Social Worker-children's Mental Health Assessment

Dakota County
Full Time MN 1 Mendota Rd #300, West St Paul, MN 55118, United States


General Description

POSTING TYPE: Open Competitive
DEPARTMENT: Social Services
HOURS: Full-time
PREFERRED SALARY RANGE: $67,643 - $76,099/annually (Salary Grade 108)
FULL SALARY RANGE: $67,643 - $105,693/annually
LOCATION: Hybrid; mix of telework and in-person at the Western Service Center, Apple Valley
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on 6/28/2024

Come join us at Dakota County and "Be more". Dakota County employs over 2,000 skilled individuals whose talents and contributions makes Dakota County a premier place to live and work. The work County government does is unique. Dakota County offers important careers – the kind of careers that make a difference in people's lives.  

Dakota County welcomes and is inclusive of diverse people, backgrounds, and perspectives. The County aims to reflect the community and people it serves and fosters an equitable and respectful working environment where everyone is empowered to be their authentic selves.

The Children and Family Services Children's Mental Health Assessment Social Workers are responsible for ongoing casework for children's mental health cases Dakota County. The position involves coordination and collaboration with families, schools, law enforcement, court, and service providers.

Minimum Qualifications

· A Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Sociology
· One year of full-time professional Social Work experience OR Two years of paraprofessional experience working in a human service related agency
· Valid Driver's License

· A minimum of one year of experience in children and family services or children's mental health case management
· Experience working with diverse cultures
· Previous experience in a county social service agency
· Licensure as a Mental Health Professional
· Experience in Behavioral Analysis and the development of Positive Behavioral Support Plans

Duties & Responsibilities

These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

1. Assesses individual strengths, needs, and family dynamics.
2. Works with children and families in a variety of situations, including special education, truancy, runaways, chemical dependency, abuse, neglect, and general family conflicts.
3. Refers clients to community providers for services.
4. Monitors and verifies services received by individuals and families and develops reports and resources as needed.
5. Completes administrative tasks involving case plans and other legally mandated or best practice based procedures.
6. Establishes positive relationships with parents and children and works collaboratively with community agencies.
7. Other duties as related or assigned.
8. Demonstrates a commitment to support cultural diversity County wide, actively supports the County's diversity initiatives, and works to address the needs of diverse and underserved communities.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment

· Knowledge of human development, family dynamics and systems, including crisis management and cultural competency.
· Knowledge of community resources and funding sources.
· Knowledge of medical diagnoses, medications, and basic medical terminology, as well as medical insurance processes and procedures.
· Knowledge of statutes, rules, and policies pertaining to social work and the ability to research the same.
· Comprehensive knowledge of computer software and information systems.
· Interviewing, negotiation, and listening skills.
· Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
· Demonstrates an understanding of and respect for the diversity of customers, co-workers, and supervisors, including individuals with a disability or whose first language may be other than English.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed remotely, in a County office building and on client home visits. Some travel is required. Lifting requirement of up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis. Exposure to hazardous physical conditions such as mechanical parts, electrical currents and vibration; atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, dusts, gases and poor ventilation; hazardous materials such as chemicals, blood, and other body fluids; inadequate lighting; work space restricting movement; and intense noise may occur on visits to client's homes. Equipment used may include, but is not limited to, computer, printer, telephone, calculator, and copy and fax machines.

SELECTION PROCESS: The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a rating of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

Dakota County is committed to creating a diverse workforce and welcomes qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Dakota County Employee Relations
Main Number 651.438.4435 (contact 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday)
Fax 651.438.8178