Job Description

SOCIAL WORKER HANDS Job 2924 (HANDS Program)
Lexington, KY, United States of America

Overview

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) is an independent public health agency charged with helping Lexington be well since 1904 and proudly nationally accredited since 2014.

Vision: The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is a recognized leader in health promotion, health protection, personal health care and prevention of disease.

Mission: The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will improve the health of the community.

In 2014 LFCHD became nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, continued quality improvement, vaccinated 216 children, provided nutritious foods, education and referrals, provided safe and sanitary establishments when dining out, enforced the Clean Indoor Act, protected 462 Lexington pets against rabies and protected 1,921 Lexingtonians against the flu.

Additionally, LFCHD responded to more than 800 reports of disease and illnesses in Fayette County, provided 2,951 TB clinical service visits, provided 5,596 HANDS home visits to first-time moms and dads, promoted the evidenced-based diabetes prevention program, provided training to about 600 licensed child care providers, improved the nutrition of adults and children, helped individuals quit using tobacco, eliminated health inequities, remained attentive to the health of more than 40,000 public school students, and was awarded with a Bluegrass Wellness at Work Healthiest Places to Work Award.

LFCHD is committed to providing essential Public Health services and we employ a diversified staff of approximately 150 employees.

The SOCIAL WORKER SPECIALIST performs work of moderate difficulty in providing weekly home visits to adolescent and adult mothers and/or fathers, and infants. The Family Support Worker supports the development of maternal and infant health competence. Emphasis is on reinforcing the strengths of parents and providing new choices for coping with problems. Services are providing/using the Growing Great Kids curriculum and HANDS state policies to see children live in a healthy and safe home; to oversee that families experience positive pregnancy outcomes and realize improved family self-sufficiency.

This position is responsible for performing client intake surveys and quarterly professional visits; client intake surveys to determine eligibility for the services by assessing family/client criteria; performs quarterly professional visits to assess family/infant progress and recommend interventions as needed.

Job Skills / Requirements

Full -time, 37.5 hours per week, $17.23 per hour.

External applications successfully received by the February 22, 2021 deadline will be given first consideration on the list of certified eligible candidates.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Performs work of moderate difficulty in providing weekly home visits to adolescent and adult mothers and/or fathers, and infants.  Ths Social Worker HANDS supports the development of maternal and infant health competence.  Emphasis is on reinforcing the strengths of parents and providing new choices for coping with problems.  Services are providing/using the Growing Great Kids curriculum and HANDS state policies to see children live in a healthy and safe home; to oversee that families experience positive pregnancy outcomes and realize improved family self- sufficiency. Performs client intake surveys and quarterly professional visits. 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Bachelor degree in social work and a minimum of 1 year of experience performing case management services.  Related experience in child/infant care in a professional capacity; or child health or child development in a professional capacity; family health and wellbeing, or experiencing teaching infant-toddler parenting classes. 

Must successfully complete the Family Support Worker I training after hiring. Must have valid driver's license and state required insurance, as job requires use of personal transportation. Must have current CPR certification or obtain within 6 months of hire. Criminal background record check (the criminal record check will screen for moving violations, reckless driving, and more importantly for any convictions which may be job-related, i.e., related to employees job duties such as home visits/patient care).

Work is performed in the community setting. At times, this means exposure to unsanitary conditions, individuals with communicable diseases, and contacts with unstable individuals with criminal backgrounds, histories of psychiatric, alcohol, or drug problems. Job requires driving, walking, standing, going up flights of steps, and sitting.

Education Requirements (Any)

SOCWORKSPEC: Bachelors degree in social work.

Additional Information / Benefits

Candidates must apply online at www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org to be fully considered; resume upload process.

Excellent benefits to include Kentucky Retirement Systems pension plan; additional 401k/457/IRA options; 11 paid holidays, annual leave and sick leave accruals in addition to medical (vision), dental, basic life insurance, and long term disability.

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Pension/Retirement, Educational Assistance


This job reports to the Team Leader HANDS

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Relocation is not provided and travel is required frequently

Number of Openings for this position: 1