TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore and DCF Director of Children and Family Services Gina Meier Hummel spent the morning at the University of Kansas today, to talk to dozens of social welfare students about the rewards of a career in social work and employment opportunities with DCF.
“The University of Kansas has many bright students who would be wonderful assets to DCF,” Secretary Gilmore said. “They asked important questions today about the work we do and even offered great suggestions to improve recruitment and retention of social workers.”
DCF currently has 360 social workers and 38 social worker vacancies (four of those are supervisor positions). The starting annual salary for a Social Worker Specialist in the State of Kansas is $37,980. Social Worker Supervisors have a starting salary of $41,870.
According to the United States Department of Labor, nationwide, employment of social workers will likely grow by 25 percent over the next seven years, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to an increase in demand for health care and social services.