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Social Worker I

Meeker County
Job Description

SUMMARY

Under direction, provides social work services in complex cases including: developing and implementing treatment plans, directing service programs, and directing paraprofessional staff; also performs related work assignments.
 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Interviews clients at intake.
  2. Carries a caseload where a need for continuing social casework predominates.
  3. Provides counseling to families and individuals.
  4. Conducts complex case evaluation for the purpose of assessing problems and determining appropriate types and methods of treatment.
  5. Prepares intensive long or short-term treatment plans, which require a fund of casework knowledge.
  6. Identifies client situations, which require intensified service and brings to the attention of supervisor for help or referral.
  7. Provides adult and child protective services.
  8. Provides vocation/employment services.
  9. Provides adult and children’s mental health services and services to persons with disabilities.
  10. Provides or assists in providing services to other cases involving difficult or complex social and financial problems.
  11. Interprets programs to clients, refers clients to appropriate community services.
  12. Interprets social and emotional factors to others involved in treatment of clients.
  13. Prepares social histories with emphasis on psychosocial factors, adoption, or foster home placements.
  14. Supervises foster home placements.
  15. Interviews and screens prospective adoptive parents.
  16. Provides preventative services.
  17. Interprets policies and regulations to clients.
  18. Provides casework services for rehabilitation and care of children.
  19. Prepares and maintains case records which meet federal, state and local guidelines.
  20. Dictates findings and correspondence.
  21. Prepares regular and special reports.
  22. May provide work direction to social work para-professionals.
  23. Participates in in-service training and other staff development activities to increase knowledge of social work processes and skill in application to individual cases.
 
 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

May provide work direction to social work para-professionals.
 

EDUCATION and QUALIFICATIONS

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in social work, psychology, sociology or closely related field.
 
OR
 
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in any field and one year of experience as a social worker in a public or private social services agency.
 
  1. Strong work ethic and positive attitude.
  2. Knowledge of modern office practices.
  3. Strong working knowledge of PC Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  4. Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  5. Excellent time management, accuracy, problem solving skills and attention to detail.
  6. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

  1. Ability to communicate effectively using the English language.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally & in writing.
  3. Ability to analyze information & formulate recommendations based on that analysis.
  4. Ability to understand & carry out oral & written instructions.
 
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
  1. Knowledge of basic arithmetic & basic accounting procedures.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  1. The 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 & encourages both prospective & current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
  2. The person in this position will experience frequent sitting, talking, hearing, seeing, grasping, reaching, & repetitive motions.  Infrequent movements may include: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, pushing, pulling and lifting. 
  3. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally &/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, &/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  4. Requires a significant amount of time utilizing a keyboard.
 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  1. Work is performed in & around an office setting in a climate controlled atmosphere.
  2. Subject to frequent interruptions; requires significant use of a keyboard.
  3. Occasional travel may be required which may include driving in inclement weather.
  4. The job requires dealing with & calming individuals who may be emotionally charged over an issue. 
  5. There is frequent attention to detail & continual deadlines; required to work under pressure.

STARTING MONTHLY RATE

Hourly pay:$25.59

Applicants must apply on both the Meeker County website and the Minnesota Merit website to be considered.  The Merit website can be found at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mnmeritsystem.

Meeker County is an equal opportunity employer. 

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