Social Worker 3 - State of Iowa, CCUSO - Cherokee

State of Iowa

1251 W. Cedar Loop, Cherokee, IA 51012

Iowa Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking a Social Worker 3 to join the team at the Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders (CCUSO).  CCUSO provides a secure, long-term, and highly structured setting to treat sexually violent predators (SVP) who have served their prison terms, but who, in a separate civil trial, have been found likely to commit further violent sexual offenses unless confined to a secure treatment facility.

Primary job duties include, but are not limited too; Perform counseling and related therapy that is sex offender specific treatment, responsible for case management of assigned patients, preparation and facilitation of psycho-educational groups, attend daily treatment team and weekly clinical team meetings, documentation of therapy groups and individual sessions with patients.

This is a full-time opportunity with a Monday-Friday work week.  Pay range for this position is $24.25-36.77 per hour, plus an excellent benefits package.  We also offer a strong opportunity for advancement, growth, and development.
We have a great total compensation package for all of our full-time employees, including:

  • Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS)
  • Retirement Investors Club (RIC) (Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan)
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays (9 days/year)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

For additional information on benefits click here (Download PDF reader).


Desired Qualifications:

A Master's degree in Social Work or equivalent is preferred.  If not already obtained the selected candidate must agree to completion within a designated timeframe determined by the agency.  Additionally, the selected candidate must obtain SOTP-1 certification from the Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (IBTSA) within three (3) years of appointment.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree and the equivalent of three years of full-time experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency;


graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in social work and the equivalent of two years of full-time experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency;


a Master's degree in social work from an accredited college or university;


an equivalent combination of graduate education in the social or behavioral sciences from an accredited college or university and qualifying experience up to a maximum of thirty semester hours for one year of the required experience;


employees with current continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes the equivalent of one year of full-time experience as a Social Worker 2 shall be considered as qualified.

Additional Qualification Requirements

For designated positions in case management, the appointing authority may request those applicants possessing a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major or at least 30 semester hours or its equivalent in the behavioral sciences, education, health care, human services administration, or social sciences and the equivalent of 12 months of full-time experience in the delivery of human services in the combination of: chronic mental illness, developmental disabilities, and intellectual disabilities as a Targeted (Medicaid) Case Manager;


an Iowa license to practice as a registered nurse and the equivalent of three years of full-time nursing or human services experience with the above population groups.

Applicants wishing to be considered for such designated positions must list applicable course work, experience, certificate, license, or endorsement on the application.

At the time of interview, applicants referred to Glenwood and Woodward State Hospital-Schools will be assessed to determine if they meet federal government employment requirements as published in the Federal Register, Section 20-CFR-405.1101.

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Application Instructions:

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CCUSO has a five (5) phase treatment program that includes groups and individual therapy, psycho-educational programming, physiological assessments, transitional release. Patients may also be court ordered to the community through release with supervision.

Treatment is based on the current best practice of Risk-Need-Responsivity Model (RNR) that is based on the principles of:

  • Respect for the person,
  • Behavior is changeable, and
  • Treatment is based on the patient’s needs.

The 3 components of RNR are:

  • Risk: Matches the level of service to the patient’s risk to re-offend.
  • Needs: Targeting changeable risk factors linked to the patient’s offending.
  • Responsivity: Matching services to the patient’s learning style and needs.


Location: Cherokee, Iowa

Wage: $48,713.60 - $73,465.60 Annually

Type: Full-time

Open: Tuesday May 10th

Close: Tuesday May 24th 2022

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