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A State Application, PD-107, must be submitted by 5 pm on the closing date to:


Rutherford County DSS

PO Box 242

389 Fairground Road

Spindale, NC  28160

828 287-6283 Phone

Attn:  Luann Hoyle Butler

FAX to:  828-288-3406

Email:  luann.butler@rutherfordcountync.gov


Rutherford County provides eligible employees with a competitive benefits package including paid health and dental insurance, paid holidays, and other optional benefits.


Rutherford County DSS is not responsible for failure to receive faxed applications. Please take a moment to ensure your transmission was received. 


Employee may be called upon in case of disaster, either natural or man-made, to serve the citizens of Rutherford County.  This service, if required, will take precedence over duties described in this position vacancy announcement.


Selection Process will include a structured interview.  Applications will be reviewed; structured interview evaluations will be studied; educational and work experience histories will be considered.  After careful evaluation of the above-mentioned criteria, the appointing authority will appoint the applicant who in the judgement of the appointing authority is best suited for the position.



Position #:  531011

Posting Date:  September 29, 2015

Closing Date:  October 8, 2015

Position Responsibilities:
The primary purpose of the social worker in this position is to initiate and evaluate the need for protective services for adults aged eighteen and older, who are alleged to be abused, neglected or exploited and are permanently disabled with a physical and or mental incapacity.  This social worker is also responsible for staffing evaluation findings with the adult services supervisor and making a case decision as to whether or not the adult is in need of protective services.  The social worker in this position will be responsible for planning and mobilizing essential services for disabled adults who have been abused, neglected or exploited and the need for protection has been substantiated.  The social worker in this position has the responsibility of evaluating the disabled adult’s capacity to consent to essential services as a result of substantiated protective services evaluations.  The social worker also has the responsibility of securing the appropriate judicial orders as necessary in situations where the consent for protection must be obtained through the courts.  The social worker will serve as case manager for all disabled adults in which protective services have been mobilized.  Depending on agency workloads and needs, this worker may also provide services in other areas of the Adult Services Unit.

Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities:
• Thorough knowledge of social work principles, techniques, and practices, and their application to complex casework, group work, and community problems. 
• Considerable knowledge of a wide range of medical, behavioral, and/or psychosocial problems and their treatment theory.
• Considerable knowledge of family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques, governmental and private organizations, and resources in the community, laws, regulations, and policies which govern the program. 
• General knowledge of the methods and principles of casework supervision and training.  Skill in establishing rapport with a client and in applying techniques or assessing psychosocial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of client’s problems. 
• Ability to supervise, train, or instruct lower-level social workers, students, or interns in the program. 
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of case load and their families, as well as civic, legal, medical, social, and religious organizations. 
• Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely and to plan and execute work effectively.
Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:
Master's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work; Bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and completion of the Child Welfare Collaborative (Child Welfare positions only); Bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and one year directly related experience; Master's degree in a human services field and one year of directly related experience; Bachelor's degree in a human services field from an accredited college or university and two years directly related experience; Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and three years of directly related experience

*Directly related experience is defined as human services experience in the areas of case management, assessment and referral, supportive counseling, intervention, psycho-social therapy and treatment planning.

Applicants who do not meet the qualifications listed for the Social Worker III may apply as “work against appointments” and will be considered.

Special Requirements:
Copies of final transcripts from accredited school showing date degree awarded must be submitted with application. Must have a valid driver’s license and be in compliance with the Rutherford County’s insurance regulations.  Must have access to a vehicle. 

If you have applied within the past six months, your application on file will be considered