Social Worker IAT – CPS

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services

Position Number


Closing Date
June 14, 2023
Posted June 3, 2023

Agency Name
Ashe County DSS

Work County

Job Location
150 Government Circle, Suite 1400
North Carolina
Job Description

Position:       Social Worker IA&T - Children’s Protective Services                         Position #5310-313-16, Permanent Full-time   Salary:           Grade 72      $56,202 - $79,122 if qualified for SW-IAT Grade 71      $53,883 - $75,849 if qualified for SW-III (up to 12-month work against to SW-IAT position)   Application Period:            June 5, 2023 – June 14, 2023    NORTH CAROLINA PRE SERVICE PREFERRED   JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: This position requires advanced, professional level casework providing protective and case management services for children who are at risk for neglect and/or abuse.  Duties include investigation of alleged neglect and abuse, substantiation of the alleged neglect or abuse as prescribed by federal and state guidelines and providing expert testimony in court hearings.  Worker provides support to assist family in identifying emotional conflicts, role confusion and patterns of interaction, developmental deficits and problems in self-perception.  Workers may also follow up with case management and preventive services for clients when deemed necessary.  Worker prepares social histories, court summaries, and narrative reports for records; testifies in court proceedings and develops short and/or long-range service plans. Worker will be involved in the rotation of on-call duties during evening and weekends.  The employee is required to assist in the operation of a community shelter in the event of an emergency.   KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of social work principles, techniques and practices and their applications to complex casework, treatment, and investigation of abuse or neglect of children; thorough knowledge of policies and procedures as evidenced by the ability to cite the authority of federal and state law; thorough knowledge of individual and group behavior, family dynamics, and medical, behavioral and/or psychosocial problems and their treatment theory. Considerable knowledge of governmental and private organizations and resources in the community. Ability to interact and motivate a resistant involuntary client population and the public who may not agree with the laws, rules or policies of the process or the programs; ability to prepare documentation such as written investigative reports for the court, case records and treatment plans; ability to testify as an expert witness; ability to employ advanced case management interview techniques to establish a supportive relationship and involve families in the initial assessment for the need of services; ability to employ expert negotiation skills in the most complex cases; ability to analyze and assess child development safety issues in relation to risk factors; ability to communicate effectively and establish supportive client relationships.   MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Master’s Degree from an accredited school of Social Work and one year of Social Work experience; or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of social work and two years of social work or counseling experience; or a Master’s degree in a counseling field and two years of social work or counseling; or a four-year degree in a human service field or related curriculum and three years of social work or counseling experience; or graduation from a four-year college or university and four years of experience in rehabilitation counseling, pastoral counseling or a related human service field providing experience in the techniques of casework, group work or community organization; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.   APPLICATION PROCESS:  All applications must include a signed State Application for employment (PD 107 located on the Ashe County website), a cover letter, resume, and a copy of transcript from the institution where the applicant received the highest degree. An official transcript will be required upon employment. Completed applications must be submitted to the Ashe County Department of Social Services. Applications may be dropped off in person or mailed to 150 Government Circle, Suite 1400, Jefferson, NC  28640 (Attn: Angie Ritter); submitted by fax to Angie Ritter at 336-846-5779 or emailed to   All documents must be received prior to the 12 noon deadline on June 14, 2023. Incomplete applications or applications received after 12 noon on June 14, 2023, will not be accepted.  Applicants will be given credit only for information provided in response to this announcement.  No additional information will be solicited or considered by this office; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training, and experience.  Verification for education and work experience is taken solely from information listed on the application Form PD-107.  Applicants will not automatically be given credit based on their position title.   SELECTION PROCESS: Selection will include use of a structured interview to select the best applicant for the position.  Applications are rated by the State Personnel Division for training and experience.  Candidates will be subjected to a background check and drug screening. ASHE COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER