Job Description - Child Protection Specialist (00213, 00336,
22030, 00369, 03740) (20142756)
Child Protection Specialist (00213, 00336, 22030, 00369, 03740)
- ( 20142756 )
The Department of Public Health and Human Services is the
largest executive branch department in Montana State Government
with over 3,200 employees. We maximize individual and
organizational potential by supporting the agencys most valuable
resource OUR PEOPLE.
The Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) provides
family-centered services within a trauma-informed system to assure
safety, permanency, and well-being for children who are at risk of
or have been subjected to child maltreatment.
We are looking for you to be a compassionate, energetic,
conscientious, and detail-oriented individual who enjoys making a
difference, being part of a team, and takes pride in your career to
work in our fast-paced office.
- A competitive hourly wage and a comprehensive benefits package.
To learn more about what we offer visit:
-A welcoming office environment where everyone is accountable for
their part and everyone strives to provide the best customer
service to clients and each other.
-A career in which you can feel good every day knowing youre making
a difference in the lives of others.
-Strong communication skills, both verbal and written,
organizational skills both analytical and problem solving, and the
ability to work with confidential documents.
-A positive outlook, dependability, accuracy and pride with your
-Initiative, resilience, and cooperative nature to maintain a
harmonious work environment that exceeds everyones
-A qualitative customer experience in the service of others.
Key responsibilities include:
Places child(ren) in out-of-home care, when necessary, and ensures
that the placement is safe and complies with statutory and policy
preferences and is in the best interests of the child(ren).
Identifies available resources and connects families and children
to these resources.
Engages families and the child(ren) to ensure the safety of the
child through a variety of methods; such as, personal contact,
court ordered treatment plan service provision, and family group
decision-making meetings to name a few.
Prepares timely, clear, factually specific, and accurate affidavits
for the District Court to allow the District Court to take steps
necessary to timely implement permanency plans; including annual
permanency plan reviews for every child.
Stays current and informed about the childs placement activities
and issues and works to ensure stability of placement by providing
services and interventions for the child(ren) and placement when
necessary. Attends regular meetings with placement resources.
Shares outcomes of evaluations with parent(s) and/or placement and
determines if additional services are needed to achieve timely
reunification and/or maintain placement stability for
Establishes frequent contact between parent, child(ren), and
siblings if the child is not placed with siblings when in the best
interests of the child(ren).
Attends educational meetings or discusses the educational progress
with the parent(s) and/or placement to assure childs educational
needs are being met.
For a full copy of the job description, please contact Travis
House at 406-444-4549 or Travis.House@mt.gov
Physical and Environmental Demands:
The work of a Child Protection Specialist is extremely difficult
and involves extensive field work in the homes of families. The
ability to engage and work with angry and violent individuals, make
critical decisions, assess and place children, travel when needed,
and remain flexible while working under demanding timelines with
strict documentation requirements is required. Office time is
limited due to the field work demands of this position.
Required for the first day of work:
Ability to make critical decisions, based on integration of
information from multiple sources that may be discrepant, in
Ability to engage children and families, under difficult
circumstances, to gather sufficient information to make accurate
and precise decisions.
Ability to identify problems, develop and implement solutions.
Ability to communicate information both orally and in writing so
others will understand.
Ability to remain calm when being confronted and to develop
constructive and cooperative working relationships with others,
even those who do not share the same point of view and may be
violent or angry and maintain them over time.
Ability to operate a personal computer and general office equipment
as necessary to complete the essential functions, including using
spreadsheet, word processing, database, email, internet and other
Bachelors degree in social work, human services or psychology, or
directly related degree.
Two years of social services work experience, or directly related
work experience, working with children and families in difficult
and sometimes volatile situations.
Other combinations of directly related education and experience
maybe considered on a case-by-case basis.
Child protection work experience and professional certification
Experience working with tribal government entities and/or other
organizations of native peoples is highly preferred.
Knowledge of child development, child maltreatment prevention and
treatment, and family centered social work practice.
Knowledge of the methods and procedures for Child Protections
Knowledge of the laws and rules pertaining to child protection
services such as child safety, permanency and well-being: Indian
Child Welfare Act.
On your first day of work in the office, the Department will
provide you with a cloth face covering. You may also bring and wear
your own face coverings. Please be advised, all DPHHS employees are
required to wear masks/face coverings while at work in the office
and outside the office in official employee capacity.
To be considered for any DPHHS Agency position, applicants
must complete and submit their application online, as well as
upload any required application materials. Successful applicant(s)
are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background
check(s) relevant to each position.
Materials Required of Applicants:
(To be considered in this pool, please submit the following)
- Cover Letter
- 3 Professional References
- Supplemental Question
- How has your education and/or work experience prepared you to
be successful at this job?
(Please type responses in a Word document and attach to
application. HELPFUL HINT: When attaching a document, you much
check the relevant document box to ensure your attachments are
uploading correctly to the specific application. Please do not
attach more than requested. If you have more than 25 attachments in
the system you will need to email these to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to attach the required material
will conclude in an incomplete application. You must also keep
those relevant boxes checked once you submit your application; if
you uncheck the box with an active application it will delete the
Women (and/or) minorities may be under-represented in this
position and are encouraged to apply.
Applicant Pool Statement : If another department vacancy occurs
in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be
used for the selection. Training Assignment : This agency may use a
training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid
below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions
of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of
: Community/Social Services
21.00 - 21.00 Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility : Health
Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan
Number of Openings
: 5 Employee Status : Regular Schedule : Full-Time
: Day Job
: Yes, 25 % of the Time
: Kalispell Agency : Department of Public Health & Human Services
Union : Montana Federation of Public Employees Bargaining Unit :
052 - MFPE-DPHHS-Social Workers
: Jan 4, 2021, 9:20:33 PM
Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone)
Required Application Materials : Cover Letter, Resume,
References, Supplemental Questions (Refer to Job Posting)
Contact Name : Travis House | Contact Email :
Travis.House@mt.gov | Contact Phone : 406-444-4549 The State of
Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each
agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone
who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring
process should contact the agency's HR staff identified on the job
listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service
Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an
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national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity
or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related
to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability,
genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or
affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any
other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee