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SOCIAL WORKER - DCFS, CPS UNIT

Company: County of Kenosha
Location: Kenosha
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

Thank you for your interest in employment with Kenosha County!SOCIAL WORKER/CASE MANAGER CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES UNITThe Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services is expanding the Child Protective Services Unit. We are seeking an additional Social Worker/Case Manager who has an interest in improving the lives of children, youth and families, has strong organizational skills, sound decision making, ability to work independently and with their team, and has a passion for child safety. Kenosha County is committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.Bachelor's Degree Hiring Range: $22.65 - $25.71 Master's Degree Hiring Range: $26.42 - $29.99Career Advantages Competitive salary No on-call after-hours responsibilities Monday-Friday work schedule 8am - 5pm Opportunity to be a part of a great team Training to learn, grow and succeed Competitive benefits package including pension Opportunity for advancement County issued cell phone and laptop Positive Workplace Culture Position Summary and Job Duties This position conducts initial assessments (investigations) of allegations of child abuse and neglect in Kenosha County. This individual works directly with biological families, foster families and community agencies focused on keeping children safe and assisting parents in accessing voluntary community resources that will strengthen their family. If children cannot be maintained safely in their home, this position will facilitate Court intervention in order to ensure safety. In addition, this position rotates into the Access Office to receive phone calls from citizens who are reporting allegations of child abuse and neglect. Primary responsibility is completing Initial Assessments (investigations) regarding allegations of child maltreatment. Interviews alleged victim(s), siblings, parents, and all household members. Assesses child safety including the adult's protective capacities and the physical condition of the home. If children are unsafe, develops a safety plan to ensure child safety, including placement of children into foster care when necessary for safety. Works directly with biological families, foster families, alternate care providers, and community agencies in the interest of child safety and improving child and family well-being. Maintains client and child contact as required by State Standards. Makes referrals to community-based service agencies and monitors progress. Researches placement options and prepares necessary referrals to out-of-home care settings for children. Prepares required court paperwork and notices, provides recommendation to the court, and testifies in court hearings. Maintains accurate, meaningful, and current case records, reports, and other documents and correspondence, including all required documentation in the Wisconsin State Automated Child Welfare Information System. In the Access Office, receives and documents allegations of child abuse and neglect. Documents client background information, assesses report for present and impending danger threats, and makes screening recommendations. Works as part of a team. Attends in-service training and staff development activities. Performs other work as required or assigned. Success Factors Knowledge of our community's social and economic problems and their impacts on clients. Knowledge of Wisconsin State Statute Chapter 48 and state and local laws, regulations, and procedures pertaining to child protective ongoing services. Knowledge of State of Wisconsin Access and Initial Assessment Standards, State of Wisconsin Ongoing Services Standards, and State Child development and successful parenting skills. Knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Knowledge of mental health and substance abuse and its impact on families. Ability to make decisions independently while ensuring the safety of children within the community. Ability to De-escalate hostile and defiant clientele while providing information and referrals. Ability to document and address threats of safety. Ability to provide feedback to collateral contacts regarding work expectations and duties. Ability to take accurate notes and details regarding investigations of child maltreatment. Ability to adapt to changes in investigations and questioning to ensure pertinent information is being obtained. Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet time requirements Ability to adhere to professional ethics. Ability to respond to crisis situations. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook Excel. Job Requirements, Education, Training and Experience Bachelor's Degree (Masters Preferred) from an accredited college or university with a major in Social Work or a related field. A minimum of two years relevant work and/or internship experience working with children and families - 3 or more years' experience preferred. Experience working in the Juvenile Court system. State of Wisconsin Social Work Certificate preferred. Knowledge of the current principles and best practices of social work. Possession of a valid driver's license Or any combination of education, training, and experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the job. Benefits Health, dental and vision insurance effective first of month following 30 days of employment with the ability to reduce premium contribution through participation in a wellness program Flexible Spending Accounts Employee Assistance Program Paid Time Off Twelve Paid Holidays Retirement Plan: Participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System which includes county-paid life insurance Tuition Reimbursement Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The position involves light physical demands, such as exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally, and up to 10 pounds of force frequently.Selection Process Application Review - Qualifying. Oral Interview - Qualifying. Background Check - Qualifying. Physical Examination/Drug Screen - Qualifying. If you require accommodations at any point in the selection process because of a disability, please notify Human Resources in advance for arrangements.To learn more about the Child Protective Services Unit, please visit: https://www.kenoshacounty.org/252/Protective-ServicesApplications must be submitted no later than Monday, June 20, 2022. Kenosha County is a Wisconsin Retirement System participating employer. Your participation is required, which includes an employee contribution.Bachelor's Degree: The pay grade for this position is NE7 (minimum $22.65 - maximum $28.76). Master's Degree: The pay grade for this position is NE9 (minimum $26.42 - maximum $33.55).This position is located in Kenosha County, a growing community along the shores of Lake Michigan and less than an hour away from Milwaukee and Chicago. To see why Kenosha County is a great place to live, work, and play, visit:https://www.visitkenosha.com/Thank you for your interest in employment with Kenosha County!Kenosha County is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.Other details Pay Type Hourly Apply Now

Keywords: County of Kenosha, Kenosha , SOCIAL WORKER - DCFS, CPS UNIT, Healthcare , Kenosha, Wisconsin

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