Social Worker- Initial Assessment

Salary – $22.68 – $31.25 Hourly
Location – 87 Vincent Street, Fond du Lac
Job Type – Full Time


Under the direction of the social work supervisor, this position is responsible for providing a variety of social services to individuals/families. Services to include, but not limited to:  needs assessment, crisis intervention, case planning, advocacy, and the development of community resources.  Examples of Duties

The following duties are typical for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may also be required and assigned as best practice or as requirements change within the social work practice field. 

  1. To provide planned and to provide unplanned services through the establishment of a   professional working relationship with the consumer, geared towards strengthening the consumer’s ability to independently cope with life situations.    
  2. To complete administrative duties in a timely manner  
  3. Determines, through interviews, assessments, home visits, investigations, etc., the range of services needed by individuals, families, explaining the services and discussing the consumer’s rights and responsibilities.  
  4. To establish and maintain a working knowledge of the responsibilities of various community, county, state and independent resources available to agency consumers and   the ability to utilize these resources as appropriate.   
  5. To refer consumers to other agencies or services and cooperates with such agencies in serving the needs of the consumer or agency. 
  6. Provide the direct delivery of services and programs that are in compliance with all unit, agency, and county policies.  
  7. Participate in individual conferences and team meetings.   
  8. Provide plans and all services developed by staff are least restrictive and yet insure community member safety. 
  9. Conduct thorough assessments of families to determine and identify any child safety concerns  
  10. Manage, identify, and ensure child safety through continuous assessment, oversight, and adjustment of safety plans that are effective and least restrictive. 
  11. Ensure that direct service meets overall Wisconsin legislative statutes and DCF standards, policy and procedures. 
  12. Complete and document all necessary paperwork in a professional and timely manner including assessments, safety plans, court related reports, court conditions, and any other related paperwork. 
  13. Provide court testimony as needed.  
  14. Develop collaborative and engaging relationships with other service professionals and supports.  
  15. Refer clients to other agencies and community resources while maximizing informal supports. 
  16. Provide social work services that are strength based and client centered in a respectful and ethical manner. 
  17. Provide on call responsibilities as assigned. 
  18. Maintain accurate and complete records while adhering to agency documentation policies and maintaining confidentiality. 
  19. Work independently making sound timely decisions and having the skill to determine when   supervision is necessary. 

Typical Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • An ability to understand and follow directions as well as read and write reports. 
  • Knowledge of interviewing, communication, and counseling. 
  • Knowledge of Federal and State laws, rules, standards and regulations pertaining to practice area. 
  • Sensitivity to social problems, such as family disorganization, discrimination, disability, poverty, unemployment, etc. and the impact on the families. 
  • Ability to resolve crisis. 
  • Ability to write concise court reports. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines for paperwork and court work. 
  • Ability to assess safety.   
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise sound judgment in confrontational and      stressful situations, and follow instructions, to complete tasks and to work closely with the supervisor and others 

Minimum required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with Social Work Certification, or eligible for Social Work Certification to be completed within 1 year of employment                                
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related Human Services program with Social Work Certification, or eligible to enroll  in Social Work Training Certificate approved courses to obtain Social Work Certification within 2 years from employment

    OROther Requirements:

  • At least two years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience  
  • Competent computer skills and computer experience  
  • Must successfully pass caregiver and criminal background check. 
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and unlimited access to a personal vehicle 
  • A minimum of $250,000/$500,000 auto liability insurance coverage verified upon hire and at renewal by providing a copy of the declaration page of your policy from your insurance carrier 
  • Willingness to utilize personal vehicle as necessary to perform job duties and responsibilities including transport of agency consumers, if necessary. 

In evaluating candidates for this position, the County may consider a combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

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