Social Service Worker I for Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Shepherdsville KY

Social Service Worker I for Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Shepherdsville KY

Social Service Worker I  for Justice and Public Safety Cabinet    in Bullitt County/Shepherdsville 
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
Immediate Fill, ID: 42477BR

Grade: 13
SALARY: (MIN-MID) $32,042.40 - $42,656.40 yearly at 37.5 hour work week

Work Location: Bullitt County, Shepherdsville

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.

Hours of Work:
Full time position (37.5 hrs. per week)

Application Process:
Please complete an online state application and upload resume at:
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 are 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 August 26.

Application Deadline: August 26, 2015

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D