How to write a Caseworker job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Caseworker job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Caseworker job titles

    Caseworker
    Senior Caseworker
    Caseworker (LISCW required)
    Caseworker (Part-Time)
    Social Worker

Caseworker job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Caseworker job summary

Our organisation is looking for a Caseworker who can objectively analyse a situation and make determinations that are best for the children and family involved. The Caseworker will be responsible for attending regular home visits with families and reporting on the children’s welfare, and collaborating with foster care to come up with temporary living arrangements for children if necessary. If you have previous experience working with families as a social services professional, we encourage you to apply for this position.

Caseworker responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Caseworker responsibilities

    Schedule monthly interactions with foster families, care workers and families involved in ongoing cases
    Work with families to help them understand how to create a more productive environment for each family member, especially their children
    Provide counselling to family members and schedule follow-up meetings with families that have been reunited
    Collaborate with other public resources to get the best results possible for each family
    Attend case summary reviews and other official procedures involved in the resolution of each open case file

Caseworker qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Caseworker skills

    Bachelor’s degree in social work required
    Valid counselling professional membership required
    Proven time management skills
    Must have a valid driver’s licence with clean driving record
    Basic understanding of MS Word and MS Excel required

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