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Social Worker I – Southern Region – (160007R1)

  • Official Title: Social Worker I-DCF
  • Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Arlington-30 Mystic Street
  • Job: Community and Social Services
  • Agency: Department of Children & Families
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Shift: Day
  • Job Posting: Apr 10, 2020, 9:58:08 AM
  • Salary: 54,281.24 – 74,138.48 Yearly


The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to upholding the fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. DCF’s vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth’s children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous learning.

We are seeking dynamic applicants for the role of SOCIAL WORKER. Our ideal candidates provide the necessary services to help children in need including homeless, foster, abused and neglected. In many situations, Social Workers interact with children and family members, including siblings, parents, extended relatives, and guardians in order to assess the needs of each child and determine the best course of action for improving the child family environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

(these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive)

  • Assess, evaluate, conduct initial and ongoing case management of children and family services and needs.
  • Develop, review, update and ensure implementation of strength-based service plans for each child in care or custody including risk assessment, safety plans and goals.
  • Complete all documentation in accordance with agency and regulatory requirements.
  • Attend home and foster care visits; transport children to health, social services or other agency-related appointments as required.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with DCF staff and other constituencies; initiate court action when necessary.
  • Empower families to make stable commitments to children by providing counseling and coordinating visits with biological parents and/or guardians and other relatives; develop a helping relationship and ensure needed supports and services are provided.
  • Attend weekly supervision, weekly staff meetings, in-service training, and team meetings.
  • Maintain a high degree of professionalism in the community, with clients, schools, courts and with referring agencies seeking to build and sustain positive relationships.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have (A) a Bachelor’s degree or higher in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education or criminal justice or a relevant human services degree and (B) a current and valid Licensures as a Licensed Social Work Associate, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Certified Social Worker or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker issued by the Massachusetts Board of Registration*.

*Applicants at the Department of Children and Families must obtain the required license in Social Work within the first nine (9) months of employment.

The classification may require possession of a current and valid Motor Vehicle Driver’s License at a class level specific to assignment.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

IMPORTANT: Offers of employment are made based on agency staffing needs. Offices in the Southern Region consist of:

  • Arlington Office – 30 Mystic Street, Arlington, MA 02474
  • Coastal Office – 220 Forbes Road Rear, Braintree, MA 02184
  • Taunton Office – 1 Washington Street, Suite 21, Taunton, MA 02780
  • Brockton Office – 110 Mulberry Street, Brockton, MA 02302
  • Fall River Office – 1567 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720
  • New Bedford Office – 100 Front Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
  • Cape and Islands Office – 500 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
  • Plymouth Office – 61 Industrial Park Road, Plymouth, MA 02360

Pre-Offer Process

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on “Information for Job Applicants”.

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines
  • Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

Please be advised that you have applied to a “Pipeline Posting.” Pipeline postings are used for high volume positions which require continuous hiring. Candidates who apply to this posting will remain active in the “pipeline” for 90 days and will be considered as openings arise.   Although we cannot guarantee every candidate will be considered, as selection is based on job availability and individual staffing needs of the agency, candidates are strongly encouraged to reapply after 90 days.

For questions, please contact the CYF Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Diane Chang – 617-748-2104

Bargaining Unit: 08-SEIU – Local 509 – Social/Rehabilitation

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