Indian Child Welfare Social Worker

Indian Child Welfare Social Worker

Department:  
Family Services

Reports To: 
Family Services Director

FLSA Status: 
Exempt

TS Range:   
8/9

Prepared By: 
Patti Puhn

Opening Date:  
March 3, 2017

Closing Date:  
March 20, 2017

SUMMARY:
As a professional level caseworker, strives to maintain the safety of children and the unity of families in the Squaxin Island Tribal community.   In conjunction with accompanying ICW Social Worker, administers the ICW program and related files to tribal, grant and WAC requirements.  Provides community education and information through direct services, community activities and media.  Works with other human services providers as part of a wellness team to ensure client and community needs are met. Collaborates with team in a wraparound process.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(Other duties may be assigned)

Provides child and family welfare services to all Native Americans and community members in crisis or seeking help.  Implements, maintains and coordinates case management for clients per program standards and policies.

Acts as primary point of contact for child abuse and neglect reports.  In conjunction with Law Enforcement, evaluates allegations and emergent need to ensure the safety of the children.  Completes family and home assessments with regard to the well-being of children.   Coordinates placement and stabilization for abused or neglected children.

Collaborates with the Family Wellness Team in determining case plans for open cases and at-risk families.

Presents reports, case plans and recommendations to the court as determined in the Family Wellness Team meetings.

Arranges services to support parents and work toward family reunification.  Makes referrals to appropriate professional caregivers and agencies.  Coordinates inter-agency and inter-departmental client management.

Provides parenting and abuse prevention, child development and other family education programs to the community through departmental workshops and newsletter articles.

Ensures implementation and compliance of designated ICW grants, including reporting and budget requirements.

Maintains accurate and timely documentation in client files.

Maintains confidentiality of client and family information, issues and case plans.

Arranges and participates in family conferences as appropriate for client treatment.

Participates on Mason County LICWAC when requested.

Attends weekly planning meetings, staff meetings and departmental functions as assigned.

SUPERVISORY:
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

COMPETENCY:
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Is able to solve conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality;

Listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control;

Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things;

Balances team and individual responsibilities;

Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback;

Contributes to building a positive team spirit;

Puts success of team above own interests;

Is able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives;

Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed;

Recognizes accomplishments of other team members;

Follows policies and procedures;

Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan;

Supports organization’s goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities;

Supports affirmative action and respects diversity;

Follows instructions, responds to management direction;

Takes responsibility for own actions;

Keeps commitments;

Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.

Applicant must have computer proficiency.

QUALIFICATIONS: 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Please note a written exam will be administered as part of the interview process.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: 
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Service field and 2 years Child Welfare casework experience; OR Associate of Arts Degree in Social Service field and 4 years Child Welfare casework. OR High school diploma/GED and 6 years of relevant experience in the Social Services field and Indian Child Welfare casework. National Indian Child Welfare Caseworker (ICWA) certification preferred; however, if not ICWA certified, must complete training and become certified within six months of hire.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific technical journals, financial reports and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret and extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
CPR/First Aid certification and TB test within 30 days of hire; Valid Washington State Driver’s License and proof of insurance.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear; the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, employee) occasionally works in high, precarious places; exposed to fumes or airborne particles or toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level is the work environment is usually moderate.

OTHER CONDITIONS:
The successful candidate must:   Be on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on a rotating schedule, and pass a background check.

As per employee handbook, no person shall hold a case load that requires direct case management or supervision of an immediate family member.

DRUG FREE WORK PLACE:
The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening, in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace policy.

INDIAN PREFERENCE:
Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position consistent with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.

CONTACT:
Human Resources Department (360) 426-9781.