Social Worker Investigative/Assessment & Treatment

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services


Closing Date
Open Until Filled
Posted October 12, 2022

Agency Name
Edgecombe County Social Services

Work County

Job Contact
Edgecombe County Social Services (252) 641-7882

Job Location
122 E. St. James Street
North Carolina
Job Description

Social Worker Investigative/Assessment and Treatment (SWIAT): Investigations, Foster Care, In-Home Services: Edgecombe County Department of Social Services is recruiting for social workers at the advanced, professional level to provide protective, investigative, counseling and case management services for children who are at risk for neglect and/or abuse. Worker provides social work services including treatment and immediate response to crisis situations for at-risk children in very complex cases. Work involves investigation of alleged neglect and abuse, substantiation of the alleged neglect or abuse as prescribed by federal and state guidelines, providing expert testimony in court hearings, and following-up with case management and preventive services for clients. Employees analyze situations and determine appropriate courses of action immediately or in short time spans and often under very stressful conditions. Employees may provide group, family, or individual treatment to clients of any age and any developmental, mental, medical, substance abuse, financial or family problem. Response priority for child welfare investigations range from immediate to 72 hours.  On-call duty after hours is required.  Employee performs other duties as assigned.  A valid NC driver’s license and access to a passenger vehicle is required. Employees operating their personal vehicles for county business shall maintain the minimum liability coverage required by the State of North Carolina in accordance with the County Fleet Policy and Employee Safety Program (page 10, section.) Child Welfare social workers must live within range of the beeper.  Must be able to lift and carry a child. Positions are located in the Tarboro office; however, office location may change based on the needs of the agency. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of social work principles, techniques and practices and their application 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.  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 quickly assess the risks and safety of the client’s environment during daylight hours, after dark and in high crime areas; 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 analyze tense family situations and make decisions about removing children when the decision has to be made with limited direct information and limited access to consultation; Ability to perform manual work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Minimum Training and Experience: MSW from an accredited school of social work and one year of social work experience; BSW from an accredited school of social work and two years of experience of social work or counseling experience; MS degree in a counseling field and two years of experience of social work or counseling experience; Four year degree in a human service field or related curriculum and three years of social work or counseling experience; Graduation from a four year college or university and four years of experience in counseling, One year of work experience can be credited for completion of the social work collaborative.   Salary Range: $37,742.00 or possibly higher depending on experience and credentials. Compensation for full-time employees include excellent benefits that total over $10,000.00 annually. Application Period: 10/11/2022-Open Until Filled. Posted:  Internal, Edgecombe County Website, NC Social Services Jobs, Applications may be obtained online at Transcript(s) of undergraduate and/or graduate degree(s) is required at the time of interview. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. Preferences: Prefer applicants with strong computer skills and/or knowledge of State Network Systems, NC FAST, imaging programs and Windows software including Microsoft Word. Bilingual applicants (English/Spanish) encouraged to apply. We support a drug free work environment.  A pre-employment drug screening and criminal background check is required.   AA/EOE