City and County of Denver Denver, Colorado, United States
Nov 02, 2019Full Time
About Our Job This posting will accept applications until November 24th. Please apply as soon as possible. About Denver Human Services Denver Human Services provides assistance benefits and protection and prevention services to one in three Denver residents. Assistance programs include food, cash and medical benefits, child care, child support, employment first, veterans' services and general assistance for eligible Denver residents. Protection & Prevention services are provided via child, youth and adult protection, along with community-focused programming, including in-home services, designed to strengthen families and prevent future occurrences of abuse or neglect. About Protection & Prevention Denver Human Services works to protect Denver's children, youth, adults, and elders by providing services and advocacy while promoting family stability, respecting diversity, and working to create and strengthen connections to community resources. We work to prevent abuse by providing education, resources, and support to parents, families, and community organizations. Denver Human Services is currently seeking multiple dedicated and experienced individuals to serve as Social Case Workers for Child Welfare Services in the following sections: Ongoing Child Protection The Ongoing Child Protection team primarily provides service to children ages 11 and under. Therefore, it is imperative that the Social Case Worker has a clear understanding of child development and the impact of child abuse and neglect on both children and their families. Intake The Intake team primarily is responsible for investigating new allegations of abuse/neglect of children ages 0-18 in a fast-paced and demanding environment. You will also be expected to contact families and conduct interviews on behalf of the child, as well as maintain professional contacts with community leaders and regularly communicate with law enforcement representatives. Ongoing Youth Services The Ongoing Youth Services team primarily provides service to families with youth ages 12-21. Therefore, it is imperative that the Social Case Worker has a clear understanding of child/youth development, the impact of child abuse and neglect on both children/youth and their families, and how to support transition-age youth in securing permanency. They should also have an understanding of delinquency court processes and appropriate services to maintain PA4 youth safely in their family setting. Beta The Beta Model is a 360 model that includes the Social Case Worker and Supervisor overseeing both intake assessments and ongoing cases. This important position requires a sincere belief in our DHS Child Welfare Values, and the selected candidate must be deeply, personally committed to keeping children with families whenever possible. You will have a chance to specify which section(s) you are most interested in at the end of the job application, though there is no guarantee you will be placed in the section you specify dependent on current hiring needs. Generally, the Social Case Worker: Performs case management activities involving complex problems/cases, assesses individual and family needs, develops appropriate service and/or treatment plan, and provides counseling, referral, and placement services. Conducts initial needs assessment, ascertains nature and extent of complaint and severity of problems, and interviews defined clients and/or family members to elicit information to determine client's/family's medical, employment, economic, educational, and emotional history. Evaluates client's needs, interest, motivation, and pattern of responsibility, reviews case records for client and family profiles, socio-economic history, previous treatment and services experience, and/or special problems and needs, and reviews and discusses case, problems, prognosis, behavior patterns, and needed services with a supervisor or other senior level staff. Develops and implements a treatment plan that provides a variety of social services and referrals to meet social, behavioral, medical, and/or psychological needs, recommends and refers clients to appropriate support agencies and programs, and provides continuous counseling and crisis intervention to achieve objectives. Establishes, maintains, and coordinates services and activities with relevant community agencies, monitors and evaluations activities of agencies contracted to provide a variety of social services, and evaluates progress of placements and/or other services. Represents the department in accordance with Volume 7 and city rules and regulations. Prepares case records, reports, and documents and compiles with state and federal standards in providing case notes, treatment plans, and evaluations. By position, testifies in court as needed by providing expert testimony and preparing comprehensive reports that allow the court to make finding and recommendations that affect court-ordered treatment plans. Performs other related duties as assigned. This position requires an online assessment or test. Once you complete your application, if you meet the qualification for the position you will receive an email from AssessmentTeam@denvergov.org with a link to the assessment or test. We recommend that you add AssessmentTeam@denvergov.org to your safe sender list. If you do not receive the email within 30 minutes of applying, please contact AssessmentTeam@denvergov.org . NOTE: Please attach your unofficial transcripts and list of references to your application in the required attachment section. About You Our ideal candidate has: Proven experience as a self-starter and exceptional organizational skills Superior critical thinking, problem solving and conflict resolution skills Superior time management skills Solid interpersonal and communication skills The ability to represent the organization in several different settings A positive, professional, and proactive attitude Demonstrated communication and writing skills We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications: Education: Baccalaureate Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Guidance and Counseling, or a closely related field. Experience: One (1) year of professional social case work experience. Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for experience requirements. Licensure and/or Certification: Possession of a valid driver's license at the time of application. About Everything Else Job Profile CA2686 Social Case Worker To view the full job profile including position specifications, physical demands, and probationary period, click here . Position Type Unlimited Position Salary Range $51,133.00 - $81,813.00 Starting Pay Based on education and experience Agency Denver Human Services Assessment Requirement Social Case Worker The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law. For information about right to work, click here for English or here for Spanish.