Job Summary The purpose of the Social Worker Child Protection Investigator position is to provide assessment, refer families and the public to the appropriate community-based services, and conduct Child Protection investigations as warranted to ensure the immediate safety of children. Essential Duties and Responsibilities These examples of typical duties do not include all possible tasks for this classification and do not limit the assignment of related tasks. Regular attendance according to the department's approved work schedule is required for all Sherburne positions. Child Protection & Traditional Investigation/Family Assessment Response * Responsible for requests for information and referral services in Sherburne County. * Respond to and assess the need for protective services. * Contact law enforcement and other community professionals for collateral purposes. * Establish initial goals and objectives to ensure immediate safety of children. * In physical abuse and neglect cases, determine appropriateness of Traditional Investigation vs Family Assessment Response. * Pursue court action with supervisory approval and assistance of the County Attorney's Office. * Complete necessary documentation to comply with State, Federal, and local policy. Minimum Qualifications BA/BS in Social Work or closely related field PLUS a minimum of 1 year of Social Work experience or equivalent education plus work experience. Must have a valid MN driver's license and reliable vehicle. Desirable experience:Social Worker CORE training, Signs of Safety training, Corner House training, SSIS training. Supplemental Information Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: * Skills needed include interviewing, information collection, assessment, counseling, program development, advocacy skills, report writing and resource development, maintain objectivity. * Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of all Federal/State laws, Department and County-wide policies, protocols and procedures that apply to the performance of this position. * Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of court processes, mental health, maltreatment, and delinquency. * Demonstrate by personal example the service excellence and integrity expected from all employees. * Develop respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers, including sharing knowledge with others and participating in new employee training. * Communicate effectively and professionally with human services staff, other county employees, clients, and the public. * Confer regularly with and keep one's immediate supervisor informed on all important matters pertaining to assigned job accountabilities. * Represent the County in a professional manner to all clients, professionals, and community members when doing the County's business. * Ability to handle confidential and data privacy issues appropriately. * Ability to handle contentious issues appropriately. * Ability to solve problems and determine appropriate course of action. * Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrams or schedule forms. * Ability to manage crisis situations. Accountabilities Shared By All Employees * Performs job responsibilities in a manner consistent with the County's vision, mission, and values. * Develops and maintains a thorough working knowledge of all department and county-wide policies, protocols and procedures that apply to the performance of this position. * Develops respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers. * Informs immediate supervisor of all-important matters pertaining to assigned job responsibilities. * Seeks opportunities for further personal growth and development. * Represents the County in a professional manner to all internal and external contacts when doing the County's business. * Complies with all rules and policies in order to maintain a safe work environment. Hiring Salary Range $28.87 - $32.74/hour Hours of Work This a union position with a usual work schedule of40 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; may include occasional evening and weekend hours. Location/Region: Elk River, MN (55330)
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