Social Worker III

Child Welfare Services

Recruitment #17-344020-01

Introduction

Protecting and strengthening families in Solano County.  

The mission of Health and Social Services is to promote cost-effective services that safeguard the physical, emotional, and social well being of the people of Solano County. Health and Social Services provides services that focus on our customers and that deal with the whole person. We are committed to working closely with our customers, finding out what our customers need, and providing quality services that ensure our customers are treated with respect. Our services are accessible to residents throughout Solano County and we encourage our County's residents to adopt healthier lifestyles. 

Our award-winning, integrated services are designed to work collaboratively with the community and our partners to make Solano County the best place to live, learn and play. 

To learn more about Health and Social Services Department, please visit: 
 
http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/hss/default.asp  

Child Welfare Services Division 

The mission of Solano County Child Welfare Services Division is to protect children from abuse and neglect by strengthening their families or finding safe, permanent homes so that they can grow into healthy, productive adults.  To accomplish our mission, we will be working with our community partners.  

To learn more about the Child Welfare Services Division, please visit: http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/hss/cws/default.asp

 

The Position

The Social Worker III works under consultative supervision and independently perform casework duties involving legally mandated matters affecting children. Assignments are often characterized by specialized casework, time limitations and responsibility imposed by the legal system in a wide range of highly sensitive investigations and interventions required by life threatening circumstances.

The ideal candidate has experience and/or specialized education/training in preparation for work in Child Welfare Services.

This recruitment is to fill vacancies in the Child Welfare Services Division of the Health and Social Services Department.

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill part-time and full-time regular, limited-term or extra-help positions as vacancies occur or the need arises.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience

Either I - Two years of experience equivalent to the Social Worker II in Solano County.

OR II - Equivalent to graduation from a four-year accredited college or university with coursework that has preferably included thirty (30) semester units in social welfare, sociology, psychology, counseling, gerontology, vocational guidance or other related behavioral science. AND Three years of experience performing professional level social work with a public social services agency or private social services provider. (Preferably including substantial experience with abused/neglected children and/or adults)

OR III - Possession of a Master’s degree in Social Services (MSW) or a two year graduate level counseling degree emphasizing marriage, family and child counseling, gerontology, or clinical psychology. (Both the MSW and the two-year counseling degree must have included supervised fieldwork or an internship) This requirement may be met by a letter from an accredited college or university that states current enrollment in a Master’s degree program and confirms graduation with a Master’s degree in Social Services (MSW) will be conferred within three (3) months. AND Two years of experience performing social work with a public social services agency or private social services provider. (Preferably including substantial experience with abused/neglected children and/or adults). This requirement may be met by completion of a two (2) year social work internship through an accredited college or university.

To view the job description, please visit:
http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=16016

BENEFITS

Solano County offers a cafeteria-style medical package with health benefits, offered through CalPERS. The County contribution for family coverage for the 2017 calendar year is $1,430.11 per month. The County offers a cash back provision for those who choose employee-only or who waive medical insurance coverage. The County may offer a supplemental contribution for employees enrolled in Employee plus Two or More coverage.

Dental and vision insurances for the employee and eligible dependents are paid 100% by the County.

Solano County participates in CalPERS retirement and contributes to Social Security.

Vacation is accrued at approximately 10 days per year for the first 3 years.
Sick leave accrues at approximately 12 days per year.

The County observes 12 fixed, paid holidays per year.

Employees are eligible to receive an additional 2.5% longevity pay, per level, after the completion of continuous service at 10, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years. 

An additional 5% pay differential is allotted for assignments in Child Welfare Services.

To review complete benefits information, please visit:
http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=16514

Extra-help employees who work less than 29 hours per week do not typically receive or accrue benefits of regular employees during their period of employment. All extra-help employees accrue .034 hours of Sick Leave for every full hour worked.

To view the benefits for this extra-help position, please visit: https://admin.solanocounty.com:4433/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=21216 

Selection Process

Application Review:

09/25/17  - 5:00 PM Deadline to submit application and required documents for first application review.

09/25/17  - Tentative week for scoring supplemental questions for second application review.

