Social Worker IAT – Foster Care

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services

Position Number


Closing Date
June 20, 2023
Posted June 8, 2023

Agency Name
Ashe County DSS

Work County

Job Contact
Angie Ritter Ashe County DSS (336) 846-5702 (336) 846-5779 (fax)

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

Position:       Social Worker IA&T – Foster Care Position #5310-316-18, 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 8, 2023 – June 20, 2023   NORTH CAROLINA PRE SERVICE PREFERRED   JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: This position requires advanced, professional level casework related to providing ongoing foster care services for children in placement.  Worker completes in-depth assessments of families, working intently with the family of origin to support reunification as long as that remains the permanent plan for the children.  Worker develops short and/or long range placement and service plans, referring families to appropriate services to address issues as needed.  Worker prepares social histories, court summaries and narrative reports.  Worker may provide counseling to assist foster families in identifying emotional conflicts, role confusion and patterns of interaction, developmental deficits and problems in self-perception related to placement.  Worker is required to testify in court proceedings.  Timely documentation is expected and subject to supervisory and State review. Worker will be involved in the rotation of on-call duties during evenings 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 20, 2023. Incomplete applications or applications received after 12 noon on June 20, 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