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Social Worker, Child Protection

The Child Protection Division of Human Services and Public Health in Health and Human Services seeks to fill multiple Child Protection Social Worker (CPSW) vacancies. The primary functions of these positions are listed below. Each individual vacancy will have specialized duties and responsibilities depending on the area of assignment: Intake, Investigations, Rapid Response Team, Case Management, and Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Case Management.

The new Child Protection Social Workers will participate in the induction training on Hennepin County's policies, procedures and practices as well as mandated Department of Human Services training. This will include instructor-led training, court room training, job shadowing other Child Protection Social Workers on a rotational basis, and close supervision while receiving initial case assignments.

Salary and paid time off (PTO) are based upon education and experience.

Location and hours:
Staff are scheduled to work Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with occasional evenings and weekends. Some positions may require working in a 24/7 environment including overnights, weekends, and holidays. Staff may be assigned to one of four office locations: Division of Indian Works,North Minneapolis Satellite,Richfield Satellite, or the Health Services Building at 525 Portland Avenue in Minneapolis.

About the position type:
All of these positions are regular full-time positions.

Candidates will be hired into one of these five areas:         
  • Intake Child Protection Social Workers obtain and assess information from reports made by phone, email, fax, or in person to determine whether the report constitutes alleged child maltreatment as defined by the State Department of Human Services
  • Investigation and Rapid Response Team Child Protection Social Workers conduct investigations/assessments of alleged maltreatment
  • Case Management Child Protection Social Workers provide direct social work services to families in which abuse or neglect has been reported in order to carry out the statutory mandate to investigate, protect children from further harm, and safeguard and enhance the welfare of abused/neglected children
  • ICWA Case Management Child Protection Social Workers provide service to Native American families and are responsible for complying with the mandates contained in the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act and the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act 
Need to have:
  • One of the following:
  • Master's degree or higher in social work, or a closely related field with emphasis in areas such as social work methods, human growth and behavior, or principles of social welfare
  • Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or human services, and 18 semester (27 quarter) credits or more of graduate work in the above areas, and three or more years of full-time equivalent experience as a social worker
  • Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or human services, and 18 semester (27 quarter) credits or more of graduate work in the above areas, and one or more years of full-time equivalent experience in child welfare or completion of a Hennepin County internship in child welfare
  • Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or human services, and two or more years of full-time equivalent experience in child welfare 
  • A valid driver's license and daily access to reliable transportation sufficient to transport clients and attend meetings

Nice to have:   
  • Knowledge of and experience working with child protection systems 
  • Experience:
  • Providing comprehensive social worker case management services with children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Developing care and case plans that meet the needs of and ensure safety and stability for clients and families
  • Partnering with social workers, departmental staff, collateral resources and others to develop work agreements and outcome-focused relationships to assist clients/families in achieving their goals
  • Internship and/or volunteer experience in a social services environment
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing including phone skills to obtain accurate data from reports, and writing skills to clearly and concisely record the information
  • Bilingual skills in English and another language(s)
  • Advanced skill in a variety of computer applications including SSIS, ECF, and/or comparable programs
Bilingual candidates in English and another language(s) are encouraged to apply.

About the department:
Human Services delivers a variety of services to individuals or families that assist with basic needs or encourage client change around specific objectives. We work with individuals as well as systems and communities in order to develop policy 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 the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

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

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.

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

This position is internally classified as a Child Protection Social Worker.
Click here to view the job classification specification.

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience.
Final candidates may be required to pass a drug test and/or background check, that may include a driver's license check post-interview.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Jessica Damm