- * Multiple Positions Available in Low Country Region ***
( Allendale, Berkeley, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper and Orangeburg, )
Do you have a passion to provide meaningful contributions to your community? Would you like to be part of an organization whose central mission is helping to protect, stabilize and strengthen the lives of South Carolina’s children, families, and vulnerable adults? If so, the SC Department of Social Services has the right job opportunity for you!
We’re looking for an enthusiastic Child Welfare Services Case Manager. Case Managers are critically important to our mission to serve South Carolina by promoting the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and vulnerable adults; helping individuals achieve stability and strengthening families. We work to achieve our goals through courage, compassion, and competence, and in all circumstances, we maintain clients’ and families’ right to confidentiality in compliance with Federal and State laws.
DSS utilizes several types of Case Managers throughout its agency. Through this posting you may apply for the following Case Manager positions within our Child Welfare Services Pee Dee Region.
Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigations Case Manager:
The CPS Assessment Case Manager serves as a specialist who assesses risk and safety threats to children who may have experienced abuse and/or neglect. CPS Assessment Case Managers gather information, conduct interviews, and personally engage children and families in the development of safety plans and access to services. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, thoroughly documenting case files, participating in supervision and legal consults, collaboration with providers, and preparation of and participation in court proceedings.
Family Preservation Case Manager:
The Family Preservation Case Manager serves as a specialist to plan and execute case management activities that ensure the safety, permanence, and well-being of children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. Responsibilities of Case Managers in this division include, but are not limited to, personally engaging children and their families in the development of plans and collaboration of access to services and providers, thorough documentation of case management, preparation of and participation in court proceedings, and participation in other related activities as necessary.
Foster Care Case Manager:
Foster Care Case Managers are specialists who assess risk and manage safety threats to ensure the safety, permanence, and well-being of children who are in the custody of the Department of Social Services. Responsibilities of Case Managers in this division include, but are not limited to, personally engaging children and families in the development of plans and collaboration of access to services and providers; thorough documentation of case management; preparation of and participation in court proceedings; and participation in other related activities as necessary.
Will be required to perform Red Cross shelter/emergency response duties as directed.
All Employees are Expected to Adopt, Implement, and Promote the Department’s Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles, While Employed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Well qualified applicants for Child Welfare Case Manager positions will minimally possess a Bachelor of Social Work degree, a Behavioral Science or Social Science discipline.
Alternatively, applicants should possess a Bachelor degree in any other discipline and have at least one (1) year of experience in a field related to Child Welfare or Human Services case management.
A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a Social Work or Social Welfare Program accredited by the Council on accredited institution, plus experience as a professional social worker.
For any of the Child Welfare Services Case Manager jobs, the best qualified candidate will have a working knowledge of child development, family dynamics, and policies, procedures, and laws related to child protection and child welfare. Furthermore, good Case Manager candidates will have strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, and be able to successfully use agency software and computer systems. They will be adept at active listening and interviewing techniques to elicit pertinent information; possess skills in critical analysis and conflict management/resolution; and able to collaborate with all stakeholders in the provision of services to ensure positive outcomes for children and their families.
Case Managers must have and maintain a valid driver’s license throughout employment with the SC Department of Social Services. Case Managers may be required to work overtime, and occasionally, they may be required to drive a personal vehicle in the performance of duties. Persons in this job must be able to travel and may be asked to work after core business hours, with little or no notice. Case Managers must be able and willing to drive and transport children and adults; interact with them in a positive and supportive manner; lift small children, and have a high tolerance for noise, irate/upset clients, and crowded working conditions; and be able to access clients’ homes and other buildings.
Child Welfare Services Case Managers must fully attend and successfully complete “Child Welfare Basic Training”, to be eligible for continued employment in a case manager position.This application for employment with the SC Department of Social Services must be completed in its entirety. A resume may be included; but shall not be substituted in lieu of the completion of this application in part or in whole. “See Resume” is not acceptable information for the completion of any part of the requirements of this application. If such is submitted, this employment application will be considered incomplete and may not be forwarded as eligible for consideration to hiring managers.
If you certify, by completion and submission of this application, that you possess educational credentials that qualify you for the available DSS positions, you will be required to provide a certified official transcript, if you are selected for job offer.
DIVISION: Child Welfare Services / Low Country Region
*Important Salary Information*
With the recent implementation of the Child Welfare salary plan funded by the General Assembly beginning in July 2021, front line case managers and supervisors will not only earn higher starting salaries when joining DSS than in previous years, but will also enjoy supplements to their starting salaries upon completion of training, attainment of BSW/MSW degrees for front line case managers, annual increases for years of continuous service, and salary increases upon attainment of established competencies/certifications for moving into Level 2 and Level 3 salaries.
New Child Welfare case managers will earn a starting salary of at least $40k during initial certification, depending on education level and degree type, with up-front starting salary supplements of 2.5% ($41k) and 5% ($42k) for candidates holding a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, respectfully. Upon completion of training/certification, assignment of caseloads with one year of completed experience, successful trainees will move into the Level 1 salary bracket and will receive at least a 15% salary increase (adjusting their salary to $46,000, $47,150 or $48,300 depending on degree type) at that time. Certification can typically be attained within 6 months of hire.
Upon certification, annual salary increases of up to 0.50% per year will be awarded for each consecutive year a Level 1 case manager remains in his/her class/position.
In January of 2022, DSS plans to roll out additional opportunities for case managers to progress from Level 1 to Levels 2 and 3, with increases in salary averaging 5% for each increase in the case manager’s level of expertise under the salary plan. Level 2 and 3 child welfare staff will also see accelerated annual increases of 1% to 1.5% per year awarded for each continuous year served in his/her class/position.
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