CPS Social Worker

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services


Closing Date
April 14, 2022
Posted April 1, 2022

Agency Name
Catawba County Social Services

Work County

Job Description

Catawba County Social Services is committed to making living better through serving children and families with multiple and complex needs. We are seeking several CPS Social Workers who share our common core values: Doing what’s right:
  • Assessing families and children while maintaining integrity, respect, transparency, and professionalism through the completion of thorough investigations of identified children to assess for child safety, risk and well-being needs.
Doing what matters most:
  • Serving families, children, and our community by providing support and comprehensive family-centered, solution focused assessments and interventions that will support a parent’s capacity to protect and nurture their children.
Doing it together:
  • Working cohesively with families, children, community and in-agency partners, and other child welfare entities to support and strengthen families.
Doing it well:
  • Striving for excellence in meeting all mandated standards in a fast-paced and mandated, but rewarding environment that ultimately seeks to assure child safety and develop and reinforce protective family units.
  • Experienced Social Workers, particularly in child welfare social work, may be able to negotiate beginning salary beyond minimum salary listed. We pay for experience! 
  • Option to work remotely/from home at times.
  • Training teams, tiered caseloads, and field supervision upon onboarding.
  • Trainees, those with a Master’s or Bachelor’s degrees in other areas of human services, but do not have the required experience, may be considered. Trainee salary is $46,438.84.
  • Initial response to abuse (physical and/or sexual), neglect and dependency reports on children
  • Completion of thorough assessments, including use of strong interviewing and documentation skills, and making immediate decisions regarding the safety of children
  • Establish protection plans
  • Apply crisis intervention techniques
  • Provide services up front to assure the maximum safety of children, which could include court action
  • Continuously assess the safety, risk, and well-being of identified children
  • Will receive approximately 10 new CPS families each month
Our agency is also considering applicants who have experience/knowledge and an interest in working as a Child Protective Services Investigation/Assessment Social Worker on our forensic teams. In addition to the responsibilities listed above, an Investigation/Assessment Social Worker who works on the forensic team is responsible for working closely with Law Enforcement and other community partners to investigate reports of Abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional) as well as allegations of Serious Neglect.   QUALIFICATIONS: 
  • Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work with Child Welfare Collaborative; or
  • Master's degree from an accredited school of social work and 1 year of social work experience; or
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of social work with Child Welfare Collaborative and 1 year of social work experience; or
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited school of social work and 2 years of social work experience; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in a human services field and 3 years of social work experience; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in a non-human services field and 4 years of social work experience
  • A valid Driver’s license with a safe driving record
  • Ability to lift/carry up to 40 pounds is required to assist children, carry car seats, and other belongings.
  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Social Work
  • Direct social work experience in child welfare services or similar experiences
  • Experience in interviewing caretakers, children, and other sources soliciting specific details of child maltreatment to obtain thorough and comprehensive assessment of alleged child maltreatment
  • Persons with bilingual ability (English/Spanish) are encouraged to apply. Bilingual extra duty pay is provided upon successful testing.
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