Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Permanency Caseworker


Winnebago, NE


Full Time

Open Until Filled

Permanency Caseworker
Reports to: Preserving Native Families Program Manager                                           
Salary (Grade): $18.16 (G15-E)                                                                                           

Status: Reg., Full-time(Non-exempt)
Location:  Human Services Department in Winnebago, NE

Job Purpose and Position Overview:
Under direct supervision of the Preserving Native Families Program Manager, provides consultation, coordination, and support to Human Services staff working with tribal wards to reach permanency goals such as returning youth to their families, guardianship/customary adoption placements, or transitioning to independent living. Provides direct services and maintains caseloads involving youth with a history of abuse and neglect, foster care, protective services, status offenders or other cases of a similar nature. This position requires work outside of regularly scheduled business hours. Performs related work as assigned. 
Specific Job Duties/Responsibilities: 
  • Demonstrates the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska’s core mission, vision, and values.
  • Develops plans for youth to achieve permanency outcomes. 
  • Coordinates with CFS caseworkers to determine the appropriate level of service required to meet the needs of identified youth
  • Provides consultation to Protection & Safety staff to assist with difficult and unusual cases to remove placement barriers, offer options for service delivery to reach permanency, or make changes to the permanency goal.
  • Interacts with other programs in the department to encourage proactive efforts to achieve permanency outcomes and/or determine the appropriate level of youth intervention.
  • Reviews pertinent child welfare data to determine and report permanency outcome achievement and to present interpretation of data.
  • Develops, coordinates, and facilitates permanency planning team meetings  
  • Reviews outcomes of service and relation to a youth’s progress to permanency 
  • Works with service providers to develop transition and discharge plans for youth in care.
  • Documents daily case information in accordance with Department policies and protocol. 
  • Writes plans with child/family involvement for each case assigned.
  • Evaluates information concerning customer’s social, economic and personal background 
  • Facilitates the establishment of a customer-counselor relationship, facilitate case/treatment plan development and to identify potential methods of case/treatment plan implementation.
  • Develops plans for rehabilitative services through institutional and community-based programs for juvenile law violators to help them become law abiding and productive citizens.
  • Engages families or other identified supports in the case planning process for youth
  • Monitors and evaluates the progress of youth and links them with culturally competent formal and informal resources within their community
  • Conducts visits with youth and families, which can occur in the family home or other settings, to provide outreach services and to ensure access to available social work services, guidance and other human services. Visits may take place during and outside of traditional working hours.
  • Completes home studies as needed 
  • Attends court hearings to provide testimony when required.
  • Develops professional contacts with community service providers, law enforcement, probation, child advocacy groups, public schools, childcare centers, attorneys, etc.
  • Complete monthly reports as specified by the CFS Program Manager. 
  • Attend work regularly, promptly and fulfill all duties as assigned.
  • Be on-call 24 hours, approximately 1 week a month. 
  • Utilize the tribe’s placement preferences and actively seek relatives and others known to the client in determining best placement options.
  • Protect client confidentiality.
  • Provides transportation as needed to fulfill job requirements.
  • Complete other duties as assigned in the efficient and effective operation of the program.
  • Duties listed are only an illustration of various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position
 Required Qualifications/Skills: 
  • Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) or related field with one-year experience providing direct services to children and families is preferred. OR an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting the equivalent of one year of full-time professional work experience for each year of the required education to a maximum substitution of four years.
  • One year of experience working with Native Americans is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Winnebago culture and traditions is highly desirable, and a willingness to learn is required.
  • Knowledge of the principles and processes of direct case management including assessment, analyzing critical information, plan development and implementation.
  • Knowledge of the importance of commitment to individuals and families and their ability to have normal life experiences consistent with age, gender, culture and community setting. 
  • Knowledge of child adolescent and adult behavior and basic understanding of juvenile delinquent behavior is required.
  • Knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act, BIA Guidelines, State ICWA laws, and federal, State and tribal laws on abuse and neglect of individuals and confidentiality is required.
  • Must be skilled in interviewing customers to collect and elicit essential information and assess customer needs and progress.
  • Be flexible and coordinate and maintain a close working relationship with supervisors, case workers and program managers
  • Must be skilled at open and honest discussion of concerns with others in a non-judgmental way, and demonstrate professionalism.
  • Interpret and draw conclusions from data.
  • Must possess keyboarding skills for data entry, operate computer software and hardware, and be proficient in Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook).
  • Must be able to protect confidential information.
  • Must be able to communicate electronically, on paper and in person with customers, co-workers, supervisors and staff to exchange case information and assessments.
  • Must be able to listen to and understand communication, and be able to work effectively with community service providers, law enforcement, the court and legal systems, and families and/or advocates
  • Must be able to organize and maintain case records and manage time and workflow to meet deadlines. 
  • Must treat people with dignity and respect regardless of behavior. Must exhibit a sense of fairness, and be able to adapt to new or changing circumstances.
  • Must be available to children, families and vulnerable adults through regular and predictable work attendance.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, maintain valid insurance, and be insurable under the Tribe’s insurance policy. 
  • Must be of good moral character. Will be required to pass a federal background check and submit to pre-employment drug testing.
 Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • N/A
Training Requirements: 
  • As assigned by your supervisor and must engage in an employee development plan.
Physical Requirements:
  • Normal to light office work which includes the ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Regularly required to walk, stand, and sit for extended periods of time and use hands to operate computer keyboard, phone, various office equipment, and vehicles.
  • While performing daily duties, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.
 Mental Requirements:
  • Reading, writing, calculating
  • Above average social interaction skills
  • Reasoning/Analysis
Language Requirements:
  • Must possess the ability to read, write, and speak the English language fluently.
  • Must be able to continually and effectively employ professional verbal and written communications skills.
  • Submit an application at, a resume, cover letter, and two (2) letters of recommendation are required. Applications submitted after the closing date or without proper documents will not be considered.
  • If claiming Native American or Veteran preference, please include pertinent documentation. 
  • Call Human Resources at 402-878-2272 for further information. 
As provided by Federal Law, all qualified Native American applicants shall receive preference over Non-Native American applicants. In the absence of qualified Native American applicants, consideration will be given to all other applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, disability or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.
Compensation: $18.16 per hour

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