LTE Social Worker (ACS – APS)


The Dane County Department of Human Services (DCDHS) – Adult Community Services (ACS)
Division is recruiting for a limited term employee (LTE) Social Worker. The current vacancy is located within Adult Protective Services (APS). DCDHS considers telecommuting to be a viable, flexible option and will provide more information during the interview process. LTEs are limited to 1,200 hours in a payroll year and are not guaranteed any hours per week.

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 the direction of a Social Work Supervisor, incumbents work with vulnerable adults who may have dementia, developmental disabilities, brain injuries, chronic health conditions and mental health needs. Vulnerable adults may be alleged victims of physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, neglect, self-neglect and/or in need of protective services including guardianship and protective placement. Assess the needs of vulnerable adults, develop service plans, make referrals to services, serve as an advocate, assess competency, and coordinate interventions with other Dane County Department of Human Services (DCDHS) staff, county agencies, law enforcement and community providers as appropriate. Assure adequate legal protections are in place for these individuals giving them the opportunity to live in the least restrictive setting while maximizing self-determination, health and safety. Respond to APS Helpline and other inquiries to help human service agencies, family members and the community understand Wisconsin Statutes and regulations related to APS. Serve on committees, multi-disciplinary teams and other community workgroups. Participate in relevant in-service training programs to maintain clinical competence and leadership. Perform other duties as assigned.


Education, Experience & Special Requirements


Education, Training and Experience: 

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 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 have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record and access to reliable personal transportation, or equivalent.


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.


Physical and Environmental Work Requirements:

Requires sitting and standing; work inside and outside of an office environment which includes home visits and meetings with service providers. Ability to sit or stand to operate a personal computer with or without assistance. Ability to travel from office to other locations. Ability to see and hear within normal ranges with or without adaptive devices.


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. 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.


Organization: Dane County Department of Human Services

Job Location: Madison, WI

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