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HS Homeless Services Social Worker I/II/III

Company: Ventura County
Location: Ventura
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

HS Homeless Services Social Worker I/II/III Print (/ventura/job/_bulletin.cfm?jobID=3049157&sharedWindow=0) Apply HS Homeless Services Social Worker I/II/III Salary $43,677.88 - $74,039.09 Annually Location throughout Ventura County, CA Job Type Various Department Human Services Agency Job Number 0112HSA-21AA (PB) Closing 4/30/2021 5:00 PM Pacific + Description + Benefits + Questions Description The Human Services Agency (HSA) includes nearly 1400 staff who serve 1 in 4 Ventura County residents, all of whom have unique experiences and perspectives. Each of us has a responsibility to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and in our communities. Our County is proud to have a diverse workforce, and providing a respectful and inclusive workplace is a priority and aligns with the Agencys values. Adult and Family Services (AFS) is currently seeking social workers to work with people who are experiencing homelessness. Under direct (level I) or general (levels II and III) supervision, Homeless Services Social Workers provide mobile outreach, conduct mental, physical and social assessments, develop case plans, and initiate linkage to appropriate services by collaborating with multiple partner agencies. The ideal candidate has a graduate degree in social work or clinical psychology, and professional-level experience working with individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness and/or low income, and partnering with community, state, or county agencies to advocate, secure, or co-manage services for clients. Additionally, the ideal candidate works well independently and uses good judgment in a largely field-based work environment. Lastly, the ideal candidate has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and is computer proficient. To learn more about HSA, click Who We Are (e/zIzQlXAor6A) to view a short video. HS Homeless Services Social Worker I is the entry-level classification where the emphasis is on learning casework methods, procedures, regulations and policies. The incumbent carries a caseload under direct supervision and is expected to progress toward competency as a HS Homeless Services Social Worker II. HS Homeless Services Social Worker II is the journey-level classification where the incumbent demonstrates a working knowledge about the practices of the Homeless Services Program and is able to work under general supervision. In addition, the incumbent handles more complex cases with the consultation of the lead worker. HS Homeless Services Social Worker III is the advanced journey-level classification where the incumbent provides complex services under general direction. The incumbent demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of Homeless Services eligibility requirements and the overall program and may serve as a resource for the rest of the team. APPROXIMATE SALARIES HS Homeless Services Social Worker I: $21.00 to $28.00 per hour HS Homeless Services Social Worker II: $24.80 - $33.07 per hour HS Homeless Services Social Worker III: $26.69 - $35.60 per hour EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for an educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification. BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive pay depending upon operational needs and certification of skills. HS Homeless Services Social Worker is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and is eligible for overtime compensation. Examples Of Duties Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: + Assess social, physical, mental functioning and needs of clients through interviews, outreach/home visits, record reviews or consultation with appropriate agencies and individuals. + Refer, authorize and/or coordinate services as necessary to complete individual service plans. Follow through with case management service to assure that services are provided in a timely and complete manner. + Interpret departmental policies, rules and regulations for applicants, agencies and the public. + Prepare and maintain case reports and records, and computerized information. + Collaborate with landlords, housing authorities, employers, physicians and nursing services, mental health providers, police, and fire departments, and representatives of other service agencies to develop service plans, evaluate and monitor cases. + Assist clients in the application for benefits and accessing shelter and/or housing opportunities. + Make presentations to the public on related homeless services, legal mandates and availability of community services. + Mentor new workers, provide consultation to less experienced workers and serve as a resource person for co-workers. (level III) + Perform other duties as required. Typical Qualifications These are entrance requirements to the exam process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list. EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE HS Homeless Services Social Worker I: A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in Social Work (BSW), or Human Services (BHS); OR A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in a field related to human services AND one (1) year experience performing case management services. Additional qualifying experience providing case management services can be substituted for the related four-year college degree on a year-for-year basis. HS Homeless Services Social Worker II: A Master's Degree from an accredited university in Social Work (MSW), Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), or another closely related advanced degree; OR A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in Social Work (BSW), or Human Services (BHS) AND twelve (12) months case management experience; OR A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in a field related to human services AND twenty-four (24) months of adult case management experience. Additional qualifying experience providing case management services can be substituted for the related four-year college degree on a year-for-year basis. HS Homeless Services Social Worker III: A Master's Degree from an accredited university in Social Work (MSW), Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), or another closely related advanced degree AND twelve (12) months of homeless services case management experience; OR A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in Social Work (BSW), or Human Services (BHS) AND twenty-four (24) months of adult case management experience including twelve (12) months of homeless service case management experience; OR A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in a field related to human services AND thirty-six (36) months of adult case management experience including twelve (12) months of homeless service case management experience. Additional qualifying experience providing case management services can be substituted for the related four-year college degree on a year-for-year basis. NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: + Must possess and maintain a valid California driver license. + Homeless Services Social Workers are required to furnish their own vehicle for use on the job, and mileage will be reimbursed. + Some positions may be English/Spanish bilingual required. For those positions, successfully passing the bilingual test at the indicated level will be a condition of continued employment. Duties may require considerable driving to make field-based visits to clients in environments that may be unsanitary or unsafe. Incumbents may encounter hostile reactions from clients and others in the course of performing job duties. Incumbents are required to perform after hours standby services as needed. Requires some evening work especially during the winter shelter season. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Some to thorough knowledge (depending on level in series) of: principles and techniques of interviewing, case management, trauma-informed care, and crisis intervention; community resources and social services programs available for the homeless and disabled; dynamics of the culture of poverty; individual and group behavior; and physical and mental illness and their impact on personality and function abilities. Ability to: obtain and recognize relevant and significant facts; establish rapport with clients and their families of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds; write effectively utilizing provided software; analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action; speak and conduct group presentations; interpret and explain laws, rules and regulations to the public; and work effectively with representatives of other agencies. Recruitment Process FINAL FILING DATE: Applications must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021. To apply online, please refer to our web site at /jobs. If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009. Sufficient information must be provided under the Education/Work Experience portion of the application and supplemental questionnaire to thoroughly and accurately demonstrate your qualifications in order to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above sections; however, it may not be substituted in lieu of the application. NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another merit or civil service public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a merit or civil service style examination, then appointment by lateral transfer may be possible. If interested, please click here (/CEO/HR/docs/Lateral/_Transfer.pdf) for additional information. SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE - qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this exam AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the exam process to assist in determining qualifications for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in removal of the application from further consideration. APPLICATION EVALUATION - qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether the stated requirements are met. Applicants meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the examination process. WRITTEN EXAM - 100%: An un-proctored, internet-based job-related written examination will be conducted to evaluate participating candidates' knowledge of Interviewing Principles and Techniques, General Social Services, Interpersonal Skills, and English Usage. Candidates must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list. Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year. The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill present and future regular, temporary, fixed-term, intermittent, and extra-help vacancies. There is currently one (1) Regular vacancy. NOTE: If appointed at the lower level, incumbent may be promoted to the higher level without further examination upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department. VALIDATING PROCTORED WRITTEN EXAM: Offers of employment may be conditional to the candidate until taking and passing an on-site, proctored exam similar to the un-proctored, internet-based exam. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post-offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record may be required for this position. For further information about this recruitment, please contact Patty Booker by email at or by telephone at (805) 477-5114. YOUR BENEFITS AS A COUNTY OF VENTURA EMPLOYEE Service Employees International Union (LOCAL 721) (SEIU) In addition to your annual salary, the County of Ventura offers you an extensive benefits package, including: FLEXIBLE BENEFIT PROGRAM: Employees can allocate the County's non-taxable biweekly contribution among several benefit options. Employees regularly scheduled to work 60 hours or more biweekly receive a Credit Allowance of $447.00. Employees regularly scheduled to work 4059 hours biweekly receive a Credit Allowance of $313.00. Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans for you and your dependents. Current premium amounts can be found on the Benefits website (/benefits). Flexible Spending Accounts which increase your spending power by reimbursing you with pre-taxed dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses. Pre-tax Salary Reduction available if the costs for the benefit options you select exceed the County's contribution. This saves you taxes by lowering your taxable income. Cash added to your biweekly taxable pay, depending on the selection you have made. Employees in Optimum Census Staffing positions receive medical coverage under the Ventura County Health Care Plan, and earn limited benefits such as vacation and sick leave. EMPLOYEE HEALTH SERVICES CLINIC: Available to you for treatment of minor illness or injury. 