El Paso County Children, Youth and Family Services Social Caseworker I in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Children, Youth and Family Services Social Caseworker I

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Children, Youth and Family Services Social Caseworker I

Salary

Depends on Qualifications

Location

Colorado Springs, CO

Job Type

Full-Time

Department

Department of Human Services

Job Number

18147

Closing

4/22/2018 5:00 PM Mountain

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Essential Job Functions

$1,417.59 Biweekly/Depends on Qualifications

Entry level casework position that works 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.

  • Interviews clients and develops appropriate treatment plans; initiates home studies and provides 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 support services and crisis management 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 to include unit meetings, caseworker staffings, treatment facility staffings, school staffings, and family meetings.

  • Arranges for children's care at home or in an alternative arrangement; ensures that children in the department's custody or supervision receive the necessary medical, dental, and counseling treatment.

  • Documents all contacts and ensures that all paperwork and documentation are accurately completed and filed; completes necessary case information reports, inputs updates into department database.

  • Arranges and provides transportation for clients to appointments, therapy, school, court hearings, pre-placement visits, etc.

  • Collects and reports statistics and data on unit and outcomes and performances.

  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in one of the human behavioral science fields is required.

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with co-workers, clients, other agencies, community professionals, 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.

  • Ability to accurately and efficiently complete paperwork, reports, and documentation.

  • Ability to work independently as appropriate.

  • Ability to use standard office equipment to include computer, fax machine, copier, and telephone.

  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, physical examination, drug screen and motor vehicle record check. College transcripts required prior to date of hire.

Licenses/Certificates

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.

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. 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

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. Must be able to safely lift and carry up to 50 pounds. Must be able to carry and safely secure a car seat into a vehicle; lift child into a car seat and secure child; carry the car seat with the child if necessary.