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Public Guardian/In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Social Worker, Loyalton, CA

Organization: Sierra County
Category: Social Worker
Location: Loyalton, CA
Date Job Posted: August 24, 2021
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Public Guardian/In-Home Supportive

Services (IHSS) Social Worker
SALARY: $4,633.53 - $5,108.47 Monthly

DEPARTMENT: Sierra County Department of Social Services
OPENING DATE: 09/21/20
CLOSING DATE: Continuous


Under general supervision of the Director of Social Services employees of this class will work in an adult services and public guardian unit, providing difficult social services such as to investigate and assess the potential need for a conservatorship of a client; provide case management services and assessment of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) needs; coordinate activities with law enforcement, legal and the court systems; provide information about available services and arrange for referral of clients to appropriate social service or employment resources.

Social Worker III is the advanced journey level in the Social Worker series. Incumbents are normally assigned a selected caseload of the more difficult cases and when needed are given supervisory consultation in development of treatment plans. Incumbents are expected to work independently.

Social Worker III differs from Social Worker II in that the former receives the more difficult assignments requiring greater skill and depth of job knowledge in assessing problem situations and formulating plans for services. Incumbents normally work with a high degree of independence of action in administering services and in making use of agency or community resources. Social Worker III differs from Social Worker IV-A/B in that the latter is the most experienced worker and requires both advanced education and social work experience.


Incumbents in the Social Worker III classification receive general direction from a Social Worker Supervisor or other higher-level manager or deputy director, and may act as lead worker to lower classification working in the same program area.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Works as part of the Department of Human Services Crisis on-call team
  • Carries an IHSS caseload as well as the public guardian/conservatorship caseload.
  • Performs new assessments and reassessments for the IHSS program to determine a person’s eligibility for the program, and services needed.
  • Investigates the need for LPS(i.e., Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder), Probate, and Limited conservatorships for Sierra County Residents who, as the result of a disability, have lost the ability to care for themselves and have no one else willing and/or able to care for them.
  • Ensures program compliance with all federal, state and county laws, regulations, rules and procedures and work standards.
  • Collaborates and coordinates unit services with management staff, staff of other county departments, law enforcement, attorneys and court personnel, other public and private agencies, community organizations, service providers, clients and their families, and other involved parties
  • Manages the most difficult and complex cases; prepares and reviews complex investigations, evaluations, reports and documents for legal proceedings; represents the unit and/or testifies in court hearings
  • Consults and advises on specific case and operational problems, including crisis situations; provides professional consultation to management staff, other departments, and other agencies regarding public conservatorship and adult services Principles, practices, approaches, methods and techniques of public conservatorship programs and adult social services programs, including all aspects of assessment and case management
  • Works collaboratively with other community treatment providers
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Evaluates program effectiveness and makes recommendations for program improvement
  • Prepares and deliver presentations on social worker issues

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of organization, workload management and time management
  • Principles and practices of note taking, report writing, and English composition, grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Phone etiquette and interview techniques
  • Socio-economic conditions and trends
  • Basic principles of individual and group behavior
  • Current issues in the field of social welfare
  • Principles of analysis and problem-solving methodology
  • Basic public welfare programs on the Federal, State, and local level
  • General principles of public assistance policies and programs
  • Principles and techniques of interviewing and recording of social casework
  • Laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of the public welfare agency and the role and responsibilities of a social worker
  • Community organization and the social problems calling for the use of public and private community resources
  • Current problems and methodology in the field of public social services
  • Medical, legal, economic, and social management needs of individuals and families with special medical needs such as HIV disease, drug dependency, the medically fragile child, Alzheimer's, and the terminally ill
  • Strategies and protocols surrounding crisis intervention techniques such as voice modulation and assessing the potential for suicide
  • Psychopathology, the different types of mental illness diagnoses, how mental illness affects human behavior and mental health services and treatments utilized by clients
  • Signs, stages and dynamics of abuse, and the effects of abuse on child/adult development and behavior
  • Signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug use/abuse in adults and children and the effects on families
  • Standards for maintaining clients safely in home; options for placement; effects of removing clients from unsafe situations

