Job Advertisement Social Worker (Disposition Specialist)
Our Organization and Mission:
The Public Defender’s Office is an agency established by the Florida Legislature with the express mission of providing the right to counsel for those at risk of incarceration when charged with criminal offenses. The Office of the Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida has the responsibility for cases arising in Duval, Clay and Nassau Counties. The office represents individuals who are financially unable to hire their own lawyers to represent them in the misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile divisions of the courts of this circuit. The office is also appointed to represent individuals who are the subject of involuntary commitment under the Baker Act (mental health), and the Jimmy Ryce Act (sexual predators) and is divided into administrative, investigative and a number of trial divisions.
The Public Defender maintains a separate office in each of the counties it serves with the administrative offices located in the Duval County Office in Jacksonville Florida. The Public Defender’s Office is committed to cultivating, promoting, and preserving a culture for inclusivity for all applicants.
The Work You Will Do:
The Public Defender’s Office is seeking a Social Worker to serve as an integral part of the Problem Solving/Veteran’s Court Unit, reporting directly to the Director of Problem Solving Courts. The Social Worker will be an integral part of the Unit, coordinating defense-focused case management services to clients within a circuit serving three counties.
The Difference You Will Make:
In addition to providing case management support for the Problem Solving/Veterans Court Unit, you will use your skills and knowledge to advise the attorneys on preparation, presentation and disposition of cases and provide assistance and counseling services for clients.
How You Will Grow:
The Public Defender’s Office encourages all employees, attorneys and support staff alike, to constantly enhance their knowledge and skills through professional training and development opportunities provided by the Office. As the Social Worker for the Problem Solving/Veteran’s Court, you will be expected to utilize educational opportunities to keep abreast of the ever-changing landscape in the field of social work and how it pertains to criminal defense.
Where You Will Work:
Jacksonville, the largest city in area in the continental United States, is a rapidly growing metropolitan city in Northeast Florida with approximately 850,000 residents. Due to its convenient location, mild climate, reasonable cost of living, and high quality of life, Jacksonville is consistently rated one of the “hottest Cities in America” for business expansions and relocations.
One of Jacksonville’s many natural assets is one of the largest urban park systems in the country. The active and passive parks and preservation lands are a key part of Jacksonville’s quality of life as are the miles of beaches and waterways, a sports and entertainment complex which serves as the home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and a myriad of special events.
With a growing population, a strong economy, diverse cultural and recreational opportunities and abundant natural resources, Jacksonville is a highly desirable location for job seekers.
The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
· Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
· Eleven paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
· State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
· Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
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· Flexible Spending Accounts;
· Tuition waivers;
· And more!
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The pay for this position is negotiable based on qualifications and experience. Please submit salary requirements with your resume and cover letter.
Your Specific Responsibilities:
The Social Worker (Disposition Specialist provides defense-focused disposition and social work services to Public Defender’s Office clients. Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:
· Assists in the early disposition of cases prior to arraignment.
· Facilitates negotiation and settlement of cases.
· Arranges custody releases.
· Devises appropriate treatment plans to be presented to the Courts as alternatives to incarceration.
· Develops plans and arranges for habilitative or rehabilitative counseling and direct services.
· Interviews clients, refers clients to appropriate resources, and facilitates access to resources.
· Assists in pre-sentence, post-sentence, penalty phase, and other investigations.
· Gathers information about the client’s family, education, social, employment, military, and treatment history.
· Identifies and outlines background information for use by experts.
· Assesses treatment options and provides disposition and treatment recommendations.
· Locates and develops community services to meet client needs, and maintains up-dated resource manual.
· Provides psychological histories, diagnostic impressions, and makes referrals for crisis counseling and specialized treatment programs within the community
· Secures psychiatric, psychological and neurological evaluations from consultants.
· Prepares psychosocial evaluations.
· Provides information about community resources and correctional institutions to the Courts and attorneys.
· Provides assistance and counseling services for Public Defender clients with physical, mental or developmental behavioral health issues
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The Problem Solving/Veteran’s Court Social Worker of the Public Defender’s Office should possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
· Knowledge of Social Work and counseling practices and procedures and the ability to apply these practices with a diverse clientele
· Ability to engage in interactive communications with both attorneys and clients
· Ability to work in a team setting, utilizing collaborative methods to fulfil the organization’s mission
· Ability to research and utilize community resources
· Ability to document files and generate comprehensive reports
· Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects
· Ability to meet deadlines with accuracy
· Strong written and oral communication skills.
· Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.
· Demonstrated record in providing excellent internal and external customer service focused on strong organizational, technology, and communication skills.
· Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with course work in a social or behavioral science, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
· Experience in Criminal Defense Social Work preferred.
· Experience in Veterans’ Services preferred.