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Associate Caseworker Adult Protection

at Jefferson County Jobs

Pay: up to $45687/year
$45687 - $
Posted: 7/24/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2821358
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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Purpose

Are you seeking more than a paycheck in your career?

Jefferson County wants to bring your attention to a position currently opened here in the County. If you're a solid professional with proven experience that's seeking more than a paycheck in a honorable profession, we invite you to apply for Adult Protection Associate Caseworker. This position provides you the opportunity to work for a county that thrives on working collaboratively and overcoming challenges. We are seeking a some who enjoys communicating with the public and their community, working with at risk populations, and someone that loves what they do and is motivated to share their knowledge with their team.

The Associate Caseworker position receives calls, emails  and walk-in reports of adult  abuse/neglect and exploitation, gathers information from multiple sources, records the information into the state data system, researches multiple databases for history on identified parties in the reports, and submits reports daily for review and assignment. Position refers callers to appropriate resources, and interfaces with the public on adult abuse/neglect reports. Position also assists families in navigating the public assistance system and community resources to ensure families are receiving appropriate levels of assistance & services.  This position primarily works in-office; however, this position may conduct at home visits for stable on-going adult protection cases.

Please note of this position's schedule and hours:

  • 5, 8 hour days for a total of 40 weeks with the opportunity to transition into a flexible schedule of 4, 10hr days following successful completion of probation.
  • Initially, work location is also flexible; a combination of remote working days and in-office days however this subject to change as per the service’s needs.  


Essential Duties

The Associate Caseworker is responsible for:

  • Taking reports of Adult Abuse/Neglect and exploitation. 
  • Assessing incoming reports, referrals or request for services as a screener.
  • Researching multiple databases for history on identified parties in the reports, and submits reports daily for review and assignment.
  • Gathering and documenting information on reporting party, victim/clients, caretakers, and other pertinent information that will aid in determining course of action & appropriate level of response.
  • Conducting face to face interviews with reporting parties that come to Human Services building.
  • Completing an initial risk assessment to determine the safety of the adult and/or community, the scope of the alleged abuse, the environment where the alleged abuse/neglect occurred, and the history, if any, of previous reports of abuse/neglect or family violence.
  • Assessing the needs of the at risk adult and possibly the family, discuss potential crisis interventions with supervisor, and coordinates services in order to reduce the risk of abuse/neglect. 
  • May participate in the assessment and incorporation of police reports to determine if further follow-up is needed.
  • May assist caseworkers who are in the field depending on workload and performance.  

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with an equivalent of thirty (30) semester or forty-five (45) quarter hours in,
    • human behavioral sciences or health care related courses, such as, social work, sociology, psychology, psychiatry, gerontology, nursing, special education, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures, therapeutic techniques, criminal justice, other human behavioral sciences, or a medical field relevant to the APS program and/or at-risk adults.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with at risk adults is preferred.
  • 6 months of work related experience or more
Knowledge, skills, and attributes that would be beneficial and lead to success in this role include:
  • High level of emotional intelligence
  • Empathetic listener
  • Proficient interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills working with individuals, groups, and staff.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Committed, collaborator, problem solver, trouble shooter, and critical thinker
  • Critical thinker with ability to prioritize short/long-term responsibilities
Please note of the following:
  • Offer of employment contingent on criminal history check, Motor Vehicle Report, and education verification. 
  • Must have valid driver's license, if you are from out of state, you must obtain a valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days of hire date and you must not have any major violations, nor more than one DUI, DWI, DWAI conviction in the past three years.
  • Due to the nature of this position, this comprehensive application may take over an hour to complete. Please feel free to view the supplemental questions prior to starting your application and/or take breaks throughout the process by saving your application and returning to it later. Supplemental questions requiring a written response will serve as a writing sample.

Additional Information

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If you do not receive the confirmation message within a few minutes of completing an application with us. Please check your Bulk/Spam or Junk E-Mail folder just in case the confirmation email got delivered there instead of your inbox. If so, select the confirmation message and mark it Not Spam/Junk, which should allow future messages to get through. Please note that any additional messages may come from a different email address and all notices regarding employment will come from governmentjobs.com or Jeffco.us email addresses. 

If additional action is required and you are unsure of the validity of the request, please call the HR department at 303-271-8400 and ask for the Talent Acquisition Specialist recruiting for this role. Depending on your settings, spam filters may block certain emails originating from unknown accounts.
 
We appreciate your due diligence and thank you again for your interest in Jefferson County!

Recruitment Process: You are able to see your status and any communication when you log into your profile via http://jeffco.us/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com. Listed below are the steps in our recruiting process:

  1. Once the job bulletin has closed, the Talent Acquisition Team evaluates all applications based on the minimum requirements listed in the qualifications section of the job bulletin (Status: Application Evaluation OR Does not meet minimum qualifications).
  2. The Talent Acquisition Team reviews applications for the preferred skills (Status: Comparative Review). While these skills aren't a requirement for the position, they will contribute to the success of the new hire in this role. These skills are scored and the highest scoring applicants will be forwarded to the next step.
  3. The next step includes the hiring team reviewing applications and deciding who to contact for a phone screen/interview (Status: Manager Review). The number of applications forwarded for Manager Review depends on the hiring teams request and can range from 10 applications to everyone who meets minimum requirements; not everyone who makes it to Manager Review is guaranteed an interview.
  4. If the hiring team wishes to speak with you further, they will reach out to you via phone call or email using the contact information listed on your application. Some positions will be utilizing an online scheduling tool through governmentjobs.com and you may receive an email requesting you to log in and select an interview time.  It is important that you are receiving our emails as we do not want you to miss out on an opportunity.
The time frame for contacting applicants depends on the hiring team's schedule/work load and how many applications were referred for manager review. Please note that Jefferson County receives on average over 100 applications per job bulletin. The status stating Manager Review will be the last status update until the position has been filled and you will be notified at that time.

Thank you for your patience and for your interest in Jefferson County Government! We wish you success through this process. Don't forget to sign up for Job Interest Alerts through http://jeffco.us/jobs to get email alerts for positions you are interested in.

Information about Jeffco!
A career with Jefferson County Government offers the best candidates career growth and a diverse workforce. More than a paycheck, your job enriches the lives of the citizens of Jefferson County. Jefferson County offers great benefits, plentiful holidays, and now is a major stop along RTD's Light Rail West Line.

Living and working in Jefferson County offers the quintessential Colorado lifestyle sought after by many. Residents enjoy easy access to mountain activities such as hiking, skiing and rafting, while also being able to take advantage of the eclectic amenities offered by the greater metropolitan Denver area.
 
Located at the heart of the foothills of Golden, city life, bike paths, hiking and adventure are just a step away. When you're ready to learn, grow, and make a contribution to your community, find your career with us.