Next Application Review:

11/06/17  - 5:00 PM Deadline to submit application and required documents for first application review.

11/06/17  - Tentative week for scoring supplemental questions for second application review.

Next Application Review:

12/18/17  - 5:00 PM Deadline to submit application and required documents for first application review.

12/18/17  - Tentative week for scoring supplemental questions for second application review.

Next Application Review:

02/05/18  - 5:00 PM Deadline to submit application and required documents for first application review.

02/05/18  - Tentative week for scoring supplemental questions for second application review.

Based on the information provided in the application documents, the qualified applicants may be invited for further examination and will either be pre-scheduled by the Department of Human Resources or be invited to self-schedule. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of an initial application screening, a mandatory information meeting, a supplemental questionnaire assessment, a written and/or practical exam, an oral board exam, or any combination listed. Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

A minimum score of 70% is required to continue in the selection process, unless otherwise announced.

All potential new hires and employees considered for promotion to management, confidential positions or unrepresented positions will be subject to a background and reference check after contingent job offer is accepted.  These provisions are subject to change.

RETIREES - Solano County invites all qualified candidates to apply for positions; however pursuant to Government Code Section 21221(h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees.

How to Apply

Please visit the County of Solano website, www.jobsatsolanocounty.com, to apply. All additional application materials as requested in the job announcement (degree/transcripts, certificates, DD-214 if applicable, ADA Accommodation Request) must be submitted with the Document Cover Sheet, available on the employment website: http://www.jobaps.com/Solano/sup/doccover.pdf or at the Department of Human Resources’ office,  and are due by the next application review date.

Previously submitted application materials (i.e. copies of diploma and/or transcripts, etc.) for prior recruitments will not be applied for this recruitment but must be re-submitted for this recruitment.

Any further questions can be directed to the Department of Human Resources at (707) 784-6170 or at 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800 Fairfield 94533. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EOE/AA

Document Submittal Requirements

Education verification may be required. Depending on how you qualify, candidates must submit a copy of their college diploma (verifying the degree, date earned and area of specialization) or official/unofficial transcripts (verifying the courses and units completed) by the next application review date

 

Additionally, Title IV-E students, MUST submit verification from their Title IV-E program which states current enrollment in a Master's degree program and confirms graduation with a Master's degree in Social Services (MSW) will be conferred within 90 days. Candidates who fail to submit their diploma, transcripts, and/or Title IV-E status by the next application review date will be disqualified from the recruitment. 

 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:  Candidates who attended a college or university that is accredited by a foreign or non-U.S. accrediting agency must have their educational units evaluated by an educational evaluation service.  The result must be submitted to the Human Resources Department no later than the close of the recruitment.  Please contact the local college or university to learn where this service can be obtained.

How to Submit Your Documents

In addition to uploading attachments when applying online, candidates may submit documents in-person or by mail at Solano County Department of Human Resources 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800, Fairfield CA  94533, by fax to (707) 784-3424, or by email to recruitment@solanocounty.com.  When submitting documents in-person, by mail or by fax, include the recruitment title (Social Worker III) and the recruitment number (17-344020-01).  If submitting documents by email include the recruitment title and recruitment number in the subject field.

Supplemental Questionnaire

This Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to determine applicants’ qualifications for this position and assess an applicant’s ability to advance in the recruitment process; therefore, applicants are encouraged to answer all questions thoroughly and completely.  Omitted information will not be considered or assumed.  Applicants who have no experience in a specific area are recommended to state "no experience in this area" instead of leaving the space blank.

Please note that the experience in your answers must be reflected in your employment history.

