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Hiring Organization Maricopa County, AZ
Post Name Parent Social Worker
Remote No
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary USD 22 To USD Per 35 Hour
Location Phoenix, Arizona, United States 85001

About the Position

Come be a part of a dynamic legal team as a Parent Social Worker at the Office of the Legal Defender The Parent Social Worker serves as a key member of our legal team working closely with attorneys who represent parents in dependency and severance matters, ensuring that parents are receiving services necessary to help with reunification.

We are looking for a skilled problem solver who can diffuse situations and resolve conflict using good judgment while providing the critical communication and support necessary to keep our most vulnerable community members safe. 

About the Office of the Legal Defender

The Office of the Legal Defender consists of attorneys and support staff helping to provide quality legal representation to indigent individuals assigned to us by the court, thus safeguarding the fundamental legal rights of each member of the community. Start your career adventure with us and seek just and equitable treatment for our clients!

Position Qualifications

We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Child Development, or another closely related field or A Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or another closely related field 


  • One year of direct experience within the child protection system as a case worker, family advocate, or social worker

 Other Requirements 

  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona driver’s license by the time of hire
  • Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card eligibility

Our Preferred Candidate has

  • Two or more years of direct experience working within a child protection system as a case worker, family advocate, or social worker
  • Experience applying policies, procedures, and state/federal laws related to child welfare within the state of Arizona 
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills

Essential Job Tasks

The tasks listed are a representation and not an all-inclusive list of essential job tasks for this position. 

  • Aids in the communication between the parent, their attorney, and the Department of Child Safety (DCS)
  • Attends all court hearings with the parent and their team
  • Works with parents on areas of improvement identified by DCS and/or parent’s attorney, including matching them with services to help reunify parents with their child/children (i.e., find housing, obtain health insurance, locate treatment)
  • Encourages a positive, productive relationship between the parent and DCS by helping parents understand their role, the role of the social worker, and DCS’s perspective of the case
  • Manages the parent’s expectations of the dependency process; works to increase the parent’s knowledge of and ability to navigate the system
  • Utilizes established working relationships with the DCS team and other professionals/stakeholders to advocate and advance the parent’s best interest

Working Conditions 

The position requires meeting with parents in a variety of settings including court, DCS offices, social services offices, and potentially dangerous parts of town; some visits may be required outside of the “normal” work hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Working in close physical proximity with others and public contact may be a common occurrence. You may be required to lift 15-25 pounds from floor to waist; 15 pounds waist to shoulder or shoulder to overhead; carry 15-25 pounds 100 feet or push/pull 100 pounds 1000 feet.

Work requires travel to and from job-related locations during a scheduled workday, subject to County policies regarding the use of County vehicles and/or private vehicles used on County business.

Selection Procedure

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on the evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehire at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to

A Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

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