County Employment Opportunities

Human Resources Department
17 Courthouse
Mercer, PA 16137
(724)-662-7514
Fax: 724-662-2189
hr@mcc.co.mercer.pa.us

Office Hours:
Monday ~ Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Except Holidays


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Case Worker I and II | Correctional Officer (Full-Time) | Correctional Officer (Part-Time)
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Position: Caseworker I and/or II Posted: May 11, 2022 Deadline: June 17, 2022 Print Job Description

 

Department:  Children and Youth Services

 

Position Title: Caseworker I and/or II

 

Pay Classification:   YCW 00-00 (Caseworker I Entry $19.18/hr.)

 

                                    YCW 00-01 (Caseworker II Entry $19.92/hr.)

 

Reports To:  CYS Director/Assistant Director and Casework Supervisor

 

Date of Job Description Creation/Update:  2/9/2022

 

 

 

Overall Descriptions of the Position: 

 

This is professional social service work with Mercer County Children and Youth Services. Caseworkers provide a full range of social and casework/management services to children, youth and families to assist them in attaining a more satisfactory social, economic, emotional, or physical adjustment. An important aspect of this work is the employment of casework skills in obtaining essential information, counseling clients and members of their families, and helping them to utilize all available resources. Work also involves the application of problem- solving techniques, providing counseling to maximize service delivery and to achieve service plan goals, monitoring client behavior, and interacting with agencies which make up the service network. Work is performed in accordance with established regulations, policies, and procedures but employees are expected to exercise initiative and judgment in discharging their duties.

 

 

Position Requirements:  (Below listed requirements will determine if a new hire begins employment as a CWI or CWII.  Training period for a CWI is approx. 6 months, prior to transitioning to a CWII.

 

Caseworker I

 

  • Required Minimum Experience and Training:  A bachelor’s degree which includes or is supplemented by successful completion of 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences.

 

Caseworker II

 

  • Required Minimum Experience and Training:  Six months of experience as a County Caseworker 1; OR Successful completion of the Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB) program or County Social Casework Intern program; OR A bachelor's degree with a social welfare major; OR A bachelor's degree which includes or is supplemented by 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences and one year of professional social casework experience in a public or private social services agency.

AND

  • Child Welfare Direct Service Worker Certification

 

Additional Position Requirements:

  • Standard hours of Work are either M-F from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM with a ½ hour lunch (37.5 hrs./week) or M-F 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM with a ½ hour lunch (37.5 hrs./week).
  • Additional time at work may be required and flexibility of work times may be required to accommodate clients.
  • Must have the ability to fulfill on-call client services on nights and weekends on a rotation basis. 
  • All Required Child Abuse Clearances
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Demonstrates the ability to professionally express ideas.
  • Demonstrates the ability to complete written documentation that is not only grammatically correct, but also professionally prepared. Possesses the ability to articulate and communicate the roles and responsibilities for the Agency.
  • Provides casework and counseling services to clients and members of their families to aid them in achieving a more satisfactory adjustment to their specific problems or situations.
  • Provides protective and supportive services for clients who are in situations detrimental to their well-being or that of the community, or who are undergoing treatment or hospitalization.
  • Possesses a clear understand of the Child Protective Service Law, the Juvenile Act, and all regulations governing child welfare practices, as well as Agency policies and procedures. Possess clear understanding of child welfare principles, philosophy and mission.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current social, economic and health problems and resources and the ability to understand and accept the needs and rights of others.
  • Possesses the ability to engage clients and works with a light level of resistance.
  • Possesses the ability to engage clients and works with a high level of resistance.
  • Possesses excellent crisis management skills to de-escalate hostile, angry situations.
  • Ability to complete thorough initial and ongoing risk and safety assessments, child and family assessment. Ensure that children are provided a safe, stable environment and will take emergency measures if child appears to be at risk.
  • Possesses the ability to conduct individual and family interviews to identify problems and formulate plans for intervention. Basic knowledge of family system theory; genograms; and casual factors associated with abuse and neglect of children.
  • Possesses the knowledge of the steps of child development and ways to work effectively with parents of children with developmental delays.
  • Teaches clients home and budget management, child/adult care, and parenting skills; and assists with housing, employment, recreation and living arrangements, as required.

