Employment and Internship Opportunities

Contract Position


Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel

Contract Social Worker- 1 position

Job Location: 1 position in Mesa County (relocation expenses negotiable)

Hourly Salary: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – $50/hr; Licensed Social Worker (LSW)- $41/hr

Release Date: July 18, 2017

Apply By: July 31, 2017

Employment Type: This is a contract position but it is anticipated that it be approximately 40 hours per week.

Relocation Expenses: Qualified applications who do not reside in the Grand Junction area are encouraged to apply and may receive a one-time relocation allotment of up to $1500. The relocation allotment is negotiable and contingent upon signing a two year contract.


The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC) provides legal representation for indigent parents in child welfare cases in Colorado.

Respondent Parents’ Counsel play a critical role in achieving the best outcomes for children in child welfare cases by protecting the legal and due process rights of parents, presenting balanced information to courts, and promoting the preservation of family relationships. To learn more, visit https://www.coloradoorpc.org/.


The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Contract Social Worker. The Office of the Respondent Parents’ Counsel is implementing a Social Work Pilot Program in 3 judicial districts across the state of Colorado. The Pilot Program is modeled after a multidisciplinary approach to parent representation. The Contract Social Workers will be paired with Respondent Parent Counsel in Dependency and Neglect court cases. The Contract Social Worker will work as part of the legal team and will report directly to the assigned attorney on the case.

Responsibilities include communicating with the attorney on an ongoing basis, advocating for the expressed legal interest of the parent client, collecting relevant data, attending group and individual supervision, and providing ongoing clinical consultation to the attorney. This is a contract position that will receive clinical supervision from the Social Worker Coordinator. It is anticipated that the contractor will work 40 billable hours per week. The pilot program is expected to run for two years with the hope of expanding at the conclusion of the program evaluation. This would be a two year contract pending ongoing budget approval.

The Contract Social Worker:

  • Completes a biopsychosocial assessment and genogram on the family to determine the strengths and needs of an individual parent on a case
  • Communicates, engages, and motivates parents to participate in the D&N process
  • Assists in developing and presenting alternative treatment plans to the court
  • Observes visits between the parent and child/ren
  • Attends scheduled meetings with the parent and provides advocacy during the meetings
  • Provides clinical consultation to the attorney to develop the therapeutic goals of the treatment plan through litigation
  • Assists with the preparation of trial by interviewing possible witnesses and completing independent investigation regarding the allegations
  • Assists the attorney with identifying what, if any, expert evaluation would be favorable for the parent
  • Utilizes social science research and clinical writing to assist parents in their hearings
  • Attends meetings and training as required.
  • Other duties as assigned


The Contract Social Worker must have good advocacy, communication, and clinical skills, knowledge of child welfare systems, strong clinical background in mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and family systems, and knowledge of current evidence-based practice. This is a contract position and does not include benefits. The Contract Social Worker will be required to carry Professional Liability Insurance.


  • Master’s degree (MSW) from a Graduate School of Social Work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Licensed social worker (LSW) or a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Candidates would be considered for a contract if they are eligible for a LSW. The contract would be contingent upon licensure within 90 days.
  • A strong background in child welfare and knowledge of the child welfare system.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the above essential functions satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical, and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Faxed or mailed applications will NOT Be Accepted. Be sure to follow the directions to apply.


Submit a cover letter detailing qualifications and experience for this position, a resume, and a list of three professional references by 5 p.m. on July 31, 2017 by filling out the application at the following link:


You may submit the required information through the online application only. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note application materials will not be returned. Successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.

Contact Amy Kelso, the ORPC Social Worker Coordinator, with questions at akelso@coloradoorpc.org.