Social Worker (Child & Family Services) (Bilingual Ability Preferred)
$26.94 - $35.63 Hourly
Health & Human Services Department
Waukesha County Department of Health & Human Services is recruiting for a talented Social Worker to join its Child and Family Services Unit.
The Child and Family Services Division is primarily responsible for safety, permanency and well-being for children and families under Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 48 and related State mandates. The Ongoing Social Worker will join a team of workers managing cases within the Child Protective Services continuum of care, including Access/Initial Assessment, Foster Care and Children with Special Needs. The Ongoing Social Worker’s role focuses on strengthening families by providing support and services to children in-home and in relative, foster care and other out of home placements. The Ongoing unit provides counseling, court related services, case management, and coordination of contracted and community services to children, parents, relative caretakers and foster parents. The Ongoing Social Worker is responsible for creating and implementing the case plan or permanency plan through service provision, coordination and facilitation of family team meetings, and court oversight.
Our mission is to serve individuals and families of Waukesha County by providing quality and professional services. These services are provided to families in their home whenever safely possible. Collaboration and coordination with Department and community professionals is essential to effective intervention. We are committed to providing appropriate levels of intervention and protection, while encouraging families to utilize their strengths toward independence and self-sufficiency whenever possible. While adhering to legal mandates, our work will be conducted in an atmosphere of respect, compassion and confidentiality.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Family Assessment & Engagement
Case Management & Service Coordination
Safety Assessment & Planning
Counseling & Intervention
School Intervention & Collaboration
Child Abuse & Neglect Investigations
Coordinating &Planning for Out-of-Home Placement
Example of Duties
Under supervision, to perform professional work involving the delivery of social work services to individuals and families in need of counseling and referral services; and to perform other duties as required.
Makes initial contact with and receives referrals of clients with a variety of problems which require social work assessment and/or intervention.
Conducts assessments of client needs through interviews, collateral contacts and other investigations, develops a casework plan with clients, and performs agreed-upon and necessary casework services.
Maintains a caseload involving clients with personal, family, or socio-economic problems and attends to the related protection and safety needs.
Counsels and provides intervention and case management services, coordinating the various social, community, and other services received by the clients.
Informs clients of available programs and services to meet their individual needs, and encourages participation in the most appropriate activities; or ensures participation in court-mandated services.
Initiates and maintains contacts with the courts, schools, mental health, and community agencies to assist individuals and families in need of a variety of human services.
Attends and participates in staff development programs, including in-service training, staff meetings, and professional seminars.
Provides consultation to other social work personnel and para-professionals.
Serves as a representative of the department to interested individuals, professionals, and community groups.
Acts as a department liaison, providing casework direction and supervision to providers of contracted services.
Prepares social histories and family assessments, reviews results and recommendations with supervisor and makes recommendations concerning case dispositions, and testifies at court and administrative hearings as required.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients, families, caregivers, service providers, volunteers, community agencies, and the public.
Prepares and presents oral and written reports.
Maintains detailed case records, and develops and prepares statistical reports as required.
Performs emergency government duties as assigned in event of Waukesha County Emergency Government declaration.
Performs other duties as required.
Essential Knowledge and Abilities
Considerable knowledge of social work principles and methods.
Considerable knowledge of financial, health, mental health, and community resources.
Considerable knowledge of the federal, state, and local rules, regulations, and statutes governing the delivery of human services.
Considerable knowledge of social problems such as family disorganization, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, discrimination, disability, poverty, unemployment, aging; and their effect on the individual and their families.
Considerable knowledge of human behavior, dynamics of groups and families, interpersonal relations, and social interaction.
Working knowledge of social welfare programs, and the role of public human services agencies in providing services.
Working knowledge of evidence-based practices and ability to integrate into case planning and practice.
Working knowledge of confidentiality statutes and requirements, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.
Working knowledge of computerized department program software, including electronic health record, Internet access, and database, spreadsheet, and word processing programs.
Ability to provide social treatment to clients with problems.
Ability to interpret human services programs and explain programs and services available to clients, families, and stakeholders.
Ability to respond appropriately in a crisis situation and provide skilled intervention to clients with severe problems.
Ability to develop appropriate plan of services and to implement the plan with individual clients and their families.
Ability to participate in multi-disciplinary decision making and services coordination as appropriate.
Ability to utilize word processing, database, and spreadsheet programs.
Ability to prepare, present, and maintain accurate records and reports.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, families, caregivers, services providers, volunteers, community agencies, and the general public.
Ability to effectively interact with sensitivity with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyles.
Ability to plan and organize work effectively.
You must meet these minimum Training and Experience requirements:
a. A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university in sociology, social work, psychology, or a closely related field.
b. A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university with at least four courses in sociology, social work, or psychology, plus one year of professional social work experience.
Social work certification from the State of Wisconsin within six months of employment.
40-hours a week on flexible schedule which includes working evenings to meet family needs.
Social Workers in the Child and Family Services Unit in general are responsible for meeting with their clients in a variety of settings including the office, client homes, schools, and community locations. Social Workers are responsible for transporting themselves, and at times clients, to these appointments and are expected to have some daily driving responsibilities, generally not exceeding two hours per day. Social Workers must have the ability to respond to crisis and be flexible in their schedules. Social Workers must be able to communicate via email, telephone, and in-person and be able to document their work electronically as well as maintain required hard copy files. Bi-lingual ability is preferred.
Successful candidate will be eligible for performance based merit increases and non-base performance awards.
This position includes comprehensive benefit package including an on-site medical clinic.
515 W. Moreland Blvd.
AC Room 160
Waukesha, Wisconsin, 53188