Social Worker III

  • Stanislaus County
  • Modesto, California
  • Jul 14, 2018
Full Time Human and Social Services Non-Management
  • Salary: 49545.60 Monthly
  • Salary Top: 60216.00
  • Phone: 209-525-6333


 $23.82 - $28.95 Hourly $4,128.80 - $5,018.00 Monthly $49,545.60 - $60,216.00 Annually Oral Examinations will be scheduled on the third Thursday or Friday of the month. An Equal Opportunity Employer The Stanislaus County Community Services Agency (CSA) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community. With over 1,068 staff in seven locations, serving over 120,000 citizens each year, we are the largest social service organization in Stanislaus County. CSA offers services in: Adoptions; Child Protective Services; Foster Connections; MediCal; Adult Protective Services; Child Care; CalFresh; General Assistance/Relief; CalWorks; Foster Care; In Home Supportive Services; and Welfare to Work.


Located in the heart of California’s fertile Central Valley, Stanislaus County is blessed with mild weather year round and some of the world’s richest soil. With a population of nearly 525,000, Stanislaus County is proud of its vibrant citizenry, great traditions, educational opportunities, and multicultural lifestyles.

The area offers a mixture of urban, suburban, and rural environments and lifestyles. The economy is based primarily on agricultural production and related services, food processing and retail. California State University Stanislaus and Modesto Junior College are high educational institutions located in the County. The area offers a variety of cultural events including the Gallo Center of Performing Arts and a Minor League baseball team. We are centrally located, with the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Sacramento and California’s Central Coast only a 90 minute drive from Modesto. To the East are the foothills of the Mother Lode country which lead to the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. 

Job Description


The Stanislaus County Community Services Agency (CSA) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community. With over 1,068 staff in seven locations, serving over 120,000 citizens each year, we are the largest social service organization in Stanislaus County. CSA offers services in: Adoptions; Child Protective Services; Foster Connections; MediCal; Adult Protective Services; Child Care; CalFresh; General Assistance/Relief; CalWorks; Foster Care; In Home Supportive Services; and Welfare to Work.


Incumbents at this level provide a variety of case management services that support families in crisis and ensure the safety and wellbeing of children who come to the attention of Child Welfare Services. Social Workers may provide services in the following areas: Juvenile Court Dependency, Family Maintenance, Family Reunification, Foster Care Licensing, Adult Services and Permanent Placement/Independent Living Program.

Job Requirements:


Once it is determined that you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you will receive an email informing you to complete a conviction questionnaire (You may be asked to complete this process for each application submitted). You will have five (5) working days from the date on the email to follow the detailed instructions and complete the questionnaire. A completed conviction questionnaire is required to continue in the recruitment process.



• Establish rapport and engage clients in services;
• Analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action;
• Apply existing laws, rules and regulations to department operations;
• Interpret social services programs for applicants, recipients or other members of the public;
• Interview;
• Maintain records;
• Work constructively within a community setting and effectively use appropriate resources and services;
• Review cases, prepare written summary and management reports regarding Quality Assurance;
• Write court reports and testify effectively;
• Train new Social Worker I's and II's;
• Visually examine clients for bruises, lacerations and other signs of physical abuse;
• Public speaking; and
• Learn on-line computer input.


• Socio-economic conditions and trends;
• The basic principles of individual and group behavior;
• Current issues in the field of social welfare;
• Principles of interviewing and problem-solving methodology;
• Basic public welfare programs on the Federal, State, and local levels;
• The general principles of public assistance policies and programs; and
• Problems in the field of public social services and current methodology.


• One (1) year performing duties comparable to a Social Worker II in a public social services agency; OR
• Two-and-one-half (2 1/2) years performing duties as a Family Services Specialist III.

• Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college which includes 30 units in Social Welfare, Social/Human Services, Sociology or other Behavioral Science; AND
• Two (2) years social work casework experience in a public or private social services agency.

Proof of education is required for verification purposes at the time of application. Applicants who are unable to submit proof must call 209-558-2330 to make other arrangements. Failure to submit proof or make other arrangements will result in disqualification.

• Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents;
• Employees may be required to use personal transportation during the performance of their duties; and Proof of liability insurance as required by the State of California. In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screening will focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the "duties" section of the online application.

• Bilingual
• Graduation from a four (4) year college

• Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening and jobrelated background investigation.
• Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
• Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.


Child Welfare
• Write court reports and make presentations in Juvenile Court;
• Make recommendations to the Juvenile Court;
• Interview children and families to determine the need for services to support and strengthen families;
• Provide services to children in out-of-home care and to their parents;
• Select suitable out-of-home care placements and supervises the children in these placements;
• Provide relative homes searches, assessments and certification for Resources Families for placement for children in need of out-of-home care;
• Coordination and provision of services for families (including home-based services) where child abuse and/or neglect have been identified;
• Participate on community multi-disciplinary teams;
• Participate in and complete required training courses.
• Consult with the supervisor on an ongoing basis on matters that need clarification or guidance.;
• Make investigations for Juvenile Court dependency actions;
• Respond to written and/or verbal inquires by clients; services providers, attorneys or others in an appropriate manner within a prescribed timeframe;
• Complete assigned tasks on time; and
• Perform other duties and special projects as direct;
• Write court reports and make recommendations and presentations to the Juvenile Court;
• Provide orientation to families interested in becoming licensed foster care or relative care providers;
• Have a working knowledge and be able to utilize the CWS/CMS computer system; and
• Perform other duties and special projects as directed.

Adult Services
• Serve as a lead worker and back-up supervisor to the Social Worker Supervisor I;
• Provide information and referral for services;
• Receive and screen reports of adult neglect and abuse from the community for degree of urgency;
• Provide training to new staff, conducts outreach, provides community education and public relations, and does other special projects;


Special Instructions

Please mention you found this employment opportunity on the job board.

Additional Information

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES CLASSIFICATION INFORMATION Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Community & Health Services bargaining unit for labor relations purposes. Individuals who are in a full-time classified position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months for a total of eighteen months. The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.

The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s). Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.

Online applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form. Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application form. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Describe the special test arrangements you require in the "Additional Information" section of the application form.

Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed. Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this flyer to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understandings, and such information prevails over information contained in this flyer. Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Personnel.

APPLICANTS MAY APPLY ONLINE AT: Stanislaus County/Human Resources 1010 10th Street, Ste 6800 Modesto, CA 95354 209-525-6333