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Denver Human Services works around the clock 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 strengthen families each and every day.

Our social caseworkers provide guidance and assistance to families in need to help them address issues in the home that 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!

DHS employs social caseworkers in a variety of positions including: 

  • Prevention
  • Referral and Assessment
  • Child Protection and Permanency
  • Children and Families
  • Visitation Services
  • Family Finding 
  • Child Abuse Reporting Hotline
  • CARE Center - Family Engagement
  • Youth Services, including the Chaffee Program
  • Foster Care
  • Adoptions
  • Kin Provider Services

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


All applications are received through the city's online jobs website, If you don't see a listing for Social Caseworker 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 are generated. Here’s how:

  1. Visit
  2. Select "Sign Up for Job Alerts" 
  3. Select "Human Services" and hit "Subscribe"
  4. Enter your information
  5. Click "Submit"

For more information, call 720-944-2850.

All new hires who do not have active certification within the State of Colorado 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 – the Colorado Child Welfare Academy – in a supportive, nurturing environment. In addition, candidates selected for Odyssey will receive additional training, coaching and expert guidance throughout the duration of the program. Following successful completion of the training period, social caseworkers will be placed in active roles in our Intake, On-Going or Youth Services Sections.


Now, here's the fine print:

When applying for a Social Caseworker position, get your transcripts ready! You MUST attach your transcripts to your application in order 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 guidance, 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, socioeconomic 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 evaluates 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 of the Colorado Revised Statutes and City rules and regulations.
  • Prepares case records, reports, and documents and complies 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 findings and recommendations that may be incorporated in 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 Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Guidance and Counseling, or a closely related field may be substituted for the experience requirement. 

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, excellent time management skills, and strong career goals in child protection. 

Certified social caseworkers and qualified candidates who are bilingual in English and Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.


Report Child Abuse by calling 1-800-CO-4-KIDS

Colorado Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline 

To report suspected child abuse and neglect, call 1-844-CO-4-Kids (264-5437)

Available 24 hours a day, every day. Don't hesitate to call and get help. 
Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.

Additional parenting resources:


Office Hours (all locations)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday - by appointment only
Customer Service
720-944-4DHS (4347)
If you need Colorado Relay/TTY services in Denver, please call 711.
If you need Spanish-language relay services, please call 800-337-3242.



Denver 311 Help Center
Call 311
Outside Denver Call 720-913-1311
Emergencies: 911 
TTY Service: 720-913-8479