Children & Youth Caseworker

Starts at $14.75/hour with paid holidays, benefits package and company match.


Summary of Responsibilities:

The CYS Caseworker participates in both formal and informal training programs which provide basic knowledge of methods, procedures, rules, and regulations necessary to perform social service and casework services to children, youth, and families to assist them in attaining a more satisfactory social, economic, emotional or physical adjustment. The work is limited in scope at the beginning of employment and increased as the knowledge and skill increase.

Services are provided in accordance with all existing policies, procedures, and regulations and in accord with the mission and values of the company.

 Essential Functions:

  1. Learns availability of local resources to assist children, youth and families and the referral processes for the serving agencies through observation of more senior staff and through supervision.
  2. Receives instruction regarding the reason for the proper documentation needed for performing casework duties.
  3. Receives instruction regarding proper testimony in court-supervised cases.
  4. Performs a variety of entry-level coal services and case management designed to provide supportive services to children, youth, and families.
  5. Assist children, youth, and families in developing and using their own potential for resolving problems within the family.
  6. Provides or assists in the provision of social services, such as placement of children in foster care or adoptive homes, or institutions.
  7. Participates under close supervision in the investigation of child abuse allegations.
  8. Guides clients in-home and budget management, housing, childcare, and parenting skills, employment, recreation, and living arrangements.
  9. Schedules and conducts interviews and follow up visits to provide service and counseling.
  10. Prepares and provides court testimony under supervision.
  11. Makes referrals to other private and public social services and community agencies and resources to meet client needs and assists clients in understanding these resources.
  12. Attends and participates in case reviews and supervisory conferences and attends formal on the job training program designed to develop professional skills.
  13. Attends staffing, training and other meetings as required.
  14. Performs other job-related work as required.

Personal Characteristics

  • Comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities
  • Ability to get along with diverse personalities, tactful, mature, flexible
  • Possess sound judgment and reasoning abilities
  • Possess oral and written communication skills
  • Resourceful and well organized
  • Comfortable with team process
  • Ability to establish credibility
  • Be decisive assertive and persuasive

Minimum Requirements (education, experience, etc.)

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred with a major in psychology, social work, sociology, gerontology, criminal justice, or related human service field
  • 1 years’ experience working in the field

Required Licenses, Certificates or Knowledge:

  • Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and acceptable Motor Vehicle Record
  • Knowledge of and adherence to CASSP Principles
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Computer skills to include word processing
  • Medical and physical screening clearance
  • Automobile
  • Act 33 and Act 34 clearances
  • Social security card
  • Immigration and naturalization (I-9) clearance
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • FBI Fingerprinting

Working Conditions:

  • In-office work performing concurrent varied tasks
  • Occasional travel throughout Jefferson County to providers and other human service agencies as well as occasional travel to statewide meetings.

Safety Hazards of the Job:

  • Minimal hazards, general office working conditions.  There may, however, be a rare occasion during which it is necessary to have interaction with a client displaying aggressive behavior.
SAM, Inc. Jefferson County Children & Youth is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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