State of Utah
If you want to make a difference for children and families in the State of Utah, you should apply for these openings. The Vernal and Roosevelt offices of the Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) are looking to fill Caseworker I or Social Service Worker (SSW) positions.
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Each position will be filled as a Caseworker I or SSW depending upon the qualifications of the applicant.
Starts at $23.60/hour. Youi must have either:
A Bachelor’s Degree, or higher, in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Family and Human Development, Criminal Justice, Health Education and Promotion or a closely related field OR
Four years of professional work experience related to working with children, parents, and/or families (see below) OR
A combination of education and professional work experience to equal four years.
Qualifying professional work experience for Caseworker I:
Previous or current employment with the DHHS; working with residential youth or adults participating in programs related to domestic violence, abuse, or homelessness; working in a domestic violence or homeless shelter, or with any agency providing mental or behavioral health services; any public or private school in an educational or social work-related role; foster or kinship provider, contracted DHHS service provider, or other fields closely related to child welfare), or a combination of experience and education to equal four years.
If work experience was not full-time, the equivalent must be calculated in comparison to full-time. For example, two years of half-time work would be equivalent to one year of full-time work.
SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER (SSW):
Pay: $26.21. Requires an active Social Service Worker License or a higher, related license (Certified Social Worker, LCSW, etc.) from the State of Utah.
DCFS Caseworkers and Social Service Workers work to keep children with their own families whenever safely possible by assessing their and their families’ needs, getting them connected to available resources, and conducting in-home services of appropriate intensity and duration. They work to reunify children who have been removed from their homes whenever possible or find enduring safety and permanency for them through alternative options. To accomplish this, caseworkers work closely with the subject matter experts, are provided with regular professional supervision, and complete DCFS Practice Model Training while
performing the following tasks:
Investigating reports of abuse, exploitation, and/or neglect; assessing risks, strengths, barriers; and determining appropriate actions governing a client’s situation.
Working with families to create plans for children’s safety and for ongoing services.
Coordinating and referring services to children and families offered by community resources, placement providers, collateral agencies, the courts, and community partners.
Supervising visits between parents and children to ensure safety,
Conducting in-home visits to assess safety and track progress.
Facilitating Child and Family Team Meetings with the family, their formal and informal supports.
Testifying in court hearings regarding actions, findings, procedures, and protocols.
Preparing detailed case documentation that includes: intake records, investigation summaries, assessments of safety, risk and family functioning risk service plans, court reports, case history, and activity logs.
May include performing 24-hour-on-call services as needed under supervisor’s direction.
The ideal candidate for the Caseworker I:
Understands human development across the lifespan, and resources in the community, and has the ability to provide support and interventions in a culturally responsive way.
Has four years of full-time education or four years of professional work experience both related to working with children, parents, and/or families or a combination of education and experience to equal four years.
The ideal candidate for the Social Service Worker:
Holds an SSW or higher or higher licensure in good standing (required by statute UCA58-60-103).
Understands human development across the lifespan, and resources in the community, and has the ability to provide support and interventions in a culturally responsive way..
May be given to candidates who are 21 years of age or older
May be given to candidates who have a high school diploma or GED
Why You Should Join Our Team:
Become an integral part of a Utah Division working together to keep children safe and strengthen families in our communities. Experience a sense of achievement for a job well done and enjoy work/life balance! We offer great health benefits and retirement plans, generous paid time off, and a balanced work schedule to afford quality time spent with your family. Click here for a listing of the State of Utah’s great benefits.
The goal of Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) is to have communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence, and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe. For more information about DCFS click here.
This recruitment is for available positions in Roosevelt and Vernal, Utah.
All DCFS job offers are contingent upon passing a Background Screening Application (BSA).
All applications must be submitted online. Resumes emailed or faxed will not be accepted as an application.
Only applicants invited to interview will be notified.
Travel required, may require on-call time. Response time to be determined by agency.
Must have a valid driver’s license. May require you to use your personal vehicle to perform the duties of this position. All approved mileage driven by using a personal vehicle is reimbursable by State Finance. The reimbursement rate is determined by State Finance.
Risks found in potentially dangerous or unusual environmental stress situations, e.g. working at great heights, working in extreme outdoor weather conditions, being subject to possible physical attack, etc.
Physical Requirements: Moderate – Work may require some physical exertion. May require the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) (lifting a small child) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.