Children's Services Division Hiring Event

County of Riverside
400 per week $65,723 - $97,092 Per year CA Department of Public Social Services, 4060 County Cir Dr, Riverside, CA 92503, United States Apply before 7/5/2024 11:59
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ABOUT THE POSITION



Children's Services Hiring Event (In-Person) - August 1st, 2024

Now Recruiting For: Social Services Practitioner III

Join us for an exciting in-person hiring event hosted by The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) - Children's Services Division (CSD) on August 1st, 2024. We have immediate openings for Social Services Practitioner III, Children's Services for the Indio and Blythe offices.

The hiring event will take place in Indio, Ca.  

How to Participate:  To secure your spot for an in-person interview, you must apply by 11:59pm on Friday, July, 5th, 2024.Interviews for this hiring event are by invitation only. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW

**TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE HIRING EVENT AS PART OF REGISTRATION ALL APPLICANTS MUST UPLOAD A COPY OF THEIR OFFICIAL AND/OR UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS OR A COPY OF THEIR DIPLOMA FOR THEIR COMPLETED DEGREE AT AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY. ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE EVALUATED AGAINST THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS PRIOR TO THE EVENT**

What to expect: 

  • Meet the Team: Engage with DPSS – CSD hiring managers from the desert region of Riverside County.
  • Efficient Process: Hiring managers may conduct second interviews or extend offers on the spot.
  • Informational Support: Human Resources will be on hand to address your questions about pay and benefits. 
This recruiting event may be used to fill future opening in CSD for the Desert Region with the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)Applications to this posting will be valid for up to 180 days. As positions become available, the recruiter will review applications and refer applicants should they meet the department's requirements. Due to the nature and volume of this recruitment you will only receive correspondence if you are referred for an interview or when the event is complete. 

The County of Riverside's Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) seeks multiple Social Services Practitioner III positions for the Desert Regions including Blythe, CA for the Children's Services Division (CSD). Frequent driving may be required for all positions. Competitive candidates will be referred to the department on an ongoing basis.
We are looking for someone who has:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills when working with diverse clients of various ages, socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, and mental/physical capabilities.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with other professionals in order to meet the needs of shared clients and promote quality care, safety, and well-being.
  • Great written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge and ability to learn and apply complex laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures relating to clients.
  • Strong critical thinking, analytical, organizational, and time management skills
  • Tech-savvy skills and the ability to learn and use specialized case management software programs.
A few reasons you might love this job:
  • Opportunity to compassionately support children, elders/dependent adults and families.
  • It's more than a desk job - travel throughout the vast County of Riverside to meet with clients and community partners.
  • Work and network with dedicated professionals who share a passion for public service.
  • Career growth and upward mobility within the department.
  • Supportive and respectful working environment that values work-life balance.
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • Fast-paced environment.
  • Meeting mandated deadlines.
  • The need for documentation and technical writing.
  • Identifying ways to navigate social service delivery with limited resources while meeting clients' identified goals and needs.
About the Children's Services Division (CSD):Social Services Practitioners may be assigned to various programs within Children's Services. Those programs include Investigative and Continuing Services, Extended Foster Care Program (EFC), Command Post, Group Home, Adoptions, or the Resource Family Approval (RFA). Investigative Services and Command Post conduct investigation of child abuse/neglect referrals made within the Riverside County. Continuing Services provide support in continuing services with the goal of reunification. Extended Foster Care completes assessments, develops transitional plans, and provides resources for youth 16 and older, preparing them to emancipate from foster care. The Resource Family Approval conducts home assessments, background checks, and family evaluations to ensure that prospective relatives/non-related extended family members (NREFM) requesting placement meet standards in accordance with State regulations. Future SSP IIIs in the CSD (only) may be eligible for DPSS exciting programs that include the Retention Program and Educational and Career Assistance Programs. All Programs are great opportunities for professional growth and knowledge. Learn more below:
  • Retention Program: All NEWLY hired incumbents and CURRENT employees with less than 10,400 hours of service are eligible for the Retention Bonus Program upon hire! Eligibility is based upon Hours of Service Completed, learn more https://www.rivcocob.org/boardpolicies/policy-c/POLICY-C26.pdf
  • Education Support Program: DPSS employees eligible for the ESP may receive up to $5,250.00 per year for a period of two years of lifetime maximum of  $10,500.  ESP programs include Career Counseling, Career Assessment, College partners Tuition Discount information and possible textbook and tuition reimbursement options. Interested and Eligible candidates will receive a Career Development Plan (CDP) that includes tuition and textbook funding, either by DPSS or Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Department Policy, Eligibility and Application Requirement details are in the link  (https://esp.rc-hr.com/)
  • 20/20 Program: The 20/20 program is designed to assist Social Services Practitioner IIIs who are students completing a Masters in Social Work Degree  from an approved university. Program participants work a reduced work schedule while being paid as a full-time employee allowing the employee time to complete training and/or educational requirements for degree or certification. To learn more about the 20/20 Program, please contact the recruiter listed at the bottom of this job posting.
*For more about what it's like  to work within Children's Services please watch

*For questions related to working within Children's Services, please email .
The Social Services Practitioner III is a broad range journey to advanced level classification of the professionally trained social caseworker in the Social Services Practitioner series. Incumbents are characterized by the responsibility for performing full scope social service casework often requiring difficult diagnosis and intensive treatment services. The Social Services Practitioner III is distinguished from the Social Services Supervisor series by the latter's responsibility to provide full time supervision of staff performing casework.
Depending on area of assignment, incumbents may be required to have a master's degree from an accredited college or university in social work, social welfare, social or behavioral sciences, or social/human services.

