Employment Opportunities


JOB POSTINGS FOR RUTHERFORD COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

How to apply?

A State Application, PD-107 and PD-107A, must be submitted by 5 pm on the closing date to:

Rutherford County DSS

PO Box 242
389 Fairground Road
Spindale, NC 28160
Phone 828 287-6283 
Attn: Luann Hoyle Butler
FAX to: 828-288-3406
Email: luann.butler@rutherfordcountync.gov

Rutherford County provides eligible employees with a competitive benefits package including paid health and dental insurance, paid holidays, and other optional benefits.

If you are interested in the position and possess the basic requirements for the position as stated, please submit a PD-107 State Application Form. If you have applied within the last six months, your application will be considered.

Rutherford County DSS is not responsible for failure to receive faxed applications. Please take a moment to ensure your transmission was received.

Employee may be called upon in case of disaster, either natural or man-made, to serve the citizens of Rutherford County. This service, if required, will take precedence over duties described in this position vacancy announcement.

Selection Process will include a structured interview. Applications will be reviewed; structured interview evaluations will be studied; educational and work experience histories will be considered. After careful evaluation of the above-mentioned criteria, the appointing authority will appoint the applicant who in the judgement of the appointing authority is best suited for the position.
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PROCESSING ASSISTANT III - ADMINISTRATIVE/LEGAL UNIT
Position Number:  5310079
Annual Salary:  $25,324
Posting Date:  July 7, 2021
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Position Responsibilities:
This position will assist supervisory staff in maintaining Child Protective Services records including typing, data entry, filing, copying, making phone calls, and setting up appointments for children and families.  This position will proofread and correct court reports and ensure that they are in the proper format. This will require working with the Attorney and Paralegal, as well as, Social Workers and Supervisory Staff.  Provide direct support services to families including transportation to labs for drug testing, needed medical, dental and mental health appointments, to and from foster or relative placements, daycares, educational settings, and other community resources; provides instruction concerning proper child care, discipline, budgeting, proper hygiene, etc. in accordance with the treatment plan at the discretion of the social worker; clearly, specifically, and concisely, documents contacts and interactions with children and families; discusses contacts, including issues of concern and/or progress regarding families, and assists the social workers in monitoring of family service plans and safety plans.  Any other clerical duties as assigned by supervision.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to use correct spelling, punctuation and specialized vocabulary; ability to proofread; general knowledge of services provided by the agency and community resources; knowledge of all agency policies; ability to assume responsibility for highly confidential materials and paperwork; ability to work independently and prioritize work; ability to perform functions within allotted time frame; and ability to  interact with consumers, other professionals, and the general public in a courteous, non-judgmental and professional manner.  Basic knowledge of the social, economic and environmental conditions of families to be served; working knowledge of basic household tasks and management functions and ability to teach others; working knowledge, and ability to enlist aid, of available community resources; ability to establish rapport and relate to population served and a variety of service disciplines and community businesses and agencies; ability to exercise good judgment in appraising situations; and ability to verbally communicate findings.  Valid driver’s license, good driving record and own transportation is a requirement for this position.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Graduation from high school and demonstrated possession of knowledge, skills and abilities gained through at least one year of office assistant/secretarial experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Special Requirements:
Must have a valid driver’s license and be in compliance with the Rutherford County’s insurance regulations.  Must have access to a vehicle.

Selection Process:
The selection process will include a structured interview.  Applications will be reviewed; structured interview evaluations will be studied; educational and work experience histories will be considered.  After careful evaluation of the above-mentioned criteria, the appointing authority will appoint the applicant who in the judgment of the appointing authority is best suited for the position. 

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SOCIAL WORKER IAT - FAMILY & CHILDREN'S SERVICES
Position Number:  5310082 & 5310099 & 5310113
Annual Salary:  $45,668
Posting Date:  November 18, 2021
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Position Responsibilities

The Social Worker in this position will be responsible for the provision of services to children and their families in the area of Child Protective Service Investigations, Case Planning/Case Management, Family Assessment, and the provision of on-going family support services.  Work involves contact with other community agencies and institutions.  Court appearances and participation is an ongoing function of this worker’s job.  Case Management is another vital function, which includes record keeping and dictation.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of social work principles, techniques, and practices, and their application to complex casework, group work, and community problems.  Considerable knowledge of a wide range of medical, behavioral, and/or psychosocial problems and their treatment theory.  Considerable knowledge of family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques, governmental and private organizations, and resources in the community, laws, regulations, and policies which govern the program.  General knowledge of the methods and principles of casework supervision and training.  Skill in establishing rapport with a client and in applying techniques or assessing psychosocial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of client’s problems.  Ability to supervise, train, or instruct lower-level social workers, students, or interns in the program.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of caseload and their families, as well as civic, legal, medical, social, and religious organizations.  Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely and to plan and execute work effectively.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work and one year of social work experience; or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of social work and two years of social work or counseling experience; or Master’s degree in a counseling field and two years of social work or counseling experience; or a four-year degree in a human services field or related curriculum and three years of social work or counseling experience; or graduation from a four-year college or university and four years of experience in rehabilitation counseling, pastoral counseling or a related human service field providing experience in the techniques of casework, group work or community organization; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  One year of work experience can be credited for completion of the social work collaborative.    

Applicants who meet the qualifications listed for the Social Worker I/AT will be given first consideration.  Also, those with a Social Worker degree from an accredited school of social work will be given preference however anyone who has a Human Services Degree or a 4-year degree may apply as “work against appointments” and will be considered.

Special Requirements
Copies of final transcripts from accredited school showing date degree awarded must be submitted with application. Must have a valid driver’s license and be in compliance with the Rutherford County’s insurance regulations.  Must have access to a vehicle. 
Selection Process
The selection process will include a structured interview.  Applications will be reviewed; structured interview evaluations will be studied; educational and work experience histories will be considered.  After careful evaluation of the above-mentioned criteria the appointing authority will appoint the applicant who in the judgment of the appointing authority is best suited for the position.

If you have applied within the past six months, your application on file will be considered.

 

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SOCIAL WORKER III - FOSTER CARE UNIT
Position Number:  5310025
Annual Salary:  $43,660
Posting Date:  October 21, 2021
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Position Responsibilities:
The primary purpose of this position is to provide intensive casework services to children for whom the Agency has legal custody or placement responsibility.  These children reside in foster care, other substitute care arrangements or in their own homes.  The primary goal of this position is to effect and sustain permanent placements for children until the Agency's legal responsibility is terminated.  Services provided are consistent with program and statutory guidelines and acceptable social work practice.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Social work principles, techniques and practices and their application to complex casework, group work and community problems

  • A wide range of medical, behavioral and psychosocial problems and their treatment

  • Governmental and private organizations and community resources

  • The laws, regulations and policies which govern the program

  • Family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques

  • Medical terminology, disease processes and their treatment as they relate to decisions regarding clinical interventions and appropriate therapies based on medical or psychological diagnosis

  • The methods and principles of casework, supervision and training

Ability to:

  • Establish rapport with a client and in applying techniques of assessing psychosocial, behavioral and psychological aspects of client’s problems

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of caseload and their families as well as civic, legal, medical, social and religious organizations

  • Express ideas clearly and concisely and to plan and execute work effectively

  • Supervise, train or instruct lower-level social workers, students or interns in the program

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work; Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and completion of the Child Welfare Collaborative (Child Welfare positions only); Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and one year directly related experience; Master’s degree in counseling in a human services field and one year of social work or counseling; Bachelor’s degree in a human services field from an accredited college or university and two years directly related experience; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university plus three years of directly related experience.    

Applicants who meet the qualifications listed for the Social Worker III will be given first consideration.  Also, those with a Social Worker degree from an accredited school of social work will be given preference however anyone who has a Human Services Degree or a 4-year degree may apply as “work against appointments” and will be considered.

Special Requirements:
Copies of final transcripts from accredited school showing date degree awarded must be submitted with application. Must have a valid driver’s license and be in compliance with the Rutherford County’s insurance regulations.  Must have access to a vehicle.


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INCOME MAINTENANCE CASEWORKER I - INCOME MAINTENANCE UNIT
Position Number:  5310026
Annual Salary:  $30,467
Posting Date:  August 26, 2021
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Position Responsibilities
The person in this position will be responsible for a minimal amount of eligibility determination and assisting the Income Maintenance Caseworkers by gathering information to determine eligibility for the Income Maintenance programs.  This position will also fill in to assist clients at the receptionist’s window.   
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
*Good mathematical reasoning and computational skills.
*Excellent computer skills and preferably a background in DSS programs
*Ability to communicate with clients, applicants, and the public to obtain data, and to explain rules and procedures
*Ability to understand the needs and problems of clients/applicants.
*Learn the program area of assignment.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Graduation from an accredited associate degree program in Human Services Technology, Social Services Associate, Paralegal Technology, Business Administration, Secretarial Science, or a closely related curriculum; or graduation from high school and two years of paraprofessional, clerical, or other public contact experience which included negotiating, interviewing, explaining information, gathering and compiling of data, analysis of data and/or performance of mathematical or legal tasks with at least one year of such experience being in an income maintenance program; or graduation from high school and three years of paraprofessional, clerical or other public contact experience which included negotiating, interviewing, explaining information, the gathering and compiling of data, the analysis of data and/or the performance of mathematical or legal tasks; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

 Selection Process:
The selection process will include a structured interview.  Applications will be reviewed; structured interview evaluations will be studied; educational and work experience histories will be considered.  After careful evaluation of the above-mentioned criteria the appointing authority will appoint the applicant who in the judgment of the appointing authority is best suited for the position.

If you are interested in the position and possess the basic requirements for the position as stated above, please submit a PD-107 State Application Form no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.  NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER CLOSING DATE.  

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COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR
Position Number:  5310029
Annual Salary:  To be determined
Posting Date:  October 1, 2021
Closing Date:  October 30, 2021

Position Responsibilities:

Rutherford County is seeking to fill the position of Department of Social Services (DSS) Director.  Rutherford County has a population of approximately 67,000.  The Agency has an annual budget of $4.9M and there are 145 employees. The Social Services Director is responsible for administering State and Federal Social Services Programs established by Chapter 108A of the North Carolina General Statutes in accordance with applicable federal and state rules.  The Director directs other managers/supervisors, professional, paraprofessional, and support staff in the delivery of Agency services and provides leadership and direction for program development, establishing program standards and monitoring, and evaluating quality of service delivery systems.  The Director supervises budget activities and may maintain direct involvement in conflict/complaint resolution, staffing and personnel issues, and serve as the principle spokesperson for the Agency relative to program issues.  Work also involves working closely with the County Manager, County Commissioners, and other human services agencies in the County, and serving on numerous community boards.  This position is appointed by, and reports directly to, a local Board of Social Services, and indirectly to the County Manager.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of the legal and philosophical basis for public welfare programs. Considerable knowledge of principles and practice of social work. Thorough knowledge of management principles, techniques and practices. Knowledge of the Agency’s organization, operation and objectives and applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations. Ability to exercise sound judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions; direct employees and programs in the various areas of responsibility; and develop and maintain effective working relationships with the public and with federal, state and local officials.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

A master’s degree in social work and two years of supervisory experience in the delivery of client services; or a bachelor’s degree in social work and three years of supervisory experience in the delivery of client services, one of which must have been in Social Services; or graduation from a four year college or university and three years of supervisory experience in the delivery of client services, two of which must have been in Social Services; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 

