Under general direction, in the Department of Social Services in an assigned multi-county region of the State, or an assigned statewide program, to provide social work consultation and assistance on complex public health programs and projects; and to act as a leadperson for other social work staff; and to do other related work.
In the Bureau of Public Health Social Work: Assists the regional medical coordinator and has lead responsibility for other social work staff to increase the effectiveness of public health programs; develops increased understanding of the social and emotional factors important to health; stimulates the development and testing of new programs in public health; assists local agencies in evaluating community needs and in the design of projects; works with State and local officials and voluntary agency representatives within the region in the development of community awareness of social health needs and coordinated planning for community health services; promotes and develops specific projects to demonstrate, extend and evaluate health services; consults with local community agencies and governing bodies; conducts educational and training programs for local agency staffs; supervises field work programs of public health trainees; evaluates and makes recommendations on project applications for State and Federal support of local demonstration projects, research projects or health service programs; interprets departmental programs; laws, rules, and regulations through professional and public contact; appears before community and professional groups; participates in meetings, committees and conferences; writes reports.
In Department units other than the Bureau of Public Health Social Work: Assists the administrator of a program unit or project in planning and conducting research, studies or surveys of health problems and in the application of new knowledge to the initiation of or increased effectiveness of health and medical care programs; applies work knowledge and methods to program planning for specific health categories; analyzes and applies social epidemiologic data to categorical disease programs; stimulates the use of categorical health grants for research and demonstration projects directed to social factors in health; assists local agencies in designing and carrying out projects, and in analyzing and reporting results; conducts educational and training programs in the social aspects of specific categorical health problems and their application to general health; evaluates and makes recommendations on project applications for State and Federal support of local demonstrations, research or service programs; coordinates activities with the program of the Bureau of Public Health Social Work and with the activities of regional social work staff; works cooperatively with the Bureau of Public Health Social Work on developing and testing new social work methods; appears before community and professional groups; participates in meetings, committees and conferences; writes reports.
One year of experience in the Department of Social Services performing the duties of a Public Health Social Work Consultant I.
Experience: Two years of social work experience in a supervisory, administrative or consultative capacity including one year in a public health agency. and
Education: Completion of the two-year graduate curriculum in social work in a recognized school of social work.
Knowledge of: Principles, procedures, techniques, trends and literature of social work; casework, group work or community organization method, and the consultation method; public health purposes, principles, methods and the application of social work to these public health practices; theory and techniques of research; principles of administration and supervision; Federal, State and local governmental organization in public health and related programs and of the principles governing health legislation and grant programs; social aspects of health and disease; governmental organization and legislative process in California; current trends in health and welfare.
Ability to: Apply social work knowledge and principles to new health problems and programs; plan and execute systematic collection of social data for study and analysis; communicate social work knowledge for application by other disciplines; analyze data and situations accurately and speak and write effectively.
Willingness to travel throughout the State.