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Children, Youth & Family Services Lead Social Caseworker - Practice

Company: El Paso County
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Children, Youth & Family Services Lead Social Caseworker - Practice Print (/ElPasoCountyCo/job/_bulletin.cfm?jobID=3042630&sharedWindow=0) Apply Children, Youth & Family Services Lead Social Caseworker - Practice Salary $46,700.00 - $69,960.00 Annually Location Colorado Springs, CO Job Type Full-Time Department Department of Human Services Job Number 21204 Closing 5/2/2021 5:00 PM Mountain + Description + Benefits + Questions Essential Job FunctionsREPOSTTypical Hiring Range: $52,02.36 - $55,442.40 annuallySalary to be commensurate with qualificationsWorks to preserve and/or rehabilitate families while protecting children's physical, emotional, and mental well-being through child protection, adolescent services, placements, and/or permanency plans. Coordinates the practice and is responsible for primary decision-making of child protection practices including, but not limited to safety, permanency and well-being. Serves as a lead caseworker, advising and assisting caseworkers on case assignments as requested. + Provides lead work for the Practice Unit to include assisting with training, technical support, orienting new employees, providing guidance and mentoring and resolving complex problems and issues to meet the needs of clients. + Fosters a team atmosphere that is inclusive and supportive. + Interviews clients and develops appropriate treatment plans; initiates home studies and provides intensive casework services to families and children; investigates allegations of child abuse and assesses imminent danger for children; makes referrals to community resources and collateral contacts. + Monitors clients' progress and ensures that needed services are being provided, that treatment plans are being followed through in a timely manner, and determines the appropriateness of the placement and services provided. + Provides crisis management and coordinates support services for clients to resolve problems and conflicts. + Acts as a liaison for the DHS and consults with other caseworkers and community professionals on case situations, treatment/case plans, issues, and problems. + Attends and testifies in court hearings and mediations; completes appropriate paperwork, documentation, petitions, reports, reviews, etc. for court hearings; monitors clients' compliance with court orders; serves temporary custody notices and petitions the court for verbal orders. + Prepares for and participates in meetings and staffings. + Addresses child safety issues in the home to mitigate safety concerns; ensures that children in the department's custody or supervision receive necessary interventions. + Documents all contacts and ensures that all paperwork and documentation are accurately completed and filed; completes necessary case information reports, inputs updates into database. + Arranges and provides transportation for clients to appointments, therapy, school, court hearings, pre-placement visits, etc. + Ensures compliance with Federal, State and County laws, outcome measures, rules and regulations; reviews cases to ensure case plans are developed and implemented. + Assists with collecting, monitoring, and reporting team statistics, data and outcomes. + Facilitates meetings as needed. + Performs other duties as required. Qualifications + Bachelors degree from an accredited institution with a major in a human behavior science field required as stated in Volume 7 Section 7.603.1 (D) 2 to include a degree with at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of coursework in development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures, or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and/or child development. + Minimum three (3) years of professional caseworker/case management experience acquired after the degree in a public or private social services agency required. + Masters degree in a human behavioral science field or a Bachelors degree of social work (BSW) and successful completion of an approved field placement in a county department of human services may substitute for the one (1) year of required experience. + MSW degree from a college or university either accepted into candidacy for accreditation or accredited by the Council of Social Work Education may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience. + Previous demonstrated leadership skills preferred. + Ability to communicate and work effectively with co-workers, clients, other agencies, the courts, and the public. + Ability to efficiently plan, schedule, and organize. + Ability to assess situations and make prudent and appropriate decisions. Ability to apply conflict resolution and problem solving skills. + Working knowledge of casework practices, procedures and protocol; working knowledge of child safety and family engagement. + Ability to lead and train others; ability to objectively assess the performance of others. + Abilities in interviewing and investigative techniques and practices. + Ability to accurately and efficiently complete paperwork, reports, and documentation timely. Ability to work independently and utilize supervision in making casework decisions. + Ability to use standard office equipment to include computer, fax machine, copier, and telephone. + Maintain regular and punctual attendance. + Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, motor vehicle record check, drug screen, and physical examination. College transcripts required prior to date of hire. Licenses/Certificates + Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License. + Must obtain and maintain necessary certifications as applicable to position. + Colorado State Child Welfare Caseworker Certification or the ability to successfully complete and pass initial examination within ninety (90) days of employment. Work Conditions Work is performed in an office environment, client's homes, schools, jails, and court; must be able to climb stairs in or outside of these environments and able to walk up and down driveways and sidewalks. May be exposed to hostile family situations/ individuals, and unsanitary and hazardous conditions. Occasional lifting of files, supplies, children: exerting 20 lbs 50 lbs occasionally; 10 lbs 25 lbs frequently, or up to 10 lbs constantly. This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position. APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT: For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401. Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603). EL PASO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Keywords: El Paso County, Colorado Springs , Children, Youth & Family Services Lead Social Caseworker - Practice, Other , Colorado Springs, Colorado

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