Social Worker (Sheriff's Office)


Under minimal supervision, provide educational/vocational assessments and placements of jail prisoners under Huber Law and probationer jail release provisions; perform pre-release and post-release referrals for human services; performs related duties as required.

Examples of Duties

Conducts new prisoner intake assessment through interviews to determine prisoner service needs, as well as their educational and employment status and needs; performs job development and placement services for Huber Law eligible prisoners as well as employment counseling including instruction on employment application completion and employment interviewing; completes work release agreements for prisoners and their employers; verifies and approves prisoner temporary releases from jail for job interviews, medical/dental appointments and releases for other purposes; provides post-release referral for economic support including general assistance; arranges emergency child care services; coordinates access to mental health, AODA, and educational tutoring services; administer GED pretests and tests; serve as a prisoner representative in jail disciplinary hearings; arranges law library access for prisoners; discusses inmate needs and goals with probation agents and human services agency representatives; provide student field placement supervision and evaluation.

Employment Standards

Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in social work from a program accredited or accredited or reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education or a bachelors degree in a field other than social work and possession of any of the State of Wisconsin social worker certifications (temporary certification will be accepted). Prefer experience with the criminal justice system.

Knowledge and Abilities: Knowledge of and skill in the application of Social Work ethics, theories and practices; ability to work effectively with a variety of persons and institutions including ethnic minorities; ability to express ideas clearly orally and in writing.

Special Requirement: Those having accredited or pre-accredited social work degrees must have, as of date of hire, possession of any of the State of Wisconsin social worker certifications (those with temporary certification must obtain regular certification prior to the expirations of their temporary certification). Must have possession or eligibility for a Wisconsin drivers license and access to reliable personal motor vehicle transportation.

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Dane County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.