Social Worker II - Adult Services

Date Posted: 06/25/2021

Department: DSS

Compensation: Based on experience

Hours: Full-time

Deadline: Open until filled

Position Objectives

The Community Alternative Program is a Community Based Services designed to provide an alternative placement in a nursing facility for beneficiaries who prefer to remain in his or her primary private residences and would be at risk of institutionalization without these services. We work with individuals to establish the person-centered plan and to coordinate care and services including personal care, waiver supplies, home modifications and educational support. This position is responsible for providing management of CAP case management services to medically fragile adults who are at risk of institutionalization and whose health, safety, and well-being can be maintained in his/her primary residence. The Program Manager will coordinate services with RN and Social Workers to ensure quality care.


Work in this class involves providing professional social work services to clients in a variety of settings. Work involves evaluating the client's situation and his/her ability to cope with their environment, developing a social history, psychosocial history, service plan and/or treatment plan and follow-up. Services may include placement in a residential facility; basic counseling, support, and reinforcement in areas such as death and dying, employment, vocational, medical, health, or behavioral issues. Employees address such problems as adjustment to illness or disability, placement into an institution, rest home or nursing facility; financial concerns; socialization issues of the socially handicapped or those debilitated by age or illness. Work is differentiated from Social Worker I by the range of cases, the difficulty of personal contacts. and the theoretical knowledge required to perform the work. Employees report to a higher level professional or program manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

Variety and Scope- Employees Independently perform assessments to identify needs and establish an appropriate service/treatment plan and may provide supportive/ directive counseling to clients and families in addressing needs. In some settings behavioral approaches are used to maximize client involvement. Employees may serve as inter/multi-disciplinary team member. Employees may refer clients and families to a variety of services to meet financial, psychological, emergency care, emotional, or other needs. Employees may assume a case manager role to follow the client through agency and external services.

Intricacy - Clients present employees with a broad range of service needs. Employees, regardless of the setting, must be able to make accurate assessments/ evaluations and use analysis and judgment to develop an appropriate service/treatment plan. Employees utilize knowledge of a range of services and of supportive level counseling and other counseling techniques to provide services to clients.

Subject Matter Complexity - Work requires an understanding of social work practices and theories. an understanding of the availability and Interactions of a variety of community services and agencies and of a range of service providers. Some settings require knowledge of medical terminology and disease processes and/or intellectual delay/ developmental programs and behavior management techniques.

Guidelines - Employees utilize agency guidelines, specific federal or state standards, and principles of a variety of supportive counseling techniques to provide services to clients.

Nature of Instructions - Employees are aware of program aims and objectives and address these with clients independently. Employees usually receive new program requirements/regulations and on-the-job training from social work supervisors.

Nature of Review - Direct client interactions, services development, and referrals are documented in accordance with agency requirements. Work is reviewed through quality control, technical and administrative review provided by the supervisor and/or specific regulatory body.

Scope of Decisions - Decisions regarding assessments and services impact on clients and their families; employees may provide direction or instruction to lower level staff, volunteers or care providers.

Consequence of Decisions - Service/treatment decisions affect the client, family, and facility operations and impact on the social psychological emotional, or physical health of the client.

Scope of Contacts - Contacts vary depending upon the agency and/or service area and usually include the client service providers* community agencies and groups. Contacts may also include volunteers, foster/natural parents, court officials, schools nursing homes, interns and residents.

Nature and Purpose - Employees work with clients, families, habilitation/ treatment teams in the development and implementation of treatment plans. Contact with other professionals are-required in the coordination of services, provision of program orientation and consultation to community.

Work Conditions - Employees work in a variety of service settings which range from modern public service buildings to correctional facilities, community residential facilities, home environments, or institutions where odors and noise may be present.

Hazards - Employees may experience emotional stress due to the nature of interactions with clients or service providers. Behavioral problems such as aggression of clients could cause bodily injury for employees in some settings.

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Minimum Training and Experiment Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in social work from an appropriately accredited institution; bachelor's degree in a human services field from an appropriately accredited institution and one year of directly related experience; bachelor's degree from an appropriately accredited institution and two years directly related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desirable Training and Experience


Benefits after 90 days: 

Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance 

Membership in the Local Government Retirement System- lifetime pension if an employee retires from a Local Government position

Supplemental retirement 401k/457 - 2% of the employee's salary contributed by McDowell County each pay period. 

Sick and vacation


Holiday pay begins immediately  

How to Apply



APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN CREDIT ONLY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. No additional information will be solicited by the McDowell County; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience.


McDowell County is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of the County to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, political affiliation or national origin. The County will interactively work with disabled applicants and employees to identify reasonable accommodations that will allow the individual to perform essential job functions. 


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