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DANE COUNTY invites applications for the position of: Social Worker - Bilingual (SpanishEnglish) Children's Long Term Support

February 08, 2020 10:31 AM | Mathias Lemos Castillo (Administrator)

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invites applications for the 

Social Worker - Bilingual (SpanishEnglish) Children's Long Term Support

SALARY: $24.77 - $32.55 Hourly

OPENING DATE: 11/01/19

CLOSING DATE: 02/28/20 04:30 PM

DESCRIPTION: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/countyofdane

The Dane County Human Services Department is currently recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Social

Worker - Bilingual (Spanish/English) position in the Children's Long Term Support Unit. The Eligible List

created will be used to fill future vacancies within the next six (6) months.

Starting hourly rate of $24.77 with further increases to $32.55. Bilingual positions are subject to earn

an additional $0.75 per hour. Excellent benefits include fully paid dental and HMO health insurance

premiums for full time employees. The County will also provide contributions towards POS health

insurance premiums and short/long term disability. Additional benefits available include long term care,

vision coverage, flex spending account and deferred compensation programs paid in full by the

employee and a wellness program (for further details visit https://admin.countyofdane.com/EmpRel).

Employees hired after 7-1-11 must be expected to work a minimum of 1200 hours annually to be

enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System when hired. Dane County also provides six (6) weeks of

paid parental leave for birth or adoption of a child.



As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are

valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and

open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality service is a

shared goal. All employees must be able to demonstrate multicultural competence – the awareness,

knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful,

relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including

women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


Under the supervision of the Children's Social Work Supervisor, Children's Long Term Support Social

Workers develop long-term working relationships with children and young adults from birth to twentyone years old, who experience intellectual, physical, emotional, developmental and other disabilities.

Most have additional complicating factors such as medical, psychiatric, sensory or behavioral challenges

which require multi-system coordination.


Children's Long-Term Support Social Workers work closely with families, guardians, schools, service

providers and natural supports; coordinate comprehensive assessments of individuals' needs; develop

family and person-centered plans; act as team leaders, facilitating regular stakeholder meetings;

mediate conflicts; comply with court requirements; develop or connect people to needed paid and

unpaid supports; monitor the continued appropriateness and effectiveness of supports, making changes

as warranted; autonomously complete daily, monthly and annual paperwork needed to maintain

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Medicaid waiver services and other public benefits; perform other duties as assigned with flexibility,

humor and creativity. Children's Long-Term Support Social Workers seek to ensure health and safety

while promoting self-determination, community belonging, valued social roles, the sharing of ordinary

places, opportunities for contribution, and choice. They provide on-going therapeutic interventions to

children and families in community based settings, such as a child's home, neighborhood, school, or

other places where people without disabilities typically spend time.


Applicants with a Bachelors or Masters Degree in Social Work will be screened through. Applicants who

are currently in their final semester of school and are obtaining a Bachelors or Masters Degree in Social

Work will also be screened through. Applicants with any other major must possess a temporary or

permanent Social Work Certification from the WI Department of Safety and Professional Services

(DSPS) prior to applying (a training certificate will not be accepted).

All individuals must possess a degree and a temporary or permanent Social Work Certification from the

WI Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) prior to the first day of employment. If any

applicant does not possess a temporary or permanent certification on the first day of employment the

job offer will be rescinded and they will be terminated. Candidates with a temporary certificate must

obtain a permanent certification within one (1) year in order to pass probation.

Special Requirements:

  • Applicants applying for the Children's Long Term Support Division must have two (2)

years of professional experience working directly with individuals with intellectual and

developmental disabilities.

  • Must take AND pass the State of Wisconsin's test to become a Children's Long Term

Care Functional Screener within sixty days of hire.

  • Requires a valid driver's license (or eligibility for), access to reliable personal motor

vehicle transportation, and a good driving record.

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is required. (Must be able to pass a bilingual Spanish and

English test.)

Background Check Statement:

Some positions may require a criminal background check which can include fingerprinting due to the

nature of the job's responsibilities. Wisconsin's Fair Employment Law, s. 111.31 – 111.395, Wis. Stats.,

prohibits discrimination because of an arrest or conviction record. However, Dane County may disqualify

an applicant if the position's responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant's criminal history

(e.g., the nature of the crime and its relationship to the position, whether hiring, transferring or

promoting an applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees, customers and

vendors, etc.) Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful

completion of the background check.


  • Basic understanding of human growth and behavior and awareness of how sensory-motor

differences, developmental and physical disabilities and may impact this.

  • Knowledge of and experience with current human service philosophies and approaches such as

self-determination, person and family centered planning, community inclusion, trauma informed

care and asset based community development.

  • Ability to develop positive, long-term relationships with people who have disabilities, understand

their concerns and mental health issues and act to address them in a timely, respectful and

effective manner.

  • Ability to quickly acquire and apply knowledge of laws, regulations, policies and procedures

relating to people with developmental disabilities.

  • Knowledge of and ability to access community resources that may be used by people with

intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.

  • Ability to prioritize, manage and resolve urgent or crisis situations.
  • Capacity to organize large amounts of information and manage complex situations to achieve the

most effective individual and programmatic outcomes.

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  • Ability to be decisive, consistent and diplomatic.
  • Possession of good verbal and written skills, the ability to follow oral and written instructions,

autonomously meet deadlines, participate in and appropriately use supervision.



210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 418

Madison, WI 53703

(608) 266-4125


Position #2019-00504




Social Worker - Bilingual (Spanish-English) Children's Long Term Support Supplemental


* 1. Do you possess a Bachelors Degree?

Yes No

* 2. If yes, what is your degree?

* 3. Do you currently possess any of the State of Wisconsin Social Worker Certifications (temporary

certification may be accepted during the application process)?

Yes No

* 4. If so, please provide the license number AND expiration date.

* 5. Do you possess two (2) years of professional experience working directly with individuals with

intellectual and developmental disabilities?

Yes No

* 6. THIS QUESTION IS GRADED Children's Long Term Support Social Workers work on an on-going

basis with children who have developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, their families,

guardians, service providers and advocates to ensure they live, attend school and participate as fully

as possible in their community. Individuals often have co-occurring psychiatric, sensory, behavioral

issues and/or fragile health that necessitate coordination between families, school, medical, mental

health, and juvenile and/or criminal justice systems. Please describe how your educational

background and experience working with children who have complex long term care needs have

provided you with the interest, temperament and clinical skills needed to be a Children's Long Term

Support Social Worker. Highlight any experience you have had working with children or families who

speak Spanish as their primary language.

* 7. THIS QUESTION IS GRADED Children's Long Term Support Social Workers work in a highly

individualized, community-based, child and family-directed service system which seeks to increase

children and families' sense of belonging, sharing of ordinary places, contribution, choice and valued

social roles. Provide a specific example of how you have creatively integrated the approaches and

values of self-directed services, full community membership, asset based community development

and person-centered planning to enhance the life of a child with long term support needs and their


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* 8. THIS QUESTION IS GRADED Ella is a five year old about to enter kindergarten. She has cognitive

delays and emotional struggles. Several times per week she pushes her siblings and other children

to the ground, throws objects at them, experiences bouts of extended crying and makes disruptive

vocalizations. As a case manager what interventions would you put in place to decrease family stress

and increase the likelihood of classroom success? Assuming Ella has long-term care needs, how

would you adapt your role as Ella's support needs change? Provide examples of how her services

might look different when she enters middle school, high school and eventually the paid work force.

* Required Question

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