The purpose of Child Protection Services is to provide 24-hour assistance in investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. Caseworkers from one of twelve paired teams respond to reports of possible child abuse or neglect. Referrals can be made by law enforcement, schools, medical professionals, or anyone who feels there is a situation that warrants investigation.
Social Caseworker II work on child abuse or neglect cases and have decision making authority for developing appropriate case/treatment plans for child safety, permanency and well being. They deliver or provide direct services to children and families and must work effectively with individuals and families under stress and difficult circumstances and with persons from diverse backgrounds. Incumbents receive guidance and mentoring from a Child Welfare Senior Social Worker on more difficult cases. Incumbents in these positions provide emergency, and crisis intervention.
We currently have four openings. These positions can be either classified as Regular or Limited Term.
Specifically this person:
- Assesses allegations and safety risks of referral cases to include receiving referrals, completing intake and assessment forms, and assessing need for out-of-home placement.
- Provides crisis intervention and on-going counseling as needed to assist families in decision making and problem resolution; acts as advocate for client.
- Prepares and presents case information and documentation to the Courts, state review proceedings, and for communications with attorneys and/or other professionals.
- May be responsible for assessing new cases and referring each case to a specific unit; determines response time frame needed for each case; performs research to obtain additional information from other agencies and individuals as needed.
- Takes Initiative.
- Works effectively on a team.
- Addresses stress and conflict in appropriate ways.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills with customers and team members.
- Meets State and County established performance goals.
- Works efficiently, uses problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Maintains positive and healthy interactions.
- Is a good steward of public resources.
To Qualify for a Caseworker I:
- Completion of the State Training Academy
- Direct experience is not required.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a human behavioral sciences field. Examples of degree titles include Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Human Development/Family Studies.
- In order to meet the minimum educational requirements of a human behavioral science degree, the applicant must have a degree with major course work (equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) in either development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and child development.
To Qualify for a Caseworker II:
- Completion of the State Training Academy
- At least one year of experience in case management in either a public or private agency, after obtaining a Bachelor's Degree
- A Master's Degree in Human Behavior Sciences can substitute for the required experience.
- An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.
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Other Information to Note:
- All new employees and rehires will be required submit fingerprints for a FBI criminal background check (C.R.S. 26-6-104)
- Applicants must have access to the following items for reimbursed business use: a licensed, insured vehicle which seats three (3) passengers with seat belts and a mobile telephone.
- An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.
All application components must be submitted by 10:00 PM MT on the closing date listed.