Children's Services Social Worker II/III

County of San Mateo
Redwood City, California
$6,524-$9,622 / Month
Mar 31, 2021
Apr 30, 2021
Focus Areas
Human Services
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level


Human Services Agency

County of San Mateo

$6,524-$9,622 / Month

The Human Services Agency (HSA) of County of San Mateo is seeking 9 (nine) qualified applicants for the position of Children's Services Social Worker II/III in the Children and Family Services Branch.

Assignments can be made to the following Children and Family Services units: After Hours, Intake/Screening, Emergency Response, Adoptions, Permanent Placement, Family Maintenance & Reunification, AB12, Licensing, and Court Investigations. Traditionally, new workers are assigned to Emergency Response, Court Investigations, or Family Maintenance & Reunification, however, that may shift based on agency needs. For this specific recruitment, some new workers will likely be placed in the Weekend and After Hours units.

Social Workers within this branch provide and perform a wide variety of Child Welfare Services to neglected, abused, or dependent children and their families to:

  • Ensure the health, welfare, and safety of children.
  • Keep children with their families by providing services, which would safely maintain the children in the home.
  • Arrange substitute care in relatives' homes, shelter care, foster care, group homes, and institutions when necessary.
  • Develop a permanency plan for children who are unable to return home.
  • Effectively work with a team of professionals comprised of diverse backgrounds.
  • Perform safety and risk assessments.
  • Provide crisis intervention.
  • Make referrals for children and families.
  • Provide services to children taken into protective custody pending juvenile court action.
  • Appear and present cases in court.
  • Write court reports and treatment/case plans.
  • Serve as officers of the juvenile court, acting for and as directed by the court in all relationships with their clients.

New hires from this recruitment will train in the Children and Family Services (CFS) New Worker Training Unit (NWTU) prior to unit assignment. Children and Family Services operates on a 24/7 schedule. Some assignments are required to  work nights, weekends, and holidays. Additionally, this position is subject to on-call shifts. Some shifts may include an differential rate according to the AFSME MOU (link).

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Mastery of core Child Welfare Services competencies.
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a counseling program emphasizing Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy; Possession of a Master's Degree in Social Work is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of various techniques in interviewing, counseling, family engagement, and problem solving.
  • Knowledge of trauma informed assessment and intervention.
  • Knowledge of ages and stages of child development.
  • Knowledge of the grief and loss cycles/process.
  • Knowledge of substance abuse treatment modalities.
  • Work experience in establishing rapport with clients and their families of diverse backgrounds.
  • The ability to incorporate safety, permanency, and well-being when working with families.
  • The ability to successfully manage multiple, competing priorities.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Preferably, the ability to speak Spanish; Candidates must pass the Spanish fluency examination.

NOTE: While these vacancies are in the Children and Family Services department, the eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, limited term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies in other HSA divisions and county departments.

Qualified candidates will have completed a Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university that includes an internship. As a substitute, a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a Counseling program emphasizing Marriage, Family and Child Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy that included an internship or supervised field work, AND completion of one (1) year of qualifying case management/work experience that included responsibility for a long term caseload, development of service/treatment plans; monitoring compliance through home calls, field calls and other personal contact; modification of treatment plans as needed/required; and authority to impose/recommend sanctions for non-compliance, impacting benefits or services (i.e. case closures, terminate benefits and or program participation).

  • II Level: One year of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Level I Children's Services Social Worker
  • III Level: Two years of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Level II Children's Services Social Worker

These positions require a California class C driver license or equivalent.

FINAL FILING DATE:  April 19, 2021

To learn more about the position and to apply online, please visit our website at  Applications are only accepted online. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire. EOE

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