Vacancy – Social Worker III / Foster Care /Licensing and Adoption (closed)


POSITION TITLE:                Social Worker III/Foster Care/Licensing and Adoption

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:                     See Attached


APPLICATION DEADLINE:                      January 31, 2012                                                                       

STARTING DATE:   As soon as possible

County Employees Only Respond to:  

John Rankins

Hertford County Manager’s Office

P. O. Box116

Winton,NC 27986

 (252) 358-7805

The Hertford County Department of Social Services is recruiting for the following vacancy through               January 31, 2012                               .



Social Worker III/Foster Care/Licensing and Adoption 

Hertford County Department of Social Services



The primary function of this position is providing services to families wherein child maltreatment has been established and custody of the child has been removed from the family.  The goal of this service is to reunify the family as well as provide for the care of the child while the family is addressing the issues that brought the family into the agency.  The worker develops and implements a service plan.   The service plan is developed using a myriad of services that include counseling with human services, medical services, and housing services, and referrals.  The social worker is responsible for assisting and guiding clients in the implementation of the plan.  The worker must have constant and consistent contact with the families for whom services are provided.  This worker will also be responsible for transporting clients.


This position involves recruiting, training, licensing and re-licensing Foster homes to serve as a Placement Specialist for the Children’s Services Unit, and to complete Adoptions/Post Adoptions. 


The Social Worker will be certified to teach Foster parents their initial thirty hours of training before licensing.  This position requires recruitment of Foster homes through a variety of methods requiring initiative on the part of the worker.  Methods include; direct contact by interested parties, public education/ awareness efforts and presentations.


An additional function of this position involves Children’s Service Intake.  This consists of receiving reports of suspected abuse and neglect.  The worker is also responsible for providing information about agency services.  Requests may be received for other services such as Adoption, Foster Care, Emergency Assistance, Crisis Intervention and General Assistance.


Another function of this position involves Investigative/Family Assessments which includes interviewing alleged victims, alleged perpetrators, all household members, collateral contacts, making home visits, school visits, and visits to medical providers.  During the course of the assessment, the social worker must complete thorough documentation.  After all Investigative/Family Assessments have been completed, the social worker will staff the case and determine whether or not the report of abuse/neglect is substantiated, unsubstantiated, services needed or services no longer needed.  When a case decision has been made, the worker sends a letter(s) to reporter and family. In all cases reported, the social worker completed central registry forms and other required forms. 


Administrative duties are also involved in this position.  They include documentation in client records, travel, supervisory conference training; completion of forms, and preparation for court.  On call duty is mandatory for this position to include after regular business hours, including weekends.






Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – Thorough knowledge of social work principles, techniques, and practices, and their application to complex casework, group work, and community problems. Considerable knowledge of a wide range of medical, behavioral, and/or psychosocial problems and their treatment theory. Considerable knowledge of family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques, governmental and private organizations, and resources in the community, laws, regulations, and policies which govern the program. General knowledge of the methods and principles of casework supervision and training. In certain settings, considerable knowledge of medical terminology, disease processes and their treatment as they relate to decisions regarding clinical interventions and appropriate therapies based on medical or psychological diagnosis. Skill in establishing rapport with a client and in applying techniques or assessing psychosocial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of client’s problems. Ability to supervise, train, or instruct lower-level social workers, students, or interns in the program. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of case load and their families, as well as civic, legal, medical, social, and religious organizations. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely and to plan and execute work effectively.


Minimum Training and Experience Requirements – Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work; Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and completion of the Child Welfare Collaborative (Child Welfare positions only); Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and one year directly related experience; Master’s degree in counseling in a human services field and one year of social work or counseling; Bachelor’s degree in a human services field from an accredited college or university and two years directly related experience; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and three years of directly related experience. C


*Directly related experience is defined as human services experience in the areas of case management, assessment and referral, supportive counseling, intervention, psycho-social therapy and treatment planning.  Special Note: This is a generalized representation of positions in this class and is not intended to identify essential functions per ADA. Examples of work are primarily essential functions of the majority of positions in this class, but may not be applicable to all positions.  Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.


Contact Employment Security Commission for further information and referral.



109 Community College Rd.

Ahoskie,NC 27910

Phone # 252-332-2431

Fax#       252-332-2813


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Identifying data

Company name                                                                 HertfordCounty

Mailing address                                                                   P. O. Box 116,Winton,NC 27986

Telephone number                                                              (252) 358-7805

Job site (if differs from employer’s address)                 CountyOfficeBuilding,Winton,NC

Nature of employer’s business                                          Hertford County Department of Social Services


Content of job

Job title                                                                  Social Worker III


Summary of tasks involved                                              See Attached

Equipment to be used                                                         See Attached


Qualifications required of worker

Required qualifications                                                      See Attached

Educations requirements                                                   See Attached

Amount of experience                                                        See Attached

Minimum age                                                                       21 years

Physical demands                                                               See Attached

Trainee acceptable?                                                            No

Bondable?                                                                            Yes

Requirements                                                                       ValidNorth CarolinaDrivers License

                                                                                                Ability to perform essential functions of the job

                                                                                                Ability to pass a Criminal History Check


Hours of work and rate of pay

Hours of work (shift, days)                                                8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Number of hours in work week                                         37.5

Rate of pay                                                                          $32,946.00 – $51,066.00

Duration of job (permanent or temporary)                    Permanent


Instructions for referral

Number of openings                                                           1 (One)

Number of referrals desired                                               All qualified applications

Affirmative action?                                                            Yes

Call for appointment?                                                        All applicants should contact Employment

                                                                                                Security Commission to file PD107


Name of person whom applicant is to contact              N/A


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