Assistant Chief, Clinical Social Work

County of Los Angeles
Full Time $112,824 - $152,036 Per year CA Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, 313 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
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Overview




TYPE OF RECRUITMENT: 

OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITY


 
EXAM NUMBER: 

Y9023B


 
FILING START DATE: 

MARCH 6, 2024 at 8:00 A.M. (PT)



 UNTIL THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE ARE MET AND IS SUBJECT TO CLOSURE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. 
 
NO OUT-OF-CLASS EXPERIENCE OR WITHOLDS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS EXAMINATION. 

ABOUT LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES: 

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second largest municipal health system in the nation. Through its integrated system of 25 health centers and four hospitals and expanded network of community partner clinics – DHS annually provides direct care for 600,000 unique patients, employs over 23,000 staff, and has an annual budget of over $6.2 billion.


Through academic affiliations with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC), and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Sciences (CDU), DHS hospitals are training sites for physicians completing their Graduate Medical Education in nearly every medical specialty and subspecialty. In addition to its direct clinical services, DHS also runs the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency and the County's 911 emergency response system, as well as Housing for Health and the Office of Diversion and Re-entry, each with a critical role in connecting vulnerable populations, including those released from correctional and institutional settings, to supportive housing.


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MISSION:  

To advance the health of our patients and our communities by providing extraordinary care.


 
DEFINITION:

Assists in planning, organizing, and directing a program of professional clinical social work services for inpatients, outpatients, and their families at a very large County hospital.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assists in the planning, organizing, and directing of the clinical social work services.
  • Participates in the evaluation of existing and future clinical social work service needs in order to develop and to establish goals, objectives and standards for the provision of clinical social work services.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of policies and procedures pertaining to the delivery of clinical social work services to patients and their families.
  • Participates with hospital administration, medical administration, clinical care teams, and professional staff of other disciplines in the formulation of programs, policies, and procedures to integrate and coordinate services.
  • Supervises and evaluates the performance of subordinate supervisory staff and serves as first level reviewer of all performance evaluations.
  • Resolves or consults with subordinate supervisors to resolve problems of employee utilization, employee discipline, and grievances.
  • Develops in-service training activities to increase professional knowledge and skills of staff.
  • Assists in directing and implementing training activities and in conducting group conferences to promote staff development and to interpret policies and procedures.
  • Plans, in cooperation with Clinical Social Work Chief and designated social work staff, strategies for contributing to the social work field by partnering with schools of social work or professional affiliations to develop a student affiliate program for supervised fieldwork experience.
  • Supervises the clinical social work student field instructor to ensure that student experience complies with hospital policy and expectations of the hospital and school.
  • Coordinates the recruitment of new clinical social work personnel.
  • Participates in the interviewing, evaluating, selecting and assigning of new clinical social workers and support staff.
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual budget by drafting written recommendations and justifications for new and additional positions, supplies, and equipment.
  • Complies patient workload data and prepares reports to monitor level of service provided, inform decisions, and to establish budget and revenue projections ensuring continuous performance improvement related to program/service delivery in accordance with regulatory health care agency standards.
  • Represents the clinical social work services program and the hospital in community organizations and interagency meeting concerned with health care services.
  • Serves as a resource person to supervisory staff, community organizations, agencies, and allied health personnel concerning professional social work services.
  • Acts for the Clinical Social Work Chief III in his/her absence.

Requirements

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:
A Master's Degree in Social Work from a graduate school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education followed by six years of professional medical or psychiatric social work experience*, two years of which must have been in a supervisory**, consultative***, or administrative**** capacity in a medical setting*****.

LICENSE:

A valid and active license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker issued by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Sciences.

All required licenses and certifications must be active and unrestricted or your application will not be accepted. 


A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS II - LightThis class includes administrative and clerical positions requiring light physical effort that may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit and some bending, stooping, or squatting. Considerable ambulation may be involved.
 
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:*Professional social work experience is defined as: services in connection with the social work practices such as assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, treatment, planning, management, research, and/or consultation of clients in need of social services/programs.
**Supervisory capacity in the County of Los Angeles is defined as: provides direct supervision to planning, assigning, and reviewing work of staff of the unit, evaluating employee performance, counseling and recommending discipline.

