Social Worker – Sheriff’s Office


The Dane County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) is recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Social Worker. The Eligible List created will be used to fill future vacancies that occur within the next six (6) months.

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 and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Under supervision of a Dane County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant, this position will direct and manage the Parenting Inside and Out (PIO) curriculum, complete inmate parental assessments, coordinate the enhanced parental visitation, build family relationships through additional programs and services, and educate Sheriff’s Office staff on the vital importance of familiar relationships. This position will be responsible for providing direct services to incarcerated mothers and fathers and act as a liaison with county social service agencies particularly Child Protective Services (CPS), Department of Corrections, and foster parents.

Assist in fostering and coordinating PIO curriculum, programming for inmates to reduce recidivism and address criminogenic needs; advocate for jail inmates from existing systems and services, providing family connections opportunities; assess the needs for programs; identify, develop and maintain direct contact with community groups, Dane County Human Services and organizations to assist in program development; work closely with inmates, security staff, community service providers, and the court system; teach skill building classes, facilitate groups and work closely with the jail’s Re-entry Coordinator and Social Work Department.

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
Must also be able to pass a background check in order to obtain and maintain security clearance for access to jail facilities.
Requires a valid driver’s license (or eligibility for), access to reliable personal motor vehicle transportation, and a good driving record.
For this specific Social Worker recruitment, in addition to the generic expected requirements and responsibilities, the incumbent is required to obtain proper certification in order to instruct the Parenting Inside and Out (PIO) curriculum to inmates of the Dane County Jail within six (6) months of employment.

Physical Demands:  
Ability to sit in one (1) place for extended periods of time; ability to view a computer monitor/screen for long periods; ability to lift 20-pound boxes with assistance and 10-15 pound boxes unassisted.

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 the Wisconsin State Statutes pertaining to criminal codes and DOC 350; knowledge of the court system and process; knowledge of current social and economic problems and ways in which these problems affect families and individuals; knowledge of community resources and how to use them effectively; knowledge of human development and behavior; knowledge of family and community systems; effective oral and written communication skills; ability to relate to persons from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds in an unprejudiced and understanding manner; ability to recognize symptoms of emotional disabilities, alcohol and drug abuse and learning difficulties; ability to prepare and maintain complex records and reports; ability to participate effectively as a member of a team; ability to plan and organize work to effectively achieve program objectives; ability to understand and follow oral and/or written instructions; ability to use a computer to generate reports and complete forms; ability to organize and coordinate programs for jail inmates; and ability to analyze the use of data in program planning.

Read the full article at: