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New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Family Service Specialist Trainee (Social Worker) - Posting #001-23

Non-Profit and Volunteer

Social Work/Counseling


New Jersey, New Jersey, United States

Family Service Specialist Trainee

(Social Worker)

Job Posting #001-23

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has an immediate need for Social Workers, also known as Family Service Specialist Trainees (FSST). The FSST performs field and office work involving collecting, analyzing and recording significant facts.

NOTE: Positions located throughout all counties in New Jersey. Complete the Employment Area of Interest Form ( and submit it along with your resume and cover letter. Failure to do so may delay processing of your resume.

SPECIAL NOTE: This position may be eligible to work remotely for up to two days in a calendar week.


Responsibilities may include responding to child abuse/neglect referrals, responding to requests for child welfare services, in-home visits and arranging for residential or foster care placements.

During the first 12 months, employees hired in the position of FSST will attend a comprehensive in-service training program, in addition to performing field and office casework duties.


EDUCATION: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

NOTE: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or Master’s degree in Social Work is preferred. A Social Work related degree will be seriously considered.

RESUME NOTE: Eligibility determinations will be based upon information presented on the resume only. Applicants who possess a degree from a college or university outside the United States must provide an evaluation of one’s transcripts from a recognized evaluation service at the time of submission by the above closing date. Failure to do so may result in your ineligibility.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Are you a veteran? If so, proof of your NJ Veterans Preference is required at application. Please provide a copy of your New Jersey Civil Service Commission NOTIFICATION OF VETERANS STATUS along with your cover letter and resume. For information on how to apply for Veterans Preference in the State of NJ, please visit the Civil Service Commission's website at

LICENSE: Appointees are required to possess a driver’s license valid in New Jersey to perform the essential functions of the position.

RESIDENCY LAW: Please refer to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ website at

SALARY: $55,478.62 per year

TO APPLY: You must submit a cover letter, resume and area of interest as a single PDF document, saving all PDFs by your Last Name, First Name. Please indicate in your cover letter the Posting # and where you found this job opportunity. Send the file to:

The Department of Children and Families is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering a respectful and inclusive work environment which reflects the diversity of the state we serve.