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Social Worker III (Foster Care/Child Placement)
Type: Full Time
Salary/Pay Rate: $34,340 - $55,315
Posted Date: 11/2/2016 9:45 AM


November 2, 2016


Available Position: Social Worker III (Foster Care/Child Placement) 


County Pay Grade:            69


Salary Range:         $34,340 - $55,315


Closing Date for Receipt of Applications:  Monday, October 24, 2016 at 5 PM



Description of Work:  This position involves assessment and providing interventions to strengthen, preserve and /or reunite families after children have come in to agency custody. This person will be developing family services case plans with the family; helping families improve the conditions in the home that caused agency intervention while ensuring a stable, safe, nurturing, and appropriate temporary living arrangement for children removed from their homes.  Work involves providing, arranging for and coordinating interventions and services as needed for children ages birth to 18 years of age who have been abused, neglected and/or dependent and to their parents or caregivers in order to focus on child safety and protection, family preservation/reunification and the prevention of future abuse, neglect and/or dependency.    Work must be accurate and done in accordance with state law. 



Worker must be able to communicate well with clients, supervisors and co-workers and also possess the ability to make independent decisions when needed. This worker will be required to make decisions which affect the safety and well-being of clients in neglectful or abusive situations. Work involves making visits to client’s home to monitor and assess the family’s situation, and also visits to other agencies, facilities, schools, hospitals and foster homes.

Work is performed in cooperative partnership with community service providers, law enforcement, and the court system. Performs related duties as required.



Special ConditionsRequires valid N.C. driver’s license, and a good driving record.  Requires after hours work and on-call duties as assigned. 



Minimum Training and Experience:  Master's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work; or Bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and completion of the Child Welfare Collaborative; or Bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and one year directly related experience; or Master's degree in a human services field and one year of directly related experience; or Bachelor's degree in a human services field from an accredited college or university and two years directly related experience; or Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and three years of directly related experience. College Transcripts should be submitted with application. 

Prefer completion of Child Welfare in NC Course (Pre-Service Curriculum for New Social Workers).



In the event we are unable to recruit a qualified SW III a lesser qualified applicant may be hired in a work-against status at a lower rate of pay. Social Worker I & II may be considered.  Salary would be based on qualifications.


Application Process:  A completed and signed state application (PD-107) and the attached Supplemental Questionnaire must be received by Mandi Amos, Business Officer or Cindy Palmer, Director for the Cherokee County Department of Social Services, 4800 W US Highway 64 Murphy, NC  28906 on or before the deadline shown above.  The application can be obtained and found on-line at the North Carolina Office of State Personnel website ( or at Tri-County NCWorks Career Center, 800 West US Hwy 64, Murphy, NC 28906 (formerly NC Employment Security Commission, located next to Waffle King in Murphy). The application may also be found online at, click the employment link at the top of the page, and the application is directly below the words "Job postings."  Resumes will not be accepted.


Selection ProcessSelection procedures will include detailed review of applications and interviews for most qualified candidates.  Reference checks will be conducted on the top candidate(s). 



Cherokee County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, genetic information, disability, national origin, and/or veteran or military status.  Individuals being offered employment through Cherokee County are subject to drug screening and a background check.




Social Worker - Children's Services Supplemental Questionnaire





Priority consideration will be given to applicants who meet the minimum requirements and are bilingual in English and Spanish. Are you bilingual in English and Spanish to where you are able speak, read, and write both languages with the same degree of fluency?


Yes    No




Select your highest level of education from the information below:


 Master's Degree in Social Work
 Master's Degree in the Human Services field other than Social Work
 Master's Degree outside of the Human Services field
 Bachelor's of Science in Social Work
 Bachelor's Degree in the Human Services field
 Bachelor's Degree in a field outside of the Human Services field
 No degree at a Bachelor's level or above



Do you have an MSW or BSW through the NC Welfare Collaborative?


Yes    No




Indicate your years of social worker experience, after receipt of your degree, at a municipal or county department of social services. Please note that if you indicate you have such experience, it must be listed on your application.


 5 years or greater
 3 years but less than 5
 2 years but less than 3
 1 year but less than 2
 less than 1 year
 No social worker experience in a social services agency



Indicate your years of social worker experience in child welfare services (CWS)


 No CWS experience
 Fewer than 2 years of CWS experience
 2 years but fewer than 4 years of CWS experience
 4 years but fewer than 5 years of CWS experience
 5 or more years of CWS experience

* Required Question