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JOB TITLE:

Social Worker Advocate

JOB CODE:

329

DEPARTMENT:

Public Defender

UNION:

00

FLSA STATUS:

Exempt

GRADE:

POSITION SUMMARY:

Ability to perform the duties that are assigned by the Public Defender as well as work independently as expected of this profession.

The position involves assessment, service procurement and case management of Public Defender Office caseload of defendants in criminal litigation.  The candidate selected may testify in adult/juvenile proceedings and/or write recommendations to be used in court proceedings and should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

The work provides active involvement with clients throughout the legal process, which includes consultations with attorneys, judges, psychiatrists, probation officers, treatment agencies, family and other support systems (beginning sometime shortly after a client’s arrest and ending at the point of disposition.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conducting client assessments (if permitted by law) in the office and at the various locations (an occasional visit to a state corrections facility may be required) to help determine competency, alcohol/drug dependence, legal insanity, etc.:

  • Conducting client assessments (if permitted by law) at mental health institutions, Bucks County Correctional Facility and other places of confinement to determine competency to stand trial, mental health status and/or drug/alcohol dependency, legal insanity, etc.;

  • Referring to and negotiation with community resources to service client needs;

  • Collecting prior hospital and treatment records when necessary to assist with assessment/treatment planning;

  • Contacting family and other support systems to gather information to assist with assessment and treatment planning;

  • Preparing written records/memoranda on all clients evaluated; which are forwarded to and make a part of the legal file and/or discussed with the assigned attorney;

  • Providing court testimony (if permitted by law) on behalf of clients when needed;

  • Maintaining well documented and dated files on all clients;

  • Preparing social summaries and sentencing reports when necessary;

  • Assisting attorneys in the preparation of insanity defenses;

  • Assisting clients with securing funding for treatment when necessary;

  • Must participate in staff meetings as scheduled; and

  • Other responsibilities as dictated by the needs of the client and the unit including, but not limited to, investigation on criminal matters related to social work area.

  • This social worker will spend at least ten hours per week seeking housing placements for Public Defender clients and will keep track of hours spent for housing and CDBG reimbursement.

  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned/required.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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 accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • BSW or BA/BS in related Human Services field;

  • Must be able to work with diverse client population;

  • Must be able to work well with others;

  • Must have good organizational skills;

  • Must be able to handle a number of tasks simultaneously;

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills;

  • Must be able to take direction and guidance from attorney staff members;

  • Must adhere to confidentiality requirements of Public Defender’s Office;

  • Must be able to go to various locations including state, federal, local prisons and mental hospitals; and

  • Must have valid driver’s license.

Position: Social Worker Advocate

Functional Requirements:

Physical Demands: (Check all that apply)

Balancing



Stooping

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Pushing


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Pulling


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Handling

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Standing

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Sitting

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Talking

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Turning

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Reaching

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Hearing

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Seeing

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Color Vision

X

Depth Perception

X

Mobility

X


Lifting: (Check one)

Carrying: (Check one)

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Very Heavy

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Aptitudes: (Check all that apply)

Form perception

X


Problem solving

X

Motor coordination

X

Working speed (ex.wpm)


Finger dexterity

X

Manual dexterity

X

Computer/VDT ability

X

General learning ability

X

Clerical perception

X


Environmental Conditions: (Check all that apply)

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Exposure to fumes


Exposure to blood and body fluids


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Exposure to chemicals


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Inclement weather conditions;

Inside/outside weather conditions



Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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