The Forsyth County Department of Social Services is seeking to hire a Sr. Social Worker to provide in-home services to families whose children remain in their custody, but have been found to need ongoing services due to abuse and/or neglect of the children.
Responsibilities include developing case plans with families to specify activities necessary to meet objectives and address family needs as they relate to the safety of the children in the home. The In-Home Services Sr. Social Worker will be required to collaborate with the family to provide ongoing assessment of their needs, review and monitor their progress goals, refer them to appropriate community resources, complete required documentation and paperwork, and work within the guidelines of state mandated time frames.
There are occasions in which alternative placements for children are required to ensure their safety. In such situations, the Sr. Social Worker is responsible for completing kinship assessments, assisting families to make safety resource placements, and/or filing custody paperwork with the court, removing children from the custody of the parents, and preparing for and attending subsequent court hearings. There may be other duties assigned within child welfare as necessary.
The selected candidate must understand and utilize correctly all Federal, State, and local laws, policies, and procedures relevant to child abuse, neglect and dependency. In addition, this person must be mobile because most of the job takes place outside of the office (such as in clients’ homes, courtrooms, schools, etc.). This person must be able to objectively report their observations, and must be able to communicate with persons from a range of social and economic backgrounds and a variety of mental capacities.
The ideal candidate will also possess excellent assessment skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and sound judgment.
The primary work hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. but flexibility in scheduling is needed to meet the needs of the families served and the mandated time frames.
Minimum Education and Experience
Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work or;
Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and completion of the Child Welfare Collaborative (Child Welfare positions only) or;
Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and one year of directly related experience or;
Master’s degree in counseling in a human services field and one year of social work or counseling (Department of Social Services) or;
Bachelor’s degree in a human services field from an accredited college or university and two years of directly related experience or;
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and three years of directly related experience (Department of Social Services).
Valid driver’s license required, as regular travel outside of the office is fundamental to the daily work.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills are a plus.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The In-Home Sr. Social Worker must visit children and families on their caseload in the child’s home setting routinely, attend school based meetings, potentially attend court hearings, attend community based meetings regularly, and respond to emergency situations quickly.
Forsyth County (NC)
201 N. Chestnut St.
Winston Salem, North Carolina, 27101