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Social Worker, Adult Mental Health (part-time)

Posted: 12/29/2022

Job Summary

This position will provide direct mental health services to adults who meet the criteria for "serious and persistent mental illness". Services include, crisis intervention, case management, and treatment planning. This position will involve development and implementation of person-centered treatment plans with individuals, their families and support networks.

This position will be posted until filled.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

These examples of typical duties do not include all possible tasks for this classification and do not limit the assignment of related tasks. Regular attendance according to the department's approved work schedule is required for all Sherburne County positions.

  • Respond to new referrals according to timelines found in statute, rule, and county policy regarding offer of service, follow-up, obtaining application for services and consents for release of information, obtaining diagnostic assessment, completing functional assessment, and developing a written Individual Community Support Plan.
  • Utilize therapeutic skills and knowledge in order to make a thorough assessment of strengths, needs, culture, safety and risks.
  • Assist clients to develop an Individual Community Support Plan that addresses needs identified in the diagnostic assessment, social history, and functional assessment.
  • Utilize knowledge of community resources and funding streams in order to offer resources most appropriate to meet client needs and assist client to access appropriate services.
  • Utilize counseling and crisis intervention skills as needed to assist clients to resolve issues and to maintain positive relationships in the community and with their support system.
  • Coordinate comprehensive assessment per state rule and County policies and procedures.
  • Authorize treatment per State requirements and county policies and procedures.
  • Refer clients to more restrictive settings/services if no community-based alternative is available.
  • Participate in case management activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: BA/BS in Social Work or closely related field.
Must have a valid MN driver's license and reliable vehicle.


Social Worker I: Minimum of completed Social Work internship or closely related field
Social Worker II: Minimum of 1 year of Social Work experience or equivalent education plus work experience

Preferred Experience: Experience working with adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness; Adult Mental Health Rule 79 Case Management training; Crisis Intervention Training; dual diagnosis training; and training related to the commitment process. Licensure by the State of Minnesota as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), or Licensed Social Worker (LSW). Training in SSIS. 


Supplemental Information

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Skills needed include interviewing, information collection, assessment, counseling, program development, advocacy skills, report writing and resource development, maintain objectivity.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of all Federal/State laws, Department and County-wide policies, protocols and procedures that apply to the performance of this position.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of court processes, mental health, maltreatment, and delinquency.
  • Demonstrate by personal example the service excellence and integrity expected from all employees.
  • Develop respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers, including sharing knowledge with others and participating in new employee training.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with human services staff, other county employees, clients, and the public.
  • Confer regularly with and keep one's immediate supervisor informed on all important matters pertaining to assigned job accountabilities.
  • Represent the County in a professional manner to all clients, professionals, and community members when doing the County's business.
  • Ability to handle confidential and data privacy issues appropriately.
  • Ability to handle contentious issues appropriately.
  • Ability to solve problems and determine appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrams or schedule forms.
  • Ability to manage crisis situations.
Accountabilities Shared By All Employees                       
  • Performs job responsibilities in a manner consistent with the County's vision, mission, and values.
  • Develops and maintains a thorough working knowledge of all department and county-wide policies, protocols and procedures that apply to the performance of this position.
  • Develops respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers.
  • Informs immediate supervisor of all-important matters pertaining to assigned job responsibilities.
  • Seeks opportunities for further personal growth and development.
  • Represents the County in a professional manner to all internal and external contacts when doing the County's business.
  • Complies with all rules and policies in order to maintain a safe work environment.
Hiring Salary Range:
Social Worker I: $28.91 - $34.69/hour (Grade 12)
Social Worker II:  $30.93 - $37.11 /hour (Grade 13)

Number of Vacancies: 1 - Part-time (20 hours per week)

Position will be posted until filled.

Union: Teamsters

Hours of Work 
Usual work schedule of 20 hours per week, generally during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; may include occasional evening and weekend hours. Note: part-time position is not benefit eligible.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment
Must be able to endure extended travel, up to 8 hours or more per day. Must be able to provide own means of transportation when county vehicles are not available.  May be required to travel to remote areas and in all weather conditions.
Must be able to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (15-25 pounds).
Typical Working Environment:
80% Inside Work (office and field work), 20% Travel. (These percentages are an estimate and may vary based on job duties.)

 Work is performed both in the office and in the field (some examples of settings include client’s: homes, apartments, hospitals, group homes, schools, shelters, correctional facilities, and treatment facilities).  Headaches, eyestrain, and other related occupational hazards reflect the most common potential for injury in the office.  Field visits to clients’ homes may expose employee to unsanitary conditions, communicable illnesses, infrequent exposure to health hazards, unpredictable and/or unsafe environments.
  Likelihood of verbal abuse and threats from hostile, frustrated clients and may include unpredictable situations. 

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