Social Worker, Investigative/Assessment and Treatment – Asheville, NC 28801

The SPARC Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission of keeping residents of Western North Carolina healthy, safe and out of institutional care. We contract with the Department of Social Services in order to hire and support Social Workers in their important work with families and individuals.  SPARC’s core values are: Authenticity, Balance, Collaboration, Courage, Direct Communication, Equity, Humor and Innovation

Currently, SPARC is hiring for an Investigative, Assessment, and Treatment Social Worker.

Pay: $40/hour

Essential Duties:

Assess the risk and safety of children in response to actual or suspected child neglect, abuse, or dependency through conducting a thorough investigation of the home, school and other locations or persons involved, conducting such assessments requires the use of a personal vehicle and a valid driver’s license.

  • Develop and monitor service plans with families involved in Child Protective Services and provide or refer services as needed. Make recommendations to the court, including services needed, progress and barriers to permanent plan.
  • Provide direct services to children and their parents/caretakers through which a timely and comprehensive assessment is conducted to determine if abuse/neglect/dependency exist and provide for ongoing intervention if warranted.
  • Ensure safety planning for children in compliance with state and federal statutes and policies. If children cannot remain safely in their home a petition to the court and/or non-secure custody is sought.
  • Assess, support, supervise and counsel families involved with child protective services to ensure child safety, wellbeing, and permanence. Evaluate available information to determine the appropriateness for intervention and level of services required.
  • Prepare legal documents, court reports, and court testimony when warranted in compliance with state and federal statutes and policies. Ensure all required documentation, forms and reports are completed and maintained in a timely and consistent manner in accordance with local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Provide transportation on a limited basis to families when necessary to access services to address safety and wellbeing issues.
  • Advise clients of the Department’s mandated responsibilities, agency policies and procedures and clients’ rights.
  • Establish rapport with children, families, and appropriate professionals/non-professionals in the community to provide a strengths-based, family centered approach in working with families throughout child welfare involvement.
  • Coordinate goal-directed visitation with birth family in accordance with Court orders and service agreements.
  • Develop and/or participate in Child and Family Team to ensure collaborative service planning and case coordination among multiple service providers. Perform other related duties as assigned.

As a full time SPARC employee, this position will have the following benefits:

  • County-issued laptop and iPhone
  • Mileage reimbursement at the federal rate
  • 10 days of All Purpose Leave each year
  • 8 Paid Holidays
  • Wellness Stipend


Qualified Candidates will have:

*Applicants must have completed the state-mandated Pre-Service Training to be considered for this position.*

Master’s degree in Social Work; OR a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and one (1) year of directly related experience; OR a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, or Human Services and two (2) years directly related experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in another field and three (3) years of directly related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. *BSW and Social Work Collaborative Students preferred.

Families in our community deserve the best treatment, education, support, and care that we can offer. If this resonates with you, we want to hear from you. Send your resume & cover letter to:

Learn more about The SPARC Foundation at

Job Type: Full-time, flexible schedule (Part-time is also a possibility.)-Temporary

Pay: $40/hour

COVID-19 considerations:
We are doing the majority of the work in person while practicing stringent safety precautions (PPE, social distancing, critical thinking to determine what contacts have to be face-to-face and what can be virtual). Telecommuting for all staff meetings.

At SPARC, we value the many perspectives that arise from a variety of cultures, races, genders, religions, national origins, ages, physical and cognitive capabilities and sexual orientations. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at 828-450-7367.