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Social Services Director - SHW

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/06/13
Posting End Date: 2024/07/14
Category: Human Services
Sub Category: Management
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Nampa, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 39.45
Maximum Salary: 41.08
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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Come join a great team at State Hospital West (SHW)! We are seeking a Social Services Director for SHW located in Nampa. SHW is a 16-bed Adolescent Psychiatric Treatment Hospital (for adolescents between 11 and 18 years old) nestled between Ridgecrest and Centennial golf courses on a picturesque piece of state property along the Nampa Interstate 84 corridor. SHW provides psychiatric inpatient treatment care for Idaho’s adolescent citizens with the most serious and persistent mental illnesses. The hospital works in partnership with families and communities to enable clients to return to community living and is accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

This positions offer the opportunity to work with an excellent team of the top healthcare providers in Idaho. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is seeking individuals who are driven to make an impact to our patients’ lives. If you are someone who wants to make a difference, share in growth and development, and know at the end of the day you have made a positive impact, then our Social Services Director position might be for you! 

This position also requires applicants to become certified in CPR and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. 

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment in this position at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, successful candidates will be required to complete a criminal history background investigation. Employment is dependent upon satisfactory results of the investigation. 



We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit. 


  • 11 paid holidays
  • Generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • Paid parental leave
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance - incredible rates!(full-time/30+ hours per week)
  • PERSI Choice 401(k)
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Life insurance
  • Short and long-term disability insurance
  • Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) 
  • Wide variety of training opportunities
  • Some positions offer flexible hours and/or telecommuting



  • Establish standards of care consistent with professional practices, laws, court decisions and licensure requirements. 
  • Functions as a program lead for an assigned treatment unit with typical responsibilities to include program development, implementation, operation, and supervision of assigned clinical staff. 
  • Reports findings and testifies to patients' mental status. 
  • Consult with other professionals regarding clients' physical disabilities.
  • Obtain medical/social/educational histories through interviews or review of case records.
  • Analyze and interpret assessment results.
  • Participate as a member of a multidisciplinary team to evaluate, diagnose, and plan developmental or rehabilitative treatment for clients.
  • Document treatment and prepares reports.
  • Coordinate treatment with other providers.
  • Evaluate clients' needs for further treatment. 



You must possess all the minimum qualifications below to pass the exam for this position. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. Failure to do this may disqualify you from being considered for this position. It is highly recommended to attach a one-page cover letter to your application to demonstrate how you meet the requirements below.

  • Licensure as a certified Master's Level Social Working in Idaho in accordance with Idaho Code 54-3206. Licensure must be obtained prior to appointment.
  • Considerable knowledge of mental health disorders and their required treatment and rehabilitation, their etiology and basic diagnostic and assessment methods.  Typically gained by a degree in social work OR four years of work experience performing these duties.
  • Considerable knowledge interpreting and applying complex state and federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to civil commitment, facility licensure requirements, professional standards of practice and accreditation requirements.  Typically gained by a degree in social work or closely related field OR four years of work experience performing these duties.
  • Good knowledge of community mental health models of service delivery necessary to provide appropriate levels of care and treatment as an alternative to hospitalization. Typically gained by at least one year of experience in community mental health.
  • Good knowledge of management principles and practices. Typically gained by completion of two classes of upper division college-level coursework equivalent to "Management and Organizational Theory" and "Personnel or Human Resource Administration" that covered all the essential elements of management OR by at least one year's experience in a job situation with responsibility for all the essential elements of management or advising management in all five areas. 
  • Experience planning, coordinating, and evaluating social service treatment programs for the mentally ill in an inpatient setting. Typically gained by at least one year of experience with inpatient services with the mentally ill.
  • Experience analyzing and solving complex system, service, and legal issues affecting mentally ill in an inpatient setting. Typically gained by at least one year of experience with inpatient services with the mentally ill.

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The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.