CASEWORKER TRAINEE (SPANISH SPEAKING) 3003
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Under direct supervision, an employee in this class performs entry-level professional social work for individuals and families. Work differs from that of a Caseworker Trainee in that a position in this class requires proficiency in both the Spanish and English languages. Trainees receive continuous on-the-job training while performing duties of a limited professional nature. The incumbent works closely with professional supervisors, and all work is subject to review through frequent consultation and examination of work performed. After one (1) year of continuous service as a permanent Caseworker Trainee (Spanish Speaking), the incumbent achieves permanent competitive status as a Caseworker (Spanish Speaking) without further examination. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Attends on-the-job or special training sessions and participates in conferences and regular staff meetings;
Studies and reviews literature and other materials related to casework to systematically acquire essential knowledge of the profession;
Reviews existing case records for available information for use in formulating a plan of service;
Studies the background and need for care of children referred, securing information from the child, the family, relatives, schools, churches, family courts and the agencies;
Periodically reviews cases for possible revision of service plan; may make home visits to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of services provided;
Helps to establish and maintain contact with individuals, families and organizations to assess needed services and to determine resources available;
Assists in planning, with parents and relatives, for the care of children and re-establishment of the home;
Identifies the need for services through interviews with clients, especially Spanish speaking clients and makes referrals where appropriate;
Assists in assessing the need for foster care, performs home care studies for adoption, foster care, or day care homes;
Provides counseling to motivate the individual or family to increase its own capacity, potential and confidence in its ability to meet stated goals;
Initiates court petitions as appropriate to case assessment.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Working knowledge of federal, state and local public welfare laws, programs and operation of the courts; working knowledge of the principles and practices of social casework; ability to work effectively and with sensitivity in providing assistance to social services clients; ability to prepare and maintain clear, accurate and comprehensive case records; ability to make sound decisions within the framework of agency regulations and following the standards of professional practice, ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing in both the English and Spanish languages; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Bachelor's Degree.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
a) At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, employees must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.
b) There will be a qualifying Spanish language examination.