Dakota CountyApple Valley 14955
Full Time

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Social Worker- Adult Protection Investigations

Dakota County
Full Time Dakota County Social Services Department, 14955 Galaxie Ave # 266, Apple Valley, MN 55124, United States


General Description

POSTING TYPE: Open Competitive
DEPARTMENT: Social Services
HOURS: Full-time
PREFERRED SALARY RANGE: $65,514.00 - $73,703.00/year (Salary Grade 108)
FULL SALARY RANGE: $65,514.00 - $102,365.00/year
LOCATION: Hybrid; telework and in person at the Northern Service Center, West St Paul
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on 9/28/2023

Come join us at Dakota County and "Be more". Dakota County employs over 2,000 skilled individuals whose talents and contributions makes Dakota County a premier place to live and work. The work County government does is unique. Dakota County offers important careers – the kind of careers that make a difference in people's lives.  
Dakota County welcomes and is inclusive of diverse people, backgrounds, and perspectives. The County aims to reflect the community and clients it serves and fosters an equitable and respectful working environment where everyone is empowered to be their authentic selves. 

Under supervision and within State, Federal, and County; develop programs and policies, identify client needs, funding sources, create and develop a service plan, implement, monitor and evaluate the service plan.

Minimum Qualifications


• Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or related Human Services degree
• One year full-time professional experience in a social services agency OR Two years full-time para-professional experience in a social services agency.
• Valid Driver's License

Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Sociology

Duties & Responsibilities

These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this class.

1. Investigate reports sent from the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) with regard to alleged abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of Vulnerable Adults, and concurrently  entering all investigative activities into a computer data base used by multiple staff.
2. Interview reporters and collators to gather critical information to assess each report to determine the Vulnerable Adult status of the alleged victim, the presence of immediate danger to the Vulnerable Adult or others, the nature and severity of the alleged maltreatment, and the existence of a support system.
3. Mobilize community resources to provide protective services to remedy the reported maltreatment and reduce the risk of further abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation.
4. Notify Law Enforcement of any suspected criminal activity or suspicious death of a Vulnerable Adult that has not already been reported to law enforcement by MAARC.
5.Take action on reports which require immediate adult protective services and initiate.
6. Coordinate data sharing with Law Enforcement and Lead Agencies.
7. Distribute relevant information to case managers and contract managers as appropriate.
8. Create and maintain records.
9. Communicate with interested parties and participate in assessment.
10. Conduct forensic interviews using approved protocols.
11. Collaborate with the various professions/agencies that may be encountered during an investigation such as medical and mental health, law enforcement, attorneys, courts and other social services staff, etc.
12. Effectively engage individuals to assess and evaluate needs, strengths, safety and risk while promoting autonomy and least restrictive interventions.
13. Formulate case plans to determine appropriate services to address client needs, including emergency interventions and protective services.
14. Provide time limited, intensive case management services to vulnerable adults with complex cognitive, medical and psychiatric disorders.
15. Apply knowledge of relevant policies, procedures , statutes and professional practices
16. Complete agency, state and federally required documentation as related to client activity according to mandated timelines.
17. Ability to work flexible schedule in response to emergency case assignments, clients availability and other work related duties that may result in working outside the normal business hours.
18. Ability to present to the general public about adult protection statutes and practices specific to Dakota County.
19. Testify in court, prepare court documents and work with individuals, families and professionals involved in the court process.
20. Demonstrates a commitment to support cultural diversity County wide, actively supports the County's diversity initiatives, and works to address the needs of diverse and underrepresented communities.

Essential Job Functions: Duties 1-20 are essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment

• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer and person-centered interviewing skills
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to:
         a. Meet with clients in their residential setting
         b. Relate respectfully and effectively to involuntary clients who may resist services
         c. Function well in emergency situations calling for sensitivity, flexibility, resourcefulness and independent judgment
         d. Develop and implement protective plans and to provide supportive services
• Proficiency in managing emergency situations
Demonstrates an understanding of and respect for the diversity of customers, co-workers, and supervisors, including individuals with a disability or whose first language may be other than English

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a County office building and on visits to client's homes. Some travel may be required. Lifting requirement of up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis. Exposure to hazardous physical conditions such as mechanical parts, electrical currents and vibration; atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, dusts, gases and poor ventilation; hazardous materials such as chemicals, blood, and other body fluids; inadequate lighting; work space restricting movement; and intense noise may occur on visits to client's homes. Equipment used may include, but is not limited to, computer, printer, telephone, calculator, and copy and fax machines.

SELECTION PROCESS: The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a rating of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.