Thomas Edison State University provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate education for self-directed adults through flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning and assessment opportunities. One of New Jersey’s senior public institutions of higher education, the University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Our affiliate, the New Jersey State Library, connects people with information and resources through its service to NJ libraries, the state legislature and government employees, Thomas Edison State University staff and students, and registered borrowers. At Thomas Edison State University and the New Jersey State Library we embrace a diverse and dynamic workforce that drives innovation, learner success and organizational growth. We welcome you to apply to be a part of our team.
General Information: New Jersey State Library seeks a social worker to fill a temporary, two-year grant funded part-time (21 hours per week) position. Reporting to the Project Manager, the social worker in this position will provide direct services to returning citizens in public libraries in New Jersey and Philadelphia during a two-year grant funded project, Reconnecting Returning Citizens with their Communities in Public Libraries. Hourly rate: $40/hr.
Examples of essential job functions: • Outreach to community service providers • Schedule and coordinate community resource fairs • Assess individual returning citizens for primary needs and personal goals • Provide referrals to library classes and programs and occupational skills training • Provide linkage to additional services as needed • Communicate with staff at library sites • Document service accurately and timely while ensuring returning citizen confidentiality • Maintain project records and data and submit weekly reports to the Project Manager
Skills and Abilities: Skills in: screening, assessment, service planning, life skills teaching, computer applications including Microsoft Office and Google office software
Ability to: • Work closely with library staff to develop and coordinate monthly community resource fairs • Build rapport with returning citizen participants • Manage relationships with a broad range of community organizations • Manage work at multiple locations • Communicate effectively with project team members • Work independently and as part of a team • Be trained in various technological hardware and software applications
Qualifications: Education and Experience: Preferred Master’s degree in Social Work or required minimum Bachelor’s degree in Social Work combined with at least one year experience in providing case management services. Preferred prior experience with clients in correctional facilities and/or court systems.
Other requirements: Mobile position: must be able to travel between library sites to deliver services, including, (but not limited to) location sites within Mercer, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties, with the addition of a Philadelphia library branch in the second year of the project. Driver’s license with acceptable driving history required.
Thomas Edison State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
About The New Jersey State Library
Thomas Edison State College was established by the State of New Jersey and chartered by the New Jersey Board of Higher Education in 1972. The College was founded for the purpose of providing diverse and alternative methods of achieving a collegiate education of the highest quality for mature adults.