 

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Ability to complete thorough initial and ongoing risk and safety assessments, child and family assessments. Ensure that children are provided a safe, stable environment and can take emergency measures if child appears to be at risk.
  • Conduct and complete investigations of referrals of abuse and neglect as defined by law, regulation and agency policy.
  • Provide supportive and protective services to children of abuse and neglect.
  • Develop family service plans and assess the goals on an ongoing basis to determine the adequacy of the plan and make revisions as required, prepare petitions, court summaries and documents as well as testify in court, schedule meetings with other agencies, dictation and documentation of case activities through correspondence, reports, case histories and other records.
  • Attend individual supervisory meetings, unit meeting and staff meetings to assist in developing performance and case management skills and to continue to become familiar with current methods and techniques as well as changes in laws, regulations, and Agency policies.
  • Conduct phone intakes to collect appropriate information and to screen incoming referrals and make collateral contacts as necessary.
  • Obtains information from clients, members of their families, and others, necessary for the identification of social, economic, emotional, health or physical problems and assists clients in obtaining a wide variety of services on the basis of established policy, regulations and statutes.
  • Participates in team meetings for the purpose of developing service plans to address the needs of clients and their families.
  • Identifies appropriate community resources for clients, refers and links them to those resources, and advocates on behalf of client for resource service delivery.
  • Continually assesses the adequacy of client service plans and revises, when necessary, to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Possesses the ability to work effectively with people and develops and maintains working relationships with clients, their families, other staff and outside agencies as well as the general public.
  • Works collaboratively with social agencies, hospitals, clinics, courts, and other community resources.
  • Participates and when necessary conducts team meetings such as MDITs, Team Meetings, etc. to develop appropriate strategies for effective intervention and work collaboratively with other resource agencies.
  • Demonstrates the ability to plan and organize their work, prepares adequate records and reports, and sets proprieties and maintains a caseload in an effective and timely manner. Possesses excellent time management skills.
  • Possesses knowledge of agency’s internal resources.
  • Possesses the ability to be a team player, asks for feedback and accepts supervision, is flexible and non-judgmental.
  • Possesses the ability to be physically mobile over rough terrain in community while making home visits; verbally engages in conversation, utilizes phone, and observes and identifies physical indicators of abuse and neglect.
  • The ability to lift 15 to 20 pounds and physically supervise young children.
  • Complete all requirements for certification and attend trainings.
  • Interpret Agency policies, laws, regulations and procedures as well as programs to individuals, groups, and other agencies.
  • Participate in Emergency on-call duties and/or other non-traditional hours as required to meet client needs.
  • Provide proper use of equipment such as computers, printers, personal vehicles, copy machines, telephones, fax machines, video and camera equipment and cell phones.
  • Engage in placement planning including a determination of appropriate placement home or facility, sharing information regarding the child’s treatment, education and medical needs and preparation of the child and families for placement.
  • Develop and modify Family Services Plans to address the needs for families and children in the home and prepare Child Permanency Plans for children who are placed out of the home. Perform all duties regarding placement as defined by regulations and policy.
  • Prepare court packets and memos, attend court hearings, and provide testimony in a clear and concise manner.
  • Provide for visitation for children in placement, including scheduling visits, providing transportation and/or supervision when appropriate.
  • Engage in permanency planning for children in placement by identifying a permanent home for the children. Provide proper documentation and testimony for termination of parental rights. Complete appropriate adoption assessments and court materials. Identify and prepare the adoptive home and prepare the child and family for adoption.
  • Provide or arrange transportation services on behalf of clients when necessary and appropriate.
  • Performs all other work-related duties as required.

 

 

Physical and Mental Requirements:

 

  • Must possess the ability to record, convey and present information, explain procedures and follow instructions.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods throughout the workday, with intermittent periods of standing, walking, bending, twisting and reaching, as necessary to carry out job duties.
  • Dexterity requirements range from simple to coordinated movements of fingers/hands, feet/legs; torso necessary to carry out duties of job.
  • Sedentary work that may incur occasional lifting/carrying objects with a maximum weight of thirty pounds.
  • Must be able to cope with the physical and mental stress of the position.
  • Must be able to react quickly physically and mentally in the event of a disturbance or physical outbreak.

