The Office of the Public Defender is hiring for Social Service Practitioners (SSP) to provide professional social work services to adult and juvenile clients and their families as they navigate through the criminal justice system. Social Service Practitioner I is the Trainee class in the Social Services Practitioner series. The work of a Public Defender Social Service Practitioner requires investigating and/or supporting cases involving clients who may have physical or psychological issues. Public Defender Social Service Practitioners may appear and testify in court and attend various San Bernardino County's Special Attendance Review Board (SARB) meetings in an effort to end truancy.
Social Service Practitioners I are eligible for promotion to the Social Service Practitioner II ($57,553-$81,078 annually) upon completion of their Master of Social Work degree and training period, in addition to receiving a satisfactory work progress report. Employees must qualify for promotion to Social Service Practitioner II within 12 months or be terminated.
Social Service Practitioners II automatically advance to Social Service Practitioner III ($61,942- $86,236 annually) after completing 3 full years, (6,240 hours) of service as a Social Service Practitioner or an equivalent County-approved classification. (Note: Service hours as an SSP I Level do not count toward the requirement to advance from the SSP II to the SSP III).
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Background: Applicants must successfully pass a background check prior to appointment.
Assignment: Must be willing to visit clients in their home, jails, prisons, state hospitals and other settings and accept assignment as needed in San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, or Victorville based on department needs.
Travel: Travel throughout the County is required. Incumbents must make provision for transportation. At the time of hire, a valid California Class C driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be produced by the individual providing the transportation and maintained during the course of employment.