You must submit a copy of your transcript at the time of application. (See “How to Apply.”)

TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2010-139

ISSUED  OCTOBER 6, 2010

REVISED JUNE 17, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

COUNTY CASEWORKER 3

(Local Government)

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Titles

Job

Codes

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

County Caseworker 3 (Local Government)

L0625

*

 

*Local government salaries vary.  Contact the Human Resources Office of the local government agency where you are interested in working for specific information.

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call out veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

You will work for a county agency to provide social services to individuals and families.  You will provide intensive case management and counseling to clients and their families to include conducting difficult and complex investigations; reviewing and evaluating agency responsiveness to clients' needs and the case management policies and practices relative to the provision of social services; and providing consultation and education services to the community.  You will work on assignments that may include serving as the court liaison/coordinator for the Juvenile or Orphans Courts; coordinating and reviewing documents prepared by case management staff to ensure that they meet legal and judicial requirements; scheduling court hearings; conferring with judges, attorneys, clients and their families and agency staff; and preparing and providing testimony in court.  Your work may also involve functioning as a lead worker for professional social services staff.  You may supervise or direct paraprofessionals and/or clerical staff.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.  If after reading the requirements you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement.

 

For some jobs, offers of employment will be made only if you are willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.

 

You must be of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Pennsylvania residency is currently waived for this job title.

 

Some of the positions in this job title come under the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law.  If you are a final candidate for one of these positions, you will have to provide reports on your background from such sources as the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  If you are a final candidate and not a Pennsylvania resident, you must also obtain a report of Federal Criminal History Record Information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  If your background is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in such positions.  You will receive information about this requirement and how to obtain the required reports at the time you are being considered for employment.

 

Some of the positions in this job title come under the provisions of the Older Adults Protective Services Act.  If you are a final candidate for one of these positions, you will have to obtain a report of criminal record information from the Pennsylvania State Police or a statement that the State Police Central Repository contains no information relating to you.  If you are a final candidate and not currently a Pennsylvania resident or if you are currently a Pennsylvania resident and a final candidate but have not been a resident for 2 years prior to the date that you received notification that you are a final candidate, you are also required to furnish a report of Federal Criminal History Record Information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  If your background is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in such positions.  You will receive information about this requirement and how to obtain the required reports at the time you are being considered for employment.

 

Minimum Requirements

Two years of experience as a County Caseworker 2; OR a bachelor's degree in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice or other related social sciences and 3 years of professional social casework experience in a public or private social services agency; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which includes 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice or other related social sciences.

 

Clarification of Requirements

You may substitute appropriate experience for the required education, except for the 12 college-level credits in the specified areas or appropriate education for the experience.  Unrelated experience or education will not be accepted.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

County Caseworker 3 (Local Government) positions exist in county children and youth agencies, and mental health and mental retardation offices throughout the state. 

 

Additional opportunities may occur due to normal turnover from retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

Employment preference may be given to residents of the county where jobs are located.

 

Promotion preference may be given to employees who work in the county where job openings occur.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities, contact the office of the local government program where you are interested in working (located in the telephone directory under “Government/County”).

 

TESTING

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office. 

 

You will have a maximum of 3 hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions

Casework Principles

25

Interviewing Concepts

25

Effective Expression

25

Individual and Group Behavior

25

Advanced Casework Principles

_25_

Total

125

 

The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test also will be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896. 

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for these job titles and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Complete your application on the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, or submit your completed paper application to:

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Online and paper applications both require submission of a copy of your transcripts at the time of application.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  Enter your name and Social Security Number at the top of the transcripts.  Send by e-mail to RA-cs-transcripts@state.pa.us or fax to (717) 787-8650 or mail to the above address.

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone

 

(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resource office listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."