The Child Protection division of Human Services Public Health in Health and Human Services is seeking to fill multiple Child Protection Social Worker vacancies. The primary functions of these positions are listed below. Each individual vacancy will have specialized duties and responsibilities depending on the area of assignment: Investigations, Case Management, and Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Investigations or Case Management.The new Child Protection Social Workers will participate in the induction training on Hennepin County's policies, procedures, and practices as well as mandated Department of Human Services training. This will include in-person and virtual instructor-led training, court room training, job shadowing other Child Protection Social Workers on a rotational basis, and close supervision while receiving initial case assignments.Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visitemployee referral program. Location and hours:These positions are hybrid and will be performed both on-site at various designated Child Protection satellite offices, in the community, and remote as job duties require. Work hours will typically be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but flexibility will be required to work outside of these hours and at times that will include evenings and weekends. Additionally, various Child Protection Social Worker positions will require being able to report/respond in person to an emergent situation within 30 to 60 minutes. While these positions are designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in Minnesota or Wisconsin.New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022, to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.About these position types:All of these positions are regular full-time, benefit earning positions.These positions are internally classified as a Social Worker, Child Protection.Click here to view the job classification specification.These positions are subject to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination. As such, it requires the job offer to be conditional based on the candidate being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a full or emergency-use basis, or 14 days after receiving a single-dose vaccine approved by the FDA on a full or emergency-use basis. After a conditional job offer is made, the candidate must show proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. A COVID-19 vaccination card from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccination record from your doctor’s office or a personal digital vaccination record constitutes sufficient “proof.” The candidate must also attest they are vaccinated by completing a form on the first day of employment. Reasonable accommodations to this vaccination requirement will be considered upon request by a candidate for medical or religious reasons as required by applicable law. Candidates will be hired into one of these areas:
Investigation Child Protection Social Workers conduct investigations/assessments of alleged maltreatment.
Case Management Child Protection Social Workers provide direct social work services to families in which abuse or neglect has been reported in order to carry out the statutory mandate to investigate, protect children from further harm, and safeguard and enhance the welfare of abused/neglected children.
ICWA Investigations or Case Management Child Protection Social Workers conduct investigations/assessments of alleged maltreatments, provide service to Native American families, and are responsible for complying with the mandates contained in the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act and the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act.
In these positions, you will:
Attend virtual on-line interactions, meetings, and court hearings remotely.
Attend in-person interactions, meetings, trainings, and court hearings in designated Child Protection satellite offices or other community agencies.
Conduct in-person visits in client homes and various other community locations.
Need to have:
One of the following:
Master's degree or higher in social work, or a closely related field with emphasis in areas such as social work methods, human growth and behavior, or principles of social welfare. (Those expecting to complete their master's degree in the areas listed within the next three months will also be considered.)
Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or human services, and 18 semester (27 quarter) credits or more of graduate work in the above areas, and three or more years of full-time equivalent experience as a social worker.
Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or human services, and 18 semester (27 quarter) credits or more of graduate work in the above areas, and one or more years of full-time equivalent experience in child welfare or completion of a Hennepin County internship in child welfare.
Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or human services, and two or more years of full-time equivalent experience in child welfare.
A valid driver's license, the ability to obtain a Hennepin County driver permit and daily access to reliable transportation sufficient to transport clients (including children) and to attend court hearings and various other meetings. Regular travel, sometimes daily, is required throughout Hennepin County and the surrounding areas.
The ability to work occasional evenings and weekends throughout Hennepin County.
Nice to have:
Knowledge of and experience working with child protection systems.
Internship and/or volunteer experience in a social services environment.
Providing comprehensive social worker case management services with children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Working with child protection systems.
Developing care and case plans that meet the needs of and ensure safety and stability for clients and families.
Partnering with social workers, departmental staff, collateral resources, and others to develop work agreements and outcome-focused relationships to assist clients/families in achieving their goals.
Effective communication skills, both verbally and in writing including phone skills to obtain accurate data from reports and writing skills to record the information clearly and concisely.
Bilingual skills in English and another language(s).
Advanced skill in a variety of computer applications including SSIS, ECF, and/or comparable programs.
Bilingual candidates in English and another language(s) are encouraged to apply.
About the department:
Human Services delivers a variety of services to individuals or families that assist with basic needs or encourage client change around specific objectives. We work with individuals as well as systems and communities in order to develop policy and advocate for the people we serve. The people we serve and our communities are connected. By helping one, we help the other.
About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.
Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (select Guest).
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
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This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.
These positions may have access to systems or other documentation that contains HIPAA data.
Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience.
Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test, driver's license check, and/or criminal background check.