The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking
dynamic, and mission-driven individuals to fill the critical role
of Social Worker. Selected candidates will provide the necessary
services to help children in need including homeless, foster,
abused and neglected. In many situations, Social Worker's interact
with children and family members, including siblings, parents,
extended relatives, and guardians in order to assess the needs of
each child and determine the best course of action for improving
the child/family environment.
Please Note: Diversity equity and inclusion are core values for
the Department of Children and Families. DCF strives to continue to
build the most diverse equitable and inclusive workforce possible
to be representative of the communities we serve. DCF strongly
encourages diverse and multi-lingual candidates to apply.
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary
and not all inclusive):
- Assess, evaluate, conduct initial and ongoing case management
of children/family services, and needs.
- Develop, review, update and ensure implementation of
strength-based service plans for each child in care or custody
including risk assessment, safety plans and goals.
- Complete all documentation in accordance with agency and
- Attend home and foster care visits; transport children to
health, social services or other agency-related appointments as
- Maintain ongoing communication with DCF staff and other
constituencies, initiate court action when necessary.
- Empower families to make stable commitments to children by
providing counseling and coordinating visits with biological
parents and/or guardians and other relatives; develop a helping
relationship and ensure needed supports and services are
- Attend weekly supervision, weekly staff meetings, in-service
training, and team meetings.
- Maintain a high degree of professionalism in the community,
with clients, schools, courts and with referring agencies seeking
to build and sustain positive relationships.
IMPORTANT: Offers of employment are made based on agency
staffing needs. Offices in the Western Region consist of:
- Pittsfield Office - 73 Eagle Street, 2nd Floor, Pittsfield, MA
- Greenfield Office - 143 Munson Street, Unit 4, Greenfield, MA
- Holyoke Office - 261 High Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
- Van Wart Office - 112 Industry Avenue, Springfield, MA
- Springfield Office - 140 High Street, 4th Floor, Springfield,
About the Department of Children and Families:
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to
upholding the fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse
and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe
and nurturing environment. DCF's vision is that all children have
the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and
neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and
DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and
well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and
preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care
when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and
appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or
adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated
commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2)
family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5)
committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to
For more information about DCF:
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended
candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive
Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being
hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and
click on "Information for Job Applicants".
As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources
will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the
selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the
position will be verified. Information provided as part of the
hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law
and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
- Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in
accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring
Education and license/certification information provided by the
selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public
Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
Please be advised that you have applied to a "Pipeline Posting."
Pipeline postings are used for high volume positions which require
continuous hiring. Candidates who apply to this posting will remain
active in the "pipeline" for 90 days and will be considered as
openings arise. Although we cannot guarantee every candidate will
be considered, as selection is based on job availability and
individual staffing needs of the agency, candidates are strongly
encouraged to reapply after 90 days.
For questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at
1-800-510-4122 and select option #2
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have (A) a Bachelor's degree or higher in social
work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education or
criminal justice or a relevant human services degree and (B) a
current and valid Licensures as a Licensed Social Work Associate,
Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Certified Social Worker or
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker issued by the
Massachusetts Board of Registration*.
- Applicants at the Department of Children and Families must
obtain the required license in Social Work within the first nine
(9) months of employment.
The classification may require possession of a current and valid
Motor Vehicle Driver's License at a class level specific to
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females,
minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.