DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The Senior CPS Caseworker provides professional social services casework involving determinations in child protective investigations, recommendations concerning need for services and/or court involvement, and formulation of plans for individual cases, or as directed by the court. The Senior CPS Caseworker’s functional duties are similar to those of CPS Caseworker, but the Senior level requires a higher level of training and skills. The Senior CPS Caseworker operates with a greater degree of independence in investigations, with wider leeway for independent action and decision-making. Senior CPS Caseworkers are responsible for mentoring, training, and overseeing the work of lower-level CPS staff. Performs related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)
Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Good knowledge of principles and practices of social casework as applied to children and families; good knowledge of child abuse and neglect investigations techniques; working knowledge of appropriate laws, regulations and programs related to child abuse, neglect and protection; working knowledge of Federal, State and local public welfare laws and programs; familiarity with services provided by the agency and community resources; ability to effectively conduct interviews and investigations; ability to prepare written reports, petitions and other necessary documents; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to groups and individuals; ability to use computers and computer software for word processing and data management; ability to maintain calm in conflict situations; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to deal effectively and objectively with clients of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and cultures; good listening skills; social perceptiveness.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Either
PLEASE NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.
Possession of a valid unrestricted appropriate level driver’s license and acceptable driving record is required at time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.