The Western Cape Department of Social Development is offering an incredible opportunity for a dedicated and experienced individual to join their team as a Social Work Manager. This role focuses on managing a Residential Care Centre in Kensington, ensuring the delivery of high-quality social welfare services. If you have a passion for promoting social change, problem-solving in human relationships, and empowering individuals, this permanent position could be the perfect fit for you.

Social Work Manager Job Description

The role of Social Work Manager at the Residential Care Centre in Kensington involves delivering advanced and specialized social welfare services. The focus is on the care, support, protection, and development of vulnerable individuals through relevant substance treatment programs. The successful candidate will also manage service delivery areas, plan and facilitate program development, and ensure efficient utilization of resources.

Social Work Manager Job Details

  • Closing Date: 2024/06/17
  • Reference Number: WCG240430-9
  • Tracking Number: DSD 28/2024
  • Job Title: Social Work Manager: Residential Care Centre Management (Kensington), Ref No. DSD 28/2024
  • Department: Social Development
  • Salary Level: OSD
  • Enquiries: Ms. L Goosen at (021) 483 9391
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Location – Country: South Africa
  • Location – Province: Western Cape
  • Location – Town / City: Kensington

Social Work Manager Job Purpose

The primary purpose of this role is to ensure that the Residential Care Centre delivers a comprehensive social welfare service. This involves promoting social change, solving problems in human relationships, and empowering individuals to enhance their social well-being.

Minimum Requirements

  • An appropriate 4-year degree qualification in Social Work allowing professional registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).
  • Compulsory registration with SACSSP as a Social Worker.
  • A minimum of 10 years of appropriate and recognizable experience in social work after registration as a Social Worker with SACSSP.
  • A valid driving license.

Key Performance Areas

  • Provide Advanced Social Welfare Services: Offer specialized services in care, support, protection, and development of vulnerable individuals, particularly through substance treatment programs.
  • Program Development and Planning: Facilitate the development and implementation of programs and interventions for substance treatment services.
  • Resource Management: Ensure efficient and effective utilization of financial and human resources.
  • Research and Development: Plan and undertake relevant research to enhance service delivery.
  • Administrative Functions: Perform and supervise all necessary administrative tasks in the service delivery areas.
  • Stay Updated: Keep abreast of new developments in the substance treatment field.


  • Knowledge:
    • Analytic, diagnostic, assessment tools, and evaluation methods.
    • Personnel management and supervision frameworks.
    • Legislation related to children and community development.
    • Information and knowledge management.
    • Professional ethics and protocols.
  • Skills:
    • Organizing and planning.
    • Project planning and management.
    • Psycho-social intervention.
    • Conflict management.
    • Computer literacy.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Grade 1: R 920,082 – R 1,052,016 per annum.
  • Grade 2: R 1,094,502 – R 1,289,274 per annum.
  • The cost-to-employer (CTE) packages are inclusive of all costs related to service benefits or obligations, such as basic salary, 13th cheque, medical assistance, housing assistance, and pension-fund contributions.

Additional Notes

  • Shortlisted candidates will undergo documentation verification and criminal record vetting.
  • Candidates may be required to attend interviews and undergo competency assessments/proficiency tests.
  • The selection process aligns with the EE targets of the employing department.
  • By applying, candidates consent to the Western Cape Government contacting previous employers for employment references, including disciplinary records and reasons for leaving.
  • For technical support with online applications, contact the helpline at 0861 370 214 from Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 16:00.
  • Ensure applications are submitted before the closing date as late applications will not be considered.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, visit the official Western Cape Government job portal and submit your application online. Ensure all required documents are uploaded, and your application is completed accurately.


This role as a Social Work Manager at the Residential Care Centre in Kensington offers a unique opportunity to make a significant impact in the field of social welfare. By joining the Western Cape Government, you will play a crucial role in promoting social change and enhancing the well-being of vulnerable individuals. If you meet the qualifications and are passionate about this work, submit your application by 2024/06/17 to take the next step in your career.

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