 

1.       Mark the one box that best describes your education from an accredited college or university.  NOTE: Depending on how you qualify, candidates must submit a copy of their college diploma (verifying the degree, date earned and area of specialization) or official/unofficial transcripts (verifying the courses and units completed) by the final filing deadline date.

a.       Two years of experience equivalent to the Social Worker II in Solano County.

b.      Equivalent to graduation from a four-year accredited college or university with coursework that has preferably included thirty (30) semester units in social welfare, sociology, psychology, counseling, gerontology, vocational guidance or other related behavioral science. AND Three years of experience performing professional level social work with a public social services agency or private social services provider. (Preferably including substantial experience with abused/neglected children and/or adults)

c.       Possession of a Master’s degree in Social Services (MSW) or a two year graduate level counseling degree emphasizing marriage, family and child counseling, gerontology, or clinical psychology. (Both the MSW and the two-year counseling degree must have included supervised fieldwork or an internship) This requirement may be met by a letter from an accredited college or university that states current enrollment in a Master’s degree program and confirms graduation with a Master’s degree in Social Services (MSW) will be conferred within three (3) months. AND Two years of experience performing social work with a public social services agency or private social services provider. (Preferably including substantial experience with abused/neglected children and/or adults). This requirement may be met by completion of a two (2) year social work internship through an accredited college or university.

 

2.       Are you a Title IV-E Student?

a.       Yes

b.      No

 

3.       Mark the boxes that best describes your experience as a Social Worker in the following settings.  Choose all that apply.

a.       Child Welfare Services - Primary Case Manager

b.      Child Welfare Services - Supportive Services  

c.       Education

d.      Foster Family Agency

e.      Children”s Residential Care Services

f.        Substance Abuse Services

g.       Mental Health Services

h.      Juvenile Justice

i.         Domestic Violence Services

j.        Hospital or Medical Care

k.       None

 

4.       Which statement describes your experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in needs assessment and/or service plan development?

a.       I have no experience in this area. 

b.      Less than six (6) months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

c.       Six (6) months but less than 12 months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

d.      One (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

e.      More than one (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

 

5.       Mark the boxes that best describes your experience preparing professional documents.

a.       I have no experience in this area.

b.      I have experience writing court reports and legal documents.

c.        I have experience writing case plans/service plans, including goals and objectives.

d.      I have experience writing detailed case notes.

e.      I have experience writing evaluation documentation/discharge summaries.

f.        I have experience writing professional e-mail communication.

g.       I have experience writing letters to clients.

 

6.       Select all boxes that best describe populations of community members with whom you have directly interacted and interviewed effectively in a professional capacity.

a.       Foster Parents

b.      Ethnic and/or cultural groups or populations different than myself

c.       Children/Youth

d.      Hostile or argumentative clients

e.      Children in out of home placement

f.        Clients with mental illness or substance abuse

g.       Clients with substantiated child abuse and neglect

h.      None

 

7.       Select the one box that best describes experience assessing safety and risk to children using the Structured Decision Making (SDM) tools.

a.       I have no experience in this area.

b.      I have unpaid internship/externship experience only.

c.       Less than six (6) months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

d.      Six (6) months but less than 12 months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

e.      One (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

f.        More than one (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

 

8.       Mark the one box that best describes your experience providing direct case management services for children.

a.       I have no experience in this area. 

b.      Less than six (6) months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

c.       Six (6) months but less than 12 months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

d.      One (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

e.      More than one (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

 

9.       Select the boxes that best describe your experience conducting home visits with clients for the following purposes. 

a.       I have no experience in this area

b.      Teaching and demonstrating parenting skills.

c.        Completing Foster Family Agency Social Worker home visits.

d.      Providing wraparound services in the home.

e.      Conducting County home visits for Public Health, Mental Health, and/or Probation.

f.        Completing Child Welfare Services home visits.

g.       Conducting Child Welfare Services abuse and neglect investigations.

 

10.   Select the boxes that describe your experience interviewing clients to assess and evaluate for appropriate services and to address service barriers.

a.       I have no experience in this area.

b.      I have created case plans with client input.

c.       I have monitored case plans and completed progress updates.

d.      I have addressed barriers to case plan objectives.

e.      I have updated or modified case plans with client input.

f.        I have reported to the Court on case plan progress.

