Are you a licensed social worker who wants to make a positive difference in the lives of Idaho’s families and children? Are you looking for a career with advancement opportunities and an excellent compensation package? If this sounds like a good fit for you, come join the Child and Family Services team as a Child Welfare Social Worker 1 in one of our Northern Hub locations: Coeur d’Alene, Kellogg, Ponderay, Lewiston, Moscow, or Grangeville, where you can live and work in one of the most picturesque and geographically diverse areas of Idaho.
Northern Idaho is known for tree-covered mountains and magnificent lakes, including Priest Lake, Lake Pend Oreille, and Lake Coeur d’Alene. With several state parks, scenic byways, and hundreds of miles of biking trails, Northern Idaho’s panhandle delivers beauty and adventure. And if you’re in search of rolling hills of farmland, flower-filled meadows, and breath-taking view of Hells Canyon, look no further than North Central Idaho.
We offer a competitive benefits package to eligible employees which includes excellent medical, dental and vision insurance; generous vacation (ability to accrue 2.4 weeks/year to start) and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start; eleven paid holidays a year; participation in one of the Nation’s best state retirement systems; multiple savings plans and optional 401K; life insurance; wellness programs; ongoing training opportunities; and more. Our generous benefits package increases the total compensation of a Child Welfare Social Worker 1 to an estimated $33.10/hour.
- This position is designated for individuals with general social work qualifications (which includes possession of a current Idaho social worker license) who have no prior child welfare experience
- The Child Welfare Social Worker 1 position requires incumbents to work effectively with individuals and families under stress, difficult circumstances, and from diverse backgrounds
- Child Welfare Social Workers perform one or more types of casework, including foster care licensing, adoptions, case management, safety assessment, or intake; some positions may have the opportunity to telework
- Incumbents serve a nine-month probationary period and participate in the Child Welfare Academy in order to learn Idaho child welfare practices and standards and complete Child Welfare Academy assignments
- During the nine-month probationary period, incumbents carry a reduced child welfare caseload under the guidance of child welfare supervisors or designated experienced child welfare social workers to gain knowledge and expertise necessary to provide professional child welfare social work services to children and families who are subjects of child abuse or neglect
- The Child Welfare Social Worker 1 is the first of a six-level Child Welfare job series
Example of Duties
- Receive and process referrals, complaints, or requests for service, and conduct assessment and fact-finding interviews of child abuse or neglect to obtain and assess mental, physical, economic, employment, environmental and social status of client/family.
- Prepare written intake reports based on initial interviews with referents and subjects of assessment and draft case plans related to child abuse/neglect issues with recommendations for case-related service decisions.
- Draft case plans related to child abuse/neglect cases and participate in interdisciplinary team staffing to formulate and/or modify treatment plans.
- Provide social services, support, and change-oriented activities to preserve family unit and promote client self-determination.
- Prepare case record notes attesting to engagement with clients and results from specific services.
- Perform on-site evaluations of foster homes to determine if appropriate for child placement and recommend approval/disapproval for licensing.
- Research, obtain and make referrals to community resources and provide court-related services including court testimony, court reports and other legal documentation and mediation, negotiation, and implementation of agreements.
- Prepare court reports, affidavits, testimony, orders to remove the child, etc. for required court proceedings.
- Consult with experienced social workers, law enforcement, court personnel, community resource workers and school staff.
- Use keyboard to document and enter client data into computerized record systems.
- Requires current Licensure as a Social Worker in Idaho in accordance with Idaho Code 54-3201 et.seq. Licensure information can be found through the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses at https://apps.dopl.idaho.gov/DOPLPortal/BoardPage.aspx?Bureau=SWO. Must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work.
- Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license
If you also have a Master’s degree or 2 years of experience working in child welfare, you might be interested in this opportunity:
Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources at (208) 334-2263.
Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.