Lead Social Worker (CYF – YJ)


The Dane County Department of Human Services (DCDHS) – Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Division is recruiting for Lead Social Workers. The current vacancy is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position located within Youth Justice (YJ). DCDHS considers telecommuting to be a viable, flexible option and will provide more information during the interview process. The eligible list created from this recruitment may be used to fill future Lead Social Worker (CYF – YJ) 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 customers’ 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 supervision, Youth Justice (YJ) Lead Social Workers provide the full range of youth justice related social work activities assigned to county agencies by state law. These activities relate to the provision of supervision and services to youth involved in the juvenile justice system and their families. Lead Social Workers provide training and mentoring of new Social Workers in coordination with CYF Human Services Managers and Social Work Supervisors.



Coordination and facilitation of job shadowing opportunities for newly hired Social Workers and others. Assist with ongoing training of new hires. Facilitate meetings between Social Workers and others. Provide general documentation support to Social Workers and others. Act as a liaison with area schools and attend community stakeholder meetings with community partners. Conduct assessment interviews with family members according to Dane County Department of Human Services (DCDHS)/Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) Protocol in order to identify and prioritize needs and goals and to consider appropriate and available services. Make referrals to appropriate community services and resources. Maintain up-to-date How-To guides and checklists. Maintain regular contact with schools, treatment providers and other involved professionals to ensure efficient and effective service provision. Maintain regular contact with the families to monitor progress and to assist them in following case plans. Prepare factual, accurate and comprehensive court reports and other required court documents according to agency policy and file them in court within legal time limits.


Education, Experience & Special Requirements


Education, Training and Experience

Bachelor’s (or Master’s) Degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work or related human services field. Individuals must also possess the following: 1) Minimum of two (2) years of experience in youth justice ; 2) Work experience in YJ within the past five (5) years.



Must possess a valid State of Wisconsin Social Worker Certification from the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).


Special Requirements:

Must possess a valid driver’s license (or eligibility for) and access to personal transportation for use within Dane County.


Background Check StatementSome 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.


Physical and Environmental Work Requirements

Requires sitting and standing as there is computer entry and also work inside/outside of an office environment which includes home visits in the community, attending court hearings and meetings with service providers.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Strong skills in navigating WiSACWIS and Youth Assessment Screening. Ability to synthesize information for documentation in required formats, group facilitation, and legal testimony. Familiarity with Wisconsin Children’s and Juvenile Justice Codes and protective services standards. Knowledge of the Restorative Justice model of juvenile justice. Knowledge of the juvenile court system and process. Knowledge of community resources and how to use them effectively. Knowledge of human development and behavior. Knowledge of family and community systems. Proficiency in Motivational Interviewing (MI). 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, complete forms, and document case activity. Demonstrated ability to adapt to change and be flexible regarding learning new skills and new practice methods and training new staff in those methods.


Organization: Dane County Department of Human Services

Job Location: Madison, WI

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