Social Service Worker I

County of Marin
8 per week $82,222 - $99,236 Per year CA 120 N Redwood Dr Suite 3, San Rafael, CA 94903, United States


At the County of Marin, our employees overwhelmingly report feeling their work is meaningful, they like the work they do, and they are proud to tell people "I work for the County of Marin." Discover more about us, our values and our organizational culture . Read on to find out more about this opportunity: 


At Health & Human Services, we serve our community through the values of support, unity, trust and excellence with one common goal: to promote and protect the health, well-being, safety and self-sufficiency of all in Marin. Join our team of bright, committed and energetic people who also want to make an impact through public service. 


Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) operates under the Mobile Crisis Continuum. MCRT focuses primarily on field-based community outreach, behavioral health and substance-related crisis prevention, and acute crisis assessment and intervention. 

Candidates must be a certified AOD counselor before beginning employment and hold an active certification throughout employment from one of the following accredited organizations: California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE); California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP); California Consortium of Addition Programs and Professionals (CCAPP).

Currently we are recruiting to fill the following Social Service Worker I (SSWI) vacancies:
  • One (1) regular ongoing 1.0 FTE (Daily 8 hour shifts five (5) days a week Tues – Sat Overnight 10:30pm-6:30am). 
  • One (1) 0.5 FTE (Daily 10 hour shifts two (2) days a week Sun – Mon Overnight 9:30pm-7:30am).
  • One (1) regular ongoing 1.0 FTE (Daily 10 hour shifts four (4) days a week Sun – Wed    12 noon - 10:00pm). 
Schedules are subject to change.

All SSWI positions will report to the Unit Supervisors assigned to the Mobile Crisis Continuum teams under the Forensic Mental Health Division. The positions are field/community based and responsive to individuals presenting with behavioral health and substance-related crisis across Marin County. 

These teams of two staff members will provide field-based prevention, intervention, consultation, recommendations, and completion of needs-based assessments for individuals with complex co-occurring substance use disorders and serious mental illness. The SSW I will provide information and education and create and implement case plans, as well as coordinate care with other partners to provide a comprehensive and holistic treatment experience for clients. The position will provide substance use treatment, care coordination and recovery support services in the County-operated Mobile Crisis and Response team (MCRT). Required is the ability to collaborate with team members and community-based organizations, including schools, hospitals, law enforcement, private therapists, independent clinics, and adult/youth justice systems.

The positions are shift-based including nights, overnights, weekends, and holidays. As the program expands, days and times of shifts may change to cover increases in service delivery hours and the requirements around holiday coverage will change.

Bilingual skills in Spanish and English are highly desirable.

Please note if the successful candidate has bilingual skills, they must demonstrate proficiency in both Spanish and English prior to receiving differential pay. A bilingual proficiency exam will be administered at that time to ensure the candidate possesses the appropriate skill level to meet the requirements. 


Our Highly Qualified Candidate:

Our highly qualified candidate will have experience working with persons experiencing behavioral health and/or substance related crisis across all ages in crisis or emergent situations. They will have knowledge of effective recovery-based counseling skills, of evidence-based practices for SUD/co-occurring disorders, and of treatment services in Marin County for persons with co-occurring SMI and SUD. They will be able to work independently as well as a part of a team with an emphasis on communication. The candidate will be able to organize their work effectively, as well as being able to document complex clinical information quickly, accurately, and concisely, and utilize this information to rapidly develop a case plan. The ideal candidate can provide a welcoming environment to even the most distraught client. They will be able to ascertain the need for additional supports for clients and assist them in identifying and overcoming barriers to securing supportive services necessary for recovery. The ideal candidate will have strong needs assessment skills in addition to having the ability to work with and relay information to a wide range of clients, families, and other professionals. In addition, the ideal candidate will have experience in de-escalating persons in high-stress and/or high anxiety situations to maintain the safety of all self and others.  


  • Principles, practices and techniques of social work.
  • The role and function of a public social services agency.
  • Principles and techniques of interviewing.
  • Methods of social work record keeping, including computer applications related to the work.
  • Community organizations and resources and the social problems calling for the use of public and private resources.
  • Social research methods.
  • Basic principles of public assistance policies and programs.
  • Laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of a social service agency.
  • Goals of and current trends toward client rehabilitation.
  • If assigned to the HIV Program, the medical, psycho-social and economic components of the various stages of HIV.
  • Analyze client situations and social services needs.
  • Develop, prepare and implement effective case work plans.
  • Apply applicable laws, rules and regulations to social service operations.
  • Interpret social service programs to applicants, recipients and others.
  • Use appropriate community resources and services effectively.
  • Utilize supervision and direction effectively.
  • Direct the work of others on a project basis.
  • Prepare clear, concise and accurate case records, reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Maintain accurate records and files.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work. 

We recognize your time is valuable, so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required Minimum Qualifications:  

Either equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with coursework that has included 30 semester or 45 quarter units in social welfare, social/human services, sociology or other behavioral science AND one year of professional-level social services work in a public or private social services agency; OR successful completion of 30 semester or 45 quarter units in social welfare, social/human services, sociology or other behavioral science AND two years of professional-level social services work in a public or private social services agency; OR possession of a Master's degree in Social Services OR a two year counseling program by time of appointment.  


A current  from a California Department of Health Care Services approved certifying organization (CCR Title 9, Division 4, Chapter 8).  

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Depending on the number of qualified applications received, the examination may consist of a highly qualified review, application screening, online assessment, written examination, oral examination, performance examination, or any combination to determine which candidates' names will be placed on the eligible list.
The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and any future vacancies for open, fixed-term, full-time or part-time positions which may occur while the list remains active.

Candidates selected are subject to fingerprinting by the Sheriff's Department and must pass a Department of Justice LiveScan background check prior to appointment.

All County of Marin employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.