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Verified Pay $39,000.00 per year
Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

About this job

THE POSITION

NOTE: THIS IS A REPOSTING OF CS-2024-75195-L0623. IF YOU APPLIED UNDER THE PREVIOUS POSTING WHICH WAS OPEN FROM MARCH 14, 2024, TO MARCH 27, 2024, YOU CANNOT SUBMIT A NEW APPLICATION.

Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you want to make a difference? As a Blair County Children, Youth, and Families Caseworker you will make a difference in children's lives by providing them with safety and protection. We are seeking compassionate, motivated communicators who want to help families.



DESCRIPTION OF WORK

A County Caseworker 1 in Blair County is a change agent for this community. You are given a chance to grow and empower others. Blair County Children, Youth and Families is committed to strengthening families; protecting the rights and welfare of children in this community and insuring that children have an opportunity for healthy growth and development, free from abuse or neglect.

Our caseworkers secure the safety, permanency, and well-being of our children by responding to reports of child abuse and neglect, investigating allegations, coordinating with law enforcement, testifying in court, and connecting with service providers, family members, and other resources. Blair County Children, Youth and Families is a fast paced, dynamic workplace filled with supportive team members. While working with us, you will gain a wealth of experience that will serve as a base for whatever path you choose in the social services or criminal justice.


SIGN-ON BONUS!
Newly hired full-time caseworkers with fewer than 12 months of consecutive full-time experience as a caseworker at any county child welfare agency in Pennsylvania are eligible to receive a recruitment incentive of $2,000.00 within 30 days of the individual's confirmed eligibility and active, regular (versus temporary) employment with County of Blair. Individual's name must appear on a Civil Service list from an eligible caseworker job posting.

Newly hired full-time caseworkers with 12 or more months of consecutive full-time experience as a caseworker 1 or caseworker 2 at any county child welfare agency in Pennsylvania and holding current certification as a Child Welfare Direct Service Worker by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services are eligible to receive a recruitment incentive of $5,000.00 within 30 days of the individual's confirmed eligibility and active, regular (versus temporary) employment with County of Blair. Individual's name must appear on a Civil Service list from an eligible caseworker job posting.

Newly hired full-time caseworkers shall mean an individual that has not been employed by Blair County in any capacity within 12 consecutive months prior to the date of their application.


Hiring incentives require that the hire stay a full 24 months, or pay County a pro-rated portion of the payment for the time not worked up to the 24-month stay period.


Work Schedule and Additional Information:

  • Full-time employment.
  • Work hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday, with a 30-minute lunch.
  • Rotating Emergency Duty coverage for after-hour calls.
  • Competitive benefits package starts first of the month following 45 workdays and includes 90% employer-paid PPO health insurance with prescription and vision components, defined benefit pension plan, defined contribution plan, group term life insurance, one sick day earned a month, and 14 annual paid holidays.
  • Starting pay is $39,000.00 annually with opportunity to work overtime, emergency duty and receive call out pay.
  • EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
  • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

  • Two years of experience as a County Social Services Aide 3 and two years of college level course work which includes 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences; or
  • A bachelor's degree which includes or is supplemented by successful completion of 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which includes 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences and one year of experience as a County Social Services Aide 3 or in a similar position performing paraprofessional case management functions.
  • Applicants will be considered to have met the educational requirements once they are within two months of graduating with a qualifying degree/credits.
Other Requirements:
  • PA residency requirement is currently waived for this title.
  • You must be able to perform essential job functions.
Legal Requirements:
  • You must pass a background investigation.
  • A conditional offer of employment will require a drug screening.
  • This position falls under the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law.
    • Under the Law, a conditional offer of employment will require submission and approval of satisfactory criminal history reports including, but not limited to, PA State Police clearance, PA Child Abuse history clearance, and FBI Fingerprint clearance.
How to Apply:
  • Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Your application must be submitted by the posting closing date. Late applications and other required materials will not be accepted.
  • Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position.
Veterans:
  • Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. *7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx and click the Veterans' Preference tab or contact us at ra-cs-vetpreference@pa.gov.
Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS):
  • 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals).
If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodations due to a disability, please discuss your request for accommodations with the interviewer in advance of your interview date.

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
EXAMINATION INFORMATION
  • Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position. No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).
  • Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions.
  • Your score is valid for this specific posting only.
  • You must provide complete and accurate information or:
    • your score may be lower than deserved.
    • you may be disqualified.
  • You may only apply/test once for this posting.
  • Your results will be provided via email.

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