the Human Resources Department by the final filing date of the recruitment. Applicants will be contacted to discuss the specifics of the request.

SOLANO COUNTY

 

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OUR COMMUNITY

Solano County is the ideal place to live, learn, work and play…  The America's Promise Alliance has named Solano County as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People for six straight yearsthe only California community with that distinction.

  • Live – Solano County as well as cities within the County have ranked in the top 15 hottest markets across the country and within the Bay Area due to prime location and affordability.
  • Learn Higher education abounds! Within the County, education choices include: Solano Community College, CSU Maritime Academy, Brandman University, and Touro University. Bordering our County is the renowned University of California Davis.
  • Work The blend of agriculture, corporate business and pleasant lifestyle enhance the attraction of Solano County. Blessed with a thriving agricultural economy, the county is also home to biotechnology and other growth industries.
  • Play - Situated midway between San Francisco and Sacramento—the State capitol, Solano County is home to rolling hillsides, waterfronts and fertile farmland. County residents can enjoy day trips to the San Francisco Bay area, Lake Tahoe region and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

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County Population (2019): 447, 643

SOLANO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER



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