General Statement of Duties
The Child Welfare Social Work Supervisor position within the Family and Children’s Services Section of the Buncombe County Department of Social Services provides direct supervision to social workers who are involved in Foster Home Licensing, Foster Care/Adoption Recruitment, and Adoption Assistance. This position also currently supervises one SW III, Foster Care position. (#2799)
Examples of Work
Supervisors oversee and monitor the workflow of social workers who provide specialized services necessary to fulfill the licensing and recruitment requirements for foster homes and ensure that foster families are meeting all licensing standards; oversees workers who are responsible for continually evaluating the needs of children who are in placement. Position will perform duties as a representative of a public agency and is subject to high standards for personal and professional conduct.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the methods and principles of casework supervision, training, and administration; Extensive knowledge of the laws, regulations, and policies which govern the programs, including a thorough knowledge of all relevant manual materials; Knowledge of management techniques and styles; Extensive knowledge of social work principles, techniques, and their application to specific casework and community problems; knowledge of permanency planning philosophy and family system dynamics; Knowledge of medical, behavioral, and socio-economic problems and their treatment; Knowledge of basic criminal justice procedures; Ability to supervise, train, and direct social workers in various programs; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrative supervisors, associates, supervisors, clients, and other community professionals; Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely and to plan and execute work effectively; Ability to provide encouragement and support to workers in crisis situations as well as day-to-day supervision; Ability to define standards for workers in such a way that the expected performance is consistent with the Agency’s organizational goals and ideals without setting goals that workers cannot realistically accomplish; The ability to be empathetic, understanding, supportive and objective, as well as firm and capable in directing the day-to-day operations of the unit; Ability to interact and build relations with the community and its resources provided during regular business as well as after regular hours, i.e., law enforcement, magistrates, crisis agencies, etc. Ability to efficiently and effectively interact with co-workers to accomplish common tasks; Ability to have efficient and courteous interaction with the employer’s customers; Ability to function in highly stressful circumstances; Ability to maintain high level of professionalism and to conduct business in an ethical manner at all times.
Minimum Education and Experience
Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work and one year directly related experience; or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of social work and two years directly related experience; or graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in a human service field and three years of directly related experience; or graduation from an accredited four-year college or university and four years directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
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.