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January 13, 2020
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The Napa Valley


The Napa Valley - Internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.

County of Napa as an Employer

The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth.At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment.This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,400 employees.

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.

The Position

The current vacancy is a unique position within the Self-Sufficiency Services Division of Napa County Health and Human Services.This position will facilitate and coordinate services designed to reengage participants and ensure a level of stability within the family to participate in Welfare-to-Work activities. This position will work closely with Welfare-to-Work staff and other agencies including internal and external partners to ensure that the emphasis of services is on the family and employment. Additionally, this position will work closely with our Housing Support Program to assist homeless families in regaining stability and ending cycles of homelessness. This list may be used to fill future Social Worker IV vacancies for up to twelve months.

The Social Worker IV positionperforms intensive case management in the most difficult social service areas. The incumbent will conduct comprehensive assessments to determine level of need and interventionrequired for families to reduce barriers and engage in employment preparedness activities. This position provides consultation toother staff members as well as internal and external partners, and acts as aliaison to these partners and ouremployment services division. This position requires theincumbentto be a strong communicator, adaptable, work well independently and as part of team, and showcase leadership and collaborative qualities.

The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge:

Understanding of issues concerning homelessness and poverty including multigenerational poverty and best practices around addressing these issues.

Knowledge of industry best practices and effective strategies toengage populations with barriers to self-sufficiency and accessing andreceiving services.

The Recruitment Process

1. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

2. Applications will be screened for minimum qualifications the week of January 27, 2020.

3. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of February 03, 2020. The most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited for an Oral Panel Interview.

4. Oral Panel Interviewsaretentatively scheduled to take place the week of February 10, 2020. Only the most qualified candidates from the interview process will be placed on the eligibility list and may be considered to fillpositions for up to one year.

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to change the recruitment process at any time.

Example of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Undertake case studies for the purpose of assessing problems and determining appropriate types and methods of treatment.; undertake intensive long or short term treatment plans which require a comprehensive fund of professional knowledge with the aim of improving or restoring individual or family functioning, act as a Casework Consultant to staff member without professional training; function at a highly skilled level in such areas as counseling, protective services, medical social work, family services, community organization and research; provide services and counseling in cases of desertion or impending desertion of a spouse; interprets the rules, regulations and policies to clients and applicants; maintain casework record and handles relevant correspondence; analyzes data, interpret directions, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses; perform related duties as assigned.


Social Service research methods.

Physical and mental health principles and the impact on the personality.

Local socio-economic conditions and current problems and methodology in the field of public social services.

Basic principles and techniques of interviewing and recording the social casework.

Laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of the public welfare agency.

Community organizations and the social problems calling for the use of public and private community resources.

Basic principles involved in the nature, growth and development of personality, and in-group processes.

Socio-economic conditions and trends.

Basic principles of individual and group behavior.

Current issues in the field of social welfare.

Principles of interviewing and problems-solving methodology.

Basic public welfare programs on the Federal, State, and local level.

General principles of public assistance policies and programs.


Apply the principles of child psychology and family relationships.

Evaluate personal psychological factors in the child and/or family's situation.

Act effectively in stressful situations.

Demonstrate skill in the more difficult casework areas.

Accept and use consultative supervision.

Meet established deadlines.

Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Analyze situation and adopt effective courses of action.

Apply existing laws, rules and regulations to welfare department operations and interpret to the applicant, recipient, or other public social services programs.

Develop skill in interviewing, case recording and interpretation.

Work constructively within a community setting and effectively use appropriate resources and services.

Understand and learn the agency programs, policy and procedures.

Obtain and recognize relevant and significant facts.

Organize and maintain work detail.

Relate and work well with agency staff, clients, and others.

Use computers and related software.

Establish and maintain effective working relationship with agency staff, clients, and others.

To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess the following combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Required minimum qualifications:



One (1) year of experience comparable to a Social Worker III in a public social services agency.


Two (2) years of social work casework experience in a public or private social services agency.


Master's degree in Social Work or a Master's degree from a two (2) year counseling program.

License or Certificate:
Incumbent in this position is expected to operate automotive vehicles in the performance of assigned duties. Due to assignments and hours worked, public transportation may not be an efficient method for traveling to required locations. Individuals appointed will be required to maintain a valid California Driver's License while employed.

Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Salaries are based on a five-step range. Appointments are usually made at the beginning step with advances occurring at six months and the completion of each year thereafter. Salary rates are reviewed annually.

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Certain designated County positions require a candidate to pass a physical examination prior to appointment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination.

All employees hired into allocated positions or extra help positions will be fingerprinted.


FOR POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT - The selection process will include an oral board interview, psychological assessment, background investigation, and a pre-employment physical exam.

Instructions for Supplemental Application Questions. The following questions comprise one of the steps in the selection process for this position and are intended to assist you in presenting your qualifications. Only the information you provide in your answers to these questions will be evaluated and scored to determine the best qualified candidates to continue in the selection process for this position. Please be complete and specific in answering the questions as your score will be based on this information. Applications submitted without responses to the supplemental questions will not be evaluated. Although your experience and education should relate back to your application, your application and or resume will not be reviewed when scoring the supplemental questions. Therefore, please be as detailed as possible in your responses to the supplemental questions. . I have read and understand the instructions presented above.

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Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated on the application. (A Master's degree in Social Work or a Master's degree from a two (2) year counseling program)

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      Describe in detail your experiences working with economically disenfranchised populations?

        Describe how you evaluate and assess the employability of clients with social and economic barriers? Describe your approach to working with clients who you believe have significant barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.

          Describe in detail your experience accessing resources and collaborating with community organizations, social services agencies, behavioral health services, or any other organizations who are working with mutual clients. Share your approach to collaborating effectively to ensure your client's needs are met.

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