SOCIAL WORKER I, CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Contractual Parental Defense
|Department||OPD District Operations|
|Date Opened||1/5/2021 11:59:00 PM|
|Filing Deadline||1/19/2021 11:59:00 PM|
|Salary||$47,407.00 - $75,675.00/year|
|HR Analyst||Janynee Covington|
The Office of the Public Defender is a statewide independent agency charged with providing superior legal representation to indigent defendants. The agency’s vision is Justice, Fairness and Dignity for All. Employees are committed to the core values of culture of excellence, client centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and are united in achieving the agency’s mission.
The Office of the Public Defender is seeking social workers to provide a wide array of social work services in our Parental Defense Division, supporting parents whose children have been separated from them by the DSS. Position will be filled under Title IV-E matching funds in our Harford and Cecil county offices.
LOCATION OF POSITION
Main Purpose of Job
Social Workers working in the Parental Defense Division will be an important part of a high-quality, multidisciplinary legal defense team.Assistant Public Defenders and Social Workers will work together to provide legal representation to a parent involved in a child welfare case. Social Workers will be regarded as Parent Care Coordinators. Social Workers working as part of a multidisciplinary team will be dedicated to and promote parent engagement, and understanding of the child welfare process. This position requires knowledge about the child welfare court process, and offers a unique opportunity in child welfare and forensic social work. We are defense-based social workers who are client-centered, and this position requires social workers with the core belief that all parents have strengths.
A Social Worker I is the intermediate level of professional social work providing social work services. A social worker in the Parental Defense Division provides an independent assessment of the parent and family needs, makes recommendations toward court-ordered treatment plans, and provides clinical case management support and advocacy to the parent throughout the family-separation case. Travel between the Harford and Cecil County offices will be required.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:
Conduct clinical assessment that includes a needs and strengths assessment of parent;
Develop Ecomap, Timeline and/or Genogram, when needed;
Assess parent and family for collateral issues that present barriers to parent participation in services;
Establish recommendations for court-ordered treatment plans;
Act as a parent advocate by attending all Family Involvement Meetings and court hearings;
Ensure that parents are matched and referred to evidence-based treatment when applicable;
Develop, maintain and close client case files in accordance with Office of the Public Defender procedures, and maintain client confidentiality.
Assist with data collection and reporting required for Title IV-E funding.
Education: Determined by the State Board of Social Work Examiners under the licensing requirements for Social Workers.
DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
1. Employees are required to be licensed as a Graduate Social Worker (on or by June 30, 2018), Master Social Worker (on or after July 1,2018, Certified Social Worker or Certified Social Worker-Clinical by the State Board of Social Work Examiners prior to appointment to a position in State service. Applicants who do not have a license may also apply pending receipt of the required license. When the license is obtained, submit a copy to the hiring department.
2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.
1. Employees are required to meet mandatory standards for continuing education as determined by the hiring department. Employees who fail to obtain the required continuing education credits shall be subject to disciplinary action including demotion, suspension and dismissal.
2.Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services must complete an approved training program in group counseling techniques.
3. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services may be required to complete the Level I Counseling course certified by the Maryland AIDS Professional Education Center.
4. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services are required to qualify for and successfully complete the Entry Level Training Academy operated by the Police and Correctional Training Commissions.
5. In State Travel.