FIRST DAY OF FILING:
05/02/16 AT 8:00 A.M. - ONLINE FILING ONLY
THIS EXAMINATION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE ARE MET AND IS SUBJECT TO CLOSURE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.EXAM NUMBER:
T9072FTYPE OF RECRUITMENT:
OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITYDEFINITION:
Performs a variety of social casework or related services in connection with child protective, program or adoption services.CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class report to a Supervising Children's Social Worker and are responsible for the supervision and placement of minors in need of protective services due to abuse, neglect, or exploitation, or perform social work services involved in adoption in planning with a child, the natural parents, and adoptive parents. All positions prepare detailed social studies on minors and their families, which include recommendations to the court, and are assigned the more difficult cases. Incumbents must possess a basic knowledge of the Welfare and Institutions Code regarding dependency cases, knowledge of appropriate resources and casework techniques needed to resolve child welfare problems, as well as knowledge of departmental policies and procedures.
Essential Job Functions
- Conducts a full-range of client-related and case management services, assessments, and investigations throughout the life of the referral/case by (a) collecting relevant information (e.g., observing the child's well-being and living environment; interviewing reporting parties, clients, suspected perpetrators; collateral contacts; service providers; consulting with colleagues andsupervisors; conducting home inspections and assessment of prospective caregivers; monitoring visitations; researching case history files, court reports, official personal records; extrapolating data from CWS/CMS, WCMIS, LEADER, FCI, CACI, CLETS, ESCARS; and/or taking photographs of the child or living environment; etc.); (b) evaluating relevant information to determine the validity of an allegation and assess a child's and/or family's strengths and needs; (c) determining, implementing, and monitoring the appropriate service or course of action (e.g., initiating preventative measures so that the child remains in the home, developing with the client a plan that mitigates immediate safety threats, or removing a child from the home, etc.) and obtain approval through consultation with supervisor/administrator to complete the various actions and processes related to client services in order to secure the child's safety and ensure that the child and/or family receives the most appropriate client service that is in the child's best interest according to Federal and California State laws and regulations, Department policies and procedures, and within the established time frames.
- Enters data into various computerized systems that maintain client information by operating a state-wide database, reviewing client documents and/or computer-generated documents and forms, and following Department policies and procedures to ensure that client data are accurate and current.
- Prepares a wide variety of documents (e.g., standardized forms and templates, legal notices, court reports, written reports, numerical log reports, memoranda, correspondence, etc. ) within established response times or time intervals by using various computer systems with appropriate software programs by operating computerized systems and/or by filling out standard forms in order to accomplish a variety of activities in accordance with Federal and California State laws and regulations and Department policies and procedures.
- Maintains a variety of confidential information (e.g., completed standard forms, records of communication, contact information, certificates, determinations, referrals, and requests made, agreements reached, court documents, caseload logs, photographs, or any other service-related information/documents, etc.) by organizing hardcopy data using a Departmental case management format and electronic data utilizing computerized systems in order to document information and ensure the security of the documents in accordance with Federal and California State laws and regulations and Department policies and procedures.
- Communicates with a variety of individuals on civil rights, legal rights and responsibilities, and other numerous issues in accordance with Federal and California State laws and regulations and Department policies and procedures related to confidentiality by explaining information in a patient and clear manner, providing written information, defusing a hostile or high-stress situation, using active listening skills with the person, and/or applying motivational techniques in order to promote emotional well-being of the child; encouraging clients to participate in services that promote and cultivate a safe and stable environment for the child; ensuring that individuals are properly informed about any requests, processes, or actions taken; and ensuring that any information provided is understood, complete, and accurate.
- Offers client(s) various DCFS and/or community resources (e.g., Upfront Assessment, CSAT, Independent Living Program, Adoption Assistance Program, Family Preservation Program, ARS, drug testing and rehabilitation programs, Department of Mental Health immediate and ongoing assessments and referrals, etc.) throughout the life of the referral/case in order to address the client's or family's immediate or long-term basic needs and monitors compliance with case plan activities by helping clients identify their needs for other services and by either providing the client pertinent information to obtain the assistance or coordinating with other County departments or agencies/community resources to arrange for service delivery.
- Resolves day-to-day issues and challenges presented by a variety of individuals by gathering and analyzing relevant information; coordinating activities with other public, private, and community agencies; handling and mediating conflict among relevant parties; and communicating and interacting with the appropriate people in order to ensure prompt and efficient delivery of client services in accordance with Federal and California State laws and regulations and Department policies and procedures.
- Represents the Department/unit at various meetings (e.g., TDM, staff meetings, training sessions, conferences, community events, court hearings, meetings with specific groups, such as IEP, MCPC, Regional Center; etc.) by preparing for and attending the meeting in order to orally communicate information to others; educate others and oneself on various topics; address concerns raised by relevant groups; and/or advocate for the child/family during the meeting.
- Performs various court-related activities pertaining to client services by examining case history and preparing court reports for various hearings; filing petitions; obtaining/reviewing/following court orders; requesting changes in court orders; referencing the Welfare & Institutions Code; obtaining information from County Counsel and attorneys; providing notice to appropriate parties; completing and obtaining appropriate court-related paperwork; obtaining authorizations for various purposes; testifying in court, etc. in order to ensure the protection of a child and the rights of the family; to initiate a process related to client services to make recommendations to the court; and to ensure that all court documents are legally sufficient in accordance with Federal and California State laws and regulations and are completed within established time frames.
- Drives a motor vehicle to perform most of the essential job functions listed above.
Requirements ONLING FILING ONLY SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:
A Master's* degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling,Psychological Counseling, Psychology, or Clinical Psychology
.PHYSICAL CLASS II -
Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.LICENSE REQUIRED:
A California Class C Driver License is required. Candidates must show proof of a driver's license before appointment and will be required to obtain a copy of their driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of the driving record must be presented at the time of appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked. Also, a personal vehicle will be required at the time of appointment in order to perform the essential functions.AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR (4) OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION*To qualify, applicants MUST
possess a Master's degree and include a legible copy of the official
transcripts or official
letter from the accredited institution's registrar office,which shows the area of specialization with your online application at the time of filing or during the examination process.
Additional Information This examination will consist ofTWO (2) parts: PART I -
A written test weighted 55%
containing both computerized and paper-and-pencil components covering Written Expression, Data Analysisand Decision Making,Reading Comprehension, Deductive Reasoning,Professional Potential, Achievement, Independence, Influence, Confidence and Optimism, and Reliability.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19, THE WRITTEN TEST MATERIALS ARE STANDARDIZED AND COPYRIGHTED; AND THEREFORE, NOT SUBJECT TO REVIEW. IN ADDITION, REQUESTS FOR HAND SCORING FOR THIS EXAMINATION WILL NOT BE GRANTED.ONLY THOSE RECEIVING A PASSING SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER ON THE WRITTEN TEST WILL ADVANCE TO PART II OF THE EXAMINATION PROCESS.
: A structured interview weighted 45%
to evaluate Job Preparation; Interpersonal, Oral Communication and Service Skills; Analytical and Decision-Making Skills;Work Skills; and Adaptability and Dependability.
Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination in order to be placed on the Eligible Register.TEST PREPARATION
Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at http://hr.lacounty.gov/ . Please click on Find a Job, then click on Job Search Toolkit. You can also access test preparation for the computerized portion of the test by going to http://www.shldirect.com/practice_tests.html . While the guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review all related materials that you deem necessary.TRANSFER OF SCORES:
Applicants that have taken identical test parts (i.e., written and/or structured interview) for other exams within the last 12 months will have their scores for identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this examination.
This examination contains test parts that may be used in the future for new examinations. Your scores will be transferred to the new examinations, and you may not be allowed to retake any identical parts for at least a year.
Applicants will be notified of their test results by US mail. Scores cannot be given over the telephone.ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade on this examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation.NO PERSON MAY COMPETE FOR THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY 12 MONTHS.
Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION:
If there is a need to make appointments for special bilingual skills, to serve the County population, a selective certification list may be instituted in accordance with Civil Service 11.03. Applicants who know any language other than English may indicate on the application. Their bilingual skills will be tested before they are added to the list.SPECIAL INFORMATION:FINGERPRINTING CLEARANCE AND BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:
All Department of Children and Family Services employees are fingerprinted and subject to criminal background check by the State Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Employment/Promotion is contingent upon passing the background checks. An individual with job-related convictions as defined by the County policy (PPG 514) or the requirements of a "sensitive position" may be withheld from appointment or may be discharged.APPOINTMENT INFORMATION:
Candidates who are selected for anemployment must successfully complete the pre-employment requirements, which include fingerprint clearance and background investigations, medical examination and psychological evaluation.Appointees must be willing to work after hours, weekend shifts and holidays.
The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Children and Family Services.AVAILABLE SHIFT: ANYAPPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY.
Applicants are required to submit a standard Los Angeles County Employment Application online and complete the Supplemental Questionnaire
to be considered for this examination.Paper applications and/or resumes cannot be accepted in lieu of online applications.
All applicants MUST
complete the filing process ONLINE (via electronic submission). Applications submitted byU.S.mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted.
We must receive your application and additional documents, if any, by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on or before the last day of filing. Any missing required documents not submitted by the deadline will result in your application being rejected as incomplete.Note:
If you are unable to attach the required documents, you may e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also fax the documents to (213) 738-6470 during the exam process. Please make sure to reference your full name (Last, First name), examination title and number
on the subject line of your e-mail or in your fax.
Apply online by clicking on the "APPLY
" tab for this posting. You can also track the status of your application by using this website.
All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.
Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Selection Requirements
. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided, so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, description of work performed, and salary earned. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
All applicants must enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security (i.e.. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT LIBRARIES:
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the Internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.NO SHARING USER ID AND PASSWORD:
All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.California Relay Services Phone:
(800) 735-2922ADA Coordinator Email:
email@example.com Teletype Phone: (
800) 899-4099Alternate Teletype Phone:
(800) 897-0077Department Contact Name: Anglis Hornsby
Department Contact Phone: (213) 351-5898Department Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org