Tough Enough

Are You Tough Enough

Consider a career as a Social Worker for Family & Children Services!

As part of our on-going recruitment, the purpose of this advertisement is to create a pool of ready applicants to fill Social Worker vacancies in Family and Children Services at Buncombe County Department of Social Work Services.

Submit an Application: Investigations/Assessment & Treatment Social Worker position.

Job Description: 

Social Workers for Family and Children Services implement mandated service programs to assist in: (1) the protection of children, (2) the preservation of the family unit, and/or (3) the provision of an alternative permanent plan in the child's best interest.  Services that are provided to families and children include Prevention, Investigation, Case Planning/Case Management, Foster Care and/or Adoption.

Examples of typical Work Duties:

  • Gather information through assessments. Develop and monitor comprehensive case plans.
  • Work with families to decrease risk to children. Make referrals to community resources.
  • Obtain emergency, medical, and psychological services as needed.
  • Initiate and prepare cases for Juvenile Court. Complete tasks necessary to assess risk and protect children from abuse, neglect, and/or dependency.
  • Participate in 24-hour coverage through on-call rotation.
  • Make unannounced visits to homes and potentially encounter a variety of potential hazards, including environmental, animal and/or safety issues.
  • Relocate children to different placements. Use physical effort involved in packing belongings, lifting and carrying children, and moving their belongings to the location.
  • Visit isolated and remote areas, which may be inaccessible by vehicle and require walking.
  • As a representative of a public agency, be subjected to high standards for personal and professional conduct.

Do you have the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities it takes?

  • Thorough knowledge of agency and community resources, state/federal regulations, permanency planning philosophy, and laws governing protective services for children. 
  • Knowledge of basic criminal justice procedures, elements of medical/mental disorders, personality theory, family systems dynamics, and methods of interpersonal helping and treatment.
  • Ability to prioritize, identify, and assess risks, problems and needs often in stressful situations with clients who are hostile, emotionally confused and resistant.
  • Ability to develop resources when none are known or available and ability to coordinate services for clients with multi-disciplinary professionals.
  • Skills to establish relationships with resistant clients and utilize family-centered social work practice.
  • Ability to accurately observe human behavior and environmental conditions.
  • Ability to collect and process data to recommend and implement action plans in a minimal period of time.

Do you have the Minimum Training & Experience it takes?

Any of the following combinations of training and experience are acceptable:

  • Master's degree from an accredited school of social work and 1 year of social work or counseling experience; or
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited school of social work and 2 years of social work or counseling experience; or
  • Master's degree in a counseling field and 2 years of social work or counseling experience; or
  • Four-year degree in a human service field and 3 years of social work or counseling experience; or
  • Graduation from a four-year college and 4 years of experience in rehabilitation counseling, pastoral counseling, or related human service field providing experience in the techniques of casework, group work, or community organization, or
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Necessary Special Requirements: Preference will be given to fully qualified applicants who have had the NC administered Pre-Service Training. Also, bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.