Otsego County Senior Caseworker in Cooperstown, New York

OTSEGO COUNTY HAS THE FOLLOWING VACANCY

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

Senior Caseworker (NY1223347)

$35,815 - $42,380/yr

LAST DAY FOR FILING: August 21, 2017 EOE

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The senior caseworker provides professional social services work involving the determination and recommendation of the need for service, and the formulation and carrying out of plans to meet the individual problems of cases assigned. The functional duties are similar to those of the caseworker, except that through training and experience, senior caseworkers have gained an expertise to handle more complex problems and situations with less direct supervision. The senior caseworker ensures that subordinate workers are trained and in compliance with regulatory standards and takes action with the assistance of a supervisor to correct performance issues. Performs and trains staff to perform on-call services. Must have flexibility of schedule to meet individual case needs, and extra hours/overtime may be required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Good knowledge of modern principles and practices of social casework and social group work including child welfare services; working knowledge of Federal, State and local public welfare laws and programs; knowledge of the techniques of preparing social studies; ability to apply knowledge in performance of duties; ability to establish and maintain techniques of preparing social studies; ability to establish and maintain successful relationships with people; ability to direct the work of others; ability to interpret the work of the agency; ability to enter case notes and other original source documents in PC or similar computer equipment; ability to interview clients; good powers of observation and analysis; sensitivity to the reactions of others; initiative; tact; emotional maturity; good judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position. Must have flexibility of schedule to meet individual case needs, and extra hours/overtime may be required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree or higher in human services field*; AND


+ (a) Three (3) years of full time satisfactory paid experience as a Caseworker in a local department of social services agency in New York State; OR


+ (b) Three (3) years of full time satisfactory paid experience in Case Management in a human
services field in a public or private social agency adhering to acceptable standards; OR


+ (c) An equivalent combination of training and experience as outlined in (a) and (b) above.

*Notes: For purposes of qualifying for this title, a "human services field" includes social work, psychology, nursing, education, counseling, community mental health, or child and family services. Credit will be given for a Master's Degree equivalent to one (1) year paid work experience in human services.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A valid New York State driver's license and acceptable driving record
is required at time of appointment. A valid New York State license must be maintained during
employment. Incumbents will be required to have a personal vehicle available for use in carrying
out field assignments.

Applications are available at the Otsego County Personnel/Human Resources Office, 183 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326

or online at www.otsegocountyemployment.com