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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

POST-GRADUATION EMPLOYMENT SEARCH AND REQUIREMENTS

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/socialwork/child welfare program/msw_pg_policy.html

Scholars will document a rigorous good faith search for employment using on-line documentation forms.  Access and directions will be provided by the MSW CWP Coordinator prior to graduation. 

  • If a Scholar is ALREADY EMPLOYED in a county, tribal, or state approved site, they may continue in that position or may choose to seek other approved employment.  Scholars may not terminate their approved employment without accepting other approved employment unless they intend to repay MSUM MSW CWP the stipend they received.
  • A copy of the Job Search Documentation form, on which Scholars’ record their contacts with county, tribal, or state child welfare agencies to secure county employment after graduation will be provided by the Coordinator.  Contacts to record include registering with the Merit System, responding to employment notices and or internet postings as they become available, interviewing for perspective positions, searching outside of the 50 mile requirement to enlarge the opportunities, making formal and informal contact with potential employers at conferences, meetings, and other networking opportunities including social and news media, consulting with the MSW CWP Coordinator, and cold-calling appropriate settings for potential employment opportunities. Additional certifications and licensure are also evidence of good faith efforts, and any conversations with CWP Coordinator. 
  • At minimum, documentation of a 3 months rigorous search, within 50 miles of the Scholars home domicile, is required.  Scholars MAY choose to search beyond the 50 mile requirement.   Scholars may also elect to document child welfare related applications (non-public, not for profit, or other child serving agencies or organization) or contacts they make during this reporting period. 
  • While the job search may begin prior to graduation, Scholars are required to search for three months post-graduation. 
  • Scholars may begin their employment search prior to graduation.    However, the employment requirement cannot be met while still a Scholar. 
  • Employment may be full or part-time and the fulfillment of the employment requirement is prorated to reflect that. 
  • Maintain a file of all contact sheets.  Scholars will be asked to provide contact sheets periodically so that the Coordinator can advise and support a rigorous search process. The first Job Search Documentation form must be submitted to the Child Welfare Program Coordinator during the first month of the search for feedback regarding the search.  Documents will be submitted again three months after graduation or when a position is accepted, whichever occurs first.    

MINNESOTA MERIT SYSTEM

The Minnesota Merit System (MMS) administers civil service examinations for employment in the social services and human services agencies in 73 of Minnesota's 87 counties. By participating in the examination process, you become eligible for positions in the 87 member agencies. For employment information in Metro area and other counties not covered by the Merit System (Anoka, Beltrami, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Itasca, Olmstead, Ramsey, St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington, and Wright Counties), contact those county personnel offices directly.  Additional information about the Merit System and to set up an account and make applications is available by visiting the website at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/mnmeritsystem/default.cfm online. 

Additionally, each Minnesota county maintains its own webpage on the Internet that can be located using any search engine and the county name.  Minnesota county contact information is also located on the Department of Social Work Field Education Databank accessible in the Department office.

MINNESOTA SOCIAL WORK LICENSURE

Although licensure is not yet a requirement for county or state employment in Minnesota, social work graduates seeking employment in greater Minnesota are strongly encouraged to apply for social work licensure with the Minnesota Board of Social Work. BSW graduates must pass the licensed social worker (LSW) exam offered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for licensure in the state of Minnesota. Contact the Minnesota Board of Social Work to begin that process. More information is available at http://www.socialwork.state.mn.us/. If you want to be licensed in a state other than Minnesota, contact each state’s social work licensure board separately.

On the MMS application, applicants may request that their social work licensure exam score from the ASWB, if passing, be used as a substitute for a merit exam score. The applicant must indicate this substitution in the MMS application. You must also indicate that you have applied for licensure, attach a copy of your unofficial licensure score report, and indicate that AWSB will forward your Official Score Transfer Report directly to MMS. YOU MUST CONTACT AWSB and pay a fee for your score to be forwarded to MMS.

INABILITY TO FIND CHILD WELFARE EMPLOYMENT

If a Scholar is unable to find appropriate employment at the end of three months and has submitted documentation of a rigorous good faith search, they are required to contact the MSU,M MSW Child Welfare Program Coordinator for further discussion, information, and direction. Failure to do so can constitute non-compliance with the Memorandum of Agreement. 

If Scholars are not successful in securing employment in county, tribal, or state public child welfare, they are encouraged to accept employment in other child and family related social services.  Examples of this may include children’s mental health, programs for at-risk youth, schools or other related sites that are associated with providing for the well-being of children and interact with public child welfare.

