• 1535 Confederate Avenue Columbia, SC 29201
  • dss.sc.gov

Current Openings

The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) has positions open in many areas, the agency especially needs people who are interested in careers in child welfare.  

We are hiring more than 100 positions in key areas in child welfare. All of our child welfare positions offer you a chance to give back to your community.

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If you are interested in our child welfare positions, look for continuous postings of Human Service Specialist II positions.

These positions offer many options to help care for the community.

If you want to help families get stronger and work toward a happier, safer life, this position may be for you. Duties in this position include
• planning and executing case work activities to facilitate safety, permanence, and well-being of children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect
• assessing risk and managing safety threats to children in the custody of the agency
• engaging children and families in development of treatment plans
• accessing services and ensuring services are linked to a care provider
• participating in supervision and legal consultations
If you are a good listener and can analyze and assess information, this position as an Intake worker may be for you. Duties in this position include
• receiving and screening reports of abuse and neglect
• assessing information to making critical decisions around the safety of the children involved
• gathering a broad range of history and information
• considering all information in the decision making process
• documenting all information, decisions, and actions
If you’re ready to be the frontline of DSS investigations into allegations of abuse and neglect and want to help families start on a healing process, this position may be for you. Duties in this position include
• planning and executing case work activities related to assessment and investigation of child protective services reports
• assessing risk and managing safety threats to children who may have experienced abuse and/or neglect
• gathering and assessing information
• conducting interviews
• engage children and families in development of safety plans
• documenting activities for the case file
• assessing need for services and ensuring those services are linked to care providers
• participating in supervision and legal consults
• preparing court documents
• collaborating with law enforcement and service providers
If you want to help make children’s experience in foster care the best it can be and help foster parents succeed, this position may be for you. Duties in this position include
• planning and executing case work activities to facilitate safety, permanence and well-being of children in the custody of the agency
• assessing risk and managing safety threats to children in the custody of the agency
• Engaging children and families in development of treatment plans
• Monitoring behavior change
• Documenting activities for the case
• Making required face-to-face contact with children, families and providers
• Preparing for and participating with the Foster Care Review Board
If you enjoy working with adults and networking to connect people with vital services, this position may be for you. Duties include
• screening, investigating and assessing reported adult abuse/neglect or exploitation cases within time frames established by agency policy and state law
• determining the validity of such reports
• completing agency reports as required
• developing, implementing and updating individual service plans
• monitoring progress toward treatment goals
• removing adults from abusive or neglectful homes in order to place them in a protective environment
• maintaining case records