Family Services Social Worker
Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies
The Family Services Social Worker delivers services through intake, assessment, investigation, case management, and referral. The population served is diverse including but not limited to individuals with developmental disabilities, families, children and adults. The Family Services Social Worker may be assigned to Child Protection, Family Preservation, Foster Care or Juvenile Services.
• Bachelor’s Degree in social work, or other related field, required, Master’s degree preferred.
• Social work licensure in the state of Minnesota preferred, but not required.
• Knowledge and experience in working with the Native American communities, cultural customs and Band Statutes preferred.
• Demonstrated understanding of all key areas served by Family Services.
• Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain accurate records, complete reports on family/client status and
prepare court required/requested documentation in a timely manner.
• Demonstrated problem solving skills and collaborative planning. Demonstrated customer service skills with proven oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated proficiency with using an electronic documentation and the Microsoft Office suite.
• As a key-stakeholder in planning multi-disciplinary interventions must be able to demonstrate the ability to plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate and modify client/family plan of care.
• Attendance at case conferences and trainings, required.
• Refer families/clients to Mille Lacs Band community services as needed to support meeting the plan of care.
• Build and maintain professional working relationships with the HHS team, OSG, state, county and local agencies that are working in collaboration to manage a multi-disciplinary plan of care.
• Must have a current valid Minnesota driver’s license, reliable personal transportation and proof of current insurance coverage.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a background check.
• Must pass a Pre-employment drug & alcohol test.
• As a mandatory reporter, must understand the process and assessment parameters of mandatory reporting.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Works collaboratively with Tribal and county law enforcement, county social services, schools, Office of Solicitor General, HHS departments, hospitals, and other agencies related to adult and youth services.
• Licenses and license renewal for child foster care homes in accordance with applicable rules and policies, and Band Statutes.
• Conducts home studies, and recommends approval or denial of licensure.
• Conducts orientation and training for family child care and foster care.
• Monitors compliance with licensing requirements, investigates allegations of licensing violations, and issues correction orders.
• Establishes need for out of home placement and provides placement services for children/youth when out of home placement is needed. Researches placement alternatives, and develops a plan inclusive of all stakeholders; performs all necessary pre-placement activities. Monitors placement, provides counseling and resources, prepares client/family for placement, and arranges funding.
• Performs assessments, accepts referrals, completes interviews, gathers information, collaborates with other professionals, and develops a collaborative plan of care inclusive of all stakeholders.
• Compiles and documents assessment findings, completes and routes needed documentation.
• Evaluates individuals for home and community- based services and when required completes drug/alcohol testing.
• Implements preventative services to children and families.
• Performs case management using the Signs of Safety model. Conducts team meetings inclusive of all stakeholders. Face to face contact with clients/families will be done minimally once a month.
• Conveys case presentation where intensive services are required to the attention of immediate supervisors for consultation/referral.
• Provides options and guidance to families and individuals. Consults with professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, teachers, school personnel, and probation officers.
• Co-manages open cases with counties for Tribal families living outside the Reservation boundaries.
• Maintains complete and accurate case record documentation in accordance with Federal requirements and Band policy/statute. Completes all forms as required for case management.
• Demonstrates consistency in all interactions treating families, colleagues, leadership and all other agency personnel involved in a client/family plan of care with respect.
• Demonstrated ability to deescalate individuals/families in uncooperative situations.
• Works collaboratively with court services an utilizes the authority of the courts and law enforcement to provide protective services to clients/families through the interpretation, planning, implementation and evaluation/monitoring of all court issued orders. Prepares timely reports for court dispositions, attends and testifies in county and tribal court hearings.
• Maintains current knowledge of social services programs and requirements.
• Maintains currency in professional development training and education; participates in meetings in the community/special interest groups.
• Assists with family history searches.
• Provides input regarding internal department policy development.
• Works collaboratively with the Grants department in grant application and management.
• Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
• Regular periods of moderate to high stress levels. Primary source of stress deals with client issues and workload.
• Work is exclusively indoors in a controlled climate area.
• Moderate threat of personal danger or risk.
• Hours are typically 8-5, but extra hours may be necessary to meet deadlines, maintain workload, and meet with juveniles and families.
• On-call hours may be scheduled to manage emergent and crisis situations.
• Managing client/family caseload will require driving in varied weather conditions.
• Local travel is required, limited travel outside the state may be required.
• Work from home may be permissible with a signed telework agreement