POST-GRADUATION EMPLOYMENT

Post-graduation employment will be tracked to ensure the ‘one year of education to one year of employment’ payback requirement is met.   Please note that the required employment cannot begin prior to the official MSU Mankato graduation date, i.e. the date posted on the final transcript or the date or the date the Scholar exited the program.   This is defined as the last day of the month in which you are cleared to graduate, i.e. all MSMU and all Child Welfare Program related forms have been submitted, all grades have been submitted, and all MSU,M financial obligations have been met, or the withdrawal from the University date. 
Scholars are expected to:

  • seek and accept for employment in a county, tribal, or state child welfare setting (including dual employment in children’s mental health as long as the preponderance of the employment in with child welfare), within a minimum of 50 miles of home domicile;
  • if a Scholar is ALREADY EMPLOYED in a approved site, continue in county, tribal, or state employment OR choose to seek other approved employment.  Scholars may not terminate their approved employment without accepting other approved employment;
  • document the job search or continuation with date, contact name, location of contact, and outcome via forms that will be provided.;
  • accept or continue, employment, within 3 months of graduation;
  • keep MSW CWP informed of employment, including job changes, for the duration of the payback period;
  • attend MSW CWP Scholar meetings as requested;
  • keep the MSW CWP apprised of their contact information and ongoing employment for three years.

If Scholars are not successful in securing employment within three months of graduation in county, tribal, or state public child welfare, they must meet with the MSW CWP to review the search process. If the MSW CWP determines that a rigorous good faith search has been conducted, the Scholar is encouraged to accept employment in other child and family related social services. Examples of this may include children’s mental health, programs for at-risk youth, schools or other related sites that are associated with providing for the well-being of children and interact with public child welfare. “Good faith” is defined as registering with the Merit System, responding to employment notices and or internet postings as they become available, interviewing for perspective positions, searching outside of the 50 mile requirement to enlarge the opportunities, making formal and informal contact with potential employers at conferences, meetings, and other networking opportunities including social and news media, consulting with the MSW CWP Coordinator, and cold-calling appropriate settings for potential employment opportunities. Additional certifications and licensure are also evidence of good faith efforts.

Part-Time Employment

If a Scholar’s child welfare employment is less than 40 hours/week, the payback time will be pro-rated accordingly.

Academic Year – (Fall 4.5 months,  Spring 4.5 months,, Summer 2.5 months) 11.5 months

40 hours per week employment

30 hours per week employment

20 hours per week employment

1 year = 11.5 months

11.5  month required

15.3 months required

23 months required

2 years – 23 months

23 months required

30.6 months required

46 months required

Delay in Meeting Post-Graduation Employment Requirement

Scholars may request a delay in meeting their obligation to obtain child welfare specific employment upon graduation due to one of the following reasons:    

  • Medical problems;
  • Service in the armed forces;
  • County, tribal, of state  employee lay-offs;
  • Emergencies and/or other extenuating circumstances.

To request a delay, submit the request in writing to the MSW Program Coordinator with relevant documentation (physician or other professional). The Coordinator will review the request, meet with the Scholar if needed, and make a determination.

Exemptions in Meeting Post Graduation Employment Requirement

Scholars can be exempted from the child welfare specific employment obligations upon graduation due to one of the following reasons:

  • Significant medical problem(s) and/or disability
  • Death of Scholar.

To request a delay or an exemption, put your request in writing and submit to the Coordinator with the relevant documentation. The Coordinator will review the request, meet with the Scholar if needed, and make a determination.

Failure to Complete Employment Requirements

Post-graduation, Scholars are required to keep the MSW CWP apprised of their contact information and ongoing employment for three years. Every effort will be made to support and encourage Scholars to keep the CWP informed regarding their employment status. 

If a Scholar does not complete the requisite employment, the MSWCWP Director will notify the Minnesota State University, Mankato Business Office who will then recoup the previously awarded stipend.   All costs incurred in attempting to collect the amount owed, including, but not limited to, attorney fees, agency fees, late fees, installment payment fees, and administrative fees will be the responsibility of the defaulting student.    Stipend must be repaid if:

  • the search is not documented and the 3 months has expired;
  • the graduate is offered employment in a county, tribal, or state child welfare setting and declines that employment within the 3 months and does not secure other such employment within the same 3 months;
  • if a Scholar who is ALREADY EMPLOYED terminates their approved employment without accepting other approved employment;
  • if a Scholar withdraws or is expelled or does not return from a leave of absence.  The Scholar is obligated to both find and accept employment within 3 months, for a duration prorated to the amount of the stipend already awarded OR commence repayment for the stipend already awarded.