Social Service Worker II/III-CPS

Kings County Hanford, CA
JOB OPPORTUNITY

One current and several anticipated vacancies in the Human Service Agency. Future vacancies for this position may be filled from the eligible list to be established. The expected life of the eligible list is six months and it may be extended for up to 18 months (24 months total).

SALARY

Social Service Worker II-CPS - $24.38 - $29.74 Hourly; $50,710.40 - $61,859.20 Annually

Social Service Worker III-CPS - $26.93 - $32.86 Hourly; $56,014.40 - $68,348.80 Annually

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Social Service Worker II-CPS is the first experienced level classification in the Social Service Worker series. Incumbents generally carry a full case load in the CPS Unit, work with greater independence of action and normally provide case services of a tangible nature. Incumbents report to an assigned Social Service Supervisor-CPS.

Social Service Worker III-CPS is the advanced experience and lead worker classification in the Social Service Worker-CPS classification series. Incumbents are normally assigned a selected case load of the more difficult cases. Incumbents may also be assigned to a specialized function requiring a higher degree of knowledge, creativity and independence of action, such as a special problem case load or a specific geographic or functional area where supervision may be given on an irregular basis. Incumbents report to a Social Services Supervisor-CPS.

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DUTY SAMPLE

Duties include but are not limited to those described below. Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the County to be appropriate under applicable law.

In the Child Protective Services Unit, carries a social work case load which includes problems of low to moderate difficulty; makes case studies to determine social service needs of clients; develops and carries out basic social treatment plans for an assigned case load; refers clients to higher level staff members when client problems are beyond his/her level of competency; completes social case work studies and develops non-complex treatment plans; assists applicants and service recipients in utilizing available resources for individual needs; interprets the policies, rules and regulations of the department to applicants, clients and others within the scope of his/her responsibility; makes home visits in connection with case work assignments; may be assigned to specialized functions such as licensing; participates in in-service training and other staff development activities to increase knowledge of the social work process and to achieve or upgrade technical competency; receives case work consultation from higher level staff members; prepares and maintains necessary case work records, including inputting and updating computerized case management information; prepares court reports and makes presentations in court, as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Minimum requirements must be met by the closing date

Please note: Work experience for the last 15 years must be included in the work history portion of your application. It is also important that your application show all the relevant education and experience that you possess, even if it extends beyond the required 15 years. A resume may be attached, but it is not a substitute for completing the application and supplemental questions. Failure to submit a completed application may eliminate you from the recruitment.

Any combination of education and relevant experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER II-CPS:

Experience: One year of current experience as a Social Service Worker I-CPS with Kings County or an equivalent class in a California county public social service agency;

OR

Education: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in social work;

OR

Education/Experience: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in social welfare, social/human services, sociology, other behavioral sciences, criminal justice, or a related field; AND, one year of social case work experience in a public or private social services agency performing duties comparable to a Social Service Worker I, OR two years of experience in a California County performing duties equivalent to a Deputy Probation Officer II or Child Support Specialist II with Kings County. (Successful completion of one year of graduate education as part of the candidacy for a Master's degree in Social Work may substitute for the required experience.)

SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER III-CPS:

Experience: One year of current experience as a Social Service Worker II-CPS or an equivalent class in a California county public social service agency;

OR

Education: Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited two-year counseling program;

OR

Education/Experience: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in social welfare, social/human services, sociology, other behavioral sciences, criminal justice, or a related field; AND two years of social case work experience in a public or private social service agency. (Substitution: Successful completion of one year of graduate education as part of the candidacy for a Master's degree in social work may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)

BOTH LEVELS:

License: Possession of a valid California driver's license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles at the time of appointment.

Special Requirements: Ability to qualify for security clearance through a background investigation which includes fingerprinting; ability to work 24-hour stand-by/on-call assignments and after-hours rotational assignments, including nights, weekends and holidays, as required; requires frequent travel in-county and out-of-county; certain positions in this classification may be designated as bilingual requiring fluency in a foreign language.

Desirable Qualification: Basic computer operation and keyboarding experience or training preferred.

SELECTION PROCESS: EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

All completed applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed. Depending upon the number of applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, the examination process may include a qualifications screening (pass/fail) and/or a written examination (pass/fail) and/or an oral examination (100%), which may include a written practical component to determine placement on the eligible list. If a written examination is administered, the top 40 written test scoring applicants with passing scores will be invited to participate in the oral examination interview process.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Veteran's Preference Application

You must submit a certified DD-214 and a new request form for each application submission prior to the closing date.