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Social Services Specialist I

at Pueblo of Laguna

Pay: $34,258 to $51,397/year
Posted: 11/5/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2020-40

Job Description

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performs initial screening to determine appropriateness and eligibility of services; conducts intake and orients new clients.
  • Responds to crisis calls; forwards all acquired information and notification to Social Services Manager for appropriate follow up.
  • Determines the urgency and risk level of referrals involving abuse, neglect, or endangerment.
  • Investigates reports alleging abuse or neglect in conjunction with law enforcement; conducts a comprehensive risk assessment to determine validity of reports.
  • Determines appropriate action to ensure safety of individual(s); identifies and prioritizes needs; establishes treatment goals and/or service plans; creates an action plan to achieve goals, and provides resources to individuals.
  • Provides preventive or restorative services; substitute and protective services; arranges client appointments; provides resources and refers client to other service providers as needed,
  • Arranges for out-of-home placement, or temporary placement for children and/or adults; attends screening and pre-placement visits.
  • Coordinates psychological, school, medical, behavioral, and other pertinent information to develop initial treatment/service plan.
  • Supervises visits between children in Laguna Social Service Program care and parents; monitors/assesses progress and compliance with services.
  • Observes and evaluates home conditions and assesses needs of families where children have been removed from home; prepares treatment/service agreements outlining conduct and involvement expected of parents for children’s return; develops reunification plans if appropriate.  Conducts regular home visits to assess client progress and adherence to treatment/service plans.
  • Evaluates foster home applicants; interviews families and references; observes and evaluates home conditions; assesses for further action/approval; provides follow up visits to approved families.
  • Prepares home study narratives; recommends for or against certification/recertification.
  • Plans and conducts foster home recruitment activities, pre-adoption training sessions, and provides orientation and training for foster parents; addresses complaints and concerns of foster parents regarding children in their care.
  • Develops permanent placement plans for children in out-of-home placement, including adoption.
  • Makes recommendations; prepares written case status summaries, documents client activities, and case narratives for case files of each child in out-of-home care;
  • Prepares court reports to be submitted to attorneys for presentation to applicable court(s) of jurisdiction.
  • Testifies in court as needed to justify safety and risk to child/children in out-of-home placement.
  • Develops and maintains comprehensive files on clients/caseload.
  • Maintains professional knowledge by conducting research, attending relevant workshops and conferences. Establishes network with like programs.
  • Attends client case staffing.
  • Works on a rotational 24-hour on-call schedule.
  • Obtains CPR and First Aid Certifications within three months of hire; maintains certifications throughout employment.
  • Contributes to a team effort and makes individual effort to support Workforce Excellence concepts and values.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Skill / Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, or studies in social behaviors required.
  • Two (2) years of experience in the field of social services, social work or closely related field required.
  • Licensed Bachelor of Social Work (LBSW) or Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) credentials or eligibility for licensure preferred.
  • CPR and First Aid Certifications preferred; must obtain within three (3) months of hire.
  • Fluency in the Laguna language preferred.
  • Must meet standards of character mandated by PL 101-630 (Title 25, Chapter 34, § 3207), Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act.

Important Notes


Application Instructions

Send the official Pueblo of Laguna application to polemployment@pol-nsn.gov