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SOCIAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATOR IV

Recruitment #21-000194-0004

Introduction

This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.

GRADE

19

LOCATION OF POSITION

Department of Human Services
Baltimore City Department of Social Services 
Child Welfare/Child Protective Services and Out of Home Placement Services 
1525 N. Calvert Street Baltimore, MD 21202 
                       AND 
3007 East Biddle Street Baltimore, MD 21213

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Unit Manager for the Baltimore City Department Social Services' Child Protective Services or Out of Home Placement programs. The Unit manager provides administrative support by developing as necessary and executing plans which ensure the implementation of the goals and objectives set for the assigned program and the overall mission of the agency. The position’s core responsibility is to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being for children. This is assured through the provision of oversight of the activities of professional social workers at the supervisory level, lower- level social work staff, Family Services Caseworkers, clerical and other support staff.

POSITION DUTIES

ADMINISTRATION
Maintains records and controls for monthly statistical reports, service compliance reviews, re-evaluations, and court progress reports. Generates as requested, complete, accurate and comprehensive data reports which document the work each assigned unit has completed over the past month. Is knowledgeable of, articulates and implements policies which assure the delivery of services in accordance with policies and procedures as outlined by BCDSS. Ensures that the Standard Operating Procedures are followed on all cases. 

Assists with the development and completion of various studies and data analyses on all aspects of the service delivery system and the population served. 

Maintains and analyzes data on movement of cases through the service delivery system(s). Plans and implements systems to follow-up on the need to complete various activities within specific timeframes in order to ensure compliance (i.e. Service Plan Agreements and Case Plans within 60 days). 

Provides oversight and management in order to ensure that COMAR regulations are met in all cases. 

Furnishes direct guidance to all assigned Social Work Supervisors, in all program related and personnel issues, to ensure adherence to policy, rules and regulations. 

Additionally, assigns case responsibility in a manner that guarantees coverage at all times. Through the Supervisory Review System, monitors the staff’s compliance with record maintenance, assuring that the agency’s efforts on behalf of each child and vulnerable adult is being documented. Review cases previously received by the supervisors in order to further enhance compliance. 

Responds to personnel needs and issues within the unit and as necessary ensures that personnel infractions are reported to HR on the day of notification of the infraction. Guarantees that all other work directly affecting assigned staff, such as the completion of timecards and approval/disapproval of leave slips are completed in a timely fashion.
 
COORDINATION/FACILITATION 
Communicates regularly with the Program Manager regarding the timely entry of data, (100%) into CJAMS. Alerts the Program Manager to any barriers to compliance. 

Reviews and may be asked to respond to correspondence that would necessitate articulating Agency position. 

Provides clinical support for staff in order to assure that decisions that have been made reflect the usage of best practices and to the fundamental principles of PLACE MATTERS. 

Provides oversight for the maintenance of a Flex Funds Log which documents the financial assistance provided by the agency on behalf of vulnerable children and adults. Reviews each request prior to submission to the Program Manager and indicates first level approval by initialing and dating each. Ensures that these and all other funds are disbursed and utilized in a fiscally sound manner. 

Ensures that all clients have rapid access to staff and services, and immediate access to staff in the event of an emergency.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a master’s degree in social work from an accredited college or university approved by the Council on Social Work Education.

Experience: Seven (7) years of professional experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency or institution, five (5) years of which must have been in an administrative supervisory or consultative capacity.

Note:

1.  These requirements are established by the Social Services Administration by authority provided in Human Services, §4-204 the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Department of Budget and Management, Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, does not have authority to accept substitutions or equivalents.

2.  Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to candidates with the following Desired/Preferred qualifications:

Three years of supervisory or administrative experience in Child Welfare.

Three years of experience working with the Child Welfare Juvenile Justice system.

Possession of a LCSW-C license.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. Candidates filling positions in this classification must be licensed by the Board of Social Work Examiners.  

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties are required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact Baltimore City Department of Social Services at 443-286-1157.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated. This office, with your approval, will verify your prior applicable work experience. In order to receive full consideration for time worked, please complete dates of employment in its entirety and identify number of hours worked for each entry.

College transcripts are not required for review of your application and do not need to be forwarded. Please clearly indicate your college degree and majors on your application. If selected for an interview, you may be required to bring and official transcript with you.

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred; however, the paper application may be submitted to Baltimore City Department of Social Services, Attn: Joyce Carter, 1910 N. Broadway, MD 21213. The paper application must be received by 5 p.m. close of business on the closing date of the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted. 

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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