Social Work Specialist – Juvenile Intake

Application Deadline: 2023-04-01
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Why apply today?

Employees enjoy the following benefits: health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, vacation, paid holidays, sick time, and more!

Receives and screens child abuse and neglect referrals and youth justice referrals from law enforcement agencies, schools, community members, families, and department of human service agencies. Offers services and resources to families and monitors and mentors youth on a voluntary basis. Makes recommendations for court action. Makes temporary physical custody decisions.


Reviews referrals (CPS reports and Youth Justice referrals) and makes a screening decision indicating the level of intervention based on client needs. Conducts family conferences and assessments, and develops service plans and agreements in line with family needs. Prepares written recommendations to the district attorney or corporation counsel based on family service needs.
Authorizes placement for Temporary Physical Custody Orders under the authority of Wisconsin State Statutes 938 and 48. Coordinates the placements with secure or non-secure detention facilities as well as families or foster homes. Reviews placement decisions and makes recommendations to the court when appropriate.
Provides after-hours county-wide coverage during on call on a rotation basis. Conducts assessments and makes placement decisions under Wis. S.S. 938. Conducts safety assessments based on CPS standards and makes placement decisions based on safety under Wis. S.S. 48. Receives and records child abuse reports and answers calls regarding Child Welfare inquires.


Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in social work, human services, or a closely related field.
Certification or licensure under Wisconsin Statutes chapter 457 as a Social Worker, Advance Practice Social Worker, Independent Social Worker, or Independent Clinical Social Worker; or certified or licensed within one year of hire. A Social Worker Training Certificate per State Statute Chapter 457 does not meet this qualification.
Must possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license.
Must provide evidence of meeting or exceeding the minimum automobile liability insurance requirements contained in the Winnebago County Travel Ordinance.
Must have successfully completed, or be willing to successfully complete within the first six months of employment, 30 hours of intake training approved or provided by the Department of Children and Families.


A Winnebago County application MUST BE COMPLETELY FILLED OUT to be considered for this position (do not use “see attached”) and can be found at Mail the completed and signed application form to PO Box 2808, Oshkosh, WI 54903-2808. You can also complete the application form and email it to us (see our web site listed above for email address) or drop it off in person at 112 Otter Avenue, Oshkosh, WI.

Deadline Note: Recruitment is ongoing