Caseworker (Intake OR Permanency) - Jefferson County , CO

Posted:
August 7, 2019

Agency:
Jefferson County ,CO

Title:
Caseworker (Intake OR Permanency)

Description:

Purpose

 

Are you seeking more than a paycheck in your career? Jefferson County wants to bring your attention to a position currently opened here in the County. If you're a solid professional with proven experience that's seeking more than a paycheck in an honorable profession, we invite you to apply for Caseworker. This position provides you the opportunity to work for a county that thrives on working collaboratively and overcoming challenges. We are seeking a game changer, someone that loves what they do and is motivated to share their knowledge with their team.

Jefferson County Human Services' Caseworkers provide Child Welfare services using Partnering for Safety techniques to engage families.  This job bulletin will focus on two specialized areas within the Children, Youth, and Families Division: Intake Caseworker and Permanency Caseworker.

Due to the nature of this position, this comprehensive application may take over an hour to complete. Please feel free to view the supplemental questions prior to starting your application and/or take breaks throughout the process by saving your application and returning to it later. Please note that your application for recruitment 19-117 Caseworker (Intake or Permanency) is active for 90 days, and you are eligible to reapply after 90 days. 
 
Please watch our job preview video before applying

Essential Duties

 

A Child Welfare Caseworker (Both Intake and Permanency):
  • Is responsible for extensive case documentation, which includes preparing court reports and social histories, and utilizing family engagement skills to mitigate risk and enhance safety that will be used in the office, client homes, and in the community.
  • Assesses safety of a child/youth and make decisions based on information available and could involve removing a child from their home. 
  • Advocates for families and children, testifies in court, and de-escalates potentially volatile situations.
  • Requires frequent late evening hours to address crisis situations and participate on the emergency coverage schedule.  The hours of this position can be unpredictable.
  • Requires daily travel around the Denver Metro area and periodic travel throughout Colorado. The Permanency Caseworker will travel occasionally outside of Colorado.
  • Will discuss in detail and work with families who are dealing with substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, multi-generational poverty, child abuse, child neglect and sexual abuse. 

The Intake Caseworker is also responsible for:
  • Assessing allegations of abuse/neglect and referring clients to appropriate services.
  • Collaborating with law enforcement, schools, medical personnel, mental health agencies, the courts and providers caring for children.  
The Permanency Caseworker is also responsible for: 
  • Coordinating resources for child protection, family and adolescent crisis response, delinquency and parent/child conflict, emancipation planning, and facilitating adoptions.
  • Collaborating with service providers, courts, the community, schools, and assessment centers.

 

Qualifications

To qualify, a candidate must meet one of the three bullets listed below:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a major in a human behavior science field, or a degree with 30 semester hours, or 45 quarter hours, of course work in development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and/or child development; and, one (1) year of professional casework, case management, or human services experience in a public or private human services agency.  Some examples of appropriate work experience could include:  clinical experience, residential child care experience, milieu experience, domestic violence case manager, paid victim's advocate, probation officer, law enforcement, para-professional work, and/or other case management experience; or,
  • A bachelor's of social work degree and successful completion of an approved field placement in a county department of human services; or,
  • A master's degree in social work or a human behavioral science field.
Must attach a copy of your unofficial/official transcripts to your application to verify State mandated education requirements.

Offer of employment contingent on criminal history, state automated case management system check, MVR check, and education verification. 
  • Must not have one of the following convictions: Child abuse, crime of violence, unlawful sexual behavior, or felony for domestic violence.
  • Must not have a felony involving physical assault, battery, or drug-related offense within the past five years.
  • Must not have a pattern of misdemeanor convictions within the past 10 years.
  • Must have valid driver's license, if you are from out of state, you must obtain a valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days of hire date and you must not have any major violations, including DUI, DWI, and/or DWAI conviction(s) in the past three years.

Salary will be determined based on education, licensure, and experience; Relatable Master's and Licenses will receive additional salary on top of the base salary. Details will be discussed during the interview process.

Please note that supplemental questions requiring a written response may serve as a writing sample.

 

Additional Information

Due to the nature of this position, this comprehensive application may take over an hour to complete. Please feel free to view the supplemental questions prior to starting your application and/or take breaks throughout the process by saving your application and returning to it later. 

Please note that your application for recruitment 19-117 Caseworker (Intake or Permanency) is active for 90 days and you are eligible to reapply after 90 days. 

PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FILTERS! Please be aware, due to increased security features added to many email providers, it is possible any email correspondence sent from us under "govermentjobs.com" or "Jeffco.us" could be sent to your spam folder. We encourage applicants to regularly check their status on governmentjobs.com to see if any updates have been made to their employment status (such as a request for an interview). 
 
If you do not receive the confirmation message within a few minutes of completing an application with us. Please check your Bulk/Spam or Junk E-Mail folder just in case the confirmation email got delivered there instead of your inbox. If so, select the confirmation message and mark it Not Spam/Junk, which should allow future messages to get through. Please note that any additional messages may come from a different email address and all notices regarding employment will come from governmentjobs.com or Jeffco.us email addresses. 

If additional action is required and you are unsure of the validity of the request, please call the HR department at 303-271-8400 and ask for the Talent Acquisition Specialist recruiting for this role. Depending on your settings, spam filters may block certain emails originating from unknown accounts.
 
We appreciate your due diligence and thank you again for your interest in Jefferson County!

Recruitment Process: You are able to see your status and any communication when you log into your profile via http://jeffco.us/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com. Listed below are the steps in our recruiting process:

  1. Once the job bulletin has closed, the Talent Acquisition Team evaluates all applications based on the minimum requirements listed in the qualifications section of the job bulletin (Status: Application Evaluation OR Does not meet minimum qualifications).
  2. The Talent Acquisition Team reviews applications for the preferred skills (Status: Comparative Review). While these skills aren't a requirement for the position, they will contribute to the success of the new hire in this role. These skills are scored and the highest scoring applicants will be forwarded to the next step.
  3. The next step includes the hiring team reviewing applications and deciding who to contact for a phone screen/interview (Status: Manager Review). The number of applications forwarded for Manager Review depends on the hiring teams request and can range from 10 applications to everyone who meets minimum requirements; not everyone who makes it to Manager Review is guaranteed an interview.
  4. If the hiring team wishes to speak with you further, they will reach out to you via phone call or email using the contact information listed on your application. Some positions will be utilizing an online scheduling tool through governmentjobs.com and you may receive an email requesting you to log in and select an interview time.  It is important that you are receiving our emails as we do not want you to miss out on an opportunity.
The time frame for contacting applicants depends on the hiring team's schedule/work load and how many applications were referred for manager review. Please note that Jefferson County receives on average over 100 applications per job bulletin. The status stating Manager Review will be the last status update until the position has been filled and you will be notified at that time.

Thank you for your patience and for your interest in Jefferson County Government! We wish you success through this process. Don't forget to sign up for Job Interest Alerts through http://jeffco.us/jobs to get email alerts for positions you are interested in.

Information about Jeffco!
A career with Jefferson County Government offers the best candidates career growth and a diverse workforce. More than a paycheck, your job enriches the lives of the citizens of Jefferson County. Jefferson County offers great benefits, plentiful holidays, and now is a major stop along RTD's Light Rail West Line.

Living and working in Jefferson County offers the quintessential Colorado lifestyle sought after by many. Residents enjoy easy access to mountain activities such as hiking, skiing and rafting, while also being able to take advantage of the eclectic amenities offered by the greater metropolitan Denver area.
 
Located at the heart of the foothills of Golden, city life, bike paths, hiking and adventure are just a step away. When you're ready to learn, grow, and make a contribution to your community, find your career with us.

 

