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Social Worker - Youth Behavioral Health

Posted: 07/09/2024

Olmsted County has earned the 2023 and 2024 Best Places to Work - Southeast Minnesota designation.

Minimum Qualifications of Education and Experience

$32.72 to $43.68 with progression to $54.64.

Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited college or university.

Regular and reliable attendance is a necessary component of job/position. Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid driver's license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three (3) years.

Desirable Qualifications:

Two years of social service related experience.

Nature of Work

Under supervision of a Program Manager, provides case management and direct services to children, youth and families in the child welfare system. This includes work with truancy court cases and mental health cases. The social worker is expected to demonstrate advanced partnership based collaborative practices with families and professionals and to demonstrate a positive commitment to agency practice.  Demonstrates a working knowledge of child/adolescent interventions, the use of the consultation and a keen interest in the translation of research into practice.  

Examples of Work

  • Works with individual clients and families to explore, identify, resolve, prevent or control problems
  • Provides case management services
  • Works with the court regarding school truancy cases
  • Collaborates with school personnel regarding school attendance and/or behavioral concerns
  • Develops and writes individual and family service plans to address identified problems
  • Implementation of trauma informed child welfare practices
  • Analysis of child welfare process and procedures
  • Collaborates with referral agencies 
  • Review client needs and service match

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of the social sciences
  • Knowledge of the principles of social work
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Knowledge of social and economic problems
  • Knowledge of motivating factors of human behavior
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of victimization and the root causes of violence
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practices
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system, including victim rights
  • Knowledge of therapeutic and strength-based approaches
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to victim issues, victim needs
  • Knowledge of agency policies
  • Knowledge of data practices and confidentiality
  • Skilled in verbal communication, public speaking, writing and recording of information and data
  • Skill in the use of computers and technology
  • Skills in individual and community advocacy
  • Ability to understand individual and family needs with empathy and objectivity
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in recommending possible solutions for individual and family needs and when utilizing conflict management and advocacy skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, co-workers, public officials and citizens of the community
  • Ability to organize efficiently and keep records systematically
  • Ability to work independently and to recognize when supervision is needed
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Ability to serve as a liaison to community resources
  • Ability to drive an automobile

Persons with disabilities: the above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.

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