Social Worker – Bilingual (Spanish/English)


The Dane County Department of Human Services in Madison, Wisconsin is recruiting for professional Social Workers. The current vacancy is a full-time (1.0 FTE) Social Worker – Bilingual (Spanish/English) position located within Child Protection Services (CPS) ACCESS. This position is located at 2306 South Park Street, Madison, WI. 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. Bilingual positions are subject to earn an additional $0.75 per hour. Excellent benefits include 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 six (6) weeks of paid parental leave for birth or adoption of a child.

Equity, Definition and Examples of Duties

Commitment to Equity & Inclusion
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 and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Examples of Duties
This position will receive, analyze and document reports of alleged child maltreatment. CPS Access staff perform a gate-keeping function by determining which children and families receive further attention from the agency in order to protect children from maltreatment. The candidate in this position will answer a multiple line phone system. Receive and document reports of alleged maltreatment from the community and mandated reporters. CPS Access staff must document all reports of concern for children that the reporter believes may be subject to abuse or neglect; or may place a child at risk for abuse or neglect. Identify families that the CPS system must respond to. Determine the urgency of the response time and submit reports to supervisor for screening decisions. Enter data into a state-wide information system. Gather information from reporters and determine what information is significant.

Education, Experience & Special Requirements

Applicants with a Bachelors or Masters Degree in Social Work will be screened through. Applicants who are currently in their final semester of school and are obtaining a Bachelors or Masters 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.

Bilingual Special Requirements:
Positions designated as bilingual will require the ability to speak, write and communicate fluently and effectively in English language. You must also be able to speak, write and communicate fluently and effectively in Spanish (must be bilingual Spanish/English). Candidates will be evaluated on bilingual skills before progressing to the interview stage.

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

Knowledge of, and experience applying social work methods, techniques, policies, procedures and treatment techniques; knowledge of human development and behavior; knowledge of dynamics of human relations, including dealing with intellectual, academic, emotional, physical or social disabilities; knowledge of investigation procedures and applying motivational interviewing techniques; experience facilitating group and individual counseling for different clientele (e.g., adults, teens or children); experience working with and relating effectively to diverse populations; experience identifying and solving problems; experience in case planning; ability to participate in and appropriately use supervision; knowledge of community resources and support programs; ability to prepare and maintain complex records and reports; ability to participate effectively as a team-member; ability to use a computer to generate reports, complete forms, and document case activity; excellent personal, written and verbal communication skills; excellent organizational and time-management skills.


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