Social Worker I/Social Worker II

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 may be assigned to any of the areas of Child Protection, Family Preservation, Elder Services, Foster Care or Juvenile Services. The Family Services Social Worker delivers services to people in need through intake, assessment and investigation, case management, information and referral, assisting people with developmental disabilities, and other supportive services to children, families, and adults.

Grade/Level of Social Worker is dependent on the education, experience and skills possessed at the time of initial hire.

Social Worker I: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work required.
• At least three (3) years of experience as a social worker with children, families, and adults in a public or private social service agency is required for this level;
• Meets the requirement of Social Worker II.
• Must have worked at least one (1) year with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Family Services.
• Must be able to exhibit knowledge, skills and abilities of all areas within Family Services.

Social Worker II: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services field is required.
• At least one (1) year of experience working with children or families or proven internship within social services environment.

All levels:
• Master’s Degree in Social Services field preferred.
• Current Minnesota State Social Work license is preferred.
• Knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Minnesota Family Preservation Act
• Knowledge and experience working with Native American communities, culture, customs and cultural law.
• Must be able to perform required billing practices in accordance with Child Welfare Targeted Case Management (CWTCM), and reimbursement activities under Title IV-E. (Training will be provided)
• Ability to manage time effectively.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing or orally.
• Current valid driver’s license required.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a background check.
• Must have a current valid 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.

• Works with Tribal and county law enforcement, county social services, schools, Office of Solicitor General, Tribal Behavioral Health, hospitals, and other agencies related to Adult and Youth services, Assessment, Family Preservation, and ongoing Child Protection cases.
• Performs assessments by accepting referrals, interviews involved individuals, gathers information, collaborates with other professionals, and develops plans of care with families and related professionals. Compiles and documents assessment findings, completes and routes forms to open cases. Evaluates individuals for home and community- based waivered services; completes drug/alcohol testing.
• Performs case management duties using the Signs of Safety model. Conducts team meetings with consumers, family members, community members and professionals. Develops and reviews individual plans; provides preventative services to children and families.
• Conveys case situations which require intensified service to the attention of immediate supervisors for help or referral. Provides options and guidance to families and individuals. Consults with professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, teachers, school personnel, and probation officers.
• Arranges for the purchase of services for eligible clients; maintains knowledge of available vendors and negotiates level, amount, cost, and method of service delivery; monitors service delivery for compliance within the contract and authorizes payment.
• Co-manages with counties, those Tribal family cases living outside the Reservation boundaries.
• Makes decisions on consumers' behalf for persons under Tribal guardianship, and acts as representative payee for Social Security.
• Maintains complete and accurate case record documentation that meets Tribal policy and federal, requirements. Completes all forms as required related to case management activities. Provides care coordination as contracted with managed care.
• Complies with Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Family Services policies and regulations.
• Interacts respectfully with families, peers, supervisors, other agency personnel etc. on a 24 hour basis. De­escalates consumers in hostile or uncooperative situations.
• Utilizes the authority of the courts and law enforcement to provide protective services to clients in need of protection by initiating court proceedings and court actions. Prepares reports for court dispositions and completes court reports. Attends and testifies at court hearings and tribal court hearings. Interprets and complies with court orders, and monitors client compliance with court orders. Works collaboratively with court services in delinquency, criminal files, court visitor reports, reports for guardianship, civil commitments; participates in periodic reviews; files for emergency guardianship.
• Maintains current knowledge of social services programs and rules, and provides information to the public. Participates in professional development training and education; participates in meetings in the community and with special groups; and provides preventative services to families.
• Assists with adoption searches.
• Provides input regarding internal policy development for the unit.
• Assist with grant-writing and administration.
• Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Other Duties – it is normal for one or more of the following duties to be performed in this position.
• Licensing/re-licensing adult foster homes, child foster care homes, and daycare facilities in accordance with applicable rules and policies.
• Performs inspections and studies, and recommends approval or denial of various licenses. Conducts orientation and training for Family Child Care, Child Foster Care, and Adult Foster Care. Monitors compliance with licensing rules, investigates allegations of licensing violations, issues correction orders, and enforces orders of the commissioner regarding licensure.
• Provides placement services to children and/or adults in need of placement out of their home, including provision of appropriate placement prevention services. Establishes client need for placement, researches alternatives, and develops a placement plan with all parties involved; performs all necessary pre-placement activities. Monitors placement, provides counseling and resources, prepares client for placement, and arranges funding for placements.

• 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.
• Local travel is required, limited travel outside the state is also required.

Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to:
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Human Resources Specialist
43408 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Fax # (320)532-7492
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