Social Worker

Organization: Dane County

Location: Madison, WI


The Dane County Human Services Department is recruiting for professional Social Workers. The current vacancies are full-time (1.0 FTE) Social Worker positions located within Child Protective Services (CPS) and Youth Justice (YJ). The Eligible List created will be used to fill future vacancies 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.

These positions are within the Human Services Department.

Makes home visits. Completes intake/assessments. Develops a written case plan with each youth and family. Makes referrals to community resources and coordinates those services. Maintains intensive frequent contact with youth, parents/caregivers, schools, therapists, and other service providers. Arranges and coordinates out-of-home placements. Attends staffing’s at residential care facilities within the state of Wisconsin and other contracted out of state facilities. Maintains case records. Maintains regular contact with, shares information with and teams and with JJ/CPS social worker.

Provides the full range of child protection, child welfare and delinquency-related social work activities assigned to county agencies by state law. These activities relate to protection of children who have been maltreated or are at risk for maltreatment, and provision of supervision and services to youth involved in the juvenile justice system and their families.

Responds to allegations of child maltreatment. Conducts child protective services and delinquency assessments through interviews, home visits and collateral contacts. Develops and implements case plans. Provides direct counseling. Makes referrals to community resources and coordinates those services. Prepares petitions and provides written and oral reports for juvenile court. Monitors case progress. Maintains case records.

Provides community supervision, case management services and redirection for youth ages 10-16 who are adjudicated delinquent. Requires face-to-face contact with adolescents and families, group facilitation, interaction with schools, law enforcement, and court personnel.

Works cooperatively with residents and community partners to provide prevention/early intervention services to children, youth and families. Coordinates neighborhood and community-based resources to strengthen families and communities. Acts as a community referral source and resource person.


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.

Certain positions will require a least one (1) year of relevant paid employment working with children with a severe emotional disturbance (SED). Certain positions will require candidates to pass relevant testing to become a certified Wisconsin Functional Screener within the first 90 days of employment.

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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