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Team Dane

Social Worker

Under minimal supervision, provide educational and vocational assessments and placements of jail residents under Huber Law and probationer jail release provisions. You will also perform pre-release and post-release referrals for human services, and related duties as required.

Examples of Duties

  • Conduct new resident intake assessments through interviews to determine resident service needs, as well as their educational and employment status and needs.
  • Perform job development and placement services for Huber Law eligible residents and employment counseling, including instruction on employment application completion and employment interviewing.
  • Complete work release agreements for residents and their employers.
  • Verify and approves resident temporary releases from jail for job interviews, medical/dental appointments, and releases for other purposes.
  • Provide post-release referral for economic support including general assistance.
  • Arrange emergency child care services.
  • Coordinate access to mental health, AODA, and educational tutoring services.
  • Administer GED pretests and tests.
  • Serve as a resident nrepresentative in jail disciplinary hearings.
  • Arrange law library access for residents.
  • Discuss resident needs and goals with probation agents and human services agency representatives.
  • Provide student field placement supervision and evaluation.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in social work from a program accredited or reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education, or a Bachelor's 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).
  • Experience with the criminal justice system is preferred.

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 the 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 driver's license and access to reliable personal motor vehicle transportation.


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Dane County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.