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County Caseworker 1 and County Caseworker 2 (Local Government)

Luzerne County Children and Youth Services currently has 30 vacancies for County Caseworkers. The agency would prefer to fill at the County Caseworker 2 level; however, they are also willing to fill at the County Caseworker 1 level.

Job Duties for County Caseworker 1: County Caseworker 1 provides services to individuals, families or groups (needy, aged, people with disabilities, institutionalized or dependent adults and children) to help them attain a more satisfactory social, economic, mental, or physical adjustment to their environment. They interview clients to obtain social histories; provide comprehensive information about agency programs; determine and verify eligibility for program services; provide referral services and negotiate on behalf of clients for referral services; and formulate and implement social plans of action. An important aspect of the work is the ability to manage a caseload, prepare reports, and keep well-organized records using a computer. County Caseworkers at this level perform beginning-level social services work under close supervision.

In order to be considered for County Caseworker 1, applicants must pass the civil service exam for County Caseworker 1, and must show a bachelor’s degree which includes or is supplemented by successful completion of 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences; OR two years of experience as a County Social Services Aide 3, and two years of college-level coursework which includes 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which includes 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences, and one year of experience as a County Social Services Aide 3 or in a similar position performing paraprofessional case management functions.

Job Duties for County Caseworker 2: County Caseworker 2 provides services to individuals, families or groups (needy, aged, people with disabilities, institutionalized or dependent adults and children) to help them attain a more satisfactory social, economic, mental, or physical adjustment to their environment. They interview clients to obtain social histories; provide comprehensive information about agency programs; determine and verify eligibility for program services; provide referral services and negotiate on behalf of clients for referral services; and formulate and implement social plans of action. An important aspect of the work is the ability to manage a caseload, prepare reports, and keep well-organized records using a computer. County Caseworkers at this level work more independently under more generalized supervision.

In order to be considered for County Caseworker 2, applicants must pass the civil service exam for County Caseworker 2, and must show six months of experience as a County Caseworker 1; OR successful completion of the County Social Casework Intern program; OR a bachelor’s degree with a social welfare or social work major; OR a bachelor’s degree which includes, or is supplemented by 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences, and 1 year of professional social casework experience in a public or private social services agency; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which includes 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences.

Legal Requirements: A conditional offer of employment will require submission of background/criminal history reports at your expense. You must pass a background investigation.

Note: Pennsylvania residency is not required for either of these job titles.

Starting Salary for County Caseworker 1: $28,231/annually, plus benefits

Starting Salary for County Caseworker 2: $31,764/annually, plus benefits

Have questions? Please call Shelby Watchilla at (272) 808-2834.

How to Apply: Apply online at www.scsc.pa.gov. Log in to the Online Services section of the homepage. Select View Open Announcements and Apply from the menu, and reference announcement #2006-713 for County Caseworkers (Local Government) to submit your application and schedule your civil service exam. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree with a related major, proof of completed required coursework must be submitted with your application. E-mail to RA-cs-transcripts@pa.gov or fax to (717) 787-8650. Be sure to include all job titles from the announcement for which you wish to apply. Entry-level hires may be made at either the County Caseworker 1 or County Caseworker 2 level.

Veterans: Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the veterans section of www.scsc.pa.gov.

Location:
111 North Pennsylvania Boulevard
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702