The primary purpose of this position is to provide intensive casework services to children for whom the Agency has legal custody or placement responsibility. These children reside in foster care, other substitute care arrangements or in their own homes. The primary goal of this position is to effect and sustain permanent placements for children until the Agency's legal responsibility is terminated. Services provided are consistent with program and statutory guidelines and acceptable social work practice.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Social work principles, techniques and practices and their application to complex casework, group work and community problems
- A wide range of medical, behavioral and psychosocial problems and their treatment
- Governmental and private organizations and community resources
- The laws, regulations and policies which govern the program
- Family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques
- Medical terminology, disease processes and their treatment as they relate to decisions regarding clinical interventions and appropriate therapies based on medical or psychological diagnosis
- The methods and principles of casework, supervision and training
- Establish rapport with a client and in applying techniques of assessing psychosocial, behavioral and psychological aspects of client’s problems
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of caseload and their families as well as civic, legal, medical, social and religious organizations
- Express ideas clearly and concisely and to plan and execute work effectively
- Supervise, train or instruct lower-level social workers, students or interns in the program
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work; Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and completion of the Child Welfare Collaborative (Child Welfare positions only); Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and one year directly related experience; Master’s degree in counseling in a human services field and one year of social work or counseling; Bachelor’s degree in a human services field from an accredited college or university and two years directly related experience; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university plus three years of directly related experience.
Applicants who meet the qualifications listed for the Social Worker III will be given first consideration. Also, those with a Social Worker degree from an accredited school of social work will be given preference; however, anyone who has a Human Services Degree or a 4-year degree may apply as “work against appointments” and will be considered.
Copies of final transcripts from accredited school showing date degree awarded must be submitted with application. Must have a valid driver’s license and be in compliance with the Rutherford County’s insurance regulations. Must have access to a vehicle.