The Department of Corrections is accepting applications on a continuous basis for General Population Social Worker positions located in facilities throughout the state. Eligible candidates will be placed on an employment register for 6 months and will be invited to interview for vacant positions as they occur.
Want to make a positive difference in the lives of others? Consider the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
We are focused on public safety through the custody and supervision of offenders. Employees working in the Department of Corrections have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of those in our custody through careers in a variety of fields. DOC uses cutting-edge research and an evidence-based approach to drive service and program delivery, which allows employees to be part of an agency that has a real impact on the people of Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections offers…
- Immediate coverage under the Wisconsin Retirement System.
- Health insurance plans to meet your needs.
- Supplemental retirement savings programs.
- Sick leave. Unused sick time can be converted to extended health care benefits on retirement.
- 3 weeks paid vacation each year..
- 4.5 paid personal days each year.
- 9 paid legal holidays per year.
For more information about the benefits of working for the State of Wisconsin, please click HERE. Part-time employees will receive some of the benefits listed above on a prorated basis. Applicants only interested in part-time employment of less than 60% may not be eligible for The Wisconsin Retirement System or insurance benefits.
NOTE: As public safety employees, telecommuting is not an option for these positions. The Department of Corrections is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of our staff and persons in our care. In our effort to mitigate the impact and potential spread of COVID-19, we have implemented several preventative measures to maintain a safe environment for those living and working in our state’s correctional facilities. For more details, see: https://doc.wi.gov/Pages/COVID19(Coronavirus)/FAQS/COVID19FAQs.aspx
This position assesses assigned inmates’ problems and capabilities; formulates a case plan; monitors inmates’ progress; provides counseling; and develops and refers inmates to appropriate institution and community resources upon transfer or release. Some of the tasks are governed by Administrative Rules, Department of Corrections and/or Institution mandates. In addition, treatment efforts are coordinated with other institution and unit staff, parole agents, the inmate’s family and/or community resources.
For more information regarding careers with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, please click here.
Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S. without DOC sponsorship) at the time of application. The Department of Corrections will conduct criminal background checks on applicants prior to selection. Upon hire, all new DOC employees are subject to fingerprinting.
The Department of Corrections may conduct pre-employment drug screens. Any applicant who is offered employment in a position which requires a pre-employment drug screen must pass the screen as a contingency to employment. Applicants who fail or refuse the drug screen will not be given further consideration for employment.
Applicants must possess a Social Worker credential issued by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services in the form of a Social Worker Training Certificate, Social Worker certificate, Advanced Practice Social Worker certificate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker license, or Independent Clinical Social Worker certificate.
- Experience applying social work methods and treatment techniques
- Knowledge of dynamics of human relations, including the dynamics of dealing with intellectual, academic, emotional, physical or social disabilities
- Experience facilitating group and individual counseling
- Knowledge of culturally different values
- Experience applying motivational interviewing techniques
- Experience identifying and solving problems
- Knowledge of investigation procedures
- Experience in case planning
- Knowledge of community resources and support programs
NOTE: To be considered at the Senior level, applicants must meet the above special requirement AND have 12+ months of social work experience with correctional clients or 2+ years of social work experience in another state, county, or tribal agency (other than DOC).
How To Apply
To apply, click on “Apply for Job” to start the application process. Follow the steps outlined in the application process and submit your application.
Application materials will be accepted on a continuous basis. All candidates determined to be eligible will be placed on a register and be invited to interview for vacant positions as they occur.
Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) must complete the application process in order to be considered.
Questions can be directed to Donyelle Keele, HR Assistant-Adv at Donyelle.Keele@wisconsin.gov.