Certified Master Social Worker
State of Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska

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Hiring Agency:
Health & Human Services - Agency 25

Nebraska State Office Building - Lincoln

Hiring Rate:

Classification Salary Range:
$26.44 - $41.90

Job Posting:
JR2024-00002977 Certified Master Social Worker (Evergreen) (Open)

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Job Description:
Are you a compassionate and skilled social worker seeking to make a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals in need? Look no further! Join our dynamic team in the Medicaid and Long Term Care Division of DHHS as a Certified Master Social Worker, and utilize your expertise to promote the well-being and enhance the quality of life for Nebraskans.

We hire at the Provisional Level! Here at DHHS, you have the passion, we have the opportunities - let's make a difference for Nebraskans!

Examples of Work

Under limited supervision, performs Licensed Certified Master's level professional social work in determining patient needs and providing complex therapeutic services; serves as a member on interdisciplinary teams to participate in care plans for assigned clients', as applicable; provides clinical guidance to social workers, direct staff, practicum students, and/or volunteers. Work is performed under the supervision of a Clinical Program Manager, Nurse Administrator, or Administrator. Performs related work as assigned.

For clinical programs with assigned patients:

  • Provides clinical care coordination consultation to social work and social work support staff.
  • Conducts comprehensive behavioral health assessments on an assigned case load, as applicable.
  • Conducts individual, family, and provider groups to assist clients and families in plan of care, as applicable.
  • Compiles social and behavioral information from various sources.
  • Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary team; provides information regarding a client's social history and psychosocial assessments and addressing specific client needs; participates in the development of a client's active plan of care.
  • Monitors and evaluates patients' progress toward established goals of discharge; provides recommendations to members of an interdisciplinary treatment team to make adjustments to a client's treatment plan.

For clinical programs with quality oversight:

  • Conduct research of medical records, case files, reports, journals, and other pertinent documentation to verify compliance with federal regulations.
  • Serves as liaison with service agencies consulting on member cases to ensure efficiency and continuity in providing services.
  • Conducts follow-up assessments and evaluations, and provides assistance in resource development and in policy and program development and evaluation.

The essential purpose of this position is to complete assessments such as interviewing patients, facility staff, caregivers and treatment providers to identify patients who meet the criteria for referral; review written evaluations and assessments to determine eligibility for habilitative or community-based services; review and audit patient care plan to ensure it meets identified clinical needs; complete random sampling of mental health services or habilitative services for patients.


Master Social Worker: Master's degree in social work.

Certified Master Social Worker: Master's degree in social work and two years of Master Social Worker experience.

PREFERRED: Any combination of training and/or work experience that will enable the incumbent to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Positions allocated to the Certified Master Social Worker class for clinical programs may perform work in this class with a provisional certification.
(Applicants will be screened for possession of these qualifications. Applicants who need accommodation in the selection process should request this in advance.) A current license to practice as a Clinical Social Worker in Nebraska and one year of relevant experience, as applicable for clinical program with assigned patients; current certification as a Masters Social Worker in Nebraska and one year of relevant experience, as applicable for clinical programs with quality oversight.

Hiring Rate

Master Social Worker: 26.440

Certified Master Social Worker: 28.421

Knowledge / skills / abilities

Knowledge of: theories and methods of psychosocial assessment; social systems, family systems, systems theory, and social institutions; the cause of social problem areas and their impact on individuals, families, and communities, as applicable; State and federal laws and regulations affecting social, legal, and health services; crisis intervention theories and techniques; professional terminology as related to therapy, psychology, and human services.

Skill in: observing and interpreting verbal and non-verbal behavior; interviewing clients to collect and elicit essential information and assess needs and progress, as applicable; listening to and understanding information received from others; communicating so others understand; conducting differential diagnosis of individuals and groups; utilizing personality theory and diagnostic methods in setting a therapeutic context and formulating goals; assessing functional impairments so they can be addressed in treatment and discharge planning; assembling relevant facts to formulate a comprehensive psychosocial evaluation; discussing sensitive/emotional subjects in a non-threatening, supportive manner; utilizing appropriate social work intervention methods to build client strengths and facilitate positive change; establishing and maintaining rapport with clients and families.

Ability to: serve as a role model in a professional relationship with patients, members, and social work staff; communicate social work practice and theory to professionals in other disciplines; mediate negotiations between patients, families/guardians and clinicians, as applicable; generate creative and effective means of dealing with obstacles in the implementation of discharge plans and the provision of social work services to clients; write concise and accurate reports and correspondence.


We offer a comprehensive package of pay, benefits, paid time off, retirement and professional development opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and life. Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation.

Check out all that the State of Nebraska has to offer! For more information on benefits currently offered to permanent teammates, please visit: https://statejobs.nebraska.gov/index.html#benefits

Equal Opportunity Statement

The State of Nebraska values our teammates as well as a supportive environment that strives to promote diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job classifications and at all levels without regard to race, color, religion, sex. age, national origin, disability, marital status or genetics.

Current employees of the State of Nebraska should NOT apply on this external career. Instead go to Workday and access the Jobs Hub - Internal Apply app from your home landing page.

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