Child Protection Worker (0323)
Full-Time Child Protection Worker (0323) at Ramsey County
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Direct Service/Social Services, Government
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $63,627.20 - $94,140.80 Annually
Education Preferred: Yes
Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
E-Verify: Yes
Criminal Background: Yes
Basic Function

The current vacancy is in the Children and Family Services Division of the Social Services Department. The eligibility list created by this vacancy may be used to hire other vacancies in the department or County.

To investigate, assess and provide intervention and treatment services in order to protect children from child abuse, neglect and exploitation; to prepare and implement case management plans for the treatment of child abuse, the protection of victims; to participate in legal actions arising from child abuse case activities; and perform related duties as assigned. (This is the entry level in this class series, but prior social work experience is required. Work assignments provide the opportunity to refine the knowledge and skills developed through prior experience and education in order to function effectively at the full performance level.)

Flexible Workplace
 This position is identified under the designation of ‘flex work eligible’, meaning that the employee can formally opt to be in-office full-time or work a flex schedule in which at least two-days per week are performed in office and other days can be performed in a remote-first environment. Regardless of selection, the position carries expectations regarding on-site responsibilities and will require schedule flexibility beyond the minimum expectations set forth in the county’s flexible workplace policy. To view Ramsey County’s Flexible Workplace policy, go to: Flexible Workplace policy (Download PDF reader).

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules (i.e., promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction).

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this position, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list or search for a job description.

Veteran's Preference: This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process. Veteran's Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process. Applicants who are eligible for veteran's preference should update their veteran's DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.

Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.
In addition, you may be subject to one or more of the following:  Psychotherapist Check E-Verify Participation:  Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.

To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader). You will need to print off this posting and also answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them if you complete a paper application.

For further information regarding this posting, please contact or by phone at (651) 266-4063. 


Examples of Work Performed
  1. Investigate reports of child abuse (including physical or sexual abuse, neglect and exploitation) within legal limits by interviewing and taking formal statements from family members and other involved persons, and by interviewing children in accordance with approved child interviewing methods in order to refute or substantiate reports, determine whether children are in immediate danger of abuse and to document information needed for court proceedings and protection planning.
  2. Initiate necessary child protection actions, such as petitioning for court orders to remove children or parents from the home, arranging for in-home services or contacting police in order to provide immediate protection for children.
  3. Assess individual and family ability to respond to treatment by evaluating clients' cognitive skills, motivation to change, and past history of treatment in order to develop reasonable case plans.
  4. Write and implement protection plan to reduce the risk of further abuse or neglect, maintain the family unit intact and ensure that needed services are used.
  5. Write and file with court a formal case plan according to required format for any child in placement or involved in court proceedings.
  6. Identify family needs and make referrals to other agency or community resources such as residential treatment, public health services or parent counseling.
  7. Gather information (such as social histories, client compliance with previous court orders, and list of possible witnesses) and prepare reports for submission to the County Attorney for use in petitioning for court intervention such as termination of parental rights or provision of protective supervision.
  8. Testify at legal proceedings, recommend future court reviews and prepare other witnesses to testify.
  9. Provide crisis intervention by assisting clients to obtain emergency housing, food, clothing, financial assistance or protection.
  10. Provide individual and family counseling, behavior modification programming and other treatment such as play therapy to improve family functioning, prevent child placement or facilitate family reunification.
  11. Transport or arrange transportation for clients to medical appointments, court hearings, placements, and other mandated services to assist clients to receive service.
  12. Monitor clients' progress toward established service goals and compliance with court orders to determine need for continuation of services.
  13. Arrange for adoption, long-term foster care or independent living situation for children when attempts at family reunification have failed to provide a safe home.
  14. Physically remove unwilling child from harmful environment to place in safe residence.
  15. Write social histories and accurate case records (such as service referrals, quarterly evaluation of client progress toward goals, legal actions) according to department requirements.
(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required.)
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 15.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's Degree in a social/behavioral science and 12 additional credits eligible for tuition refund or equivalent.
Experience:  Six months of experience in child welfare social work or one year general social work experience.

Substitution:  Experience as a Ramsey County Human Services Case Aide 3 may substitute for general social work experience on the basis that two years Case Aide experience equals one year of general social work experience.  A maximum of two years Ramsey County Human Services Case Aide experience can be substituted for general social work experience. A Master's Degree in Social Work or other related social/behavioral science may substitute for the experience requirement. 
Certifications/Licensure:  None.
Other: All employees must successfully complete all continuing education requirements for child protection workers as specified by state law.

Exam/Screening Process Information

The examination process will consist of the following section with each section weighted as indicated:

  • Training and Experience Rating = 100%
The examination for Child Protection Worker will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire. Not all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will pass the training and experience rating.  The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend on your answers to the questions – do not mark "see resume" or "see work history" as a response. Please answer all your questions clearly and completely.  Failure to respond could affect your score and final rank on this examination.

Eligible List: The names of all applicants who filed a properly completed application and passed the examination/screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for an employment opportunity as a Child Protection Worker. This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy. Candidates will remain on the list for three months or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list. The names of all applicants who pass the examination with a score of 20 or higher will be forwarded to the department for further consideration.

Ramsey County

Ramsey County Government Center East building (RCGC EAST)
160 East Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota 55101
United States
Transit: On bus line, On the Green Line