***Consultative capacity in the County of Los Angeles is defined as: advises professional social work staff regarding program, procedural, policy formulation, and administration of social work services. 


****Administrative capacity  in the County of Los Angeles is defined as: experience at the level of independent responsibility for assignments of average difficulty analyzing and making recommendations for the solution of problems of organization, budget, personnel, information services, programs, facilities planning and general management.   

*****Medical setting includes a hospital, outpatient clinic, psychiatric inpatient and outpatient facility, community health agency, skilled nursing facility, long-term care facility, or hospice where professional services are administered

In order to qualify under the Selection Requirements, you must include a legible copy of the official diploma, official transcript(s), or official letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization and attach a legible copy of the required license at time of filing your application or email the required documents to the exam analyst, Caroline Khodaverdian, at ckhodaverdian@dhs.lacounty.gov , within seven (7) calendar days from filing your application online. When emailing documents, please include the exam number and exam title. The original license must be presented during the selection process and prior to appointment. 

Applicants must complete the License and Certification section of the application and provide the title of the required license, the number, date of issue, date of expiration and the name of the issuing agency as specified in the Selection Requirements.  

Additional Information

EXAMINATION CONTENT:

This examination will consist of an evaluation of experience and desirable qualifications weighted at 100%.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
Additional points will be awarded for additional experience in a supervisory, consultative, or administrative capacity in a medical setting beyond the Selection Requirements. 

CANDIDATES MUST ACHIEVE A PASSING SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER ON THE EXAMINATION IN ORDER TO BE PLACED ON THE ELIGIBLE REGISTER.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
Applications will be processed on an "as-received" basis and those receiving a passing score will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

The names of candidates receiving a passing score on the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation.

NO PERSON MAY COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY TWELVE (12) MONTHS.

SPECIAL INFORMATION:

AVAILABLE SHIFT:
Appointees may be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

VACANCY INFORMATION: 
The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Health Services (DHS) throughout Los Angeles County as they occur. 

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY U.S. MAIL, FAX OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Applications electronically received after 5:00 p.m., PT on the last day of filing will not be accepted.

Apply online by clicking the green "APPLY" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

Plan to submit your online application well in advance of the 5:00 p.m. (PT) deadline on the last day of filing, as you may be required to verify your email address. This only needs to be done once per email address, and if you already have a job seeker account on www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty, you can verify at any time by logging in and following the prompts. This is to enhance the security of your online application and to ensure you do not enter an incorrect email address. 

All information is subject to verification.  We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.

Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you met the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met.  Application filing may be suspended at any time without advance notice.

Fill out your application completely.  The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the SELECTION REQUIREMENTS.  Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job.  For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work performed.  If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.  

Notification Letters and other correspondences will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid email address. Please add ckhodaverdian@dhs.lacounty.gov  and info@governmentjobs.com to your email address book and to the list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as SPAM/JUNK mail.

Applicants have the ability to opt out of emails from Los Angeles County. If you unsubscribe, you will not receive any email notification for any examination for which you apply with Los Angeles County. Regardless of whether you choose to unsubscribe, you can always check for notifications by logging into governmentjobs.com and viewing your profile inbox, which saves a copy of all emailed notices. 

FAIR CHANCE INITIATIVE:

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:

For Candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County. 

ANTI-RACISM, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION (ARDI):

The County of Los Angeles recognizes and affirms that all people are created equal and are entitled to all rights afforded by the Constitution of the United States. The Department of Human Resources is committed to promoting Anti-racism, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts to address the inequalities and disparities amongst race. We support the ARDI Strategic Plan and its goals by improving equality, diversity, and inclusion in recruitment, selection, and employment practices.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: 

Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed person have a Social Security number for record control purposes.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD: 

All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password.   Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

ADA COORDINATOR PHONE:
(323) 914-7111

TELETYPE PHONE:
(800) 899-4099

CALIFORNIA RELAY SERVICES PHONE: 
(800) 735-2922

DEPARTMENT CONTACT:
Caroline Khodaverdian, Exam Analyst
(213) 288-7000
ckhodaverdian@dhs.lacounty.gov

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