• Full Time
  • Miami, FL
  • $40,167.59 - $70,521.11 USD / Year

Website Miami-Dade Public Library System

Location Name: Miami-Dade Public Library System
County: Miami-Dade
Region: Southeast Florida
Address: 101 W. Flagler Street
City: MiamiZipcode: 33130
ALA accredited Masters required: No


This is responsible social casework in providing welfare services to adults and children, and in determining eligibility for varied types of public assistance in a county social service program.  Employees in this class perform field and office investigations relative to requests for financial and medical assistance, psychiatric treatment, social service referral, vocational rehabilitation and child protective care in county welfare or health programs.  Work may include responsibility for assisting patients and their relatives with personal or environmental problems which aggravate recovery from illness.  Incumbents exercise independent judgment in evaluating information and initiating program action, preparing complete case records within the general framework of good casework techniques, existing laws, and departmental rules governing public assistance.  Supervision may be exercised over assigned clerical personnel.  Work is performed under the supervision of professional superiors who review work for adherence to defined standards of social casework through personal conferences and analysis of case records, and provide assistance on unusual or difficult cases.


Interviews applicants for public assistance to determine eligibility under existing laws and departmental regulations; refers unqualified applicants to appropriate public or private welfare agencies; verifies information received through various sources; determines nature and amount of assistance needed and available under regulations; issues food and housing orders or cash grants as indicated.  Plans with families and individual clients the use of state and private agency services; assists applicants in organizing personal resources to work toward a goal of financial independence; visits home of applicants to determine home conditions and clarify responses to interview; records essential facts and social history; prepares case records for departmental files.  Performs required transactions for burial of indigents, the commitment of incompetent or disabled persons to county or state institutions, and acts as a court appointed guardian for dependent minors.  Interviews and inspects home environment of applicants for boarding home licenses for both children and adults and maintains records of all inspections made; maintains lists of approved foster and boarding homes for purposes of placement of children and adults.  Makes home visitations to ascertain the nature of home environments; investigates for fraud; packs and ships personal effects for deceased or disabled persons; arranges for repayment of funds to the county by clients or others.  Interviews hospital patients and their relatives to compile inpatient or outpatient social service case histories for use by physicians in diagnosis and treatment.  Inspects and participates in the placement of convalescent patients in private nursing homes within the county; makes periodic visits to ascertain condition of mental and physical health of patients in homes.  Provides child welfare services such as placement of children in foster homes, county children’s home or in arranging for the return of runaway children; assists unmarried mothers in planning for themselves and their children; arranges for housekeeper services in emergency absence of parents.  Acts in a liaison role with medical, police, school, and court officers; makes referrals to consultants and specialists as necessary; advises clients on a limited range of personal, social, and financial problems.  Participates in staff conferences; confers with professional superiors on difficult assignments; prepares complete reports and correspondence on assigned cases, and maintains related records.  Performs related work as required.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of social welfare interviewing, and standard methods and techniques of social casework.  Knowledge of laws, rules, and practices relating to the provision of public assistance and medical care by federal, state, and county governments.  Knowledge of environmental and psychological factors resulting in the dependency of children, adults, incompetents, and the aged.  Knowledge of legal requirements for child placement, nursing home placement, mental incompetence and treatment of adults and the legal rights of parents and relatives of committed persons.  Knowledge of medical terms and standard treatment procedures.  Ability to recognize symptoms of common mental and physical illnesses and make referrals for their treatment.  Ability to express ideas clearly,  concisely, verbally, and in writing.  Ability to maintain required records.  Ability to prepare correspondence and comprehensive reports.


Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Human Services or related field.

Recruitment Notes: This position will reside in the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Social Services Unit. The incumbent in this position will be responsible for interviewing clients to determine eligibility for various types of public assistance and making recommendations to various social services programs. The incumbent in this position will be required to travel throughout the County and provide services at any of the Library’s 50 locations.

Multilingual Skills Required: No
Contact Person: Human Resources
Contact Email: humanresources@mdpls.org
Contact Phone: (305) 375-2665
How to Apply / Instructions:

Please visit www.miamidade.gov/jobs using job opening number 83174 on or before Wednesday, February 14, 2024 to apply.