10 PAID HOLIDAYS: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and one 8-hour floating holiday. Holiday time is pro-rated for permanent part-time employees. PAID VACATION: 14 days earned each year, increasing in increments after 5 years of service to 24 days per year after 15 years of service. You may accumulate up to 400 hours. You may redeem a portion of the accrual annually, after 10 years of service. You will be paid the value of your accrued credits upon retirement or termination. Earned vacation hours are pro-rated for permanent part-time employees. PAID SICK LEAVE: 80.08 hours earned per year. You may accrue up to 800 hours and will be reimbursed annually for 25% of the number of hours over the maximum. A cash payment of 25% of unused hours will be made if you retire or terminate with more than 10 years of service. Earned sick leave hours are pro-rated for permanent part-time employees. MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT: You receive mileage reimbursement at the standard rate established by the Internal Revenue Service for each mile driven on County business. UNIFORM PROVIDED: The County will provide uniforms or uniform allowance when required. TEXTBOOK AND TUITION: When courses have been satisfactorily completed, the County will reimburse you to a maximum of $900 per fiscal year for tuition and books for off-duty, job-related courses. Other maximums apply to Exempt employees, Nursing Care Coordinators, and Clinical Coordinators. This benefit is prorated for part-time employees. EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: The County may provide up to a 5% incentive pay for educational attainment if not specifically required by your job. You may only receive one form of incentive pay or premium pay and will receive that which provides the greatest incentive. DEFERRED COMPENSATION PROGRAM: You may choose to contribute to one or both of the County's deferred compensation plans (established under Internal Revenue Code Sections 401(k) and 457). If you participate in the County sponsored 401(k) plan, the County will match a part of your contribution up to 1.75% of your salary, on a pay period basis. You must be regularly scheduled to work at least 40 hours each pay period to be eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan. These plans enable you to build long-term savings while deferring current federal and state income taxes. In addition to pre-tax contributions, you are also able to make after-tax contributions through the Roth option available in the 457 plan. RETIREMENT/SOCIAL SECURITY: Both the County and you contribute to the Ventura County Employees' Retirement Association (VCERA) and Social Security. VCERA is a defined-benefit pension plan that provides a lifetime retirement after being vested and meeting eligibility requirements. Benefits vest after 5 years of service. Employees hired to work less than 64 hours biweekly participate in a Safe Harbor retirement plan in lieu of VCERA and Social Security. FAQs (l/sjRJxh) STATE DISABILITY INSURANCE (SDI): This program provides weekly benefits in the event of short term disability. Premiums are automatically deducted from your pay. OPTIONAL WAGE SUPPLEMENT PLAN: You may purchase short-term disability coverage in weekly benefit amounts of $45 or $80. You must be regularly scheduled to work 40 hours or more each pay period to participate, and must enroll within 90 days of employment). DEATH BENEFIT: Your department will provide a $1,000 death benefit payable to your designated beneficiary in the event of your death if you are enrolled in the Flexible Benefits Program. OPTIONAL GROUP LIFE INSURANCE: If you are a regular County employee with a regular work schedule of at least 40 hours per pay period you may purchase term life insurance coverage for either $10,000 or one times your annual base salary, without evidence of insurability, if you enroll within your first 90 days of eligibility. You may also be eligible to purchase term life insurance at group rates for two or three times your annual salary, subject to evidence of insurability. Dependents life insurance is also available for employees who purchase optional life insurance coverage. OTHER BENEFITS: The County also offers an Employee Assistance Program, a Wellness Program, and a Work/Family Program which includes child care and elder care referrals. This Summary is informational only, and cannot modify or affect your benefits in any way, nor shall you accrue any rights because of a statement or omission from this Summary. Please note that Optimum Census Employees and Per Diem Pool employees are only eligible for limited benefits. Please refer to Plan Brochures and Memorandum of Agreement for details. Links to SEIU Memorandum of Agreement 2016-2019 (/CEO/HR/MOA/docs/SEIU721/_MOA/_2016-2019-ocr.pdf) Professional Classifications Union Codes: UPA, UPC, UPE, UPH, UPI, UPJ, UPT, UWS 01 Do you possess or have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid California driver license? + Yes + No 02 Please indicate the highest level of education you have completed. + No high school diploma or GED + High school diploma or GED + 1 to less than 60 semester units of college course work + 60 or more semester units of college course work, but no degree + Associate's degree + Bachelor's degree + Master's degree or higher 03 Please indicate the major field of study for the highest level of education you indicated above. + Social Work + Human/Social Services + Sociology + Psychology + Counseling + Marriage & Family Therapy + Other field of study related to this position + Other field of study not related to this position + None 04 If you marked "Other field of study related to this position" in the question above, please indicate the field of study for your highest level of educational achievement, and how it relates to this position. (Indicate "N/A" if not applicable.) 05 Which option below best describes your full-time progressively responsible social work case management experience within a human/social service delivery system? (NOTE: Full time is considered 40 hours per week; anything less than that must be prorated.) + None + 0 to less than 1 year + 1 to less than 2 years + 2 to less than 3 years + 3 to less than 4 years + 4 to less than 5 years + 5 to less than 6 years + 6 to less than 7 years + 7 to less than 8 years + 8 to less than 9 years + 9 to less than 10 years + 10 or more years 06 Which option below best describes your full-time adult case management experience within a human/social service delivery system? (NOTE: Full time is considered 40 hours per week; anything less than that must be prorated.) + None + 0 to less than 1 year + 1 to less than 2 years + 2 to less than 3 years + 3 to less than 4 years + 4 to less than 5 years + 5 to less than 6 years + 6 to less than 7 years + 7 to less than 8 years + 8 to less than 9 years + 9 to less than 10 years + 10 or more years 07 Describe your professional-level experience working with individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness and/or low income. Include details about your duties and responsibilities, and provide examples which demonstrate the scope of your experience in each of the following areas: service delivery; interviewing; crisis intervention; case management; and trauma-informed care. Required Question Agency Ventura County Address 800 S. Victoria Avenue LOC. #1970 Ventura, California, 93009 Phone (805) 654-5129 Website Apply Please verify your email address Verify Email

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