Buncombe County Employment  

Job TitleSocial Worker III
AgencySocial Services Dept
Salary Range$54,107 - $56,541
Job LocationDepartment of Health & Human Services/Adult Protective Services
Closing Date7/30/2014

This job listing closes today (7/30/2014) at midnight!! You must complete your application by midnight for it to be considered.

Job Details

General Statement of Duties
The purpose of this position is to provide services to adults with disabilities that Adult Protective Services has found in need of protection as mandated by law. Additionally, this position will assess and file guardianship petitions for those individuals who are assessed to be in need of a guardian. This position may provide support in the evaluation of reports alleging abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults with disabilities. (#3945) 

Examples of Work
The Adult Protective Services Social Worker provides direct services to adults with disabilities in instances of reported and or determined cases of neglect, abuse, or exploitation. Assesses client needs, development of appropriate treatment plans, intervention and implementation of a plan which includes providing and arranging for services to safeguard client and assure client well-being; assistance in securing needed health services which are available under Medicaid, Medicare, public or private agencies, or providers of health services including those related to Family Planning, alcohol and other drugs, domestic violence or mental health services. This position evaluates client's need for Guardianship, and if appropriate petitions the court. Position provides after hours on-call coverage on a rotating basis. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Possess thorough knowledge of agency and community resource, manual material, state and federal regulations, and laws governing protective services for adults. Thorough knowledge of social work principles, techniques, and practices, and their application to complex casework, group work, and community problems. Possess ability to prioritize, identify, and assess risks, problems and needs often in stressful situations with clients who are hostile, emotionally confused and resistant. Able to develop resources when none are known or available and to coordinate services for clients with multi-disciplinary professionals. 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. In certain settings, considerable knowledge of medical terminology, disease processes and their treatment as they relate to decisions regarding clinical interventions and appropriate therapies based on medical or psychological diagnosis. Skill in establishing rapport with a client and in applying techniques or assessing psychosocial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of client’s problems. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of case load 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. Knowledge of gerontology, mental illness and retardation. Must have ability to efficiently and cordially interact with co-workers to accomplish common tasks; ability to efficiently and courteously interact with the employer’s customers, the ability to function in highly stressful circumstances, the ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and conduct business in an ethical manner at all times.  

Minimum Education and Experience
Master's degree from an accredited school of social work; or a bachelor's degree from an accredited school of social work and one year of social work or counseling experience; or a master's degree in a counseling field and one year of social work or counseling experience; or graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in a human service and two years of social work or counseling experience; or graduation from an accredited four-year college or university and three 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.

Additional Information
All applicants will be given credit only for information provided in response to this announcement. No additional information will be solicited or considered by this office; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training, and experience. Applicants will not automatically be given credit based on their position title. If work history involves part time work, you must state the number of hours per week to receive credit.  

How can I apply for County Employment?

Applications are accepted for posted position vacancies only. You can apply online or pick up a job application at the County Human Resources office.

The full application package contains the Buncombe County application for employment, work history continuation sheet, Buncombe County authorization for release of personal and confidential information and the Buncombe County drug screening through urinalysis applicant consent form.

A college transcript must accompany applications for Social Worker positions. Please attach a copy or have your college send one to:

Buncombe County Human Resources
200 College Street, Suite 403
Asheville, NC 28801

Should you require special assistance to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at 828-250-4166.


  • Resumes are not accepted in place of applications and will not be accepted via e-mail. A resume may accompany a completed application for a posted vacancy.
  • Drug screen consent & personal information release documents are required with all applications.
  • To apply for more than one position, you must submit a separate application for each position.
  • Be sure to indicate on the application the specific position for which you are applying.

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