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Social Worker

Department: Ffa Antelope Valley Social Wkr
Location: Palmdale, CA

McKinley: Youth, Family, and Community are what we are all about!  We offer a great working environment and benefits package! McKinley encourages growth so that you can Be your Best H.U.M.A.N. 

At McKinley employees share a set of guiding principles: We embrace a culture that is Hopeful, Understanding, Moral, Awesome, Nurturing. - H.U.M.A.N.  

The Company: McKinley is a highly respected welfare organization with a comprehensive array of programs and services – which touch nearly 1,800 lives annually – include short term residential treatment program (STRTP), Foster Care, Adoptions, Mental Health Services, and Special Education. McKinley has 5 locations throughout southern California with our main campus located in San Dimas. We embrace a culture that is  H.U.M.A.N.Hopeful, Understanding, Moral, Awesome, Nurturing. McKinley has created a Hopeful environment, in which we choose optimism in finding the motivation to achieve our greatest dreams. We are a team dedicated to Understanding individual needs and do so by listening and embracing each individual’s stories. We strongly embrace our agency’s Morals by treating everyone with kindness and respect. At McKinley, we acknowledge our team member’s and clients’ Awesome qualities by celebrating what makes each individual unique. We are dedicated to Nurturing a Trauma-Informed Integrated Care approach that has created a unique culture within the organization.  We celebrate diversity by our commitment to cultivating an inclusive and affirming environment for all. 


The Position: We are looking for a Social Worker, who is willing to embrace McKinley’s mission and H.U.M.A.N values. Social workers are responsible for ensuring safety and welfare of children, youth, and Non-Minor Dependents on their caseload.  They are a resource to their caseload, provide treatment assessment & planning.  They support those they serve while providing support and monitoring of Resource Families.


Compensation and Benefits:

The pay range we’re offering is $22 - $27 an hour depending on experience.


Our people are the heart of our organization, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. 

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance- we offer a company defined contribution of $500/month
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off
  • Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays
  • 403(b) retirement plan with company match up to 3%
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Referral Bonus
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Training Opportunities to Further Personal and Professional Growth



  • Master's Degree
  • Word Processing
  • Email
  • Internet
  • Ability to learn clinical software
  • Basic office skills (i.e. typing, telephone, copier)
  • Must pass pre-employment physical exam, TB and drug screening
  • Ability to commute to various sites on and off campus
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed
  • Ability to physically restrain children (if needed)


Key Responsibilities:

  • Follow through on commitments to children.
  • Orient potential certified foster home applicants.
  • Evaluate and assess applications of potential certified foster family applicants, including doing in-depth home studies as part of the certification process.
  • Evaluate and assess children for placement including continuity of care and counseling services in a certified home.
  • Assume the responsibilities of the “Officer of the Day” at least one full day per week.
  • Develop and update the needs and services plan and assure services are provided.
  • Supervise placement, including direct contact with the child and the certified foster parent(s) on a regularly scheduled basis meeting agency standards.
  • Provide consultation and support services to certified foster parents.
  • Attend school Individualized Educational Program meetings as necessary.
  • Complete all required documentation related to placement of children in the foster family program.
  • Complete adoption home studies as assigned.
  • Conduct a weekly training for prospective foster parents.
  • Facilitate groups for foster and biological children.
  • Participate in all events organized by the agency.
  • Participate in the recruitment of foster parents.
  • Believe that people can change; demonstrate an ability to set limits and intervene. appropriately to meet the needs of the children and families served.
  • Investigate and follow-up on allegations or complaints received regarding foster children and/or families.
  • Interact both verbally and in writing with a variety of county and/or community resources related to potential new and current foster children and families
  • Use personal vehicles for business purposes and for transportation of clients
  • Actively participate in the agency’s Program Quality Improvement (PQI) plan as assigned.  
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Why Should You Apply?

  • Our Mission- work for an organization that makes a real difference in people’s lives 
  • Competitive pay
  • Several benefit options
  • Employee tuition reimbursement
  • Great training for staff

Join McKinley to Be Your Best H.U.M.A.N.


McKinley’s response to COVID-19: The safety of the families, children, clients we serve as well as our valued team members is our priority. We want to make sure everyone at McKinley feels safe and welcomed. We are taking all the necessary precautions and safety measures to maintain a safe environment throughout our different locations. We are providing PPE to our team members and visitors along with practicing social distancing measures.

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