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Social Worker III – Adult Home Specialist

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Location: Duplin
Position Type: Full-time
Closing Date: December 31, 2021

Department: Duplin County Social Services

GRADE: 71 SALARY/ HOURLY: $43,531/ 20.92



Primary purpose of position is to supervise licensed domiciliary homes to ensure they are operating according to licensing standards and regulations. The position is assigned to the Adult Services Unit and the duties performed are in keeping with the Agency’s function to provide certain necessary and mandated services. The worker assigned to the position is the Adult Horne Specialist (AHS) and will be referred to as such at times throughout description. Worker in this position also perform duties as back-u p Adult Protective Services Worker.


This list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in this class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from the assigned duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

Receives intake complaints alleging neglect, abuse or exploitation of an incapacitated adult and complete intake form.

Initiates the complaint immediately upon receipt of allegations alleging life-threatening situation, within 24 hours of allegations of abuse of a resident, within 48 hours of allegations of neglect of a resident or within two weeks in all other situations.

Interview clients in the area of physical health, mental health, activities/instrumental activities of daily living, economic, environment, social support and the allege non-compliance rule area.

Investigates the complaint by making visits to the facility to interview residents and staff and telephone calls to collaterals.

Complete documentations from interviews, telephone calls and conferences within required timeframes.

Staff with the supervisor and/or unit to make a case decision to substantiate or unsubstantiated neglect, abuse and/or exploitation.

Develop Corrective Actions Reports for facility operating out of compliance in the rules and regulations with Division of Health Service.

Conduct quarterly monitoring visits to ensure compliance according to DHSR rules and regulations.

Find placements for disabled adults in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group home or the community.

Attends penalty hearings on the state level when violations are identified in the facility.

Meet with Division of Health Service Regulation staff and/or Attorney General office to discuss court cases when applicable.

Testifies in court regarding case findings.

Files involuntary commitment papers as needed.

Collaborate with outside agencies to ensure the safety of adults in need of protection.

Complete monthly reports regarding caseload activity.

Rotate on-call nights, weekends and holidays.

Attends unit staff meetings, training through NC Division of Health Service Regulations and Webinars. Works in disaster shelters as deemed necessary.

Works in disaster shelters as deemed necessary.

While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

Assists client in applying for services that are needed to ensure their safety.

Complete food referrals and deliver to disabled adult.

Complete housing referrals to disabled adult/homeless.

Assists unit members on home visits when there are safety concerns.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work; Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work; Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and one year directly related experience; Master’s degree in a human services field and one year of directly related experience; Bachelor’s degree in a human services field from an accredited college or university and two years directly related experience; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and three years of directly related experience


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/or psychosocial problems and their treatment theory. Considerable knowledge of family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques, governmental and private organizations, and resources in the community, 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 or assessing psychosocial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of client’s problems. Ability to supervise, train, or instruct lower-level social workers, students, or interns in the program. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of case load 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

All employees should possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license.

All employees may be requested to perform other duties as assigned.

All employees may be required to assist county operations during a State of Emergency, disaster or other county event.


Physical Ability: Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.

Dexterity: Requires the ability to perform simple movements requiring moderate coordination, such as those required to operate office equipment.

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, and textures. Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability.

Environmental Factors: Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances.

Interested Persons may call:

Duplin County DSS
910-296-2228 office line
910-296-2200 agency line