Social Worker – Clerk of Courts


Dane County Clerk of Courts is recruiting for professional Social Workers. The current vacancy is a part-time (0.5 FTE) Social Worker position. The Eligible List created will be used to fill future vacancies within the next six (6) months.

Starting hourly rate of $24.77 with further increases to $32.55. Dane County offers a wide range of benefits including fully paid dental and HMO health insurance premiums for full time employees. The County will also provide contributions towards POS health insurance premiums and short/long term disability. Additional benefits available include long term care, vision coverage, flex spending account and deferred compensation programs paid in full by the employee and a wellness program (for further details visit Employees hired after 7-1-11 must be expected to work a minimum of 1200 hours annually to be enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System when hired. Dane County also provides 6 weeks of paid parental leave for birth or adoption of a child.

Equity, Definition and Examples of Duties

As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality service is a shared goal. All employees must be able to demonstrate multicultural competence – the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Under general direction from an attorney, this position will assess clients’ needs and goals and ensure clients are supported to engage in meaningful services that are responsive to their actual needs. This includes interviewing, gathering information and providing recommendations throughout the case to the parent attorney and possibly the courts. Court attendance, written reports and testimony to support the parents may be required.

Interview/observe children, parents, caregivers and treatment providers. Prepare confidential reports regarding contact with children and in-home safety plans. Make collateral contacts and assist with identifying and accessing necessary services. Assess safety and risk factors for child. Complete written assessments of family and child’s situation. Assess suitability of potential placements for child. Make recommendations regarding permanency planning for child, services for family and case planning. Provide written reports regarding staffings. Compile and maintain statistics and accurate records on all assigned cases. Attend trainings/conferences to stay up to date on current practices and maintain social work license.

Education, Experience & Special Requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Work will be screened through. Applicants who are currently in their final semester of school and are obtaining a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Work will also be screened through. Applicants with any other major must possess a temporary or permanent Social Work Certification from the WI Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) prior to applying (a training certificate will not be accepted).

All individuals must possess a degree and a temporary or permanent Social Work Certification from the WI Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) prior to the first day of employment. If any applicant does not possess a temporary or permanent certification on the first day of employment the job offer will be rescinded and they will be terminated. Candidates with a temporary certificate must obtain a permanent certification within one (1) year in order to pass probation.

Requires a valid driver’s license (or eligibility for), access to reliable personal motor vehicle transportation, and a good driving record.
Valid State of Wisconsin Social Work license.

Other Requirements:
Certain positions will require candidates to pass relevant testing to become a certified Wisconsin Functional Screener within the first 90 days of employment.

Background Check Statement:
Some positions may require a criminal background check which can include fingerprinting due to the nature of the job’s responsibilities. Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law, s. 111.31 – 111.395, Wis. Stats., prohibits discrimination because of an arrest or conviction record.  However, Dane County may disqualify an applicant if the position’s responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant’s criminal history (e.g., the nature of the crime and its relationship to the position, whether hiring, transferring or promoting an applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees, customers and vendors, etc.). Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Demonstrated commitment to public interest issues. Ability to multi-task and be a productive team player. Ability to work compassionately and respectfully with clients in crisis. Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing and organizational skills. Experience working with individuals from multi-ethnic communities as well as from various socio-economic backgrounds. Thorough knowledge of and skill in the application of practices and techniques of family assessment, child growth and development, psychological testing, alcohol and other drug abuse, and cycle of violence. Knowledge of causes of and treatment for problematic parent/child interactions and knowledge of and familiarity with related local community resources. Knowledge of and familiarity with Wisconsin juvenile statutes as set forth in Chapter 48. Ability to assess clients’ needs and goals and ensure clients are supported to engage in meaningful services that are responsive to their actual needs. Ability to communicate effectively with all internal and external parties involved. Ability to maintain accurate records.


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