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Social Worker

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Job Summary
This position is a career ladder from Grade 09 through Grade 11.

Salary Ranges:
Grade 09 - $59,190 -$73,896
Grade 11 - $67,419 - $85,194
Grade 12 - $76,082 - $97,340

Works as a Social Worker in the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA); responsible for providing the full range of direct, professional social work services to children and families of the District of Columbia to include the areas of abuse and neglect.

  • Provides a variety of child welfare casework services to children and to families to investigate, assess and re-mediate situations, allegations and reports.
  • Conducts home visits to assess strengths and needs of families; contacts collateral source; reviews pertinent information; makes appropriate referrals
  • Develops and implements case assessments and plans to re-mediate child abuse and neglect.
  • Responds to crisis situations and intervenes to address immediate problems.
  • Utilizes various counseling and therapeutic techniques in an attempt to address social, environmental, emotional and medical problems.
  • Maintains medical, physical, social and psychological histories; provides case management services to families, children and youth, both individually and in groups.
  • Provides assistance in seeking employment, housing, financial assistance and other services for assigned caseload.
  • Maintains statistical data which reflects an account of clients served, and the number and types of activities performed in order to provide services.
  • Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide written and oral case presentations regarding the impact of the child and/or the family’s condition and the psycho-social implications.  Identifies the needs and strengths of children and the families as they relate to the overall treatment plan.
  • Prepares a variety of reports; represents the CFSA at administrative reviews, court hearings and other meetings.  Coordinates implementation of court orders.
  • Maintains up-to-date case records for documentation of case activity, to include electronic case management data entry.
  • Participates in supervisory conferences for the purpose of case planning, sharing information on resources, developing specialized resources for clients and joint decision-making.
  • Participates in education and training activities for professional development.
  • Attends administrative reviews and court hearings to provide status information regarding the child’s and/or the families’ psycho-social condition and CFSA compliance with recommendations contained in the case plan.  Assists in determining the appropriateness of established goals, services and/or permanency planning based on the status findings.
  • Orients new social workers to establish job clarity.
  • Attends professional meetings, conferences and seminars to keep abreast of the latest changes in the field of social work. 
  • Contacts and maintains ongoing communication with collateral contacts.
  • Supervises and conducts family visits as appropriate.
  • Provides training and recruitment to foster, kinship care and adoptive families as required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Other Information:   Pursuant to the provisions of Title I of the Child and Youth Safety and Health Omnibus Amendment Act of 2004 (Act), effective April 13, 2005 (D.C. Law 15-353, D.C. Official Code Sub Section 1-620.31 et seq.) Title II of the Child and Youth, Safety and Health Omnibus Amendment Act of 2004 (Act), effective April 13, 2005 (D.C. Law 15-353; D.C. Official Code Sub Section 4-1501.01 et seq.), this position has been identified and designated as a safety-sensitive position subject to mandatory drug and alcohol testing. If tentatively selected for the safety-sensitive position, you will be required to submit to drug testing prior to appointment, and appointment to the position will be contingent upon a negative drug test result. Once hired into a safety-sensitive position, you shall be subject to mandatory random testing.   

The incumbent in this position is required to undergo and successfully pass a criminal background investigation and drug test as mandated by Title II of the Child and Youth Health and Safety Omnibus Act of 2004. The incumbent will be required to take random drug test. 

This position is in the collective bargaining unit.

Pre-screening Dates: Every day until posting closing date.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of social work to provide direct social services to individuals and families.
  • Basic knowledge of the child welfare field to provide social work services for individuals and families.
  • Knowledge of related psychiatric, psychological and medical practices used in the evaluation and treatment of children and families, to serve as an effective member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team.
  • Knowledge of human behavior dynamics; sensitivity to cultural diversity, age, and religious differences affecting child rearing, family and kinship patterns, attitudes about illness and medical care; and communication patterns, to conduct home visits or investigations, develop case plans and provide counseling.
  • Knowledge of pertinent resources, legal status and related policies and procedures as they affect children and families.
  • Skills to develop appropriate interpersonal relationships.
  • Knowledge of the structure, function and mission of the Child and Family Services Agency, to perform social work consistent with established goals and objectives.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office for electronic case management data entry.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Licensures, Certifications and other requirements.
  • Required to be a current D.C. Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) or a D.C. Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) to practice social work in the District of Columbia. Requires a valid driver’s license.

Licensures, Certifications and other requirements

  • Grade 09: Required to be a current D.C. Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) to practice social work in the District of Columbia.
  • Grade 11: Required to be a current D.C. Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) to practice social work in the District of Columbia.
  • Grade 12: Required to be a current D.C. Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) to practice social work in the District of Columbia.

    * All grades require a valid driver’s license.

A Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Work Experience

  • Grade 09 - Up to Three (3) years related case management experience.
  • Grade 11 - Three (3) to five (5) years related case management work experience. 
  • Grade 12 - Five (5) years of relevant professional experience or a combination of education and experience.

Work Environment
The work environment constitutes the homes of children and families, offices, public institutions, courts and churches; and involves high-risk exposure to potentially dangerous situations or unusual environmental stress from an emotionally distressed population, high-crime areas, and/or disease contagion.

Qualified individuals must ensure flexibility as it relates to the Tour of Duty.

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