Posting: Police Social Worker - City of East Lansing

September 14, 2020

The City of East Lansing seeks to hire two full-time employees to function as Police Social Workers. East Lansing, home to Michigan State University, is a dynamic community of nearly 49,000 people, operates under the Council-Manager form of government with a full-time and part-time regular staff of 331 and a FY2021 combined budget of $135.7 million. The Police Social Worker is a civilian position within the East Lansing Police Department.

The employees will provide social service assistance for the citizens of the City of East Lansing who are in need and will act as a liaison with various resources and community groups within local, county, state and federal organizations. The position provides crisis intervention, conflict resolution, short-term counseling, and community outreach to those in the community requiring social services.

The successful candidates will provide supportive services in situations including, but not limited to, family or neighbor disputes, substance abuse, home and health care, and housing accommodations. The position works closely with the East Lansing Police Department to assist with non-crime related situations.


Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field is required. Possession of an appropriate State of Michigan credential is required (LMSW, LLMSW, LLPC, LPC, LLP, FLP, etc.) or must have applied for and be able to obtain within 60 days of hire. A minimum of three year of experience (professional or paraprofessional) working with persons with mental illness required or one academic year of graduate practicum/internship experience working with persons with mental illness required. Preferably, one year of experience in the following areas: clinical diagnostic assessment and evaluation of adults and children experiencing behavioral health crisis, crisis intervention, brief counseling, and determining hospital eligibility. Must be able to complete extensive documentation. Must be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and solid computer skills are preferred.

Special Requirements

In addition to the General Police Application, please submit a cover letter, resume, three professional business references, transcripts and copies of any certifications.

Miscellaneous Information

The materials are in PDF form and may be filled out electronically, saved to your computer and e-mailed as an attachment to Human Resources. Or, the application may be printed out, completed and mailed to:

City of East Lansing

Attn: Human Resources

410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823:


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