DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: Under supervision of higher-level employees, incumbent serves as a trainee, learning the principles, practices and procedures of public sector social services case management, as well as acquiring the ability to provide these services and apply these skills and knowledges in handling an assigned case load. Appointees to this class are provided training for a period of one year, consisting of on‑the‑job as well as classroom/workshop instruction designed to provide the essential knowledges, skills and abilities toward fulfilling the full responsibilities of the position. Trainees receive instruction on the mission and organization of the department, the legal and theoretical framework of departmental programs, with special attention to federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations and program eligibility criteria. Assignments initially predominantly involve case load maintenance activities but as experience in the Social Service programs is gained, the workload and the complexity of the duties will increase. As familiarity with the various financial service programs (public assistance, medical assistance, food stamps, etc.) increases, greater leeway for independent judgment in the performance of the duties will be allowed. Upon the successful completion of the one‑year training program, the employee is promoted to the full performance position of Social Service Specialist I without further examination. Supervision is not a function of this class. 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: Ability to learn, interpret and apply detailed written policies, procedures and regulations; ability to manage time effectively; ability to organize facts and information logically; ability to analyze and evaluate numerical and written material; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to establish rapport with persons from various ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds; ability to interact calmly with people who are under physical or emotional stress, or who are facing other emergency situations; ability to deal tactfully with others; patience; good judgment; integrity.
Associate’s degree or its equivalent.
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.
Access to transportation may be required to complete possible field work assignments in a timely and efficient manner.
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