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01
Are you currently employed by Jefferson County Government (On Jeffco's payroll)?
  • Yes, in the Human Services Department
  • Yes, in a department other than Human Services
  • No
02
If you have previously worked, or currently work for Jefferson County Government as a full-time, part-time, temp, and intern, please list when and in what position(s). If no, enter N/A.
03
Have you been interviewed for a Caseworker position within Jefferson County in the past two (2) years?
  • Yes
  • No
04
If yes, when did you interview? (Month and year would be the most helpful). If no, enter N/A.
05
Do you have any relatives currently employed by Jefferson County Government? If yes, list name(s), relationship(s) and departments.
06
Which Branch(es) of Military Service have you served with to include Reserves or National Guard?
  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Coast Guard
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • No Military Service
07
Where did you hear about this Jefferson County Government job opening?
  • Career fair
  • Craigslist.com web site
  • College web site or flyer
  • Dice
  • Employment web site
  • GovernmentJobs.com web site
  • Indeed
  • Jefferson County web page
  • Jobing.com
  • Strategic Government Resource
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Workforce
  • Word of mouth
08
Have you been fired or asked to resign from any job during the past five years?
  • Yes
  • No
09
Have you ever received disciplinary actions towards you in a work environment?
  • Yes
  • No
10
If you answered yes to receiving disciplinary actions and/or being fired or asked to resign, please explain. If you answered no to both questions, enter n/a/
11
Are you willing to submit to a pre-employment criminal history, state automated case management system check, MVR check and education verification?
  • Yes
  • No
12
Did you attach a copy of your official/unofficial transcripts to the application?
  • Yes
  • No
13
Attaching a transcript is required for successful completion of the application. If you are unable to attach a transcript, please explain why.
14
Are you fluent in another language?
  • Yes
  • No
15
If yes, please list what languages in which you are fluent. If no, enter N/A.
16
Are you willing to work unscheduled hours outside of normal business hours?
  • Yes
  • No
17
In which Caseworker position are you most interested?
  • Intake Caseworker
  • Permanency Caseworker
  • Either
  • Unsure
18
Why are you interested in that caseworker position? If you selected either, please explain why you find both types of Caseworker equally interesting.
19
What is your general reaction after watching the video? (https://youtu.be/YWYG-Yj9dhE)
20
Are you fully certified in Fundamentals of Colorado Child Welfare Casework Practice?
  • Yes
  • No
  • I am certified through another State Child Welfare Academy
21
Please select the option that matches your highest level of education completed.
  • A bachelor's of social work degree
  • A bachelor's degree in a human behavior science field
  • A bachelor's degree in a field other than human behavior science with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work in development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and/or child development
  • A master's degree or higher in social work or a human behavioral science field.
  • None of the above
22
Please select the option(s) that matches your experience as it relates to this position.
  • Approved field placement in a County Department of Human Services
  • Case management
  • Clinical experience
  • Domestic violence case management
  • Human Services in public or private sector
  • Law enforcement
  • Milieu experience
  • Paid victim's advocate
  • Para-professional
  • Probation officer
  • Professional casework
  • Residential child care
  • None of the above
23
Of the options you selected above, does the total combined years of experience equal a minimum of one (1) year?
  • Yes
  • No
24
Please briefly explain your experience as it relates to this child welfare position and question #22. Please include the months and/or years of experience for each option selected.
25
How many years of Child Welfare related experience do you possess?
  • None
  • Less than a year
  • 1 year
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • More than 5 years
26
Which of the following best describes your level of proficiency with TRAILS database?
  • None
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Expert
27
Please rate your comfort level with making unannounced or unscheduled home visits to families in crisis?
  • Comfortable; no concerns
  • Moderately comfortable; willing to do it as necessary
  • Moderately uncomfortable, but willing with assistance and guidance
  • Uncomfortable; prefer not to
  • Unknown/not experienced
28
Please rate your comfort level and/or concerns with working on highly severe cases of abuse and neglect.
  • Comfortable; no concerns
  • Moderately comfortable; willing to do it as necessary
  • Moderately uncomfortable; willing to with assistance and guidance
  • Uncomfortable; prefer not to
  • Unknown/not experienced
29
Please describe any concerns you have with A) making home visits and meeting clients alone; B) working on highly severe cases of abuse and neglect.
30
What specific type of client, population, or clientele do you find the most challenging to work with? Why?
31
What excites you the most about this position? Why?
32
If you have not experienced the situations listed in the next three questions directly, please describe a real-life situation that you feel best responds to the questions. There are times in this position when you will enter a client's home and see a child in a dangerous situation. It will be your sole responsibility to immediately intervene. Tell us about a time you had to make a critical decision without being able to consult a supervisor or peer. How did you make your decision? What was the outcome?
33
In this position you will occasionally have to deal with irate, volatile, and aggressive adults who are resistant to your intervention. Please describe a time you needed to de-escalate a situation. What did you do? What was the outcome? Looking back, what would you do differently?
34
You will be working with children and/or adults who have been exposed to traumatic events. You may have to discuss these traumatic events in detail with the individual. What level of exposure have you had in supporting individuals with trauma? Without disclosing confidential details, what experience do you have with addressing your own secondary trauma connected to working with individuals with trauma?

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Closing Date / Removed from Database Date
September 2, 2019

  All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description.