The Adult Corrections Facility division within the department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR) is seeking a Senior Social Worker to help develop, coordinate, and provide services for facility residents to maintain and improve the parent/child relationship while incarcerated. The Adult Corrections Facility (ACF) was awarded a federal grant to create an on-site visitation component at the facility that is child-friendly and supports relationship building between incarcerated parents and their children, with robust programming to support the parent-child relationship. In addition, the programming should engage incarcerated parents, enhance parenting skills and provide resources within and outside the facility. This position is designed to help develop, deliver, and coordinate the services to support these goals. This means that there is a lot of room for creativity in the way this program is developed.
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Location and hours: This position is located at the Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility located at 1145 Shenandoah Lane, Plymouth, Minnesota 55447. Work hours are primarily Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and may include occasional evenings and weekends, to meet the needs of residents.
About this position type:This is a limited duration (temporary) grant-funded, full-time, benefit earning position, for up to two years. This position is internally classified as a Social Worker, Senior. Click here to view the job classification specification.
In this position, you will:
· Assist in the development, delivery and coordination of programs and services for referred residents of the ACF who are parents.
· Complete a Parenting Needs Assessment and work to develop a case plan for the residents who are parents.
· Coordinate visitation and other methods of communication between parents and families.
· Perform group work with assigned residents as indicated in case plan.
· Participate and engage in overall program and intervention development.
· Collaborate with multidisciplinary case team to prepare residents for successful return to the community and ensure that support and resources are in place.
· Facilitate resident groups/programming related to parenting, child development, and other related topics as identified based on need.
· Scope, define and implement external partnerships which support families impacted by incarceration.
· Act as a bridge between the incarcerated parents and their families.
· Reduce barriers that may exist for incarcerated parents in maintaining contact with their children and families.
· Collaborate with criminal justice and child protection partners.
· Coordinate with community organizations in assisting with case management and transition planning.
o Licensed as a Graduate Social Worker by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
o Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or human services, and 18 or more semester (27 quarter) credits of graduate work in the above areas, and three years or more of full-time supervised experience as a social worker.
o Master's degree or higher in social work or closely related field with course work emphasis in areas such as social work methods, human growth and behavior, and principles of social welfare.
· A valid driver's license.
· Be 21 years of age or older.
Nice to have:
o Providing comprehensive social work case management services, specifically with children and families of individuals who are experiencing incarceration.
o Providing therapy or crisis services to adults, adolescents, children, and/or their families.
o Working in a residential setting with adolescents and their families.
o Working with Evidenced-Based Practices with mindfulness of quality assurance.
o With child protection or child welfare systems.
o Developing effective relationships with clients in individual, family, and coordinating group therapy as needed.
o Providing culturally appropriate services, working effectively with an increasingly diverse client population.
o Working with families who have experienced incarceration.
o Starting new initiatives, including program development, implementation, and management.
o Preparing written reports.
o Designing and following through on intensive long or short-term case plans.
· Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
· Knowledge of child development, family relationship, issues related to fostering parent/child relationships.