Meet the Team!

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EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

(Depending on the area of assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following)
 
 
• Carry a caseload of the more difficult types of social service cases requiring a high degree of technical competence where social or family problems or environmental forces adversely affect family life; assess client's problems and develop treatment plans. 
 
• Complete case studies for the purpose of assessing problems and determining appropriate types and methods of treatment; develop intensive long or short-term treatment plans to improve or restore individual or family functioning. 
 
• Act in a lead capacity for a small group of Social Services Practitioners or services employees, such as aides and volunteers.
 
• Act as a casework consultant to staff members without professional training. 
 
• Function at a highly skilled level in such areas as counseling, protective services, medical social work, family services, community organization, and adoptive services. 
 
• Take part in staff development programs to increase knowledge of the social work processes and augment personal technical competence. 
 
• Provide therapeutic marital, family interrelationship, and adoptive parent counseling.
 
• Investigate and provide services to clients where their physical or emotional welfare is involved; work with cases involving neglect, abuse, emotional or behavioral problems, physical/mental disabilities or other health conditions affecting a client's personality, family relationships, child, or in-home care arrangements.
 
• Provide services and counseling in cases of desertion or impending loss of a spouse, child, or caretaker.
 
• Interpret public social service rules, regulations, and policies to clients and the public.
 
• Maintain casework records and prepare reports and correspondences.
 
• Frequently conduct field visits, away from the home office, which may include long distances in order to carry out service plans, observe, and assess client needs, and provide information and social work services.
 
• Assess client family environment in order to determine potential or imminent risk to the safety of children/disabled adults/elderly residing in the household; when safety needs dictate, remove child/disabled adults/elderly from home and transport them, complying with all safety regulations, including the use of age appropriate California safety mandated equipment, when assisting with initial removal or facilitating a placement change, which may include managing/lifting the client's necessary assistive equipment (e.g., wheelchair).
 
• Maintain up-to-date electronic records of all aspects of client case management in a centralized database. 
 
IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE LISTED DUTIES, ASSIGNMENTS WITHIN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES MAY PERFORM THE FOLLOWING: 
 
• Perform studies of patients and their families to determine the nature of their problems; learn to develop the most effective treatment methods and treatment plans according to need. 
 
• Interview patients, families, and friends to obtain information for case records.
 
 • Assess the psychosocial needs of pediatric patients and initiate appropriate interaction accordingly.
 
 • Coordinate and consult with medical and other staff members and with outside agencies regarding available resources. 
 
• Learn to interpret significant emotional, social, and economic factors to healthcare team members. 
 
• Participate in seminars of other types of training programs to enhance social work capabilities; may participate in group therapy. 
 
• Assist in conducting training of social service aspects of medical treatment for healthcare personnel outside of the social services unit. 
 
• Under close supervision, provide social casework services to help patients and their families adjust to social, emotional, and financial problems created by illness or disability.
 
IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE LISTED DUTIES, ASSIGNMENTS WITHIN THE CHILD LIFE PROGRAM MAY PERFORM THE FOLLOWING:
 
• Plan, implement, and evaluate the Child Life Program.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

OPTION I
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in social welfare, social or behavioral sciences, social/human services, counseling, or a closely related field to the assignment.
 
Experience: One year equivalent to a County of Riverside Social Services Practitioner II.
 
OPTION II
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a major in social welfare, social or behavioral sciences, social/human services, counseling, or a closely related field to the assignment.
 
Experience: Two years performing casework duties in a public or private human services agency. Experience must include assessing or determining client needs, formulating case plans, or executing case plans to support and meet client needs. 
 
OPTION III
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree, preferably with a major in social or behavioral sciences, social/human services, counseling, or a closely related field to the assignment.
 
OPTION IV
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
 
Experience: Completed internship experience in a public or private welfare agency as part of an accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree program.

POSITIONS ASSIGNED TO A HEALTHCARE FACILITY
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in social or behavioral sciences, social/human services, or a closely related field to the assignment.
 
Experience: Two years as a County of Riverside Social Services Practitioner II; or one year of performing social casework duties in a hospital or healthcare facility equivalent to a County of Riverside Social Services Practitioner II; or ten years of Hospital Social Worker experience in a hospital or healthcare facility.

POSITIONS ASSIGNED TO THE CHILD LIFE PROGRAM
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in social or behavioral sciences, social/human services, child life, child development, or a closely related field to the assignment.
 
Experience: Two years of Child Life Specialist experience in a hospital or healthcare facility.
 
ALL OPTIONS
Knowledge of: Principles and techniques of social casework and of the function of public social service agencies; individual and group behavior with emphasis on normal growth, development, and family relationships; social casework objectives, principles, and methods; socioeconomic and cultural factors which promote stable family life, and an understanding of the factors that affect family security; physical and mental illnesses and their impact on personality; community organizations and the services they provide; laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of public social services agencies; basic computer skills.
 
Ability to:Establish rapport with clients and their families; effectively apply casework knowledge and skills; apply the principles of general and/or child psychology and family relationships; evaluate personal and psychological factors in the client and/or family's situation; work constructively within an agency and community setting; effectively utilize appropriate resources and services; provide consultation to others; demonstrate skill in planning and analysis; control personal bias and apply social work ethics; maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public; provide consultation to and assist in the professional development of less experienced Social Services Practitioners; input and retrieve data from computerized system.

GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION:

Please read and follow any special application instructions on this posting. Click the 'Apply' link located on this page to submit your application. For instructions on the application process, examinations, Veteran's preference, pre-employment accommodation or other employment questions, please refer to our web site, . A pre-employment physical examination and background check may be required.

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