Merit System Services Social Worker III in Salinas, California

The PositionUnder general direction, the Social Worker III carries a difficult caseload involving the determination of need for basic social services functions for applicants or clients; performs social studies and assignments involving individualized treatment and specialized application of casework methods and skills; provides comprehensive casework services of a tangible nature; required to be on-call outside of the normal business hours which includes evenings and/or weekends as assigned; and other duties as required. Minimum QualificationsWhile the following requirements outline the minimum qualifications, only applicants who demonstrate the best qualifications match for the job will be selected to continue in the recruitment process. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications by the application deadline. The knowledge, skills and abilities may be acquired through various types of experience, education or training, typically:Pattern 1: One (1) year of full-time experience performing journey level social work case management in the Social Worker II classification in an Interagency Merit System (IMS) county;ORPattern 2: Two (2) years of full-time social work case management experience in a public or private agency; AND Thirty (30) semester units (45 quarter units) from an accredited college or university, including fifteen (15) semester units (22.5 quarter units) in social welfare, social/human services, sociology, or other social or behavioral science;**ORPattern 3: Bachelorandrsquo;s degree and successful completion of twenty-four (24) semester (36 quarter units) of a Masterandrsquo;s degree program in Social Work, or a Counseling program from an accredited college or university, emphasizing Marriage, Family and Child Counseling or Marriage and Family therapy, Gerontology or Clinical Psychology; AND Twelve (12) months of social work case management experience.**Qualifying social work case management includes direct case work management, such as: assessment, evaluation; conducting investigations of abuse and neglect; preparing court reports; responsibility for a long term caseload, monitoring compliance through home calls and other personal contact; collaboration with other agencies and linking clients to resources and programs; development of a case plan, modification of case plans as needed/required; and authority to impose sanctions or implement actions that impact services.**Examples of acceptable social or behavioral science courses include: anthropology, criminal justice, education, ethnic studies, history, human development, law, human services, nursing, nutrition, psychology, public health, social welfare, sociology, welfare, womenandrsquo;s studies.To view additional information about the typical duties, knowledge, skills and abilities for this classification, please visit our website at and search for the classification title. Typical DutiesDuties may include, but are not limited to, the following:Carries a caseload of more difficult types of social services cases requiring a high degree of technical competence, such as situations where environmental forces affect family lifeReceives and responds to reports of suspected abuse; obtains information from reporters; personally investigates and assesses situations to protect vulnerable adults and children and recommends alternate placement; may provide information to law enforcement or district attorneys; may be required to work on-call; may testify in courtPerforms case studies and evaluates individual and family case information to assess the safety of children and adults; determines appropriate types and methods of treatmentDevelops and carries out social treatment plans for an assigned caseload; ensures all services are delivered in a respectful, culturally sensitive and appropriate manner and in conformance with agency, state and federal requirements; assists clients and family members to develop strategi