Social Worker Investigator A&T - 239-40-744

Position Number 239-40-744

Hiring Salary $39,760 - $56,464 for fully qualified SW Inv. A&T

Posted June 19, 2019

Closes Open Until Filled

 How to apply?
 Contact NCWorks Career Center, 422 McArthur Drive, 252-331-4798

Current employees of Pasquotank Social Services should contact the agency's Personnel Officer, Kathy Eason, if they are interested in applying.

Pasquotank County provides eligible employees with a competitive benefits package including paid health insurance, paid holidays, sick and vacation leave, and N.C. Local Government Retirement 

Position Responsibilities: Child welfare services constitutes a specialized set of services focused on strengthening family ability to protect and care for children, minimizing harm to children and youth, and ensuring permanence for children.  The primary goal of

Child welfare services targets supporting intact families, when appropriate, through providing services aimed at stabilizing family situations, thus strengthening parents/caretaker's ability to fulfill their parental responsibilities to their children.  Intervention is guided by respect for family integrity, knowledge of the legal basis for action, and sound social work practice.


The regular work hours are from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  The worker is required to be on-call for emergency after-hours response to protective services from 5:00 pm until 8:00 am daily, and twenty-four hours on weekends, for a one-week period, at several times per year.  On-call duty may also fall on federal and state holidays.

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Thorough knowledge of social work principles, techniques and practices and their applications to complex casework, treatment, and investigation of abuse or neglect of children; thorough knowledge of policies and procedures as evidenced by the ability to cite the authority of federal and state law; thorough knowledge of individual and group behavior, family dynamics, and medical, behavioral and/or psychosocial problems and their treatment theory. Considerable knowledge of governmental and private organizations and resources in the community specifically in the area of Children’ Services delivered through a social services agency.  Ability to interact and motivate a resistant involuntary client population and the public who may not agree with the laws, rules or policies of the process or the programs; ability to prepare documentation such as written investigative reports for the court, case records and treatment plans; ability to testify as an expert witness; ability to employ advanced case management interview techniques to establish a supportive relationship and involve families in the initial assessment for the need of services; ability to quickly assess the risks and safety of the client environment during daylight hours, after dark and in high crime areas; ability to employ expert negotiation skills in the most complex cases; ability to analyze and assess child development safety issues in relation to risk factors; ability to analyze tense family situations and make decisions about removing children when the decision has to be made with limited direct information and limited access to consultation; ability to communicate effectively and establish supportive client relationships. Ability to perform manual work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Ability to speak and write clearly, to respond supportively in emotion laden or crisis situations, to organize a workload to meet designated responsibilities and to function under stress.  In developing and implementing treatment plans and setting goals must have ability to identify and obtain resources needed to assist others, ability to interpret complex psychosocial phenomena and ability to deal with conflict situations or contentious personalities. 

Minimum Training and ExperienceMaster’s degree from an accredited school of social work and one year of social work experience; or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of social work and two years of social work or counseling experience; or Master’s degree in a counseling field and two years of social work or counseling experience; or a four-year degree in a human services field or related curriculum and three years of social work or counseling experience; or graduation from a four-year college or university and four years of experience in rehabilitation counseling, pastoral counseling or a related human service field providing experience in the techniques of casework, group work or community organization; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  One year of work experience can be credited for completion of the social work collaborative.

 A degree is required and degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

 Directly related experience is defined as: Human Services experience in the areas of case management, assessment and referral, supportive counseling, intervention, psycho-social therapy and treatment planning.

 Other Requirements:  Experience in Child Protective Services is preferred.  This individual must have a valid North Carolina driver's license and access to a vehicle.