General Statement of Duties; This advertisement is for the purpose of developing a pool of ready applicants to fill social work positions in Family and Children Services thereby minimizing the time that positions are vacant. Do you want to support the children in our community? Do you want to help make families stronger? Do you want to make a difference? If so, consider a career as a Social Worker for Family & Children Services.
Examples of Work; The social worker will screen, train, support and provide intensive social work intervention to these families and children; Responds to instances of actual or suspected child neglect, abuse, or dependency; Works directly with children and their parents/caretakers; Evaluates the safety and risk to the child; Takes appropriate action to protect the child; Initiates intervention stages of permanency planning philosophy; Uses concurrent planning practices to ensure safe & timely permanency for children who enter foster care. Position will perform duties as a representative of a public agency and is subject to high standards for personal and professional conduct.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities; Thorough knowledge of social work principles, techniques and practices and their application to complex casework, group work, and community problems. Considerable knowledge of a wide range of medical behavioral and psychosocial problems and their treatment. Considerable knowledge of family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques. Considerable knowledge of governmental and private organizations and resources in the community. Considerable knowledge of the laws, regulations, and policies which govern the program. General knowledge of the methods and principles of casework supervision and training. In certain settings, considerable knowledge of medical terminology, disease processes and their treatment as they relate to decisions regarding clinical interventions and appropriate therapies based on medical or psychological diagnosis. Skill in establishing rapport with a client and in applying techniques of assessing psychosocial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of clients problems. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of caseload and their families as well as civic, legal, medical, social and religious organizations. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely and to plan and execute work effectively; ability to efficiently and cordially interact with co-workers to accomplish common tasks; ability to efficiently and courteously interact with the employer’s customers, and the ability to function in highly stressful circumstances.
Education and Experience; Any of the following combinations of training and experience are acceptable: Master's degree from an accredited school of social work; or Bachelor's degree from an accredited school of social work and 1 year of social work or counseling experience; or Master's degree in a counseling field and 1 year of social work or counseling experience; or Four-year degree in a human service field and 2 years of social work or counseling experience; or Graduation from a four-year college and 3 years of experience in rehabilitation counseling, pastoral counseling, or related human service field providing experience in the techniques of casework, group work, or community organization, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
Additional Information; In addition to education and experience qualifications, preference will be given to applicants with: current NC pre-service training; current or recent child welfare work experience in a NC county DSS agency; internship, contract or temporary work experience with Buncombe County DSS; or current/recent child welfare experience in another state. Also, bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.
IMPORTANT: The Office of State Personnel requires that fully qualified applicants are given primary consideration. In order to receive full credit for your education, training, and experience, you must provide complete and detailed descriptions (e.g., hours per week for part-time work or time percentages for dual-role positions). Applicants will be given credit only for the information stated on their application. Applicants will not automatically be given credit based on their position title. No additional information will be solicited or considered by this office, including information provided on resumes or cover letters. If work history involves part time work, you must state the number of hours per week to receive credit. With continuous recruitment, applications will be pulled every two weeks for review.