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Social Worker (Cabarrus YDC)

Social Worker - Cabarrus YDC



$42,464.00 - $74,313.00 Annually



Cabarrus County, NC

Job Type


Permanent Full-Time

Job Number





Dept of Public Safety



Juvenile Justice

Opening Date



Closing Date


10/4/2023 5:00 PM Eastern

Job Class Title


Social Worker



Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Work Location


Cabarrus County

Position Number



Salary Grade



Description of Work



Social Worker - Cabarrus YDC description image


This is a REPOST.  Previous applicants are still under

consideration and do not need to reapply.


This posting is for multiple vacancies: positions 60001250, 60001439, 60001186.  

Positions are located at Cabarrus Youth Development Center


in Concord, North Carolina (Cabarrus County).


This position has required work hours on a weekend rotational basis.



We offer benefit option packages that will enhance your quality of life, health, wellness, and future.  See Employee Benefits listed below along with a competitive salary.  Note-Teleworking is NOT an option for many DPS Jobs.









Civil Leave

Employee Assistance Program

Employee Discounts (WeSave)

Community Service Leave

NCFlex Flexible Benefits

Employee Recognition

Family Illness Leave

State Health Plan

Longevity Pay

Family Medical Leave

Workers' Compensation

Promotional Priority



Military Leave

Service Awards

Paid Parental Leave

Vacation Leave

State Retirement

Voluntary Shared Leave

Sick Leave

Special Leave

This positions is located at Cabarrus Youth Development Center, a secure facility in Concord, N.C. (Cabarrus County), with an overall mission to provide committed juveniles with a safe, secure environment that fosters healthy decision-making and personal responsibility.


The primary purpose of a Social Worker at Cabarrus Youth Development Center is to:

  • provide coordination/case management services to a caseload of juveniles who have been committed to the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • case management and support;
  • serves as a primary liaison between a juvenile and the community;
  • scheduling and facilitation of monthly Service Planning Meetings and documentation of same;
  • clearly written and spoken communication;
  • managing on- and off-campus activities/processes according to policy and procedures;
  • extensive collaboration, organizing and managing work to meet numerous deadlines, and;
  • doing all of the above and more within the context of social work principles and practices.



Valid North Carolina driver's license is required for this position.

**Must meet the hiring and training standards established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.



This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with State Benefits.  [Insert if applicable: shift work, travel, overtime requirements, or other factors that may help applicants decide whether to apply.]


Note to Current State Employees:

The salary grade for this position is NC11.  State employees are encouraged to apply for positions of interest even if the salary grade is the same as, or lower than, their current position.  If selected for this position, a new salary will be recalculated taking into consideration the quantity of relevant education and experience, funding availability, and internal equity.  Based upon these factors, a pay increase MAY result.


About the NC Dept. of Public Safety (DPS):

The mission of DPS is to safeguard and preserve the lives and property of the people of North Carolina through prevention, protection, and preparation with integrity and honor.  Included in this department are Alcohol Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Information Network, Emergency Management, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NC National Guard, NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency, Samarcand Training Academy, State Capitol Police, and State Highway Patrol.  Also included are these Boards and Commissions: ABC Commission, Governor’s Crime Commission, Private Protective Services Commission, and Boxing & Combat Sports Commission.  DPS is comprised of approximately 6,000 permanent positions and nearly 13,000 NC National Guard temporary positions.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies



The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed below, along with the Minimum Education and Experience requirements, are REQUIRED to qualify for this position.  We will not review resumes in lieu of Experience and Education listed on the application.  Click these links for additional information: Introduction to the Job Application and Addressing Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.  (Note: These links were created for applicants of Dept. of Public Safety jobs and may not reflect the policies or procedures of other State agencies).

The following are Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSA's) for a Social Worker III:

  • Documented knowledge of medical, behavioral, and/or psychosocial problems.
  • Documented knowledge of social work principles, techniques, and practices, and their application to complex casework and group work.
  • Documented skills in establishing rapport with the client and/or family and in applying techniques and/or assessing psychosocial aspects of clients' problems.
  • Documented skill in effective case management skills, including providing crisis management.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements



Some state job postings say you can qualify by an “equivalent combination of education and experience.”  If that language appears below, then you may qualify through EITHER years of education OR years of directly related experience, OR a combination of both.  See for details.

