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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: Department of Corrections
Job Title: Senior Social Worker
Salary: $40347.84 Annually

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Job Objectives:

Performs professional mental health services involving the assessment and care of clients at the Juvenile Detention Facility (JDF) and Juvenile Residential Facility (JRF) within the Division of Corrections (DOC).


Essential Job Functions:

50% - Assessment- Provides on-going assessment of behaviors and conditions experienced by clients; participates in the behavior management process. Participates in staff conferences, assesses for victimization and provides mental health crisis intervention with suicidal, psychotic or potential violent clients.  Performs on call coverage as assigned.  Focuses efforts on suicide prevention.  Maintains safety and security for clients.  Conducts structured interviews with clients; gathers and assesses information regarding psychiatric, emotional or mental problems, their origin, progression and severity; assesses the proposed client’s mental status and the need for treatment. Provides liaison support to contracted medication providers.  Serves as a point of contact for families and service providers.
25% - Internal Expert- May provide supervision to practicum students and/or interns.  Provides training and consults with corrections staff and service partners regarding client issues.  Provides insight into division mission, process, and policy through formal and informal discussion with parents and other appropriate contacts.  Provides discharge referrals to community based agencies.
20% - Case Management- Provides individual and group mental health services towards the goal of no suicides in the facilities.  Conducts program required education groups.  Prepares and maintains a record of contacts and the client’s progress. Completes quarterly report summaries. Reviews client files and behaviors with other agencies on a periodic basis and participates in updates with other provider organizations to reflect current status and needs of clients.



Building Relationships:  Establishes rapport and personal connections, while maintaining professional boundaries. Builds constructive working relationships with stakeholders.

Resourcefulness:  Adapts well to changes in assignments and priorities; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; approaches change positively and adjusts behaviors accordingly; focusing on being part of the solution.

Teamwork:  Participates as an active and contributing member of a team to achieve team goals.  Works cooperatively with other team members, involves others, shares information as appropriate, and shares credit for team accomplishments.

Listening:  Listens attentively to others, asks clarifying questions, actively listens, is respectful and professional in dealing with others, stays open to other viewpoints, and manages distractions and interruptions.

Problem Solving:  Breaks down problems into smaller components, understands underlying issues, can simplify and process complex issues, and understands the difference between critical details and unimportant facts.


Job Standards:

Minimum Requirements

Educational Requirements:   Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work or in an equivalent discipline.   Transcript verifying education credits is required.

Years of Experience:   Two years of experience working with juveniles.    Professional references are required to verify the related work experience.

License, certifications, etc…   State Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board License in Social Work or an equivalent discipline and licensable at the Master’s level.  Facility staff shall be at lease twenty-one (21) years of age with a minimum of three (3) years age difference between the staff member and the oldest client who can be admitted to the facility.  Valid Driver’s License and good driving record that meets the requirement of Sedgwick County Fleet Vehicle Operation and Usage Policy.  Personal vehicle for use when county vehicle is not available (employee reimbursement is provided by County).  Proof of liability insurance required on personal vehicle.  Pass legal background check, Child and Adult Abuse & Neglect Central Registry checks, KCJIS Security Policy (fingerprint) check, and pre-employment screen for alcohol and drugs.  Must also meet the required conditions contained in KSA 65-516 and KAR 28-4-356.

Preferred Qualifications

Years of Experience:  Direct work with juvenile offenders.


Physical Requirements of Position:

  • Requires the ability to exert moderate physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the office to another, light lifting, standing, walking, stair climbing and driving to attend meetings and training.
  • Requires sufficient strength and coordination to defend one’s self from attack.
  • Requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Dependable and timely attendance is required.



PC, General Office Equipment, Two-Way Radio


Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  Various hours/days to include holidays and weekends; some overtime may be required

Location of work:  700 S Hydraulic

  • Work is performed in an office environment and in juvenile facilities.
  • Tasks are regularly performed inside buildings with limited exposure to adverse environmental conditions, however, travel outside is required and involves exposure to allergens, insects, pets and safety hazards at other locations. 
  • May have exposure to verbal and mental abuse when confronted by hostile views and opinions of clients and their families.
  • Must be available to work outside normal business hours and provide on-call coverage as assigned.
  • Reasonably anticipated exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens (BBP).

Pooled Position #:  20003291


*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.

Vacancy Number: 20003292

Open Date: 3/26/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 5/26/2018 11:59:59 PM