|SENIOR SOCIAL WORKER|
Under direction, to carry a service caseload and to provide the most specialized, sensitive and difficult casework services; to perform lead/consultative services to other social service staff; and to do other work as required.
Factors used in allocating positions to classes in this series include: complexity, sensitivity and difficulty of casework problems; duration and level of casework intervention and therapy; authority for decision making; likelihood and consequence of error; the emergency or crisis nature of services; degree of supervision received; and lead/consultative responsibilities for other Social Workers.
Social Worker I is the trainee level class for functions of moderate difficulty in programs such as Licensing, In-Home Support Services. Incumbents under close supervision are expected to develop knowledge of the laws, policies, and administrative procedures of County social work programs, to learn the principles of human behavior and development, to develop interviewing, counseling, assessment, caseload organization and management skills and to use community resources. Incumbents are expected to gain the knowledge and abilities to promote to Social Worker II.
Social Worker II is the journey level class for functions of moderate difficulty (e.g., In-Home Support Services, Licensing, Public Guardian). Social Workers II work with a minimum amount of supervision. Incumbents are required to use assessment, interviewing and counseling skills to perform moderate to complex casework services. Some positions may act as lead worker. This is the highest-class level allocated for assignments in Licensing, In-Home Support
The class of Social Worker II is also the first working level for the most specialized, sensitive and difficult casework areas which include assignments in Protective Services, Adoptions, Juvenile Court, Placement. Incumbents assigned to these services work with a moderate amount of supervision and are expected to gain through training and experience the knowledge and abilities to promote to Senior Social Worker.
Senior Social Worker is the super journey level. Incumbents spend a substantial part of their time on the most difficult, sensitive and specialized services where major case decisions are made independently and where consequence of error may be significant. Advanced casework skills, a high degree of program knowledge, judgment and creativity are required. Assignments are in Protective Services, Adoptions, Juvenile Court, Placement, or Public Guardian. Incumbents may, as an additional duty, serve as an alternate supervisor or in a lead/consultative capacity.