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Denver Human Services works around the clock to partnering with our community to protect those in harm's way and help all people in need. Our employees embrace this mission and routinely make a dramatic impact on the lives of the families and children we serve. 

Join our team of superhero caseworkers who work to protect children and stregthen families each and every day.

Our social caseworkers provide guidance and assistance to families in need to help them address issues in the home which are unhealthy for their children. The overall goal is a healthy, happy family and child.

We are actively recruiting qualified new and experienced social caseworkers to join our DHS team!

Mayor Michael B. Hancock's 2016 budget includes the addition of 51.5 social caseworkers at DHS to work in the area of Child Welfare. The large majority of those positions will be in our frontline services of investigating allegations of child abuse or neglect.

DHS employs social caseworkers in a variety of positions including: 

  • Intake
  • Ongoing
  • Children and Families
  • Visitation Services (PREPT Program)
  • Family Finding 
  • Child Abuse Reporting Hotline
  • CARE Center - Family Engagement
  • Youth Services, including the Chaffee Program
  • Foster Care
  • Adoptions
  • Kin Provider Services
  • Recruitment
  • Chafee Foster Care Independence Program

Individual qualifications as well as test scores will inform the Social Caseworker Series recruitment list. 

Interested? All applications are received through the city's online jobs website, If you don't see a listing for Social Casework Series, we may be in between postings. Be sure to set a "Job Alert" for "Human Services" to get the latest postings as soon as they ar generated.

  • Visit 
  • Select "Sign Up for Job Alerts" 
  • Select "Human Services" and hit "Subscribe"
  • Enter your information
  • Click "Submit"

You may also contact us for more information by calling 720-944-2850.


All new hires will be included in our Odyssey Training Program which is specially designed for those new to the challenging and rewarding field of social casework practice. This cohort-based approach will allow workers to complete their State mandated training in a supportive, nurturing environment. In addition to the Colorado Child Welfare Academy, candidates selected for Odyssey will receive additional training, coaching and expert guidance throughout the duration of the program. Following the successful completion of the training period, social caseworkers will be placed in active roles in our Intake, On-Going or Youth Services.


Now - here's the fine print:

When applying for a Social Caseworker position, get the transcripts ready! You MUST attach your transcripts to the application for review to be considered. You will be required to provide sealed, official copies at the time of interview, or before hire if selected. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Performs case management activities, assesses individual and family needs, develops appropriate service and/or treatment plan, and provides counseling, referral, and placement services.
  • Conducts initial needs assessment, ascertains nature and extent of complaint and severity of problems, and interviews defined clients and/or family members to elicit information to determine client's/family's medical, employment, economic, educational, and emotional history.
  • Evaluates client's needs, interest, motivation, and pattern of responsibility, reviews case records for client and family profiles, socio-economic history, previous treatment and services experience, and/or special problems and needs, and reviews and discusses case, problems, prognosis, behavior patterns, and needed services with a supervisor or other senior level staff.
  • Develops and implements a treatment plan that provides a variety of social services and referrals to meet social, behavioral, medical, and/or psychological needs, recommends and refers clients to appropriate support agencies and programs, and provides continuous counseling and crisis intervention to achieve objectives.
  • Establishes, maintains, and coordinates services and activities with relevant community agencies, monitors and evaluations activities of agencies contracted to provide a variety of social services, and evaluates progress of placements and/or other services.
  • Represents the department in accordance with Volume 7 and city rules and regulations.
  • Prepares case records, reports, and documents and compiles with state and federal standards in providing case notes, treatment plans, and evaluations. 
  • Testifies in court as needed by providing expert testimony and preparing comprehensive reports that allow the court to make finding and recommendations that affect court-ordered treatment plans.


This position REQUIRES:

  • A Baccalaureate Degree, (from an accredited institution,) in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Guidance and Counseling, or a closely related field.
    PLEASE NOTE: You must attach an electronic copy of your transcripts to your application and official transcripts will be required at the time of interview if you are selected to interview.


  • Possession of a valid driver's license at the time of application;
  • One year of post graduation professional social case work experience OR two years of post graduation experience developing treatment plans with families and/or working with abused/neglected children or children involved in the mental health system or juvenile justice system;


  • A Masters Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Guidance and Counseling, or a closely related field may be substituted for the experience requirement. 

For positions specific to Child Welfare, a Bachelor's of Social Work degree with a major in public child welfare and successful completion of an approved field placement in a county department of social services will substitute for the minimum education and experience requirements. 

Successful candidates will have the ability to work in a high volume, high stress environment. Knowledge of community resources available for referrals, and knowledge of State and County automation systems are preferred. Candidates should have high energy, have excellent time management skills, and have strong career goals in child protection. 

Candidates who are bilingual in English/Spanish are encouraged to apply.