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 ICWA Social Worker - Hoopa, California, United States

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Posted by: Hoopa Valley Tribe 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Social Work/Public Health
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: x9tsajKOrVzQcayApCh9UCLEQytvez / Latpro-3841216 
Date posted: Nov-16-2021
State, Zip: California, 95546


Job Title:                    ICWA Social Worker

Department:              Hoopa Human Services/Child and Family Services

Supervisor:                 Merris Obie, Director

FLSA:                          Non-Exempt

Prepared By:              Merris Obie

Prepared Date:          August 3, 2021

Approved Date:        

Salary Level:               DOE/Negotiable

Location:                    Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation


Summary: To provide case management services to the children and families engaged in the CWS, Tribal Court, State Court, Family Wellness Court, and ICWA systems. Case management will include determination of need for social services; service referrals; individualized treatment and specialized application of culturally appropriate Case Plans. Other services will include investigations; court reporting; and advocacy.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Investigates child abuse or neglect referrals. Provides follow-up and/or supportive services to potential or actual high-risk families.
  2. Implements assessment and development of appropriate case plans on individual client needs.
  3. Case Management Services.
  4. Writes court petitions and reports in child abuse and neglect cases for the Tribal Court, Family Wellness Court, or State Court.
  5. Makes recommendations to the courts and other service providers regarding the placement of minor children in Hoopa Tribal Court dependency cases and in State Court dependency cases when the Indian Child Welfare Act applies.
  6. Mandated Reporting of Child abuse and/or neglect as required by law.
  7. Provides follow-up and/or supportive services to high-risk families.
  8. Assists in the recruitment and training of foster care providers.
  9. Assists agency staff with individual and group meetings (multidisciplinary team) in analyzing problems and improving their diagnostic and helping skills.
  10. Provides counseling service and referral to clients in emergency and crisis situations.
  11. Represents agency in community and inter-agency actives and meetings as needed.
  12. Provide ongoing case management services on current case loads including monthly home visits, scheduling, and overseeing supervised visitation, transporting clients to and from visits and conducts home evaluations for relative placements or foster care placements.
  13. Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards that includes maintaining Release of Information (ROI) records.
  14. Other duties may be assigned as it pertains to the position.


Supervisory Responsibilities

May be required to supervise interns and volunteers.


Education and/or Experience

Master’s Degree preferred. Bachelor’s Degree required in Social Work, Psychology, Behavioral Science, Sociology or related field from an accredited University, plus one year work experience preferably in ICWA case management.


Desirable Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated ability to work with Native American communities.
  2. Two to Three years’ work experience as a Social Worker.
  3. Prefer prior experience working with an Indian Child Welfare or social service program.
  4. Knowledge of Hupa history, generational trauma, cultural resiliency, Hupa culture, language and connection to the environment.


Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Requirement and/or Knowledge of:

  1. Socio-economic conditions and trends.
  2. The principles of individual and group behavior.
  3. Current issues in the field of social welfare.
  4. Principles of interviewing and problem-solving methodology.
  5. The general principles of public assistance policies and programs.
  6. Principles and techniques of interviewing ad recording of social casework
  7. Proficient with computers and Micro-soft Office or similar programs
  8. Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and community.
  9. Accountability for all social media, internet, and cell phone moral and legal conduct.
  10. Appropriate dress attire when representing the agency.


Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, officials, and the general public.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Communication, facilitation, conflict medication, and negotiation training certificates desired.

Domestic violence training and alcohol and other drugs training and or courses desired.

Parenting classes and/or courses desired.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Conditions of Employment

Employee will be subject to a 90 day introductory period.  Employee Evaluations will take place at least once per year, following initial 60 and 90 day evaluations consistent with the Hoopa Valley Tribal Policy Departmental Manual.


Employee must comply with Title 21; Drug and Alcohol Policy of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, which includes pre-employment drug testing, random, reasonable cause, re-entry and post accident.


Preference in hiring will be given to qualified Indian Applicants pursuant to Title 13; Hoopa Tribe’s TERO Ordinance apply. 



The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. 

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