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The Office of Public Defender, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama is accepting applications for the full-time position of Social Worker, to participate in providing representation to indigent persons charged with state criminal offenses  in Tuscaloosa County.  In this challenging and rewarding position, you will work with a team providing client-centered, zealous, conscientious, caring, professional, ethical and skilled representation of indigent persons charged with state criminal offenses in Tuscaloosa County.


Duties of this position will include work on assigned cases.  General areas of responsibility include the duties to conduct psychosocial evaluations and mental status examinations of defendants and obtain prior medical, psychiatric, substance abuse and education records for background and mitigation purposes; develop alternative sentencing plans for clients facing serious criminal charges.  Also, social workers perform drug and alcohol assessments, develop treatment plans and make appropriate referrals to treatment facilities.


Requirements and qualifications for this position include a Masters of Social Work degree, social work license (minimum LMSW), significant case management and crisis intervention skills and experience, strong documentation skills and strong clinical skills.


Employees of the Office may not engage in other full-time employment or litigation assistance for hire without the express permission of the Public Defender.  Salary for this position depends on experience.  Hiring is dependent upon the appropriation of funding.  The Office provides excellent benefits. 


How To Apply:

To apply, please forward a letter describing your interest in the position, a resume, and  appropriate references  by mail or email to: Joseph P. Van Heest, Public Defender, Office of Public Defender, 714 Greensboro Avenue, Suite 519, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, or  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This program is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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