Social Services Worker 2

POSITION TITLE:              Social Services Worker 2     

Posted Date:                           2/26/21
Posting Number:                   2021-5                                    
Department:                          Family Support Services/ Workforce Development
Reports to:                             Family Support/Workforce Development Administrator
Status:                        Bargaining
FLSA Status:                         Non-Exempt
Classification Number:         30132
Hours:                        8:00-4:30 P.M. (flexible, nights and weekends expected)
Prepared by:                          Human Resources Administrator
Approved by:                        Executive Director

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Associates degree in Social Work, Human Services, or related field; -or-
  2. One-year experience as a Social Services Worker 1; -or-
  3. Education, training and/or experience in an amount equal to the Minimum

Qualifications stated above.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, or related field.

Starting Wage: $14.64 per hour plus education, longevity, and licensure

SUMMARY
Responsible for supporting and guiding clients through the dynamic process of planning, implementation, and coordination of services and support that addresses the client’s self-sufficiency barriers. Regularly meets with Huron County’s incarcerated population both inside and outside of jail. Acts as primary contact with wraparound service providers to ensure all client’s barriers are addressed.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan, develop and implement Wraparound/Service Coordination.
  • Provides case counseling, case management, and supportive wraparound services to incarcerated Huron County residents as well as other agency clients.
  • Regularly travels to Ohio jails to meet with clients.
  • Utilizes appropriate tools for information gathering, assessments, and decision making.
  • Adheres to all relevant federal, state, and local rules and guidelines, and internal procedures.
  • Takes and responds to all phone calls as directed.
  • Enters all initial and ongoing data/information into the appropriate computer systems.
  • Schedules and conducts regular counseling meetings with clients to discuss employment barriers and progress on employment goals.
  • Completes SNAP Employment and Training and OWF Work Activity assessments.
  • Establishes, revises, and monitors participant compliance with employability plans (i.e. self-sufficiency contracts, individual plans for success, training plans, individual opportunity plans, employability plans, and/or seek work employment plans);
  • Makes referrals to other social service programs and/or agencies, training programs, workshops, educational programs, and employment opportunities.
  • Coordinates and communicates with service providers and systems to standardize the wraparound services provided to clients.
  • Tracks progress to ensure client is meeting outcomes to remain eligible for employment services.
  • Processes changes (i.e. address changes, household changes, household composition, assistance needs, resources and income, and other necessary entries) and data alerts in a timely manner within the proper benefit processing system.
  • Confers with supervisor regarding problems encountered with participant and determines a resolution.
  • Acts as primary contact with other departments, agencies, and professionals regarding participant’s wraparound service needs.
  • Works in the OMJ as scheduled/as needed and assists OMJ clients who have more intensive job search needs.
  • Meets program deadlines. 
  • Must possess a valid State of Ohio’s driver’s license and auto insurance in accordance with ORC 4509.5.
  • Must demonstrate regular and predictable attendance
  • Other duties as directed by Supervisor, Administrator and/or Executive Director.

NON- ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attends conferences, workshops and training sessions pertinent to job duties to meet state mandates.
  • Participates in team conferences to discuss customer outcomes and to streamline OMJ and workforce case management services.
  • Cooperates with in-house teams, units, and community and health agencies.
  • Facilitates internal workshops and provides back up for rapid response activities as needed.
  • Meets all job safety requirements and all applicable OSHA safety standards that pertain to the position.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge and understanding of issues that create employment and/or education barriers and how to eliminate them, particularly regarding the Ohio’s incarcerated population.
  • Knowledge of community resources and referral options.
  • Knowledge of Ohio public assistance and workforce development computer systems.
  • Knowledge in cultural competency and group facilitation as well as experience in strength-based assessments.
  • Skill in client engagement, interviewing techniques, and case management.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to work with clients and families from a strength-based perspective.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise written records, case notes, and reports.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with others.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines.

HOW TO APPLY:

If interested submit Resume and Employment Application to Lara Hozalski, Human Resources Administrator, 185 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, Ohio 44857 or lara.hozalski@jfs.ohio.gov .

You can find our application at: https://www.huroncountydjfs.com/careers

Deadline: March 9, 2021 at 4:30 P.M.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND SERVICE PROVIDER