Master's degree in social work from an appropriately accredited institution




Bachelor's degree in social work from an appropriately accredited institution and one year of directly related experience.




Master's degree in a human services field from an appropriately accredited institution and one year of directly related experience.




Bachelor's degree in a human services field from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of directly related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Directly related experience is defined as a human services experience in the areas of case management, assessment and referral, supportive counseling, intervention, psycho-social therapy, and treatment planning. 

Applicants with a Human Service degree such as Divinity, Education, Health Education, Religion, Political Science, Social Science, Sociology, Special Education, Therapeutic Education, or similar subjects must attach a copy of his/her college transcript for evaluation.  Bachelor's degree in a related Human Services field, such as Criminal Justice, Sociology, Education, Religion or similar subjects shall include 25 semester hours of coursework related to the human services field.


Necessary Special Qualification - state employees engaged in "youth correctional work", as defined by State Statute GS. 17, are subject to and must meet the applicable education, employment, and training standards as defined and established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training Standards Act and administered through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Council.

Selected applicant must attend and successfully complete and pass the Juvenile Justice Officer Basic Training certification program.

The certification requires four weeks to complete and is comprised of classroom and physically demanding training. This training is carried out at regional training centers and requires consecutive overnight stays. In addition the selected candidate must:

• Have or be able to obtain required documentation for certification as a Juvenile Justice Officer (i.e. a diploma)
• Pass a Criminal Background check
• Pass a Drug Screening test• Pass a Psychological test


• Pass a Sexual Risk Screening test


• Pass a Physical


• Be a US citizen


• Be at least 20 years of age


• Have a valid driver's license


Information regarding required documentation and the JJO certification requirements may be found on the NC Dept of Justice website:




Supplemental and Contact Information



The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer who embraces an Employment First philosophy which consists of complying with all federal laws, state laws and Executive Orders.  We are committed to reviewing requests for reasonable accommodation at any time during the hiring process or while on the job.


DPS uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act with the most qualified individuals.  Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.


It is critical to our screening and salary determination process that applications contain comprehensive information.  Information should be provided in the appropriate areas to include the beginning and ending dates of jobs worked, education with the date graduated, all work experience, and certificates / licenses.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing this application.  Answers to Supplemental Questions must refer to education or work experience listed on this application to receive credit.   Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.


  • Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD-214 Member-4 Form (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their applications.
  • Applicants seeking National Guard Preference must attach a NGB 23A (RPAS) if they are a current member of the NC National Guard in good standing.        If a former member of the NC National Guard who served for at least 6 years and was discharged under honorable conditions, they must attach either a DD256 or NGB 22.
  • If applicants earned college credit hours but did not complete a degree program, they must attach an unofficial transcript to each application to receive credit for this education.
  • If applying for a Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention position certified through the NC Dept. of Justice - Criminal Justice Standards Division, please click this link for specific certification requirements: Juvenile Justice Officer & Juvenile Court Counselor Certification
  • The NC Dept. of Public Safety must adhere to the US Dept. of Justice Final Rule on the "National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape."  Click this link for information on hiring and promotion prohibition requirements in the Division of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention: PREA Hiring and Promotion Prohibitions (Download PDF reader)
  • Per NC General Statute 143B-972.1 (Download PDF reader), applicants hired into a position certified as a criminal justice officer or justice officer are required to electronically submit fingerprints to the NC State Bureau of Investigation for a state and national criminal history record check and enrollment in the FBI’s Next Generation Identification System: Criminal Justice Record of Arrest and Prosecution Background Service (“RAP Back”).  This is in addition to submitting fingerprints during the application process.


Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account and click "Application Status."  If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by management.  If you are no longer under consideration, you will receive an email notification.

For technical issues with your application, please call the Applicant Support Help Line at 855-524-5627.  If there are any questions about this posting other than your application status, please contact Michelle Pollard at