Adult Protective Social Caseworker II/III
Intervenes on behalf of at-risk adults to correct or alleviate situations in which imminent or actual danger of abuse, neglect, or exploitation exists.
- Investigates Adult Protective Services referrals for possible abuse, neglect or exploitation; interviews and observes clients, family members and other relevant sources.
- Based on investigation, initiates appropriate action to include elderly or disabled adult removal from hostile environment, petition to initiate guardianship proceedings or other legal intervention or service to alleviate situation.
- Works closely with attorneys and guardian ad litems regarding ongoing court cases; testifies and makes recommendations to the court.
- Implements adult care plans utilizing client relatives, friends and community support systems to resolve abusive, neglectful or exploitative situations. Provides advocacy for clients with no party to assist them.
- Documents case plans, assessments, contracts, and recommendations; prepares and maintains client case files.
- Participates in conferences, staffings, workshops and attends training sessions.
- Gives presentations on Adult Protection Services to various audiences.
- Performs other duties as required.
- Bachelor's degree in one of the human behavioral science fields is required.
- To qualify for Caseworker II:
- One (1) year of professional casework experience acquired after the degree in a public or private social services agency required.
- Master's degree in one of the human behavioral science fields or a BSW degree from a college or university either accepted into candidacy for accreditation or accredited by the Council of Social Work Education may substitute for the required one (1) year of experience.
- To Qualify for Caseworker III:
- Two (2) years of professional casework experience acquired after the degree in a public or private social services agency required. One year of the required experience must be full journey level work.
- Master's degree in one of the human behavioral science fields or a BSW degree from a college or university either accepted into candidacy for accreditation or accredited by the Council of Social Work Education may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.
- MSW degree from a college or university either accepted into candidacy for accreditation or accredited by the Council of Social Work Education may substitute for the two (2) years of required experience.
- Ability to communicate and work effectively with co-workers, clients, the courts, other community agencies, and the public.
- Ability to efficiently plan, schedule, and organize.
- Working knowledge on the dynamics of disabled adults and the elderly.
- Ability to assess situations and make prudent and appropriate decisions; ability to apply conflict resolution and problem solving skills.
- Working knowledge of casework practices, procedures, and guidelines.
- Ability to accurately and efficiently complete paperwork, reports, and documentation.
- Ability to work independently as appropriate.
- Ability to use standard office equipment to include computer, fax machine, copier, and telephone.
- Must pass conditional post offer physical, background investigation, drug screen, and motor vehicle check. College transcripts required prior to date of hire.
- Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.
Work is primarily performed in the field; this position requires extensive travel to client homes and other locations; must be able to climb stairs in or outside of these environments and able to walk up and down driveways and sidewalks. May be exposed to hostile situations/individuals and unsanitary and hazardous conditions. Occasional lifting: exerting 20 lbs – 50 lbs occasionally; 10 lbs – 25 lbs frequently, or up to 10 lbs constantly.
This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT: http://www.elpasoco.com For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401.
Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).
EL PASO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER