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Recruitment #1012PM-01536-01

DATE OPENED:     10/17/2012 4:30:00 PM
JOB TYPE:      Open
FILING DEADLINE:     10/31/2012 11:59:00 PM
SALARY:     $3,404 - $4,137/month
City of San Luis Obispo
Morro Bay/Los Osos/Cayucos
Northern Coast (e.g. Cambria)
North County (e.g. Atascadero/Paso Robles)
South County (e.g. Pismo Beach/Nipomo)
DEPARTMENT:     Department of Social Services

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Conditional employment offers are based on successful completion of any pre-appointment background investigation, drug testing, and medical/psychological evaluation.

This recruitment requires the completion of a supplemental questionnaire.  You must submit your response to the supplemental questions with your application.

ABOUT THE POSITIONClasses in the social worker series determine the need for social services, and authorize the provision of and in some cases, directly provide social services to applicants, clients and other persons eligible for public services or vocational assistance services; and do other related work as required.

Incumbents work under close supervision in a training status and carry a limited noncomplex social service caseload.  Incumbents are expected to learn departmental organization, social service programs, basic case study methods and casework services, and other activities such as vocational services.  Normally, incumbents are expected to promote to Social Worker II after successful completion of twelve months of experience.

TYPICAL TASKSStudies and applies the principles and techniques of social work to a caseload composed of people who have various types of services problems; conducts assessments to determine social services or vocational needs of clients; develops and carries out welfare to work plans or social treatment plans for an assigned caseload; assists applicants and clients in utilizing available community resources; interprets the policies, rules and regulations of the department to applicants, clients and others within the scope of his/her responsibility; makes home visits in connection with casework assignments; prepares and maintains case records and reports using automated office equipment as appropriate; answers correspondence; participates in staff development activities.


Knowledge of:

Socioeconomic conditions and trends; the basic principles of individual and group behavior; current issues in the field of social welfare; principles of interviewing and problem solving methodology; automated office equipment; basic public social service programs on the Federal, State and local level; effective writing techniques; the general principles of public assistance policies and programs.

Ability to:

Understand and learn the agency programs, policy and procedures; obtain and recognize the relevant and significant facts; organize and maintain work detail; establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of clients, co-workers and others from a variety of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds; speak and write clearly and effectively; learn and use automated office equipment; read and interpret rules, regulations and guidelines; operate within appropriate confidentiality guidelines.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Either A:  Graduation from college, including 30 semester units, (or equivalent quarter units or equivalent Continuing Education Units CEUís) in social welfare, social/human services, sociology or other behavioral sciences.  OR B:  Successful completion of 30 college semester units, (or equivalent quarter units or equivalent CEUís) in social welfare, sociology, social/human service or other behavioral science and one year job related experience in a social service setting.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATESA valid CALIFORNIA drivers license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

IN ADDITION: This class specification generally describes the duties and responsibilities characteristic of the position(s) within this class. Duties of a particular position within a multi-position class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class. Accordingly, the essential functions of a particular position (whether it be a multi-position class or a single-position class) will be identified and used by medical examiners and hiring authorities in the selection process. If you have questions regarding the duties or the working conditions of the position, please contact the Human Resources Department.

AGENCY SHOPEmployees hired into the Public Services, Supervisory and Clerical bargaining units represented by SLOCEA labor contracts are covered by Agency Shop provisions which require that new employees become SLOCEA dues paying members or pay an agency shop service fee in lieu of dues.

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified 2-4 weeks after the final filing deadline. However, some recruitments may take less or more time depending on the type of exam and number of applicants. Notifications will be posted on-line on the Applicant Status Board for each phase of the recruitment process and will be sent by US mail and/or email.  Therefore, notify the Human Resources Department of any mailing or email address changes for all applications submitted.

SELECTION PROCESS: The examination process will include a competitive examination consisting of an evaluation of job-related education and experience through one of the following methods of testing:  A) competitive application rating, based solely on application information presented OR B) oral board rating as determined by an interview panel OR C) application screening and an oral board rating OR D) any combination thereof.  In any case, the evaluation will be weighted 100% in determining a candidateís placement on the eligible list.  Applicants are urged to submit sufficiently detailed information in their application materials for proper qualification evaluation.   The hiring department will be provided a list of the top nine ranks of eligible candidates and one additional rank for each vacancy. The hiring department may hire any of the candidates certified to the department.  Veterans and disabled veterans preference points will be assigned when applicable. Please note: any part of this selection process may be waived or changed as deemed appropriate by the Human Resources Department at any point during the recruitment. Eligible lists may be used to fill regular, limited term or temporary positions.

New employees are required to complete an INS Employment Eligibility Verification form to certify citizenship or legal residency and authorization to work. Essential functions of a job for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be determined prior to the filling of each vacant position. A reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the needs of the disabled and the religious needs of an applicant. If you require special arrangements to participate in the recruitment process, you must inform the County Human Resources Department in writing of the type and extent of accommodation no later than the final filing deadline.