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Social Worker Protective Services (Work Against)

at Guilford County Schools

Pay: up to $44774/year
$44774 - $
Posted: 9/30/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1803677

Job Description

Overall Job Objective




Employees in this class may be assigned to either a Children or Adult Care Team.  Work is supervised by a Social Work Program Manager who reports to the Social Services Division Director.
This is advanced level social work involving the provision of direct and indirect casework to children and adults requiring protective services.  Cases in these areas require an immediate response to a crisis situation for the client.  Consequently, the social worker must be able to analyze the situation and determine an appropriate course of action in a short time span.  There are, additionally, legally mandated time spans in which action must be taken in protective services investigation cases.

Examples of Duties


Essential Duties and Tasks
Employees may be assigned to one of the following areas:

Foster Care/Guardianship
•Responsible for ensuring safe, permanent and nurturing families for children/adults who are in DSS custody  and for whom DSS has placement responsibility.
•Responsible for providing services to strengthen, preserve and/or reunite families by helping them to  improve the conditions that caused Agency intervention.
•Responsible for ensuring appropriate temporary living arrangements for children in DSS custody and  achieving an alternative safe, permanent home for children that cannot return home.

•Responsible for helping children, whose parents are incapable of assuring continuing parental  responsibilities, to become a part of a new family by finding an appropriate home for them.
•Responsible for recruiting of potential adoptive families and providing on-going services (supervision) to  adoptive children and adoptive parents that will provide for their needs and protect the interests of all  parties to an adoption.

 •Responsible for providing treatment services to families and children who have been substantiated for  abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation.
•Responsible for providing treatment services to children determined to be in need of protection, with the  goal of preventing out of home placement or if out of home placement cannot be prevented, provide the  necessary services to affect an appropriate placement.

•Responsible for making prompt and thorough investigations when a report of abuse, neglect, or dependency is  received by the department.
•Responsible for ascertaining the facts of the case, the extent of the abuse or neglect, and the risk of  harm to juvenile/adult, in order to determine whether protective services should be provided or the  complaint filed as a petition.
•Responsible for following the procedures and guidelines as provided by the State of NC and the legal  system.

Family Recruitment Trainer
•Responsible for the recruitment, training and retention of families interested in providing foster or  adoptive homes for Guilford County children /adults needing temporary or permanent homes.  Primary  responsibilities include community education, training families in the foster and adoptive processes,  licensing homes, and development of recruitment strategies.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
•Through knowledge of policy and procedure by citing the governing authority.
•Ability to deal with families and the public who may not agree with the law, rules or policy of the  process.
•Ability to use advanced case management interview techniques to establish a supportive casework  relationship and to involve families in a joint assessment of the initial need for services.
•Ability to quickly assess environment during daytime hours, after dark and in high crime neighborhoods.
•Ability to provide written documentation in case records.
•Ability to provide expert resolution skills in negotiation of most complex cases.
•Ability to analyze child developmental/adult safety issues in relationship to risk factors.
•Ability to analyze situations as to whether or not removal of children/adults is necessary, especially in  intense situations with limited direct information and also in situations with limited consultative  resources.

Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications (Work Against)

  • MSW-Child Welfare collaborative (child welfare positions only)
  • MSW from an accredited school of social work with three months directly related experience
  • BSW – Child Welfare Collaborative with three months of directly related experience
  • BSW from an accredited school of social work with one year and three months of directly related experience
  • Four year degree in a human service field from an accredited college/university with two years and three months directly related experience
  • Four year degree from an accredited college/university with three years and three months directly related experience.
  • Must have possession of an appropriate driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina.
  • A motor vehicle record (MVR), background check, and drug screening will be conducted on candidates considered for positions.

Supplemental Information

TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED.  Copy of transcript must be submitted with application. Official college transcripts required at time of hire. Please send transcripts to: Guilford County DHHS/HR, c/o Yolanda Ewing, 1203 Maple St., Greensboro, NC  27405 or attach a copy to your online application.

Physical Demands and Work Conditions
Work requires contact with clients, family members and other professional disciplines and service agencies.  To determine the extent of neglect, abuse, physical illness the employees may experience emotional stress due to the nature of interactions with clients or service providers and behavioral problems such as; aggression of clients and/or family members that cause bodily injury for employees.
Employees work in settings that range from modern public service buildings, residential facilities, institutions or home environments.
Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, operate a computer, and do extensive reading. 
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motion.
Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Special Note: This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements.  However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position.  Those documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process.  They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.