The Child Protection Services area in the Human Services department is seeking a Senior Social Worker for the Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) unit. FGDM is a family-centered, strengths-based and culturally relevant approach to engaging families that can aid the collaboration between the family and the agency. FGDM gathers the parents and the extended family of children involved with Hennepin County Child Protection, or other child welfare services, together to thoughtfully and carefully plan for the protection and safety of their children. As the Children Family Services area continues its mission with transformation and our work on disparities and equity, additional facilitation expectations will be required.
In this position, you will:
Prepare and maintain case records, case findings, correspondences, and reports.
Facilitate meetings between social workers/service providers and family members.
Increase family engagement in collaborative decision making for the purposes of case planning, placement prevention, reunification, safety planning, permanency planning and/or for youth preparing for independence.
Collaborate with social workers in all Child Protection Service areas, Kinship, Foster Care Licensing, Child Welfare, Child Services, Children's Mental Health, Extended Foster Care, and community agencies using the Family Group Decision Making model.
Need to have:
One of the following:
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.
Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or human services, and at least 18 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.
Licensed as a Graduate Social Worker by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
A valid driver's license and daily access to reliable transportation to travel primarily within Hennepin County to conduct in-person meetings with families as needed.
Nice to have:
Working within child welfare.
Coordinating and facilitating meetings between social workers, service providers, and family members.
Increasing family engagement in collaborative decision making for the purposes of case planning, placement prevention, reunification, safety planning, permanency planning and/or for youth preparing for independence.
Using Microsoft Teams and Zoom to facilitate virtual meetings.
Possess awareness and sensitivity to various cultural practices and strengths.
Engage quickly and effectively with children, youth, families, and service providers.
Be assertive in moving meetings forward.
Manage conflict and emotional situations without becoming central to the process.