Social Worker IV-A / IV-B - Extra Help

  • Merced County Human Services Agency
  • Atwater, California
  • Nov 21, 2019
Full Time
  • Salary: $27.21 - $33.11 Hourly

Job Description

Position Information

Under general direction, the Social Worker IV A/B performs casework of an advanced nature dealing with complex individual and family problems; undertakes intensive treatment plans and counseling requiring professional knowledge and training; performs other related work as assigned.

Social Worker IV A/B requires a Master's degree and social work case management experience in a public or private social services agency. This is the highest non-supervisory level in the series. Incumbents perform casework requiring the application of high level and sophisticated social services expertise and techniques, generally in areas such as adult and child protective services.

The MQ patterns of the SW IV-B mirror the patterns for the SW IV-A. The distinguishing difference is that the SW IV-B requires one additional year of experience from what is required for the SW IV-A.

Social Worker IV differs from the next higher class of Social Worker Supervisor I in that the latter is the first supervisory level. Social Worker IV differs from Social Worker III in that the latter does not require both a Master's degree and qualifying experience.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED
Social Worker IV A/B receives supervision from a Social Worker Supervisor or other higher-level supervisor or manager pursuant to California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policy and Procedures (MPP) Division 31 regulations (31.070). A Social Worker IV A/B may provide lead direction to lower level Social Workers or service employees.

MERCED COUNTY SOCIAL WORKER IV-A/IV-B CLASS SPECIFICATION

Minimum Qualifications

Social Worker IV A

Pattern 1: A Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university;

OR

Pattern 2: A Master's degree from an accredited two (2) year counseling program*;

*Qualifying counseling degrees from a two (2) year counseling program includes: Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Addiction Counseling, Gerontology, Counseling Psychology.

OR

Pattern 3: One (1) year of full-time experience performing advanced journey (equivalent to a MSS SW III) level social work case management as a Social Worker in a public or private agency and Master's degree in social or behavioral science, psychology, anthropology, sociology and counseling education.

Social Worker IV B (This level is for candidates with a Master's degree and experience. Experience during an internship does not count at this level).

Pattern 1: A Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university and one (1) year of full-time experience performing social work case management as a Social Worker in a public or private agency;

OR

Pattern 2: A Master's degree from an accredited college or university two (2) year counseling program* and one (1) year of full-time experience performing social work case management as a Social Worker in a public or private agency;

*Qualifying counseling degrees from a two (2) year counseling program includes: Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Addiction Counseling, Gerontology, Counseling Psychology.

OR

Pattern 3: Two (2) years of full-time experience performing advanced journey (equivalent to a MSS SW III) level social work case management as a Social Worker in a public or private agency and Master's degree in social or behavioral science, psychology, anthropology, sociology and counseling education.