Selection Process:
The selection process will include a structured interview. Preference will be given to candidates with extensive experience in the development and administration of a variety of social services programs in a social services organization in NC.  Considerable skill and experience in the supervision of social work and/or income maintenance staff are required.  The salary will depend upon the experience, education and salary history of the candidate chosen, interested candidates must complete and submit a NC State Application form (PD-107).  The completed application and supplemental materials must be received by 5pm on or before the closing date.  Application may not reference in a resume or other enclosed document nor will these items be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Unofficial transcript is acceptable for application; but if selected, an official transcript will be required

 

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PROCESSING ASSISTANT V
Position Number:  5310005
Salary:  $30,467/Annually
Posting Date:  November 18, 2021
Closing Date:  December 1, 2021

Position Responsibilities:

The primary purpose of this position is to facilitate the operations of the Family and Children’s and Adult Services Divisions by managing State required functions in the social work unit.  The operations include data entry, data search, and court case plan data entry, making referrals, facilitating meetings, and facilitating basic work flows.  Other primary purposes of this position are to serve as back-up for the various reception areas throughout the Agency, as well as, performing back-up duties for incoming/outgoing mail – both interagency and via the US Postal Service.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Significant knowledge of program procedures, methods and practices.
Significant knowledge and ability to use correct grammar, vocabulary, spelling and program terminology to compose, proofread and edit correspondence, reports and other materials. Ability to record, compile, summarize and perform basic analysis of narrative and numerical materials. Ability to learn and independently apply laws, program rules and regulations. Ability to learn programs and services and apply this knowledge in problem-solving and responding to most questions and inquiries. Ability to use judgment in establishing program procedures and organizing and coordinating workflow. Ability to apply correct sentences and grammatical structure to independently compose and format materials within established guidelines. Ability to independently work with people with courtesy and tact in performing public contact and communication duties that may be sensitive in nature. Ability to gather and release pertinent program information. Ability to schedule and coordinate a variety of appointments, meetings and/or conferences

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Graduation from high school and demonstrated possession of knowledges, skills and abilities gained through at least three years of office assistant/secretarial experience; or completion of a two-year secretarial science or business administration program with one year of responsible experience as described above; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

 

Special Requirements:

Copies of final transcripts from accredited school showing date degree awarded must be submitted with application. Must have a valid driver’s license and be in compliance with the Rutherford County’s insurance regulations.  Must have access to a vehicle. 

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INCOME MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR II

Position #:  5310053

Salary:  $39,904/Annually

Posting Date:  November 10, 2021

Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Position Responsibilities:
The person holding this position will be responsible for the administrative and technical supervision of Income Maintenance Caseworkers in the Family and Children’s Medicaid Unit.  Staff in this unit determine eligibility for Medical Assistance based on MAGI (MODIFIED ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME) policy.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Considerable knowledge of all income maintenance programs, forms, and documents used in determining eligibility.  Considerable knowledge of the use of the income maintenance manuals.  Considerable knowledge of needs, problems, and attitudes of disadvantaged persons.  General knowledge of all agency programs and services.  General knowledge of community services and programs which could affect the client/applicant.  General knowledge of the budget process.  Good mathematical, reasoning, and computational skills.  Ability to instruct, organize, direct, and supervise lower level employees.  Ability to learn basic supervisory/management skills.  Ability to communicate effectively with workers, supervisors, applicants, and community agencies to obtain pertinent data and to interpret rules and regulations.  Ability to present information orally and in written form. 

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Three years of experience as a caseworker or investigator in an Income Maintenance Program, preferably with one year of supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 

Work Against Appointment will be considered:
(Income Maintenance Supervisor I) 

Minimum Education and Experience:
Two years of experience as an Income Maintenance Caseworker or Investigator in an Income Maintenance Program; or an equivalent combination of training or experience.

SELECTION PROCESS:
The selection process will include a structured interview.  Applications will be reviewed; structured interview evaluations will be studied; educational and work experience histories will be considered.  After careful evaluation of the above-mentioned criteria, the appointing authority will appoint the applicant who in the judgment of the appointing authority is best suited for the position. 
If you are interested in the position and possess the basic requirements for the position as stated above, please submit a PD-107 State Application Form.  If you have applied within the last six months, your application will be considered.