Social Work Specialist: Foster Care, Respite, Kinship, & Family Find

Full Time
Outagamie
Posted 3 weeks ago
Social Work Specialist I-V provide professional social work services to individuals and families, helping them overcome personal, family, health, and economic problems.

The is a professional position in our Foster Care, Kinship, Respite and Family unit with primary responsibilities for foster care licensing with the potential to assist in other areas.

Remote Work:
The position does offer the opportunity to apply to work remotely one day per week after successfully completing the initial 6 month introductory period.

 Key Responsibilities:
The following duties are most critical for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

·        Assess reports to determine validity of the report and legal basis for involvement, observing and interviewing family members, and collateral contacts.

·        Determines, through interviews, assessments, home visits, investigations, etc., the range of services needed by individuals, families, explaining the services and discussing the client’s rights and responsibilities.

·        Recommends services from other resources, arranging for appointments and establishing connections with those providers to meet the clients’ needs.

·        Provides counseling and protective support services for clients who are in at risk situations.

·        Maintains case histories, and completes appropriate paperwork according to department policy while maintaining client confidentiality by following HIPPA and Agency Confidentiality policies.

·        Provides court related services including preparing and writing court reports, court conditions, testimony, and other related paperwork.

·        Assisting clients in developing inner strengths and maximizing informal supports and resources.

·        Foster client’s growth by interpreting attitudes and patterns of behavior; explaining and identifying new options and being strength based in the exchange.

·        Monitors case plans and provides feedback to clients and other interested parties on follow-up actions required.

·        Provides on-call services as assigned.

 Education/Certifications/Experience Requirements:
·        The Social Work Specialist Classification will be as follows:

o   Social Work Specialist I:  Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a human services related field.

o   Social Work Specialist II: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a human services related field and an active Wisconsin social work certification.

o   Social Work Specialist III:  Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a human services related field and an active Wisconsin social work certification with three years of experience, and 180 hours staff development activities.

o   Social Work Specialist IV:  Master’s Degree in Social Work and an active Wisconsin social work certification.

o   Social Work Specialist V:  Master’s Degree in Social Work and one year of experience with active Wisconsin social work certification.

·        On-Call or Intake Duties under Chapters 48 or 938 must also have a State of Wisconsin Juvenile Intake Certification within 6 months of hire.

 Required or Preferred Skills:
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply social work principles and methods, including having a basic knowledge of human development, neurodevelopmental science, developmental psychopathology, treatment planning, and how to work with vulnerable populations.
  • Maintain objectivity and positive outlook while dealing with negative situations using tact and diplomacy while maintaining professionalism.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records keeping up with agency documentation policies and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Work independently making sound timely decisions and having the skill to determine when supervision is necessary.
  • Manage time effectively keeping organized and prioritizing tasks in a manner that keeps up with all of the paperwork demands.  This includes being punctual, reliable and dependable keeping with the Agencies work hours.
  • Manage conflict through the use of motivational interviewing techniques, conflict resolution techniques and to promote open and transparent communication.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use computer software and equipment including Outlook, The Clinical Manager, e-Wisacwis, copy machine, fax and dictation.
  • Comply with all safety regulations including having a driver’s license and installing car seats.
  • Communicate in English and understand and follow written and oral instructions.  This includes having excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects up to 20 pounds, understanding and utilizing proper body mechanics.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license in the State of Wisconsin and documentation of car insurance.
  • May be required to work extra work hours as required and to perform other duties not normally assigned as required by supervisor/manager.
  • Responds to Agencies/Divisions Emergency/Disaster Plan.

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY IS AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, THE COUNTY WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS TO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AND ENCOURAGES BOTH PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES AND INCUMBENTS TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL ACCOMMODATIONS WITH THE EMPLOYER.

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