Social Worker (Pretrail Services)


The Dane County Pretrial Services Department is recruiting for professional Social Workers. The eligible list created from this recruitment may 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, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


Under general supervision, performs a variety of social work services in the Pretrial Services Department.

Once hired, employees may have the opportunity to advance to the Senior level after meeting the advancement criteria specified in the Employee Benefit Handbook.


Assists in reducing pretrial detention of defendants pending trial in criminal cases while increasing court appearance and public safety measures. Implements and monitors a person’s compliance with Pretrial Services program rules and conditions of bond as ordered by the judiciary. Completes intakes with people referred for pretrial supervision. Installs and monitors electronic monitoring equipment. Conducts random drug tests. Maintains accurate case notes in case management software. Completes and submits informational reports and violation reports to the Court, the District Attorney’s Office, and the defense attorney in a timely manner. Conducts collateral contacts. Attends court hearings.

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 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:
Possession of or eligibility for a valid driver’s license and access to personal transportation.

Background Check Statement: This position requires 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
Typical office environment. 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. Extensive computer terminal use, reading and writing.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Demonstrated commitment to public interest issues. Ability to multi-task and be a productive team player. Ability to work compassionately and respectfully with people in crisis. Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing and organizational skills. Experience working with individuals from multi-ethnic communities as well as from various socio-economic backgrounds. Thorough knowledge of alcohol and other drug abuse disorders. Ability to track and assess clients’ compliance with conditions of bail, their needs and goals and make appropriate referrals to outside agencies. Ability to communicate effectively with all internal and external parties involved. Ability to maintain accurate records.

Become a part of the Dane County Team!

We offer a wide range of benefits including fully paid dental and HMO health insurance premiums for full time employees/pro rated for part time employees.  The County will also provide contributions towards POS health insurance premiums and short/long term disability. Additional benefits available include long term care, vision coverage, flex spending account and deferred compensation programs paid in full by the employee and a wellness program. For further details visit

Bilingual Pay: Employees who work in bilingual designated positions receive an additional $.75 per hour.

Undesirable Hours Premium Pay: Employees receive undesirable hours pay of $1.00 for anytime worked between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m and for anytime on Saturday and/or Sunday.

Paid Parental Leave: Dane County also provides 6 weeks of paid parental leave for birth or adoption of a child.

Telecommuting: Telecommuting allows employees to work remotely for all or part of their workweek. Dane County considers telecommuting to be a viable, flexible option when both the employee and the job are suited to such an arrangement. Dane County will permit telecommuting when it benefits the productivity of the employee and their department and if determined by employee’s department that telecommuting is not detrimental to either the County or the employee.

Student Loan Forgiveness: If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

WI Retirement System: Employees hired after 7-1-11 must be expected to work a minimum of 1200 hours annually to be enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System when hired.

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Organization: Dane Country Pretrail Services Department

Job Location: Madison, WI

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