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SC Department of Public Safety Social Worker III-MEC in Richland County, South Carolina

Job Responsibilities

Under limited supervision, provides social work services to juveniles committed to the Midlands Evaluation Center. Services include: screening, assessment, and orientation of juveniles upon admission and case management during the court-ordered diagnostic evaluation program. Provides case management for juveniles assigned to caseload. Monitors juveniles during the evaluation process. Serves as member of the interdisciplinary treatment team. Coordinates recommendations and a comprehensive plan for services with Psychology staff, DJJ Community Specialist, and representatives of other children's services agencies. Conducts diagnostic assessment interviews with Parents and/or legal guardians in order to complete evaluations in a timely manner. Maintains contact with family throughout the juvenile's evaluation and keeps family updated with pertinent information. Integrates behavioral observation and a needs-based assessment to produce a social worker report containing recommendations for intervention, judicial action, and placement. Completes forms necessary for this process to occur. Offers testimony in family court when subpoenaed. Provides intake services to juveniles on a rotating basis. Duties include, but are not limited to, conducting initial screening and mental status assessment of each juvenile admitted and conducting individual or group sessions. Provides crisis intervention to assigned caseload. Attends staff meetings and training sessions as required. Serves on agency committees/task forces as required. Provide on call services to the institution on a rotating basis. Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum and Additional Requirements

State Requirements: A bachelor's degree in a social work or social welfare program accredited by the Council on accredited institution, plus experience as a professional social worker.

Agency Requirements: A Master's degree from a Social Work program accredited by the CSWE and (1) year professional social work experience.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Licensure by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners.

Applicants indicating college credit or degree(s) on the application will be required to bring a copy of their college transcript to the interview. Please note that an official, certified copy of the transcript will be required within a specific timeframe after hiring if it is a minimum requirement and/or is indicated on the application. Failure to produce an official, certified transcript may result in not being hired or termination.

Preferred Qualifications

Requires knowledge of social work principles, practices and techniques; extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local laws or regulations pertaining to social service programs; extensive knowledge of psychological, social human growth, personality principles and dynamics; considerable knowledge of supervisory methods and techniques; ability to integrate and coordinate specialized services with those of other disciplines; ability to stimulate trust and engage juveniles in problem solving; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to apply social work principles and techniques in juvenile services/treatment. Requires an exceptionally flexible individual who is capable of a large work output, high level frustration tolerance, and the ability to utilize crisis intervention and realistic goal planning; requires an ability to function independently with frequent supervisor consultation. This position performs job duties relating to the custody, control, transportation, or recapture of juveniles within the jurisdiction of the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the employee may have direct and indirect contact with juveniles within the jurisdiction of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Training applicable to these duties will be provided.

The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Offers an exceptional benefits package for FTE positions that includes:

  • Sign on bonus (based on required approvals)
  • Health, dental and life insurances
  • 15 days annual (vacation) leave per year
  • 15 day sick leave per year
  • 13 paid holidays
  • State retirement plan and deferred compensation programs Additional Comments

Applications are incomplete if you fail to answer all supplemental questions, education and work history. Incomplete applications are not referred to hiring managers. Applications are accepted until 5:00 p.m. on the stated closing date.

You will be asked to provide a certified transcript if selected for a position requiring a degree. A background investigation will be conducted that may include, but not limited to, criminal records, driver's license and child abuse registry prior to an offer of employment. Additionally, a medical examination and drug testing may be required. Please provide an explanation for any gaps in employment. A resume may be attached with your application, but not substituted for completing the work history section of the application.

Salary: $33,494.00 - $61,975.00 Annually

Location: Richland County, SC

Job Type: FTE - Full-Time

Job Number: 106531

Closing: 10/30/2020 5:00 PM Eastern

Residency Requirement: No

Class Code: GB65

Position Number: 60032236(106531)

Normal Work Schedule: Other

Normal Work Schedule (Other): Work hours may vary.

Pay Band: Band 5

Hiring Range - Min.: $40,800.00

Opening Date: 10/15/2020

EEO Statement: Equal Opportunity Employer

Agency Specific Application Procedures: You must apply online at Follow the status of your application online

Agency: State of South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice

Address: P O Box 21069 4900 Broad River Road, Building 2007 Columbia, South Carolina, 29221-1069

Phone: 803-896-5600