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