 

How to Apply:

 

Please send a completed and signed standard County application, a letter of interest, salary history, resume, and three references to the following:

 

                                    Mercer County Human Resources Dept.

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137

 

Copies of College transcripts and clearances will be required upon interview.

 

Deadline to Apply: June 17, 2022

 








Position: Correctional Officer (Full-Time) Posted: May 18, 2022 Deadline: June 4, 2022 Print Job Description

 

Department: Mercer County Jail

 

Position Title: Correctional Officer (Full-Time w/Full Benefit Package)

 

Pay ClassificationJCO 00-01 ($17.87/hr. Entry Wage)

                                    Raise after 6 Months to $19.41 and at one year to $20.17

                                    Shift Differentials in Addition to base rate

                                   

Full Benefit Package Includes: Paid Vacation and Paid Sick time; Medical, Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, Life Insurance (Single and Family level plans) and participation in the Mercer County Retirement System Pension Plan

 

Reports To:  Warden and Deputy Warden(s)

 

 

Date of Job Description Creation/Update: 5/18/2022

 

________________________________________________________________

 

 

General Overview:

Correctional Officers will perform the direct supervision of inmates at the County Detention Facility according to laws, regulations, and policies of the State of Pennsylvania and Mercer County.  Officers will enforce the facility rules and maintain facility security.  Officers are responsible for the care, custody, and control of inmates at the facility.

 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Directly supervises inmates in the facility during all aspects of their incarceration such as housing, visitation, meals, medication distribution, searches, activities, work programs.
  • Enforce the rules and regulations of the facility
  • Must be able to act quickly, assess situations carefully, act in accordance with policy and procedure, and protect self and others (inmates and co-workers)
  • Conducts periodic cell pod checks, performs searches of inmates, performs searches of cells and other areas for contraband
  • Maintains discipline among inmates
  • Responds appropriately to emergencies in the prison (which may include assaults, fires, riots, disturbances, natural disasters, medical emergencies and hostage situations)
  • Maintains and updates Facility records (written, typing and basic computer skill required)
  • Receives and books inmates (perform fingerprinting, photographs and searches)

 

Physical/ Age Requirements:

 

  • Must be trained on and be able to perform weaponless self-defense and restraining techniques
  • Must be trained on and be able to perform the operation and use of restraining devices
  • Must be trained in and be able to perform initial first aid services to inmates as needed
  • Regularly walk, stand or stoop; occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing up to and over 100lbs.
  • Use tools and equipment requiring a high degree of security
  • Walk, stand, crouch or run on narrow, slippery inclining or erratically moving surfaces
  • Stair climbing required (all cell pods are 2 levels)
  • Sit and stand for sustained periods of time
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must pass a physical, drug and psychological evaluation post employment offer
  • Must pass a criminal background check post offer of employment.

 

Other Requirements:

 

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in criminal justice, social service or related field
  • Ability to perform multiple activities and quickly identify inappropriate inmate conduct
  • Ability to perform basic math
  • Ability to communicate via radios
  • Ability to work the rotating shifts (including weekends and holidays) as require by a 24/7 operating facility
  • Ability to train for 4 weeks or more at the Academy at the Department of Corrections.
  • Ability to work mandatory overtime
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • All other duties as assigned

 

 

Full on-Site Training Program:  The Mercer County Jail is a state approved training center for Corrections Officers.  All training will be provided on-site at the Mercer County Facility.  No travel for training is required.

 

 

How to apply:

 

All interested applicants must print and complete the Standard County of Mercer Application for employment.

