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GB65 - Social Worker III

Band 5  


State Specifications:

General Nature of Work:

Directs social work activities performed by a staff of social workers and supporting personnel; develops, implements and coordinates a major program within a social service agency.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

Positions in this class are capable of delivering social work services to a highly vulnerable client population with difficult psychosocial problems. Work may involve the supervision of lower-level social work and human services staff.

Examples of Work:

(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)

Interviews clients and/or family to assess the client's current developmental level, ego strengths and deficits, situation strengths and weaknesses and mental status.
Discusses the proposed plan with the client detailing the recommendations and the reasoning for them, and identifies alternative interventions and methods.
Evaluates social work program effectiveness; implements procedural changes to ensure proper compliance.
Teaches concepts of appropriate social work principles internally and externally.
Coordinates external services for clients and serves as client advocate to ensure continuing services are received.
Meets with community groups to discuss and review available programs and to identify areas where resources need to be expanded or reallocated.
Develops treatment plans through consultation with professionals from areas such as nursing, psychology, psychiatry, medicine and chaplaincy.
Monitors and documents progress of clients and makes service/treatment plan adjustments.
Provides individual/group supervision of lower-level social service staff.
Conducts community planning, needs assessment and evaluation concerning societal conditions which impact on social functioning.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)

Knowledge of social work principles, practices and techniques.
Knowledge of human behavior, group dynamics and personality principles.
Knowledge of human growth and behavior.
Knowledge of interpersonal intervention techniques.
Knowledge of federal, state and local laws that apply to social service programs.
Ability to integrate and coordinate social service activities with social work staff and those of other disciplines.
Ability to conduct group, family and marital therapy with multiproblem clients.
Ability to engage clients in problem solving.
Ability to identify needs for technical assistance/consultation and develop resources to meet those needs.
Ability to communicate effectively.

State Minimum Training and Experience

State Necessary Special Requirements:

Licensure by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners.

Minimum Requirements:

(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)

A bachelor's degree in a social work or social welfare program accredited by the Council on accredited institution, plus experience as a professional social worker.

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:

A bachelor's degree in a social work or social welfare program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or from a social work or social welfare program offered by a regionally accredited institution, plus experience as a professional socia worker.

MUSC Physical Requirements:

(Note: The following descriptions are applicable to this section: Continuous - 6-8 hours per shift; Frequent - 2-6 hours per shift; Infrequent - 0-2 hours per shift)

Ability to perform job functions in an upright position. (Frequent)
Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Frequent)
Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent)
Ability to climb stairs. (Infrequent)
Ability to work indoors. (Continuous)
Ability to work outdoors in all weather and temperature extremes. (Infrequent)
Ability to perform job functions from kneeling positions. (Infrequent)
Ability to bend at the waist. (Infrequent)
Ability to twist at the waist. (Infrequent)
Ability to reach in all directions. (Frequent)
Ability to move objects, up to 15 lbs., from floor level to height of 36 inches, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to lower objects, up to 15 lbs., from height of 36 inches to floor level, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to maintain 20/40 vision, corrected. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects close at hand. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects at a distance. (Continuous)
Ability to match or discriminate between colors. (Continuous)
Ability to determine distance/relationship between objects; depth perception. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain hearing acuity, with correction. (Continuous)
Ability to hear and/or understand whispered conversations at a distance of 3 feet. (Continuous)
Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous)


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