MSW Position, Full time, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Covington, Kentucky (Kenton County)

MSW Position, Full time, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Covington, Kentucky (Kenton County)

Forensic Social Work,   Full time,    Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy,      Covington, Kentucky (Kenton County)

Class Title: Social Service Worker I
Immediate Fill, ID: 42477BR
Grade: 13
SALARY: (MIN-MID) $32,042.40 - $42,656.40 yearly at 37.5 hour work week
Purpose of the Agency/Organization:
The Trial Division is part of a statewide agency that provides legal services to indigent clients by providing high quality representation for every client facing loss of life or liberty.

Minimum Requirements:
Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree in social work, sociology, psychology, marriage and family therapy, family studies, counseling or a related human services field.

Special Requirements:
Master’s degree in social work is strongly preferred. Previous experience in the criminal justice field or working with individuals with substance use disorders and/or other behavioral health problems is desirable.

Additional Requirements:
Applicants and employees in this classification may be required to submit to a drug screening test and background check.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties: This job combines social work and the law. The social worker will provide assistance to defense attorneys in developing alternative sentencing plans, pretrial release plans, diversion plans, and reentry plans for individuals who are clients of the Department of Public Advocacy. Social Workers develop plans by assessing client needs, identifying local resources for rehabilitation, treatment, and recovery; obtain client access to treatment and/or rehabilitative services; provide recommendations to courts and referral services for clients. Social Workers shall document service contacts, enter data into the management information system, and complete all other documentation practices as needed. Social workers will provide services as part of the defense representation acting as agents of the defense attorney, working within the attorney/client privilege by interviewing the client and other sources related to the case, gathering records, completing social histories and other assessments. Additional duties may be assigned as necessary.

Application Process:
Please complete an online state application and upload resume at:
Click on “Search and Apply” then click on “Search Openings” Enter the job number: 42477BR into the Keyword box to find the position and apply.

Interested individuals should also contact the recruiter for the Department of Public Advocacy, Patti Heying at

NOTE: When applicants apply online, the job description and deadline listed on the Careers page will be different from the description above. We use a state-wide job ID which has a broad definition and a longer application deadline. For this specific job in forensic social work with the Department of Public Advocacy, you must apply before November 13, 2015.

Application Deadline: November 13, 2015 Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D