Arapahoe County Sheriff
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Social Caseworker B - After Hours Team
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Our Mission: Arapahoe County Department of Human Services (ACDHS) builds strong communities by promoting the safety, independence and stability of individuals and families.
Our Vision: To end the cycle of poverty and prevent abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults (using an integrated Two-Generation approach)
ACDHS uses an integrated Two-Generation (2Gen) approach to address all of the basic human services needs of the entire family unit. The 2Gen approach begins with a mindset focused on family-centered program design, continues with the alignment of services and resources within the department as well as across multiple organizations, resulting in coordinated services to children and adults together (family) in order to create long term stability and sustainability.
The 2Gen approach builds well-being for families by focusing equally and intentionally on high-quality services in five areas of focus: early childhood education, adult education and employment pathways, economic security, health and well-being and social capital. This approach will help us achieve our core mission of breaking the generational cycle of poverty, preventing neglect and abuse and building strong communities.
Arapahoe County Department of Human Services has an opening for a Social Caseworker B position on the After Hours Team working for the Child and Adult Protection Services (CAPS) Division. The Child and Adult Protection Services Division provides protective services to children and adults, as well as foster care, adoption, adolescent services, teen parent programs and other services that help create strong, effective families.
The ideal applicant will have high energy and enthusiasm with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. They should enjoy flexibility and variety in their job duties and have a desire to work with families and other professionals in a team setting.
This team will work 3:30pm - 12:00am, Monday through Friday.
Respond on all immediate responses from 3:30pm - 12:00am.
Conducts assessments of safety and risk; determines if situations warrant the recommendation of placing children outside the home; supervises placement of children and coordinates parent/child visits; determines when and if a child should be recommended to return to their home.
Makes evaluation and assessment of need for services; provides crisis intake and/or develops long-term case plans appropriate to the child(ren) and family. Monitors progress of clients and modifies case plans as needed.
Provides individual or family case management on an ongoing or crisis basis for children and their parents who are experiencing severe problems in the parents-child relationship.
Makes collateral contacts with such community resources such as law enforcement and medical personnel to obtain additional information, coordinate services, or secure their assistance.
Gathers and consolidates background information to present as documentation for court hearings, as progress reports in judicial reviews, or as summaries in facilitating appropriate placements.
Participates in staffings with school, mental health facilities, child protection review teams, and other professionals involved with the family members.
Attends court hearings; confers with lawyers, children, parents, witnesses, and significant others in reference to their respective roles.
Serves as information and referral source to other employees and to the public.
Provides a variety of ancillary assignments as needed including preparing and maintaining client records and completing required forms and reports.
Enters data and all case contacts into Trails.
Testify in court hearings as necessary.
Attends various staffing and meetings.
Promote placement stability when placements deteriorate after hours.
Conduct transportation as needed for kids being returned to other counties/states via car, bus, train, plane.
Offers backup coverage for hotline.
Screen hotline calls as needed.
Conducts response time coverage when families are unable to be located by day time staff.
Completes welfare checks for day time staff in both Intake and Permanency.
Attend one daily Red Team each afternoon.
Assists with completing assessments started by intake workers whom have left the agency.
Responds to all other after hours emergencies.
Maintains a caseload of child protection intake assessments that varies in number according to volume of assignments.
Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to analyze and interpret governmental and legal regulations.
Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to court, managers, customers, other agencies, co-workers, and the general public via fax, telephone, and email.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and state and county computer systems. Ability to learn various applications.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious professional relationships with other employees, outside agencies and customers.
Ability to work in a high volume, high stress environment.
Masters in Social Work
Bachelors of Social Work or a Masters degree in Sociology, Psychology, Human Services, Guidance and Counseling and/or Child Development with one (1) year of post-degree paid experience in social casework.
Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Psychology, Human services, Guidance and Counseling and/or Child Development, plus two (2) years of post-degree paid experience in social casework.
- Supplemental Information
Must also successfully pass pre-employment criminal background and motor vehicle check and post-employment fingerprint check.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
Reliable transportation is required as you will be utilizing your own personal vehicle for visiting families' homes, transporting children, and attending court. You will be reimbursed for mileage.
The salary grade listed is the full salary range for the Social Caseworker B - After Hours Team position. Please note that the hiring salary will typically be near the lower end of the pay range listed.
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