Duplin County NC

Social Worker III – Adult Home Specialist

DEPARTMENT:  Duplin County Social Services

SALARY:    $ 18.22 / $ 37,896 Annually – $ 32.35 Hourly / $ 67,296 Annually)  “Based on Experience & Qualifications”

OPENING DATE:   July 14, 2020      Closing Date: July 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

APPLY AT:   Duplin County Personnel Office
                       County Administration Building
                       224 Seminary Street
                       Kenansville, NC 28349

Website Address: www.duplincountync.com

“Equal Opportunity Employer”


Primary purpose of position is to supervise licensed domiciliary homes to ensure they are operating according to licensing standards and regulations. The position is assigned to the Adult Services Unit and the duties performed are in keeping with the Agency’s function to provide certain necessary and mandated services. The worker assigned to the position is the Adult Home Specialist (AHS) and will be referred to as such at times throughout description. Worker in this position also perform duties as back-up Adult Protective Service Worker.


The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Receives intake complaint alleging neglect, abuse or exploitation of an incapacitated adult and complete intake form.
  • Initiates the complaint immediately upon receipt of allegations alleging life-threatening situation, within 24 hours of allegations of abuse of a resident or within 48 hours of allegations of neglect of a resident.
  • Interview clients in the area of physical health, mental health, activities/instrumental activities of daily living, economic, environment, and social support.
  • Investigates the complaint by making visits to the facility to interview residents and staff and telephone calls to collaterals.
  • Complete documentations from interviews, telephone calls and conferences.
  • Staff with the supervisor and/or unit to make a case decision to substantiate or unsubstantiated neglect, abuse and/or exploitation.
  • Develop Corrective Actions Reports for facility operating out of compliance in the rules and regulations with Division of Health Service.
  • Conduct quarterly monitoring visits to ensure compliance according to DHSR rules and regulations.
  • Find placements for disabled adults in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group home or the community.
  • Attends penalty hearings on the state level when violations are identified in the facility.
  • Meet with Division of Health Service Regulation staff and/or Attorney General’s Office to discuss court cases when applicable.
  • Testifies in court regarding case findings.
  • Files involuntary commitment papers as needed.
  • Collaborate with outside agencies to ensure the safety of adults in need of protection.
  • Complete monthly reports regarding caseload activity.
  • Rotate on-call nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Attends unit staff meetings, training through NC Division of Health Service Regulations and Webinars.
  • Works in disaster shelters as deemed necessary.


While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

  • Assists client in applying for services that are needed to ensure their safety.
  • Complete food referrals and deliver to disabled adult.
  • Assists unit members on home visits when there are safety concerns.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work; Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and completion of the Child Welfare Collaborative (Child Welfare positions only); Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and one year directly related experience; Master’s degree in counseling in a human services field and one year of social work or counseling; Bachelor’s degree in a human services field from an accredited college or university and two years directly related experience; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and three years of directly related experience.


  • Must have a valid N.C. driver’s license. Must have access to use of a motor vehicle for travel to and from home visits and/or training.
  • In accordance with the county’s drug free workplace policy, employees will be subject to pre-employment and random drug screening.