Job Specification

Class Code: SN5
Analyst: LM, TC, CL

Date Originated:    
Date Revised: 8/83, 2/84, 7/90, 5/99, 3/05, 7/17, 11/23




Under direction, to carry a service caseload and to provide the most specialized, sensitive and difficult casework services; to perform lead/consultative services to other social service staff; and to do other work as required.


Factors used in allocating positions to classes in this series include: complexity, sensitivity and difficulty of casework problems; duration and level of casework intervention and therapy; authority for decision making; likelihood and consequence of error; the emergency or crisis nature of services; degree of supervision received; and lead/consultative responsibilities for other Social Workers.

Senior Social Worker is the super journey level. Incumbents spend a substantial part of their time on the most difficult, sensitive and specialized services where major case decisions are made independently and where consequence of error may be significant. Advanced casework skills, a high degree of program knowledge, judgment and creativity are required. Incumbents may, as an additional duty, serve as an alternate supervisor or in a lead/consultative capacity.


Family Stabilization


CARe Team Integrated Services


Ryan White Program



Thorough knowledge of:


Working knowledge of:


Some knowledge of:

Ability to:


Training and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. Typical ways to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:


1.  Two years of experience performing social service casework services equivalent to a Social Worker II in Santa Cruz County




2.  A Master's Degree in social work




3.  A Master's Degree from a two-year counseling program from an accredited college plus one year of social service casework experience.


The Masterís Degree in social work must be obtained within 90 days from the date of employment.


Special Requirements:


Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License or must be able to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority may be required for certain positions. Certain positions may require a Masterís Degree or Bachelorís Degree because of State requirements.


Bargaining Unit: 41 EEOC Job Category: 02

Occupational Grouping: 66

Workersí Compensation Code: 0285