Supplemental Information

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Performscase studies for the purpose of assessingfamilial challengesand determining appropriate types and methods of treatment.
  • Developsintensive long or short term treatment plans which require a comprehensive fund of professional knowledge with the aim of improving and restoring individual or family functioning.
  • Ensures all services are delivered in a respectful, culturally sensitive and appropriate manner and in conformance with agency, state and federal requirements.
  • Acts as a casework consultant to staff members without professional training.
  • Functions at a highly skilled level in such areas as counseling, protective services, family services, community organization and research.
  • May perform the following specific types of counseling, family inter-relationship, protective services for children or adults incapable of self-care.
  • Investigates and provides services to children where their physical or emotional welfare is involved such as cases of neglect,abuse,emotional or behavioral problems, physical or mental disabilities, or other health conditions involving a child's personality; unmarried parenthood; conflict in parent-child relationships; lack of proper guardianship of a child; problems in school or community relationships; inadequate child care arrangements by working parents or the absence of one parent from the home and its effects on the stability of the child's home.
  • Receives reports of children, dependent adults andelderly abuse; investigates allegations by conducting interviewswith victims and others; assesses situations and recommends, implements and monitors alternate placement, may remove children from unsafe situations; may provide information to law enforcement or district attorneys; may testify in court; supports witnesses and victims who must testify in court.
  • Assesses prospectiveresource familiesand adoptive parents; matches children with adoptive/resource families, and counsels relatives, resourcefamiliesand adoptive families.
  • Refers clients to other staff members or to community resources for direct and intensive services and specialized counseling; advocateson clients behalf for most appropriate services including enabling services.
  • Coordinates and directly monitors family visitations to assess progress toward the case plangoals.
  • Researches and provides services for unmarried parents, conflict in parent-child relationships, inadequate child care arrangements by working parents, the absence of one parent from the home and its effect on the stability of the child's home.
  • Interprets the policies, rules, regulations and services rules of the agency to applicants, clients and the general public within their responsibility.
  • Maintains necessary casework records and handles relevant correspondence.
  • Collects evidence and prepares court reports, delivers testimony at the expert level in court.
  • Provides emergency response/crisis intervention services.
  • Perform on call duties as needed.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Operate a personal computer and other modern office equipment, including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Frequently sit for extended periods.
  • Frequently operate a motor vehicle.
  • Occasionally lift and/or carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret directions, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses.
  • Perform job duties under stressful conditions and emergencysituations.
  • Respond appropriately to situations.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations; performs all duties in conformance with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function.
Desired knowledge may include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Local socio-economic conditions,trends and current problems and methodology in the field of public social services.
  • Basic principles of individual and group behavior.
  • Social service research methods.
  • Basic public welfare programs on the Federal, State, and local level.
  • General principles of public assistance polices and programs.
  • Effective writing techniques.
  • Basic principles and techniques of interviewing and recording of social casework and problem-solving methodology, including individual and group behavior.
  • Laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of the public welfare agency.
  • Community organization and the social problems callingfor the use ofpublic and private community resources.
  • Basic principles involved in the nature, growth, and development of personality and in-group processes.
  • Principlesand practices of organization, workload management, and time management.
  • Principles and practices of note taking, report writing, English composition, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Phone etiquette and interview techniques.
  • Principles and practices of counseling, bio-psychosocial assessments and therapy.
  • Medical, legal, economic, and social management needs of individuals and families with special medicalneeds such as HIV disease, drug dependency, themedically fragile child, Alzheimer's, and the terminally ill.
  • Strategies and protocols surrounding crisis intervention techniques such as voice modulations and assessing the potential for suicide.
  • Psychopathology, the differenttypes of mental illness diagnoses, how mental illness affects human behavior and mental health services and treatments utilized by clients.
  • Signs, stages and dynamics of abuse, and the effects of abuse on child/adult development and behavior.
  • Signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug use/abuse in adults and children and the effects on families.
  • Standards for maintaining clients safely in home; options for placement; effects of removing clients from unsafe situations.
Desired abilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Apply the principles of child psychology and family relationships.
  • Evaluate personal psychological factors in the child and/or family's situation.
  • Recognize signs of abuse for children, the elderly and dependent adults; assess risk factors and potential dangers to clients.
  • Interact with hostile and violent clients, diffuse dangerous situations and respond appropriately to stressful situations.
  • Demonstrate skill in the more difficult casework areas.
  • Accept and use consultative supervision.
  • Learn and understand laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of the public welfare agency.
  • Understand and learn the agency programs, policies, and procedures; performs duties consistent with agency values.
  • Obtainand recognizerelevant and significant facts.
  • Organize and maintain work detail.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, clients, and others.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain client rapport on an individual basis.
  • Analyze situation and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Interpret public social service programsfor applicants, recipients, or general public.
  • Develop skill in interviewing case recording and interpretation.
  • Work within a community setting and effectively use appropriate resources and services.
  • Maintain confidentiality of case records in accordance with legal standards and/or county regulations.
  • Performs on call duties as needed.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • The salary for Social Worker IV-B is $30.02 - 36.51 per hour.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Extra Help employees are not entitled to County benefits and are limited to a maximum of 25 hours per week.
  • A valid California driver's license and DMV clearance may be required at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants for positions within the Human Services Agency are subject to a criminal history background check.
  • Government agencies accessing US government information, which include federal tax information must ensure that background investigation requirements for all agency employees and contractors that have access to federal tax information are consistent to the IRS background investigation requirements for access to federal tax information. A background check may be required if the position requires access to these types of records. Background requirements consist of three components which include, fingerprinting, citizenship verification and local law enforcement checks. State agencies must conduct investigation during time of hire and ensure a reinvestigation is conducted 10 years from the date of the previous background investigation for each employee that has access to federal tax information.
EXAMINATION INFORMATION
If supplemental questions are included as a part of this job bulletin, applicants may be rated based upon their responses to the supplemental questions. If rated, only those that are determined to be highly qualified will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

SPECIAL TESTING ARRANGEMENTS
Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants for disability, military, or religious reasons.If you require such arrangements, please contactCalHRat mssprogram@calhr.ca.gov or 916-323-2360 upon notification that your application has been approved. Documentation from medical, military, school, or church officials outlining the accommodation request must be received by our office a minimum of five business days prior to a scheduled examination.

VETERANS PREFERENCE
If you would like to have Veteran's preference points included as part of the application packet, please attach a copy of your DD-214 form.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants, who receive a passing score on a written or oral examination, shall be eligible to receive credit for an additional five (5) points to be added to the final examination score. Veteran's preference is allowed only on initial entrance into County service and shall not affect the order of eligibility on any other employment lists.

For the purpose of this section, a veteran is one who has received an honorable discharge from active duty, and has served:
1. During one of the following wartime or equivalent periods:
  • Sept. 11, 2001 to End of Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Aug. 2, 1990 to Jan. 2, 1992
  • Jan. 31, 1955 to Oct. 15, 1976
2. During peacetime for which service a campaign or expeditionary medal has been authorized by the Government of the United States and where discharge was under honorable conditions. This would include Lebanon, Grenada and Southwest Asia.

A copy of the discharge form (DD-214) shall be submitted toCalHRMSS for each position applied for, along with an application for employment requesting such preference, on or before the final filing date specified on the job announcement. Failure to submit the required credentials (DD-214) prior to the final filing date will be deemed a waiver of credits.

ABOUT MERCED COUNTY
Merced County is located in the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley in central California, an area earning worldwide acclaim for its rich agriculture, and spans from the coastal ranges to the foothills of Yosemite National Park. The City of Merced, the self-proclaimed Gateway to Yosemite, has a population of approximately 81,102, yet retains the charm of a small town with amenities routinely found in larger communities. Merced's revitalized downtown is emerging as the entertainment center of the area. The County is representative of the rural heartland and Gold Rush remnants underpinning the state's heritage. It is a peaceful, quiet, and friendly area with an abundance of beautiful bike paths, and offers choices of higher education in UC Merced and Merced College.
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