Social Worker Bilingual – Spanish (Immigrations Affair)


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 the Immigrations Affair Unit. 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

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 in the Immigration Affairs Unit (IAU), this classification provides outreach to immigrant communities in order to support immigrant integration through the coordination of county services. In providing this outreach the incumbent will also serve as a source of referral for other agencies when necessary.

Coordinates legal volunteers while serving as a bridge across agencies. Serves as a member of the “Immigration Rapid Response Team” to address emergency immigration issues involving City of Madison, MMSD and other personnel. Provides focused customer service to immigrant residents on a range of issues including access to county resources and servicesRefers immigrant residents to outside agencies and organizations that provide necessary non-county services that address both their short and long term needs. Manage cases regarding immigrant and refugee clients involved with DCDHS including asylees and the undocumented. This involves working with a variety of different family dynamics and immigration statuses (e.g. transnational and mixed status families). Provision of wrap around services. Assists DCDHS clients with school matters, which includes Linkage to Justice accredited representatives to access legal support and prevention of immigrants to justice accredited representatives to access legal supports and prevent deportation. Develops and implements U-Visa process within DCDHS. Administers and allocates resources from IAS website. Promotes efforts by various Dane County Departments to improve accessibility of county services to immigrant communities.

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.

Special Requirements:
Requires a valid driver’s license (or eligibility for), access to reliable personal motor vehicle transportation, and a good driving record.
Bilingual (English-Spanish) required. (Must be able to pass a bilingual Spanish and English test.)

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. Understanding of various immigration statuses (e.g asylum seekers, refugees, undocumented, legal permanent residents, citizens and visa holders).


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