 

Please send the completed standard application, a letter of interest, salary history, resume, and three references to the following:

 

                                    Mercer County 

                                    HR Department

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137

 

Deadline to Apply:  June 4, 2022

 

Must be postmarked by Deadline date

 








Position: Correctional Officer (Part-Time) Posted: May 12, 2022 Deadline: June 4, 2022 Print Job Description

Department:   Mercer County Jail

 

Position Title: Correctional Officer (Part-Time)

 

Pay Classification:  JCO 00-00 ($16.09/hr. Entry Wage)

 

Reports To:  Warden and Deputy Warden(s)

 

Date of Job Description Creation/Update: 1/11/2022

 

________________________________________________________________

 

 

General Overview:

Correctional Officers will perform the direct supervision of inmates at the County Detention Facility according to laws, regulations, and policies of the State of Pennsylvania and Mercer County.  Officers will enforce the facility rules and maintain facility security.  Officers are responsible for the care, custody, and control of inmates at the facility.

 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Directly supervises inmates in the facility during all aspects of their incarceration such as housing, visitation, meals, medication distribution, searches, activities, work programs.
  • Enforce the rules and regulations of the facility
  • Must be able to act quickly, assess situations carefully, act in accordance with policy and procedure, and protect self and others (inmates and co-workers)
  • Conducts periodic cell pod checks, performs searches of inmates, performs searches of cells and other areas for contraband
  • Maintains discipline among inmates
  • Responds appropriately to emergencies in the prison (which may include assaults, fires, riots, disturbances, natural disasters, medical emergencies and hostage situations)
  • Maintains and updates Facility records (written, typing and basic computer skill required)
  • Receives and books inmates (perform fingerprinting, photographs and searches)

 

Physical/ Age Requirements:

 

  • Must be trained on and be able to perform weaponless self-defense and restraining techniques
  • Must be trained on and be able to perform the operation and use of restraining devices
  • Must be trained in and be able to perform initial first aid services to inmates as needed
  • Regularly walk, stand or stoop; occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing up to and over 100lbs.
  • Use tools and equipment requiring a high degree of security
  • Walk, stand, crouch or run on narrow, slippery inclining or erratically moving surfaces
  • Stair climbing required (all cell pods are 2 levels)
  • Sit and stand for sustained periods of time
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must pass a physical, drug and psychological evaluation post employment offer
  • Must pass a criminal background check post offer of employment.
  • Position requires up to 30 hours of work per week on an average annual basis.

 

Other Requirements:

 

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in criminal justice, social service or related field
  • Ability to perform multiple activities and quickly identify inappropriate inmate conduct
  • Ability to perform basic math
  • Ability to communicate via radios
  • Ability to work the rotating shifts (including weekends and holidays) as require by a 24/7 operating facility
  • Ability to train for 4 weeks or more at the Academy at the Department of Corrections.
  • Ability to work mandatory overtime
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • All other duties as assigned

 

 

How to apply:

 

All interested applicants must print and complete the Standard County of Mercer Application for employment.

 

Please send the completed standard application, a letter of interest, salary history, resume, and three references to the following:

 

                                    Mercer County 

                                    HR Department

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137

 

Deadline to Apply:  June 4, 2022

 

Must be postmarked by Deadline date

 








Position: Enforcement Officer Posted: May 24, 2022 Deadline: June 8, 2022 Print Job Description

 

Department: Mercer County Court of Common Pleas; Domestic Relations Section

Position Title: Enforcement Officer/UIFSA Officer

Pay Classification: P&A Grade 4 (Entry wage $17.34/hr.)

Reports to: Enforcement Supervisor/UIFSA Supervisor

Updated: 5/23/2022

 

Description of Position:

Enforcement/UIFSA Officers will work within the Domestic Relations Section serving as a point of contact for persons involved in an ongoing case as both a resource for questions and for assistance in actions necessary for the enforcement of a Support Order using individual initiative and the PACSES system.

Position Requirements:

  • Multitasking-able to deal with many time sensitive issues at one time.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to work in a professional and confidential environment.
  • Technical knowledge of personal computer operations including Microsoft Word, Excel, Windows and general data entry.
  • High level of organizational and prioritization skills.
  • High level of accuracy.
  • Ability to work effectively when dealing with time constraints as imposed by law.
  • Decision making ability and skills in negotiation and mediation.
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills allowing for effective interaction with clients, attorneys and other DRS personnel.
  • Ability to comprehend a variety of documents; including case files, civil complaints, modification petitions, earnings reports, pays stubs, W-2’s, tax returns and other records related to income data.
  • A mastery of basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to work effectively with potential emotional individuals in a stressful and sometimes adversarial environment.
  • Ability to work with clients who have poor life skills and a sometimes limited education.
  • Ability to interview and elicit information from individuals in a non-threatening, calm, yet authoritative manner.
  • Ability to analyze information for appropriate action and resolution of case specific situations.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Able to work independently.

