Virginia State Government Social Worker in Petersburg, Virginia

Position Information

Job Description

Central State Hospital (CSH), a 277-bed Joint Commission accredited inpatient psychiatric facility located in Petersburg, Virginia, is recruiting a Social Worker. Central State has been providing quality care and treatment to the citizens of the Commonwealth continuously since 1870. It serves Central Virginia for Civil Admissions, while its Maximum Security Forensic program serves the entire Commonwealth.

Central State Hospital is seeking 2 qualified Social Workers to plan, organize and implement a range of social work services that are person centered and recovery focused to patients admitted to Central State Hospital.

These positions will assist with Civil Admissions, case management discharge planning , and supportive counseling. Services rendered will be collaborative with patients, their support system, interdisciplinary treatment teams and community agencies

Minimum Qualifications

These two positions require a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work

The selected candidate(s) must have comprehensive knowledge of social work theory and practice. Understanding of the functioning of hospital/community mental health systems. Ability to form therapeutic relationships with patients, their support systems and community partners. Demonstrated skills in interviewing, documentation, communication (orally/writing), problem solving, case management and collaboration with other professionals. Ability to perform duties at a fast pace with frequent change. Knowledgeable regarding NASW Code of Ethics.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience working in an inpatient setting with individuals with mental illness is preferred.

Special Requirements

An extensive criminal history background investigation, employment references and drug testing will be conducted.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Central State Hospital offers a comprehensive benefit package to include your choice of four health insurance plans, paid life insurance and retirement plans, 12 paid holidays, annual and sick leave.

Central State Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities are open to all regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics or disability.

Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position. Please read carefully and fully complete all items on the State Application Form.

A full and complete on-line application is required for all positions; the application should include all work history beginning after the completion of high school or the equivalent (GED). It should include all work and volunteer experience regardless of type of work or location of work (state/country). The application must be completed in its entirety please do not leave any section blank. A resume is not a substitute for a fully completed state application. Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. This review is based on the actual narrative provided by the applicant, not on the basis of job titles listed. Therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section and provide descriptive information on the application prior to submitting it for consideration. CSH only accepts online applications.

An extensive criminal history background investigation, employment references and drug testing will be conducted.

Position will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days.

CSH is a tobacco-free campus

Contact Information


Human Resources







Human Resource Department P. O. Box 4030 Bldg. 113 Petersburg, Virginia 23803

Working Title: Social Worker

Role Title: Counselor I - 49011

Job Open Date: 03/14/2018

Open Until Filled: Yes

Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?: No

Hiring Range: To commensurate with experience

Agency: Central State Hospital (703)

Agency Website:

Location: Petersburg - 730

Position Number: 01899

Job Posting Number: 1035549

Type of Recruitment: General Public - G

Does this position have telework options?: No

Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference: No

Job Type: Full-Time (Salaried)

Job Type Detail: Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1

Pay Band: 03