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Children's Services - Assessment Supervisor (2693-12)

Assessment Supervisor - Children's Services Assessment (2693-12)  
Deadline to Apply: August 11, 2021

Work Location:  
Job & Family Services 
222 E. Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Work Hours:  80 hours biweekly 

Starting Salary: $59,800  Annually 

NOTE: Applicants for positions with Hamilton County Job and Family Services are subject to background screening in accordance with the document:  "Offenses that May Disqualify Candidates for Employment." Convictions from this list may disqualify a candidate for employment with HCJFS.

Requirements (Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification): 

  •   Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, Psychology, Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or other closely related field (i.e. those fields that involve the provision of direct services and the assumption of case responsibility, with training in social work, psychology, psychiatric nursing, psychiatry, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, pastoral counseling, and/or marriage and family therapy, etc.) from an accredited college or university; AND Three (3) years of related direct service and administrative experience. 
Note: Serves on-call 24 hours/7 days a week.
Children’s Services Caseworkers
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: (*Indicates can be developed after employment)
Knowledge of: 
Management and supervision; OAC and ORC as relevant to Children’s Services Practice, Safety Decision Making, Children’s Services Policy and Procedure*, Hamilton County policy and procedures*, employee training & development; case management; agency policies and procedures; resource planning; treatment team concepts; interviewing; socioeconomic differences, equity and inclusion.
Skill in: 
Safety Decision Making, critical thinking, competent decision making, communication, leadership abilities, family centered/strength based approach, professionally handling disagreements and stressful situations,
Ability to:
Professionally and respectfully communicate, work as a team, assess development needs of staff, creating, supporting, and delivering a plan to address identified need,, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; review and critique cases for missing information collection around child safety; approve or disapprove and make recommendations on assessments; write instructions, specifications, training materials; gather, collate and classify data; establish goals, objectives, policies and procedures; handle sensitive inquiries and contacts; prepare and deliver speeches before general audience; write accurate reports; establish friendly, positive, strength based, atmosphere as supervisor of work unit.
Note: Serves on-call 24hours/7 days a week

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW)
  • License in Social Work (LSW)

  • Lift and carry children, child car seats, and infant carrier, large case files, and occasionally push a cart containing case files
  • Stand entire length of home visit (an hour or longer), 
  • Conduct home visits during the warmest months of the year (no air conditioning)
  • Significant walking to, from, and during home visits, supervised visitation, court, meetings, and other obligations;
  • Frequently enter and exit motor vehicle
  • Frequently climbing and descending stairs
  • Sitting for extended periods while working on the computer, home visits, court, meetings, etc
  • Stooping, bending, crouching

  • Potentially hazardous/dangerous situations and could involve violent/upset clients
  • Animals, insects, rodents in family homes
  • Unstable Structures
  • Must have mobile technology availability during work hours and on an emergency basis for after-hours calls
Back ground checks consistent with requirements in OAC 5101:2-5-09 must be completed at employment and every ten years following, including but not limited to the following systems:   

  • State Child/Abuse Neglect Central Registry Check for any state in which the applicant resided within the last five years,
  • Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification Investigation (BCI)
  • FBI
  • National Sex Offender Public website (WWW.NSOPW.Gov) Code 5101:2-5-09 must be conducted for each prospective employee
Job Duties (Summary):

  • Supervises Children’s Services staff whose primary job responsibility is to determine child safety by responding to and assessing Intake Reports of abuse, neglect and dependency in accordance with federal, state and agency policy; manages and consults on daily case assignments; responsible to ensure that staff completes mandated assessment activities including face to face interview and home visits as outlined in state regulations and agency policy, collects pertinent information to make informed safety decision; manages the development and oversight of present and impending danger safety plans, responsible for ensuring information collection and confirmation of safe environment; consults with Section Chief and with Prosecutors as needed on legally authorized out-of-home safety plans; attends Juvenile and Criminal Court Hearings as needed
  • Reads, reviews and adheres to all Agency and Children’s Services Policies. Reviews and approves all Safety and Family Assessments completed by staff; responsible to ensure all assessment activities, including present and impending danger safety plans, are documented in SACWIS and that written documentation is accurate, detailed, and justifies agency actions; participates in case transfer conferences; attends Appeal Hearings, field visits, court, legal and administrative reviews as necessary in order to effectively oversee staff and workload; provides training, consultation and education to staff regarding the safety decision making model, policies, procedures and social work practice; monitors, consults, directs and manages outcomes related to this function; provides coverage as necessary.
  • Schedules and participates in individual and group supervision with staff; monitors staff’s performance through weekly supervision where cases are reviewed, consultation occurs and action items documented;  provides education, consultation, development, and information to staff regarding policies, procedures and best practice standards as it relates to safety decision making, caseload management, family engagement ; issues performance improvement plans and disciplinary action when necessary; responsible for holding staff accountable and completing staff performance evaluation.; Responsible for hiring and ensuring a diverse, culturally  competent staff; supporting the development of culturally competent caseworkers; acknowledging and addressing implicit bias of caseworkers on their treatment of children and families.
  • Reviews and analyzes data management reports; makes unit and staff decisions based on data analysis.
  • Provides any required casework practice on cases to children and families in staff’s absence or in accordance with organizational need.
  • Attends necessary training as required; must complete a minimum of 60 hours of training in the first year of employment in the supervisory position and 30 hours of in-service training every year thereafter; must complete Supervisor CORE Training
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
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