Position Duties:

The following duties are typical for the position. They are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Meet with clients as scheduled or upon their appearance in the DRS for assistance in initiating actions in established cases and/or to answer questions regarding DRS Law, case status or payment records.
  • Investigate and resolve problems that clients may have concerning missing/late payments, enforcement problems and issues surrounding medical coverage.
  • Schedule all modification review and contempt conferences via PACSES.
  • Schedule and prepare matters for hearing with the appropriate Judge when demands are filed for Hearing De Novo or when contempt is necessary.
  • Mail out Orders to Appear.
  • Using PACSES, generate the appropriate forms for case enforcement and mail out all forms required for the following programs:
    • Financial Institution Data Match Freeze/Seize
    • Income Withholding
    • Passport Denial
    • Lottery Intercept
    • Professional and Recreational Licenses Revocation
    • Driver’s License Suspension
    • Credit Bureau Reporting
    • Liens on Real Property
    • Unemployment Compensation Attachment
    • New Hire Report
    • Federal and State Tax Refund Intercept
    • Defendant Contempt
    • Employer Contempt
  • Respond to worker alerts and located on the MAIL screen in PACSES and the Performance Improvement Module (PIM) in order to determine appropriate enforcement actions needed.
  • Keep updated of the frequent change in Rule, case law, and PACSES functionality as provided by the Director, Assistant Director and Supervisor’s, or as made available daily on the Daily Production Report.
  • Using PACSES, making adjustments to case financial balances based on the result of hearings/conferences or the request of parties.
  • Review incoming TASKS generated by the computer system daily assuring priority matters receive appropriate attention and respond within two (2) days of receipt unless management direction is necessary.
  • Monitor time limits given for the response of enforcement notices.
  • Contact or communicate with any agency or entity involved in any support matter as necessary including attorneys, employers, County Assistance Office (CAO), other Courts, Children and Youth Services, Juvenile Probation, Child care information services, the Social Security Administration and the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement (BCSE).
  • Perform work in accordance with established regulations, policies, directives or policy as set by the Courts, DRS management and BCSE.
  • Attend meetings, training and/or workshops as required.
  • Must complete New Hire Training with PACSETI within six (6) months from date of hire.
  • Work with designated Locate staff in any case where a defendants name and/or address is unknown.
  • Update all case information in PACSES following hearings/conferences.
  • Work the financial Non-Compliance Report (E009) routinely as well as designated reports assigned by the management staff of the DRS including self-assessment reports, actionable case lists, % paid report and data integrity lists in order to maximize performance in an effort to maintain a minimum of 80% as per Federal requirements in all performance measures.
  • Enter a NOTE in PACSES for each interaction (personal contact, phone, ect) with anyone related to a case and for updated activities.
  • Utilize the computer system to scan in any relevant documents into the PACSES Imaging system under case ID or Member ID.
  • Communicate with the Work Search Coordinator and Bench Warrant Officer as needed on shared cases.

Note: The following tasks are specific to UIFSA Officers who manage cases involving interstate cases.

  • Process incoming UIFSA cases and register cases out-of-state once either party moves.
  • Contact out-of-state Courts as necessary using telephone, text message, email and Child Support Enforcement Network (CSENet) communications.

Minimum Education and/or Experience Required:

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Psychology, Sociology, Administration of Justice, Social Sciences or any other related area, or any other related area, or a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in Child Support Enforcement.

Previous DRS experience is helpful but not essential.

 

Please send a letter of interest, salary history, resume, and completed standard County of Mercer Application for employment to:

                                    Mercer County Human Resources

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137



Deadline to Apply:  June 8, 2022