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Department of Corrections
Social Worker-Corrections (AODA) 
Job Announcement Code(s): 18-02702

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    Social Worker - AODA

    Social Worker - AODA

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Part Time (less than 40 hrs/week)
Starting salary for the entry level (pay schedule/range 12-06) is $19.98 per hour, plus benefits. Starting salary for the Senior level (pay schedule/range 12-08) is $23.37 per hour, plus benefits. Individuals may receive a $1.00 to $2.00 per hour add-on based on AODA credentials. Pay upon appointment for current or former State employees may vary and will be in accordance with language in the Compensation Plan, Statutes, and Administrative Code. A 12 month probationary period is required.
Special Qualifications:
Social Worker credentials in the form of a Social Worker Training Certificate, Social Worker, Advanced Practice Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or Independent Clinical Social Worker ~AND~ AODA credentials (or eligibility for) in the form of a Substance Abuse Counselor In-Training (SAC-IT), Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC), or Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC).
Rebecca Schoormann, HR Specialist,
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Assessment Information:
51401 -  004  Social Worker-Corrections (AODA) 
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The Department of Corrections is accepting applications on a continuous basis for AODA Social Worker positions located in facilities throughout the state. Eligible candidates will be placed on an employment register for 6 months and will be invited to interview for vacant positions as they occur.

Want to make a positive difference in the lives of others? Consider the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
We are focused on public safety through the custody and supervision of offenders. Employees working in the Department of Corrections have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of those in our custody through careers in a variety of fields. DOC uses cutting-edge research and an evidence-based approach to drive service and program delivery, which allows employees to be part of an agency that has a real impact on the people of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections offers...

  • Immediate coverage under the Wisconsin Retirement System.

  • Health insurance plans to meet your needs.

  • Supplemental retirement savings programs.

  • Sick leave. Unused sick time can be converted to extended health care benefits on retirement.

  • 3 weeks paid vacation each year..

  • 4.5 paid personal days each year.

  • 9 paid legal holidays per year.

For more information about the benefits of working for the State of Wisconsin, please click HERE. Part-time employees will receive some of the benefits listed above on a prorated basis. Applicants only interested in part-time employment of less than 60% may not be eligible for The Wisconsin Retirement System or insurance benefits..

NOTE: As public safety employees, telecommuting is not an option for these positions. The Department of Corrections is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of our staff and persons in our care. In our effort to mitigate the impact and potential spread of COVID-19, we have implemented several preventative measures to maintain a safe environment for those living and working in our state’s correctional facilities. For more details, see:

Position Summary:   

This position assesses, evaluates, and develops a plan for assigned inmates’ treatment and security needs; reviews case files to determine inmates’ selected for AODA programming, monitors inmates’ progress; provides direct social services in inmates in the areas of AODA treatment programming, overall goals, and institution and social functioning; and coordinates services with team members, other staff, and community resources regarding transfer and release planning.

Special Notes:   

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S. without DOC sponsorship) at the time of application. The Department of Corrections will conduct criminal background checks on applicants prior to selection. Upon hire, all new DOC employees are subject to fingerprinting.

The Department of Corrections may conduct pre-employment drug screens. Any applicant who is offered employment in a position which requires a pre-employment drug screen must pass the screen as a contingency to employment. Applicants who fail or refuse the drug screen will not be given further consideration for employment.


Applicants must possess Social Worker credentials issued by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services in the form of a Social Worker Training Certificate, Social Worker certificate, Advanced Practice Social Worker certificate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker license, or Independent Clinical Social Worker certificate.


Applicants must possess (or be eligible to possess*) AODA credentials issued by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services in the form of a Substance Abuse Counselor In-Training certificate (SAC-IT), Substance Abuse Counselor certificate (SAC), or Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor certificate (CSAC).

*For the purposes of this recruitment, eligibility is defined as requiring only a letter of employment to obtain credentials.


  • Experience applying social work methods and treatment techniques

  • Experience treating substance use disorders

  • Knowledge of dynamics of human relations, including the dynamics of dealing with intellectual, academic, emotional, physical or social disabilities

  • Experience facilitating group and individual counseling

  • Knowledge of culturally different values

  • Experience applying motivational interviewing techniques

  • Experience identifying and solving problems

  • Knowledge of investigation procedures

  • Experience in case planning

  • Knowledge of community resources and support programs

NOTE: To be considered at the Senior level, applicants must meet the above special requirements AND have 12+ months of social work experience with correctional clients or 2+ years of social work experience in another state, county, or tribal agency (other than DOC).

How To Apply:   

Interested applicants will apply on-line via Wisc.Jobs. Click on “Log In” to access your existing Wisc.Jobs account, complete a Job Search for keyword 18-02702, and click on “Apply Now”. Applicants new to Wisc.Jobs will need to create a new account to complete an initial application and then apply on-line. You will be sent an e-mail by the system confirming that the assessment process has been completed. This information will also appear in your Wisc.Jobs job cart.

Application materials will be accepted on a continuous basis. All candidates determined to be eligible will be placed on a register for 6 months and will be invited to interview for vacant positions as they occur. When applying, please check only the counties for which you are truly interested.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) must complete the application process in order to be considered.

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