Company: Arapahoe County
Posted on: May 3, 2021
Our Mission: Arapahoe County Department of Human Services
(ACDHS) builds strong communities by promoting the safety,
independence and stability of individuals and families.
Our Vision: To end the cycle of poverty and prevent abuse and
neglect of children and vulnerable adults (using an integrated
The Intake Social Caseworker B will apply learned and trained
knowledge and abilities in professional casework under the direct
supervision and oversight of identified Child Welfare staff. The
Intake Social Caseworker B performs complex case management work
providing intake social work services to families where child abuse
or neglect is present or suspected. Assignments include the
provision of extensive assessment and situational evaluation,
counseling, crisis intervention, resource mobilization and
information and referral around all areas of child protection.
ACDHS uses an integrated Two-Generation (2Gen) approach to
address all of the basic human services needs of the entire family
unit. The 2Gen approach begins with a mindset focused on
family-centered program design, continues with the alignment of
services and resources within the department as well as across
multiple organizations, resulting in coordinated services to
children and adults together (family) in order to create long term
stability and sustainability.
The 2Gen approach builds well-being for families by focusing
equally and intentionally on high-quality services in five areas of
focus: early childhood education, adult education and employment
pathways, economic security, health and well-being and social
capital. This approach will help us achieve our core mission of
breaking the generational cycle of poverty, preventing neglect and
abuse and building strong communities.
ACDHS has openings for Social Caseworker B (Intake) positions
working for the Child and Adult Protection Services (CAPS)
Division. The Child and Adult Protection Services Division provides
protective services to children and adults, as well as foster care,
adoption, adolescent services, teen parent programs and other
services that help create strong, effective families.
The ideal applicant will have high energy and enthusiasm with the
ability to work in a fast-paced environment. They should enjoy
flexibility and variety in their job duties and have a desire to
work with families and other professionals in a team setting.
- Responds to allegations of abuse and/or neglect. Conduct
assessments to determine the safety of a child(ren). Determine
whether adequate safety measures are present for the child(ren) to
remain in the home or if the situation warrants out of home
- Responsible for case management activities where there has been
an allegation of severe neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse,
educational neglect, lack of supervision, and challenges in
- Responds to referrals of fatal or near fatal child
abuse/neglect; some allegations also may involve egregious harm or
serious bodily injury to a child.
- Provides immediate and short-term intervention while evaluating
and assessing a familys needs. Complete assessments within 60 days
and determine whether long-term support and services are necessary
in order to achieve child safety and well-being.
- Collaborates with collaterals and community partners (ie. law
enforcement, medical personnel, school staff, individual family
supports, mental health, substance use and domestic violence
providers, economic security and housing partners, etc.) to obtain
information, coordinate services, case plan, achieve stability and
mitigate safety concerns for children.
- Gathers and consolidate background information to present as
documentation for court hearings and to assist in determining
appropriate placement when a child needs to be removed from the
- Participates in meetings and serves as a member of an
interdisciplinary team with schools, mental health providers, child
protection review teams, and other professionals involved with the
- Attends court hearings; consult with attorneys, Guardians ad
Litem, children, parents, witnesses, and others during court
proceedings. Testify in court providing testimony of involvement
with the family.
- Serves as an information and referral source to other employees
and to the public.
- Responsible for entering documentation and all case contacts
into Trails. Responsible for managing caseload and prioritizing
work to ensure timeliness, as required by state and federal rules
REQUIREMENTS (Skills, Abilities and Competencies):
- Ability to adapt to fast-paced and high-volume work environment
and be able to handle high stress and complex situations while
remaining calm and professional. Must be well versed in effective
conflict resolution and possess ability to deescalate hostile
situations and confidently make decisions.
- Ability to effectively communicate in a positive and
professional work environment. Establish and maintain professional
working relationships with parents, foster parents, relative care
providers, staff, peers, supervisors, providers, state officials,
and other community partners.
- Excellent organizational skills and strong ability to
prioritize tasks, take initiative, and multitask.
- Ability to effectively present information, write reports and
business correspondence and respond to court, managers, customers,
other agencies, co-workers, and the general public via fax,
telephone, and email. Ability to clearly articulate concepts,
directives and goals to employees, professionals and state and
- Ability to analyze and interpret governmental and legal
regulations. Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and state and
county computer systems. Ability to learn and apply new computer
skills on a regular basis.
Behavioral Competencies :
Education and Experience :
- Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science in Sociology,
Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, Guidance and Counseling
and/or Child Development, plus one (1) years of post-degree paid
experience in social casework; or,
- Masters in Social Work
Pre-Employment Additional Requirements :
- Must successfully pass pre-employment testing which includes an
acceptable motor vehicle record (MVR) and background check.
- Possession of a valid Class R Colorado Drivers License or the
ability to obtain one within two weeks of employment.
- Security clearance required: will require fingerprinting and a
Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) background check.
Post-Employment Requirements :
- Position is deemed essential and intake casework staff must be
available for winter storm and other emergency events. Intake
caseworker staff may be asked to be available to work on-call on a
rotational basis including evenings, holidays and weekends.
- Must have already successfully completed the Colorado
Pre-Service Training Academy program or if hired must successfully
complete and pass all required State of Colorado training in order
to be certified as a caseworker. Maintain Child Welfare
Certification through 40 or more hours of yearly training.
- Work locations and facilities are subject to change based on
WORK ENVIRONMENT :
- Work is generally confined to a standard office
The following are some of the physical demands commonly
associated with this position.
- Spends 50% of the time sitting and 50% of the time either
standing or walking.
- Occasionally lifts, carries, pulls or pushes up to 20 lbs.
- Occasionally uses cart, dolly, or other equipment to carry in
excess of 20 lbs.
- Occasionally climbs, stoops, kneels, balances, reaches, crawls
and crouches while performing office or work duties.
- Verbal and auditory capacity enabling constant interpersonal
communication through automated devices, such as telephones,
radios, and similar; and in public meetings and personal
- Constant use of eye, hand and finger coordination enabling the
use of automated office machinery or equipment.
- Visual capacity enabling constant use of computer or other
Occasionally: Activity exists less than 1/3 of the time.
Frequently: Activity exists between 1/3 and 2/3 of the time.
Constantly: Activity exists more than 2/3 of the time.
The salary grade listed is the full salary range for the Social
Caseworker B position. Please note that the hiring salary will
typically be near the lower end of the pay range listed.
NOTE: If you are interested in applying for any of our Social
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