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Social Worker II
NEW PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE IS HIRING! The creation of Nueces County’s very first Public Defender’s Office is the result of a commitment to quality indigent defense and mental health by TIDC and Nueces County. We are looking for a passionate, compassionate team to defend indigent people charged with crimes in Corpus Christi, Texas -- also known as "the Sparkling City by the Sea". Our area is known for its tropical climate, beautiful coastline, abundance of outdoor activities, and affordable cost of living. The coastal bend is family-friendly and has opportunities for sports, entertainment, and the arts, in addition to higher education. Explore the options at www.visitcorpuschristi.com.
The office anticipates representing approximately one-fourth of the indigent individuals facing criminal cases alongside the existing close-knit private defense bar that represents indigent people through the court-appointment system. The staff will include full-time social worker/case managers to assist clients with mental health challenges. We are looking for attorneys, social workers, an investigator, and support staff eager to be a part of creating this office to protect Constitutional rights, pursue justice, and amplify the voices of the poor and disenfranchised who encounter the criminal legal system. Come help us build a meaningful, mission-minded team! Positions are listed on the Human Resources page at www.nuecesco.com.
 
The Nueces County Public Defender’s Office Social Worker II will assist attorneys representing indigent individuals with mental health and/or intellectual disability issues. The Social Worker II will help identify client needs and eligibility for appropriate community services to address those needs. The Social Worker II will also aid in the investigation of defenses and development of specialized sentencing recommendations and perform related duties as required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 

Manage a reasonable client caseload based on requests for social work and mitigation assistance from attorneys.

Conduct client interviews and assessments in jail and while out of custody.

Review pertinent records relative to client’s psychosocial history and mental health diagnoses and treatment.

Develop individualized alternative sentencing recommendations that address client needs and minimize incarceration.

Develop casework/service plans and monitor progress.

Provide trial support with fact investigation and trial punishment mitigation as necessary.

Testify in court as necessary.

Collaborate with public defender team, service providers, and community resources to effectively provide holistic approach to indigent defense.

Prioritize and organize work to meet filing deadlines and court appearances.

Maintain case evaluation and activity records; provide case statistics to Chief Public Defender as requested.

Attend mental health training and public defender office training as requested by Chief Public Defender.

Provide mental health training to public defender staff as requested by Chief Public Defender.

May train and supervise caseworker position.

Maintain knowledge of DSM IV/V updates and changes.

Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Position: Social Worker II
Organization: Nueces County Public Defender's Office
Location: Corpus Christi,  TX 
United States
Salary: $21.21 hourly
Posting Start Date: 12/22/2022
Date Posted: 12/29/2022
Requirements Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Social Work or a social/behavioral science and an LBSW license issued by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners and at least 3 years of experience as a licensed social worker.
Status: This listing expires on: 3/29/2023
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Name:
Nueces County Public Defender's Office
Address:
901 Leopard

Corpus Christi,  TX 78401
United States
Email:
apply.hr@nuecesco.com
Phone:
(361) 888-0208
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Contact:
Human Resources