Social Worker Consultant (Grant Funded)

Washington, D.C
Aug 09, 2022
Aug 17, 2022
Full Time


This is a temporary position that is based on annual grant funding from the Court Improvement Program (CIP).

The District of Columbia Family Court participates in the federal Court Improvement Program (CIP) which provides grant funding for Court programs that aim to improve court and systemic operations through collaboration with the Child and Family Services Agency, the Office of the Attorney General and other stakeholders in the child abuse and neglect system.

The CIP is managed by the Attorney Advisor along with a Project Coordinator who is primarily responsible for conducting all data related tasks and supporting the operation of various projects. Other Court personnel participate in the CIP including judges, managers at all levels, the Supervisory Attorney, Paralegal and others.

The CIP is in the process of developing and implementing a multi-disciplinary representation program that pairs contract social workers with defense attorneys representing parents in child abuse and neglect cases to create a defense team. The Family Court, through the Court Improvement Program (CIP), is seeking an experienced social worker consultant with supervisory experience to assist in the further development and administration of the program. This position is expected to be temporary (6 to 12 months) and would be paid through grant funds.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Attorney Advisor and CIP Project Coordinator, as well as the stakeholder workgroup in developing, implementing and evaluating the program and other Court personnel.

  • Provides input on the development of a program operational manual
  • Drafts social worker job descriptions for publication
  • Provides input and recommendations on selection of social workers for roster
  • Collects data on social worker performance and provides input on performance issues
  • Designs training program and facilitates training for social workers, attorneys, court staff and judicial officers
  • Provides input on program evaluation criteria and implements the operation of the program as described in the operations manual
  • Provides guidance and information to social workers regarding operational issues

Working hours are not to exceed 20 hours per week. All work will be conducted virtually.

The DC Courts have employed many measures to keep employees and court users as safe as possible, including mandatory face coverings, social distancing, temperature checks, air circulation, and intensified cleaning services. We encouraged employees to get vaccinated for their safety and the safety of their family, friends, colleagues, and others with whom they have contact. Vaccinations, being readily available, provide the best protection from infection with COVID-19, and the requirement of vaccinations is consistent with maintaining a safe and secure workplace. Therefore, effective immediately and throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 emergency period, all DC Courts employees, interns, volunteers, and on-site contractors, who have received a vaccination as required by the COVID-19 vaccination protocols, must provide proof of vaccination to Human Resources on the first day of employment. You may seek an exemption from providing a proof of vaccination on the grounds of a specific medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief. All employees who have not received the required number of vaccination doses, regardless of the reason or whether the employee has sought or been granted an exemption, will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result on a weekly basis in order to report to work in person or remotely.


Conditions of Employment

  • Background and security investigation are required.
  • This is a grant funded temporary position.
  • This position is not eligible for federal benefits.

To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:
  • Resume
  • Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  • Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of college transcript or degree)
  • Copy of District of Columbia Social Worker license
  • List of three (3) professional references

  • All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.


    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Master of Social Work degree from an accredited program under the Counsel of Social Work Education (CSWE) and possess a valid Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work License (LICSW) from the DC Board of Social Work, a minimum of two (2) years as a child abuse and neglect social worker including, and a minimum of one (1) year of experience as a social work supervisor or program supervisor or manager.

    Knowledge and experience in program development, implementation, and operations.

    Experience in evaluating prospective social work hires.

    The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts' values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

    Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts is required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.


    To qualify based on education, upload a copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

    Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for District of Columbia Courts employment. You can verify your education here:

    Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must upload a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript at time of application to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

    All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.

    The safety of DC Court employees, contractors and the public is a top priority. In compliance with the guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Courts has maximized its telework flexibilities. The ability and readiness for employees to telework impacts operational requirements and capabilities. This includes having a personal computer, tablet or mobile device which is not shared with secure internet connectivity.