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SOCIAL SERVICE COUNSELOR 1/2/3

at Louisiana Department of Civil Service

Posted: 9/2/2019
Job Reference #: 2484409
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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Supplemental Information

THIS IS A CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT.  

The vacant Social Service Counselor 1,2,3 positions will be located at Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe, LA.

 
As part of a Career Progression Group, this vacancy may be filled from this recruitment as a Social Service Counselor 1, 2 or 3 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant. The maximum salary for the Social Service Counselor 3 is $62,317.00. Please refer to the "Job Specifications" tab located at the top of the LA Careers "Current Job Opportunities" page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.
 
The Social Service Counselor 1 (pay grade level SS-410) has a Special Entrance Rate of $1,153.60 Biweekly.
The Social Service Counselor 2 (pay grade level SS-411) has a Special Entrance Rate of $1,230.40 Biweekly.
The Social Service Counselor 3 (pay grade level SS-413) has a Special Entrance Rate of $1,400.80 Biweekly.
 
Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 8100-Professional Level Exam in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy.  If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being considered.
 
Applicants without current test scores can apply to take the test here.
 
To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.  Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process by selecting the 'Applications' link after logging into their account.  Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.
 
Application received - Your application has been submitted successfully.
 
Checking for required test score - We are making sure you have an active, passing score for the required written test.
 
Written Exam – See History – Click on the History link for test results.  Candidates with an active, passing score will designate as "Pass".  Candidates with a failure on the written exam designate as "Fail".  If no information is present, you have no present written exam results.
 
Evaluating experience - Your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
 
Minimum Qualification Review – See History – Click the History link for the results of your application review.  Passing candidates will designate as "Pass".  Failing candidates will designate as "Fail".
 
Eligible for consideration - You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.
 
Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.
 
Referred to hiring manager for review - Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager.  You may or may not be called for an interview.
 
Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.
 
Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.
 
The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers, and at the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.  If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.  

(Please note:  Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process.  Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process.  Such questions should be directed to our Baton Rouge Information and Testing Office at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available.  Information is also provided on our job seeker website at www.jobs.la.gov).
 
For further information about this vacancy contact:
Human Resources/ Christal Walker
Email: Christal.Walker@la.gov
 
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of work experience.  An application may be considered incomplete if the work experience and education sections are not completed.

In the event there is a preferred reemployment list for this position, the position may be filled from that list with no other interviews.

The Office of Juvenile Justice is a State as a Model Employer (SAME) agency that supports improved employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. For more information on employment-related resources available for those with disabilities, refer to the Louisiana Employment Resource Guide.

If you are contacted for an interview, please let us know at that time if you will need special accommodations.

NOTE: Prior to an appointment, the selected applicant must take and pass a drug screening test, possess a valid Louisiana Driver's License and clear a background check.

This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of citizenship and employment authorization.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A baccalaureate degree.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS:
Six years of full-time work experience in any field may be substituted for the required baccalaureate degree.
 
Candidates without a baccalaureate degree may combine work experience and college credit to substitute for the baccalaureate degree as follows:
 
A maximum of 120 semester hours may be combined with experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
 
30 to 59 semester hours credit will substitute for one year of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
60 to 89 semester hours credit will substitute for two years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
90 to 119 semester hours credit will substitute for three years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
120 or more semester hours credit will substitute for four years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
 
College credit earned without obtaining a baccalaureate degree may be substituted for a maximum of four years full-time work experience towards the baccalaureate degree. Candidates with 120 or more semester hours of credit, but without a degree, must also have at least two years of full-time work experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
 
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
Positions that provide addictive disorder counseling services require certification or eligibility for certification as a Counselor in Training (CIT), or a current practice credential as a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Registered Addiction Counselor (RAC), or Licensed Addictive Counselor (LAC) issued by the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA), or its successor, pursuant to the Addictive Disorders Practice Act, LA RS. 37.3386-3390.6
 
Positions that provide addictive disorder prevention services require certification or eligibility for certification as a Prevention Specialist in Training (PSIT), or a current practice credential as a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP), Registered Prevention Professional (RPP), Licensed Prevention Professional (LPP) issued by the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA), or its successor, pursuant to the Addictive Disorders Practice Act, LA RS. 37.3386-3390.6
 
NOTE:
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:
To provide general social services work through direct services and/or general counseling.

Level of Work:
Entry.

Supervision Received:
Close from a Social Service Counselor 5, social worker, or other higher-level social services personnel.

Supervision Exercised:
None.

Location of Work:
Department of Health and Hospitals; LSU-Health Sciences Centers, Acute Care Hospitals, Medical Schools; Veterans Affairs; Department of Corrections; Department of Social Services.

Job Distinctions:
Differs from the Professional Counselor job series by the absence of a master's degree and licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Differs from the Social Service Counselor 2 by the supervision received.

Examples of Work

Obtains and prepares social histories of clients for information to be reviewed by treatment teams and for use in referrals to other agencies.

Participates in the decision making process of the treatment team including formulating therapeutic activities and recommending a treatment plan.

Manages a caseload by scheduling appointments, evaluating client progress in counseling sessions, and making recommendations to the treatment team.

Coordinates admissions, discharges, and follow-up services within various programs.

Serves as liaison between the client, family, and the agency/institution.

Assists in the procurement of needs such as institutional placements, transportation, financial assistance, medical equipment, shelter, food, clothing, etc.

Assists in determining eligibility for services provided.

Makes recommendations to the criminal justice system or to employers concerning a client's progress, including occasional court appearances.