Social Worker, Senior Employment – Hennepin County

++OPENING DATE :++ 04/28/22

++CLOSING DATE:++ 12/05/22 11:59 PM CET


++LOCATION:++ Hennepin County, Minnesota

++DEPARTMENT:++ Human services and public health


The Adult Behavioral Health area of ​​Human Services is seeking a Senior Social Worker (SSW) to help support people with mental health, medical and addictions needs who are involved in the justice system. penal and emergency medical systems. This SSW position will receive referrals from local police departments and emergency medical services. This position will provide information, resources and support to residents of Hennepin County. This will be a short-term provision of social services to help people connect to community resources.

Location and times:
This position will be located at 1800 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 and will require travel to various cities in Hennepin County to engage with individuals in the community to provide and meet social service needs. On-site working hours will be Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

About post type: This is a full-time paid position. This position is internally classified as Social Worker, Senior. Click ++here++ to view the job classification specification.

As of September 1, 2021, all new job offers are conditional on the candidate being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Fully Vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series of vaccines approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a full or emergency basis, or 14 days after receiving received an FDA-approved single-dose vaccine on a full or emergency basis. After a conditional job offer, the candidate must present proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. A COVID-19 vaccination card from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccination record from your doctor’s office, or a personal digital vaccination record is sufficient “evidence.” The candidate must also certify that he is vaccinated by filling out a form on the first day of employment. Reasonable accommodations to this vaccination requirement will be considered at the request of an applicant for medical or religious reasons, as required by applicable law.

In this position, you will:

  • Interview and complete an assessment for people with complex needs.
  • Prepare social history, complete and/or verify diagnostic information, work with individuals to develop goals and service plans, make referrals to community services, and connect individuals to current supports.
  • Assist with benefit forms and applications, service requests, determine eligibility and provide information on community resources.
  • Work closely with people in the community, local law enforcement, probation officers, prison staff, lawyers, community providers and others.
  • Full clearance of file using county systems.
  • Provide advice and support to 911 teammates, law enforcement, and dispatchers, including but not limited to consulting cases, signing documents, facilitating task groups or meetings, or the development of tools and resources.

Need to have:

  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, sociology or human services, and at least 27 terms of graduate work credits in the above fields, and three or more years of full-time supervised experience as a social worker.
    • Masters or higher degree in social work or a closely related field with an emphasis on course work in areas such as social work methods, human growth and behavior, and social principles or welfare.
    • Licensed as a Registered Social Worker by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
  • A valid driver’s license and daily access to reliable transportation for travel primarily within Hennepin County.

Nice to have:

  • Licensed or in the process of obtaining a license in one of the following fields:
    • Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LSGW), Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) ).
  • Live:
    • Serving people living with a mental health issue and/or substance use disorder.
    • Serving those involved in the criminal justice system.
    • Interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, including efforts to reduce disparities.
  • Knowledge of:
    • County and community resources for mental health, substance use disorders, social services and basic needs.
    • Principles of risk reduction.
    • Principles of Trauma-Informed Care.
    • Person centered thinking.
    • Social determinants of health.
    • And an understanding of racial disparities and the impact of these disparities on community development, social justice, restorative justice, socio-economic status, and the effects on the health and well-being of populations.
  • Ability to:
    • Works well in unpredictable and difficult situations requiring sensitivity, flexibility, resourcefulness and independent judgement.
    • Work well independently and as part of a team.
    • Demonstrate strong interpersonal, organizational and computer skills.

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Bilingual candidates who pass a language assessment may be eligible for additional bilingual compensation and duties.

About the department:
Human Services offers a variety of services to individuals or families that meet basic needs or encourage client change around specific goals. We work with individuals as well as systems and communities to develop policies and advocate for the people we serve. The people we serve and our communities are connected. By helping one, we help the other.

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is Minnesota’s largest county government organization. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life of our residents and communities. All of our jobs align with one or more of our overriding goals – that the residents of Hennepin County are healthy, protected and safe, self-sufficient, assured of due process and mobile.

Our employees enjoy a combination of generous benefits and a positive work culture not found in other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits, and opportunities for growth. Learn more at

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and reducing disparities is fundamental to providing excellent service to our community.

Your future. Made here.

This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.

This position may have access to systems or other documents containing HIPAA data. Invitations to interview will be based on an assessment of education and experience. Final applicants may be required to pass a driver’s license check, drug test and/or background check.

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