Social Worker III (Child Welfare Services), Grade 24

Montgomery County Government - Rockville, MD3.8

Full-time | Part-time$62,000 - $100,000 a year
This recruitment will establish an eligible list to fillcurrent and future vacancies .

This recruitment is for multiple Social Worker III positions within the Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Services(CWS) division. Positions may be Full-Time, Part-time, Merit, Temporary, Term,and/or Grant Funded. The term positions may be used to assist Child Welfare in providing uninterrupted services. Social Worker III employees provide a wide variety of services to a culturally and linguistically diverse population of children and families involved with CWS to develop and implement service agreements that strengthen families and reduce the risk of child maltreatment.

The following units within CWS provide these services:
SCREENING UNIT is the Child ProtectiveServices (CPS) Hotline that receives calls regarding child abuse and neglect and determines if a CPS intervention is needed.

ASSESSMENT UNIT investigates and assesses reports of alleged child abuse and neglect.

CONTINUING (Consolidated In-HomeServices) PROTECTIVE SERVICES provides In-Home services to families where abuse and neglect have occurred.

OUT OF HOME PLACMENT SERVICES provides case management and permanency planning for children who have been placed in foster care or relative placement.

ADOPTION SERVICES prepares the child, who is under the guardianship of the Department, for placement in a legal, permanent family situation.

INDEPENDENT LIVING (Transitioning Youth) PROGRAM prepares older foster children for transition from foster care to living independently.

Social Worker III employees will evaluate/ license/monitor/assist foster families; maintain accurate files; prepare reports and service agreements; testify in Juvenile Court; collaborate with multiple service providers; liaison with professional and community resources such as hospitals, schools, and other providers. Assigned workload will be more difficult cases requiring application of highly developed casework skills. Employees may be responsible for supervision of staff. This work may involves occasional exposure to some risk of aggressive or unpredictable behavior by clients.

These position requires the ability to attend meetings or perform work at locations outside the office. E mployee must be available to work weekends, evenings, holidays and/or rotating shifts.

Employees will need to operate a motor vehicle to transport children, supplies, and equipment, to other locations to perform these duties and would require the need to lift and carry, and manage stairs with children, equipment, and supplies.

Bilingual applicants in theSpanish/English languages are encouraged to apply .If the candidate selected for this position possesses multilingual skills, he/she will be required to successfully pass an examination assessing oral communication, reading comprehension, and interpreting skills. For Advanced proficiency, the candidate must also pass an examination requiring translating text from Spanish to English and vice versa.

Selected candidates for this position will be subject to a pre-employment medical exam, drug and alcohol screening and a criminal history records check through the Maryland State Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Candidates will also be checked through the Maryland Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect and federal and state sex offender registries. Any applicant who fails the medical exam, background check or whose name appears on either of the registries may be disqualified from employment for this position.

Additional Employment Information

OHR reviews the minimum qualifications of all applicants, irrespective of whether the candidate has previously been found to have met the minimum requirements for the job or been temporarily promoted to the same position. This evaluation is based solely on the information contained in the application/resume submitted for this specific position/IRC.

Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email to Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws.

Montgomery County Government also provides hiring preference to certain categories of veterans and veterans/persons with a disability. For more information and to claim employment preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference .

All applicants will respond to a series of questions related to their education, relevant experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required to minimally perform the job. The applicant's responses in conjunction with his/her resume and all other information provided in the employment application process will be evaluated to determine the minimum qualifications and preferred criteria status. Based on the results, the highest qualified applicants will be placed on an Eligible List and may be considered for an interview. Employees meeting minimum qualifications who are the same grade will be placed on Eligible List as a "Lateral Transfer" candidate and may be considered for interview.

If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Possession of a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from an accredited college or university that meets the criteria of graduate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Experience: Two (2) years of professional experience rendering social work services.

Equivalency: See Maryland Board requirements.

Must be licensed as a Licensed Certified Social Worker/Clinical (LCSW-C) by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners prior to appointment. Note: There will be no substitutions for this requirement.
Possession and maintenance at all times of a valid Class C (or equivalent) drivers license from the applicants state of residence when required for job-related duties.
Preferred Criteria

The applications of those individuals meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed to determine the extent, relevancy of training, and experience in the following areas :

Bilingual Proficiency: Spanish/English and vice versa
Computer Application
Collaboration and Community Partnerships
Providing services to children and families
Written Communication
Time Management
Intake and Assessment
Crisis Intervention
Knowledge of Policies, Procedures, Compliance and Confidentiality, and Regulations for Child Welfare Services
Decision making and Problem Solving

If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.

Minimum Salary 61765 Maximum Salary 102377 Currency USD