Social Worker I/II/III – Child Protective Services Initial Assessment Unit


This position is responsible for providing the following types of services:  needs assessments, crisis intervention, case planning, advocacy, and development of community resources; providing services to both children and adults with varying abilities and functioning levels.  The position of Social Worker will be assigned a designated Division within the Human Services and Health Department.


  • Knowledge of laws and regulations that affect the delivery of services provided by the Department.
  • Knowledge of community resources, and alternative care resources.
  • Knowledge of applicable State statutes.
  • Working knowledge of mental health and AODA assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Working knowledge of client rights, confidentiality, standards of practice, and ethics in mental health/AODA field.
  • Working knowledge of applicable Wisconsin State Administrative Codes, including but not limited to, Chapters 34, 37, 46, 48, 51, 54, 55, 56, 58, 75, 938.
  • Knowledge of human development and behavior, family, and group dynamics, and mental, physical, and social dysfunctions.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural differences and special needs of various minority groups, and ability to consult with other staff regarding these.
  • Ability and skill to relate to clients in stressful or crisis situations.
  • General knowledge of interviewing and supportive counseling techniques.
  • General knowledge of social casework techniques.
  • Knowledge of social, economic, and health problems of basic human behavior and of available assistance and rehabilitative services and techniques.
  • Knowledge of human service needs assessment methodologies.
  • Knowledge of legal requirements including privacy, resident rights, confidentiality, and non-discrimination.
  • Knowledge of goals, principles, and practices of human service programs, program administration, and program goals and their intended impacts.
  • Knowledge of the County and Department’s operating requirements, policies, procedures, and practices; and local, State, and Federal regulations related to department programs and operations.
  • Skill in analyzing complex administrative information and issues, defining problems and evaluating alternatives, and recommending methods, procedures, and techniques for resolution of issues.
  • Ability to research and analyze detailed information and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to develop, interpret and implement regulations, policies, procedures, written instructions, general correspondence, and other department-specific documents.
  • Ability to adapt and take control of situations, dictating subordinate activities in a responsible manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain accurate records of assigned activities and operations.
  • Ability to interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; Federal, State, and local regulations.
  • Skill in organizational and time management to prioritize duties to accomplish a high volume of work product while adapting to constant changes in priority.
  • Ability to perform detailed work accurately and independently in compliance with stringent time limits requiring minimal direction and supervision.
  • Ability to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
  • Knowledge of current office practices and procedures and knowledge of the operation of standard office equipment and software.
  • Knowledge of computer software including word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications consistent for this position.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations required of this position.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively in English in both written and verbal form.
  • Skill in researching and understanding complex written materials.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and reports.
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and discretion in performing duties, resolving problems, and interpreting policies and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate detailed and often sensitive information effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle sensitive interpersonal situations calmly and tactfully.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism at all times.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with individuals within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion regarding business-related files, reports, and conversations, within the provisions of open records laws and other applicable State and Federal statutes and regulations.
  • Ability to work the allocated hours of the position and respond after hours as needed

Organization: Human Services and Health

Location: Henry Dodge Building (Dodge County)

Social Worker CPS Initial Assessment Unit 12-01-2022