 

11.   Select the one box that best describes your experience working with foster parents or substitute care providers and providing services in support of a successful placement.

a.       I have no experience in this area.

b.      Less than six (6) months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

c.       Six (6) months but less than 12 months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

d.      One (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

e.      More than one (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

 

12.   Select the one box that best describes your experience completing psychosocial assessments.

a.       I have no experience in this area.

b.      I have unpaid internship/externship experience only.

c.       Less than six (6) months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

d.       Six (6) months but less than 12 months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

e.      One (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

f.        More than one (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

 

13.   Select the one box that best describes your experience interpreting and applying rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as well as explaining them to any or all of the following: staff, clients, the public, or other agencies.

a.       I have no experience in this area.

b.      I have unpaid internship/externship experience only.

c.       Less than six (6) months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

d.      Six (6) months but less than 12 months of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

e.      One (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

f.        More than one (1) year of full time paid (or equivalent) experience.

 

14.   Select the boxes that describe your experience interacting with Juvenile Court.

a.       I have no experience in this area.

b.      I have created legal documents for court.

c.       I have worked with counsel representing clients in court

d.      I have followed and carried out court orders.

e.      I have testified in Juvenile Court.

 

15.   Select the boxes that reflect the areas in which you have experience as a Social Worker.

a.       Working with children within the educational system, juvenile justice, mental health or child welfare services agency.

b.      Working with adults, including older and disabled adults.

 

16.   Select the boxes that reflect the areas in which you have interest in working as a Social Worker.

a.      Working with children.

b.      Working with adults.

17.   Some positions may require bilingual skills.  Applicants who indicate bilingual skills in their application may be required to demonstrate proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in the language indicated. 

Are you proficient in speaking, reading and writing any of the following languages? (select all that apply)

·         Spanish

·         Tagalog

·         Vietnamese

·         None

Special Requirements

  • If hired under condition III (Title IV-E) with a letter confirming graduation within three (3) months under experience and education, proof of graduation (copy of transcripts or degree verifying date degree conferred) from a Master’s degree program must be received within three (3) months from the date of hire.  Failure to submit proof of completion of master’s degree within three (3) months of appointment will be cause for release from probation.
  • Driver’s License: Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Class C Driver’s License may be required at the time of appointment.  Loss of the Class C Driver’s License is a cause for discipline.  Individuals who do not meet this driver’s license requirement due to a physical disability will be considered for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
  • Assignment Requirements: Some positions in these classes may require work in an out-station location or in a setting with other professionals integrated as a team. Some positions may require on-call and weekend work to assist in providing emergency response services.

Veterans Preference Points

To be eligible, applicant must have served at least 181 consecutive days of active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.  A COPY OF THE DD 214, SHOWING DISCHARGE TYPE (GENERALLY COPY 4), MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT BY THE NEXT APPLICATION REVIEW DATE.  Applicants who have a service connected disability must also submit a recent award letter from the VA stating they are receiving disability benefits for service connected reasons. 

Veteran applicants for initial County employment with an honorable or general under conditions discharge shall receive five (5) points added to their combined score.  Disabled veterans rated at not less than 30% disability shall have ten (10) points added to their combined score.  Veteran’s preference points will only be added to passing scores in competitive open examinations.

Americans With Disabilities Act

It is the policy of Solano County that all employment decisions and personnel policies will be applied equally to all County employees and applicants and be based upon the needs of County service, job related merit, and ability to perform the job.

APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES:  Qualified individuals with a disability, who are able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, and need an accommodation during any phase of the recruitment/testing/examination process (as detailed in the “Selection Process”), must complete the following Request for Testing Accommodation by Applicants with Disabilities Form: http://webstartadmin/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=6664.

This form must be received in the Human Resources Department by the next application review date of the recruitment.  Applicants will be contacted to discuss the specifics of the request.

Solano County

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Located 45 miles northeast of San Francisco and 45 miles southwest of Sacramento, Solano County is home to rolling hills, waterfronts and fertile farmland.

Solano offers a blend of agriculture, corporate business, cultural venues, festivals and events, and provides residents with many recreation and entertainment choices. The County is also home to Travis Air Force Base.

With its strategic location, affordable housing, natural resources, responsible land use planning, and attractive quality of life, Solano County is a great place to live, learn, work and play.

County Population (2016): 431,498

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.  

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