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with others in writing, in person and over the telephone
  • Analyze data, interpret directions, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses
  • Perform job duties under stressful conditions
  • Respond appropriately to situations
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or county regulations
  • Understand and apply the agency program, policy and procedures
  • Obtain facts and recognize the relevance and significance
  • Organize and maintain work detail
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with agency staff, clients, and outside organizations
  • Analyze situation and adopt effective courses of action
  • Apply the principles of psychology and family relationships to engage individuals and families in social services
  • Recognize signs of abuse for children, elderly and dependent adults; assess risk factors and potential dangers to clients
  • Apply existing laws, rules, and regulations to welfare department operations
  • Interpret and explain to applicants, recipients, or others public social service programs, policies, rules and regulations
  • Develop skill in interviewing case, recording, and interpretation
  • Work within a community setting and effectively use appropriate resources and services
  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with legal standards and/or county regulations
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment and related software
  • Act appropriately in emergency and stressful situations
  • Interact professionally and respectfully with clients including difficult, hostile, or distressed clients
  • Respect cultural differences
  • Work with difficult or complex cases/clients including clients with dual diagnoses, potentially dangerous clients or legally complex cases
  • Analyze data from multiple sources, interpret and apply complex directions, rules, policies, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses


Pattern 1: One (1) year of full-time experience performing journey level social work case management in the Social Worker II classification in an Interagency Merit System (IMS) county; OR Pattern 2: Two (2) years of full-time social work case management experience in a public or private agency; AND Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units from an accredited college or university, including fifteen (15) semester units or twenty-two and a half (22.5) quarter units in social welfare, social/human services, sociology, or other social or behavioral science;**


Pattern 3: Bachelor's degree and successful completion of twenty-four (24) semester or thirty-six (36) quarter units of a master's degree program in Social Work, or a Counseling program from an accredited college or university, emphasizing Marriage, Family and Child Counseling or Marriage and Family therapy, Gerontology or Clinical Psychology; AND Twelve (12) months of social work case management experience.*

While the above requirements outline the minimum qualifications, an additional screening criteria may be applied.

*Qualifying social work case management includes direct case work management, such as: assessment, evaluation; conducting investigations of abuse and neglect; preparing court reports; responsibility for a long term caseload, monitoring compliance through home calls and other personal contact; collaboration with other agencies and linking clients to resources and programs; development of a case plan, modification of case plans as needed/required; and authority to impose sanctions or implement actions that impact services.

**Examples of acceptable social or behavioral science courses include: anthropology, criminal justice, education, ethnic studies, history, human development, law, human services, nursing, nutrition, psychology, public health, social welfare, sociology, welfare, women's studies.



  • A valid driver license may be required at the time of appointment and employees may also be required to drive their own car, provide proof of car insurance, and a DMV clearance. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Position may require pre-employment fingerprinting for a background investigation.
  • Government agencies accessing US government information, which include federal tax information must ensure that background investigation requirements for all agency employees and contractors that have access to federal tax information are consistent to the IRS background investigation requirements for access to federal tax information. A background check may be required if the position requires access to these types of records. Background requirements consist of three components which include, fingerprinting, citizenship verification and local law enforcement checks. Applicable agencies must conduct investigation during time of hire and ensure a reinvestigation is conducted 10 years from the date of the previous background investigation for each employee that has access to federal tax information.
  • The ability to speak, read, and write Spanish in addition to English would be an asset in this position, but is not required. Applicants for English/Spanish bilingual designated positions must take and pass the Merit System Services bilingual proficiency examination.

*Recruitments that note continuous under the closing date are subject to close at any time.

Applicants will not be accepted after a continuous recruitment is closed.


If you would like to request Veteran's preference points as part of the application packet, please attach a copy of your DD-214 form to your application.


If supplemental questions are included as a part of this job bulletin, applicants may be rated based upon their responses to the supplemental questions. If rated, only those that are determined to be highly qualified will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.


Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants for disability, military, or for religious reasons. If you require such arrangements, please contact the California Department of Human Resources, or 916-323-2756 a minimum of five business days prior to the scheduled examination date. Documentation may be required.


Sierra County, with a population of a little over 3,300, is located in the heart of the northern section of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The town of Loyalton, with a population of approximately 862, is the most populated area of Sierra County. The County seat is located in Downieville. Sierra County is comprised of 3 very different regions. The West side is mountainous and heavily forested, supporting miners and loggers. On the East side is a large alpine valley, home to farmers and cattle raising. Midway between lies the area of "Lake Basin", a collection of some 50 lakes, studded with resorts and campgrounds.


CalHR, Attn: Merit System Services JS
1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95811

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