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Social Caseworker B (Permanency)

Company: Arapahoe County
Location: Aurora
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

DescriptionOur Mission:Arapahoe County Department of Human Services (ACDHS) builds strong communities by promoting the safety, independence and stability of individuals and families.Our Vision:To end the cycle of poverty and prevent abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults (using an integrated Two-Generation approach) The Permanency Social Caseworker B will apply learned and trained knowledge and abilities in professional casework under the direct supervision and oversight of identified Child Welfare staff. The Permanency Case Worker is responsible for working with families through the closure of their case by providing continued assessment of needs and safety, provides recommendation and implementation of services as followed by a treatment plan, assists family in building of a positive support network and sustainability plan with the goal of permanency and wellbeing for the children, youth and family. ACDHS uses an integrated Two-Generation (2Gen) approach to address all of the basic human services needs of the entire family unit. The 2Gen approach begins with a mindset focused on family-centered program design, continues with the alignment of services and resources within the department as well as across multiple organizations, resulting in coordinated services to children and adults together (family) in order to create long term stability and sustainability. The 2Gen approach builds well-being for families by focusing equally and intentionally on high-quality services in five areas of focus: early childhood education, adult education and employment pathways, economic security, health and well-being and social capital. This approach will help us achieve our core mission of breaking the generational cycle of poverty, preventing neglect and abuse and building strong communities. ACDHS has openings for Social Caseworker B (Intake) positions working for the Child and Adult Protection Services (CAPS) Division. The Child and Adult Protection Services Division provides protective services to children and adults, as well as foster care, adoption, adolescent services, teen parent programs and other services that help create strong, effective families. The ideal applicant will have high energy and enthusiasm with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. They should enjoy flexibility and variety in their job duties and have a desire to work with families and other professionals in a team setti DutiesProvides professional ongoing case management by working with family and other professionals to develop and modify treatment plans that address the root cause of the referral, monitor case progress and identify barriers to permanency and work with family to eliminate barriers, implement additional services that promote increased parental protective capacities with the goal of preventing re-incidence.Collaborates with families and collaterals such as law enforcement, medical personnel, CASAs, GALs, treatment providers, schools and family support networks to obtain additional information and coordinate services, schedule or participate in any crossover or transfer meetings.Monitors progress of supervised visits between children and families, to include working with Arapahoe County Visitation staff to understand parenting needs to include in treatment plan when possible,Collaborates with Foster Care Coordinator and/or Kinship Navigator to maintain successful placement ensuring that Foster Family and/or Kinship Family understands the goal and steps for permanency And actively participates in Foster Care Reviews and audits as required.Establishes rapport with family, attends family meetings, service reviews and staffing to develop knowledge of the case. Provides timely communication and reviews all pertinent documentation/reports to ensure effective servicesWorks to ensure permanency for children/youth within 12 months of case open and completes at least monthly face-to-face contacts with children and families to ensure effective assessment and decision-making related to case disposition. Responsible for making all efforts to achieve permanency for youth and children through permanent custody, guardianship and adoption when children/youth are not able to return home.Provides case-specific documentation including development of family service plans, court documentation, TRAILS entries of face-to-face contact notes and other documentation, assessment completion, placement paperwork, service referrals, visitation assessments and other related tasks within regulated timeframes.Gathers and consolidates background information to present as documentation for court hearings, as progress reports in judicial reviews, or as summaries in facilitating appropriate placements. Attends court hearings and testifies in court as necessary, confers with lawyers, children, parents, witnesses, and significant others in reference to their respective roles.Participates in scheduled supervision, team meetings, unit meetings and division meetings. Perform as an active team member in RED team, Family Team Meetings, and other professional development work groups. Complete required and continuing education annually and obtains training or additional professional knowledge when needed.REQUIREMENTS:(Skills, Abilities and Competencies):Ability to adapt to fast-paced and high-volume work environment and be able to handle high stress and complex situations while remaining calm and professional. Must be well versed in effective conflict resolution and possess ability to deescalate hostile situations and confidently make decisions.Ability to effectively communicate in a positive and professional work environment. Establish and maintain professional working relationships with parents, foster parents, relative care providers, staff, peers, supervisors, providers, state officials, and other community partners.Excellent organizational skills and strong ability to prioritize tasks, take initiative, and multitask.Ability to effectively present information, write reports and business correspondence and respond to court, managers, customers, other agencies, co-workers, and the general public via fax, telephone, and email. Ability to clearly articulate concepts, directives and goals to employees, professionals and state and community representatives.Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and state and county computer systems. Ability to learn and apply new computer skills on a regular basis.Behavioral Competencies: Accountability Accessibility Inclusivity Integrity RequirementsEducation and Experience:Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, Guidance and Counseling and/or Child Development, plus one (1) years of post-degree paid experience in social casework; or,Masters in Social Work Supplemental InformationPre-Employment Additional Requirements:Must successfully pass pre-employment testing which includes an acceptable motor vehicle record (MVR) and background check.Possession of a valid Class R Colorado Drivers License or the ability to obtain one within two weeks of employment.Security clearance required: will require fingerprinting and a Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) background check.Post-Employment Requirements:Position is deemed essential and intake casework staff must be available for winter storm and other emergency events. Intake caseworker staff may be asked to be available to work on-call on a rotational basis including evenings, holidays and weekends.Must have already successfully completed the Colorado Pre-Service Training Academy program _or_ if hired must successfully complete and pass all required State of Colorado training in order to be certified as a caseworker. Maintain Child Welfare Certification through 40 or more hours of yearly training.Work locations and facilities are subject to change based on business need.WORK ENVIRONMENT:Work is generally confined to a standard office environment.PHYSICAL DEMANDS:The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position.Spends 50% of the time sitting and 50% of the time either standing or walking.Occasionally lifts, carries, pulls or pushes up to 20 lbs.Occasionally uses cart, dolly, or other equipment to carry in excess of 20 lbs.Occasionally climbs, stoops, kneels, balances, reaches, crawls and crouches while performing office or work duties.Verbal and auditory capacity enabling constant interpersonal communication through automated devices, such as telephones, radios, and similar; and in public meetings and personal interactions.Constant use of eye, hand and finger coordination enabling the use of automated office machinery or equipment.Visual capacity enabling constant use of computer or other work-related equipment._Definitions:_Occasionally: Activity exists less than 1/3 of the time. Frequently: Activity exists between 1/3 and 2/3 of the time. Constantly: Activity exists more than 2/3 of the time. The salary grade listed is the full salary range for the Social Caseworker B position. Please note that the hiring salary will typically be near the lower end of the pay range listed.NOTE:If you are interested in applying for any of our Social Caseworker positions and/or are considering a career as a Social Caseworker please copy and paste this link into your web browser or click on the Casework Career Preview Video link on the top left of the main job listing page to view the Casework Career Preview Video. /watch?v=-SF9pkWQByE&feature=youtu.bePrivacy Rights /DocumentCenter/View/10084/Privacy-Rights---24Privacy Rights /DocumentCenter/View/10085/Privacy-Rights---25_Toll Free Applicant Technical Support:_If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (i.e. uploading or attaching documents to your online application), call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627. Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application, first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt uploading (attaching) it.Salary:$49,180.04 - $69,701.06 AnnuallyLocation:80012, COJob Type:Full-timeDepartment:Human ServicesJob Number:04274Closing:5/31/2021 11:59 PM MountainAgency:Arapahoe CountyAddress:5334 S. Prince Street Littleton, Colorado, 80120Phone:(303) 795-4482Website:/arapahoe/default.cfm

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