Employment Opportunities


JOB POSTINGS FOR RUTHERFORD COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

How to apply?

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

Rutherford County DSS

PO Box 242
389 Fairground Road
Spindale, NC 28160
Phone 828 287-6283 
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.

If you are interested in the position and possess the basic requirements for the position as stated, please submit a PD-107 State Application Form. If you have applied within the last six months, your application will be considered.

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.
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SOCIAL WORKER INVESTIGATION/ASSESSMENTS & TREATMENT-CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES UNIT
POSITION #:  5310114 & 5310134 (2 positions-only 1 application required)
SALARY - $45,441/ANNUALLY
POSTING DATE:  SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
POSTED UNTIL FILLED

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Social Worker in this position will be responsible for the provision of services to children and their families in the area of Child Protective Service Investigations, Case Planning/Case Management, Family Assessment, and the provision of on-going family support services.  Work involves contact with other community agencies and institutions.  Court appearances and participation is an ongoing function of this worker’s job.  Case Management is another vital function, which includes record keeping and dictation.

 Knowledge, 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 caseload 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 Education and Experience Requirements

Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work and one year of social work experience; or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of social work and two years of social work or counseling experience; or Master’s degree in a counseling field and two years of social work or counseling experience; or a four-year degree in a human services field or related curriculum and three years of social work or counseling experience; or graduation from a four-year college or university and four years of experience in rehabilitation counseling, pastoral counseling or a related human service field providing experience in the techniques of casework, group work or community organization; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  One year of work experience can be credited for completion of the social work collaborative.    

 Applicants who meet the qualifications listed for the Social Worker I/AT will be given first consideration.  Also, those with a Social Worker degree from an accredited school of social work will be givenpreference however anyone who has a Human Services Degree or a 4-year degree 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 RutherfordCounty’s insurance regulations.  Must have access to a vehicle. 
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SOCIAL WORKER III - FOSTER CARE UNIT
POSITION #:  5310096
SALARY - $43,442/ANNUALLY
POSTING DATE:  SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
POSTED UNTIL FILLED 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
The primary purpose of this position is to provide intensive casework services to children for whom the Agency has legal custody or placement responsibility.  These children reside in foster care, other substitute care arrangements or in their own homes.  The primary goal of this position is to effect and sustain permanent placements for children until the Agency's legal responsibility is terminated.  Services provided are consistent with program and statutory guidelines and acceptable social work practice.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:

  • Social work principles, techniques and practices and their application to complex casework, group work and community problems
  • A wide range of medical, behavioral and psychosocial problems and their treatment
  • Governmental and private organizations and community resources
  • The laws, regulations and policies which govern the program
  • Family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques
  • Medical terminology, disease processes and their treatment as they relate to decisions regarding clinical interventions and appropriate therapies based on medical or psychological diagnosis
  • The methods and principles of casework, supervision and training

Ability to:

  • Establish rapport with a client and in applying techniques of assessing psychosocial, behavioral and psychological aspects of client’s problems
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of caseload and their families as well as civic, legal, medical, social and religious organizations
  • Express ideas clearly and concisely and to plan and execute work effectively
  • Supervise, train or instruct lower-level social workers, students or interns in the program

 Minimum Education 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 counseling in a human services field and one year of social work or counseling; 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 plus three years of directly related experience.    

 Applicants who meet the qualifications listed for the Social Worker III will be given first consideration.  Also, those with a Social Worker degree from an accredited school of social work will be givenpreference however anyone who has a Human Services Degree or a 4-year degree 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.