Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
  • 10-Jul-2018 to 30-Sep-2018 (CST)
  • Mayetta, KS, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled 
DEPARTMENT: Social Services
SUPERVISOR: Child and Family Services Manager



The Foster Care Social Worker provides child foster care placement, complete assessments, locate appropriate placement and monitors their care and well-being to ensure their needs have been met. This position provides/refers services to families and children for reintegration/reunification, adoption and guardianship.


  • Complete thorough assessments on all abuse, non-abuse intake allegations, when appropriate submit recommendations and required paper work to court for custody.
  • Provide family and individual support to assist in problem solving related to family functioning.
  • Refer children and parents/guardians to community resources and coordinate services according to their needs.
  • Assesses foster homes environment factors and personal characteristics of potential foster/adoptive homes to determine suitability for placement.
  • Places and provides supervision for children in foster, relative, group and adoptive homes, institutions and medical treatment centers.
  • Routinely reviews and writes court reports on each child under the court jurisdiction, to assure that there is a case plan designed to assist with reunification and to ensure that mandated court reviews are scheduled and completed in a timely manner, and represents Child Welfare services at court hearings.
  • Travels to home sites, courts, and state agencies in Tribal/General Services Administration vehicle to assist families and other agencies.
  • Maintains case history records, reports and other required documents.
  • Makes referrals to appropriate resources and acts as liaison between individuals, communities and resources when children remain in the custody of the state court.
  • Maintain case history records, reports and other required documents.
  • Conduct monthly home visits and log contact on appropriate forms.
  • Schedule and conduct case plans to establish goals for families and monitor case plan goals for compliance.
  • Acts as a liaison between parents/families and other professionals.
  • Refer child and parent/guardian to community resources and coordinate services according to need.
  • Document all contact on appropriate forms. Maintain up to date case files.
  • Provide after hours and weekend on call according to rotation schedule.
  • Assists as assigned to fill in for other Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Child Welfare Social Workers concerning case management, reviews, and court appearances as needed.
  • Attend required CEU training to maintain Social Work licensure.
  • All other duties as assigned.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work
  • Valid Kansas Social Worker's license
  • Less than one year in child welfare
  • Strong interest and knowledge of Native lifestyle and culture
  • Willing to attend out-of-state/out-of-town training and workshops periodically to enhance job performance and knowledge
  • Valid Kansas driver's license and be insurable with the Nation's insurance
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Professional work ethics, manner, and appearance
  • Must demonstrate maturity, dependability, judgment and empathy
  • Ability to operate general office equipment
  • Available to work the assigned schedule of M-F, 8:00A-4:30P and available as needed to work a flexible schedule to meet the demands of the position, which may include nights, weekends, holidays and overtime hours.
  • A record of satisfactory attendance and performance in all prior and current employment as evidenced by positive employment references from previous and current employer


  • Master's degree in Social Work
  • One to two years in child welfare


  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with others, including members of the public
  • Ability to maintain high level of privacy and confidentiality of individuals and families.
  • Ability to operate general office equipment, including but not limited to: 10-key calculator, telephone, computer and operating systems, computer software programs (Microsoft Office programs), fax/copier machine.
  • Able to read, write and speak English
  • Ability to work efficiently in a highly team-team oriented environment
  • Ability to work in a high-stress, deadline oriented environment
  • Attend out-of-state/out-of-town training periodically to enhance job performance and knowledge.
  • Daily vicarious exposure to other's physical and emotional trauma experiences can have severe and lasting effects on workers.
  • May enter an unsafe (sanitary and structural concerns) environment while performing job duties. Unsafe conditions such as verbal and potential physical conflicts are not allowed without Law Enforcement back up.  May encounter abrasive, unpredictable and violent people.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to have full range of mobility in upper and lower body, be able to reach overhead, be able to work in various positions, including stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling and squatting for extended periods of time; be able to lift, pull and push materials and equipment to complete assigned job tasks; and be able to frequently lift 20 pounds of weight throughout the assigned workday


  • Background Investigation with adjudication
  • Pre-employment Drug Screening
  • Tuberculosis screening

Note:  This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required.  The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation reserves the right to revise this job description at any time.  The job description is not to be construed as a contract for employment.


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