The Human Services Agency (HSA) of the County of San Mateo is seeking 9 qualified applicants for the position of Children's Services Social Worker II/III in the Children and Family Services Branch.
Social Workers within this Branch provide a wide variety of Child Welfare Services to neglected, abused or dependent children and their families in order to ensure the health, welfare and safety of children; keep children with their families by providing services which would safely maintain the children in the home; arrange substitute care in relatives' homes, shelter care, foster care, group homes and institutions when necessary; develop a permanency plan for children who are unable to return home; and effectively work with a team of professionals comprised of diverse backgrounds. In addition, Social Workers in this Branch perform safety and risk assessments; provide crisis intervention; make referrals for children and families; participate in processing children taken into custody pending juvenile court action; appear and present cases in court; write court reports and treatment/case plans; and serve as officers of the juvenile court, acting for and as directed by the court in all relationships with their clients.
New hires from this recruitment will train in the Children and Family Services (CFS) New Worker Training Unit (NWTU) prior to unit assignment.
Assignments on the Children and Family Services unit may include: After Hours, Intake/Screening, Emergency Response, Adoptions, Permanent Placement, Family Maintenance & Reunification, AB12, Licensing, and Court Investigations. Traditionally, new workers are assigned to Emergency Response, Court Investigations, or Family Maintenance & Reunification, however, that may shift based on agency needs.
Children and Family Services operates on a 24/7 schedule. Some assignments are required to work nights, weekends, and holidays. Additionally, this position is subject to on-call shifts. Some shifts may include an 8% differential rate according to the AFSME MOU (link).
The ideal candidates will possess:
Mastery of core Child Welfare Services competencies
Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a Counseling program emphasizing Marriage, Family and Child Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy; possession of a Master's Degree in Social Work is highly desirable
Knowledge of various techniques in interviewing, counseling, family engagement and problem solving
Knowledge of trauma informed assessment and intervention
Knowledge of ages and stages of child development
Knowledge of the grief and loss cycles/process
Knowledge of substance abuse treatment modalities
Work experience in establishing rapport with clients and their families of diverse backgrounds
The ability to incorporate safety, permanency and well-being when working with families
The ability to successfully manage multiple, competing priorities
The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
Preferably, the ability to speak Spanish; candidates must pass the Spanish fluency examination
II Level: One year of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Level I Children's Services Social Worker
III Level:Two years of experience performing duties comparable to those of a II Level Children's Services Social Worker
San Mateo County was formed in April 1856 out of the southern portion of then-San Francisco County with a population of fewer than 5,000 people and little in the way of commerce. Today, more than 758,000 people call San Mateo County home and it stretches the boundary of Silicon Valley northward. Innovation thrives here in industries including bioscience, computer software, green technology, hospitality, financial management, health care, education and transportation. The County prides itself on how that prosperity fosters its commitment to protecting and enhancing the health, safety, welfare and natural resources of the community.
Within its 455 square miles bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and San Francisco Bay to the east, the County is known for its mild climate and scenic vistas. Nearly three quarters of the county is open space and agriculture remains a vital contributor to our economy and culture.
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