Louisiana Department of State Civil Service CHILD WELFARE SPECIALIST 3 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
CHILD WELFARE SPECIALIST 3
$2,825.00 - $5,945.00 Monthly
$16.30 - $34.30 Hourly
$2,825.00 - $5,945.00 Monthly
Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge, LA
DCFS-Department of Children and Family Services
10/22/2016 11:59 PM Central
These vacancies are located in the East Baton Rouge Child Welfare Office.
This position may be filled as a probational appointment or a job appointment that may last up to 36 months. Job appointments may convert to probational appointments within 1 year. Also, it may be filled as a detail and promoted within 12 months.
No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.
To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants can check the status of their application at any time by selecting the 'Application Status' link after logging into their account. Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.
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Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.
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Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.
Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.
If you are unable to apply online, you may fax your Civil Service application to (225) 219-1041 or you may mail it to the Staffing Division, Department of State Civil Service, P.O. Box 94111, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9111. Please include the job title (Child Welfare Specialist 3) and job number (85813BRR101216EBRbd) on your application. All applications must be faxed or postmarked by the closing date of this posting. Paper applications will be considered incomplete if the supplemental questions are not printed, answered, and submitted with the application.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. You must include all relevant education and experience on your official State application.
For further information about these vacancies contact Bernice Diggs via
Any of the following will qualify:
A baccalaureate degree in social work; psychology; psychiatric nursing; psychiatry; mental health counseling; rehabilitation counseling; psychological counseling; criminal justice; sociology; applied sociology; human services counseling; education with a concentration in special education; family and consumer sciences with a concentration in child, family and social services; guidance and counseling; human development counseling; social services counseling; vocational rehabilitation; or human services plus three years of professional level experience in social services, two years of which must have been in child welfare.
A baccalaureate degree in a non-related field plus four years of professional level experience in social services, two years of which must have been in child welfare.
A master's degree in social work; psychology; psychiatric nursing; psychiatry; mental health counseling; rehabilitation counseling; psychological counseling; criminal justice; sociology; applied sociology; human services counseling; education with a concentration in special education; family and consumer sciences with a concentration in child, family and social services; guidance and counseling; human development counseling; social services counseling; vocational rehabilitation; or human services plus two years of professional child welfare social services experience.
A master's degree in a non-related field plus three years of professional level experience in social services, two years of which must have been in child welfare.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
A valid driver's license and access to a personal vehicle.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
Individuals occupying this job who are subject to state licensing or registration laws administered by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners must possess and keep current the license or registration.
Preference will be given to qualified candidates with a master's degree in social work.
The incumbent of this position must not have been convicted or pled nolo contendere to a crime listed in R.S. 15.587.1 (c).
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
FUNCTION OF WORK:
To provide advanced child welfare services for the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families as mandated by state and federal laws.
LEVEL OF WORK:
Broad from a Child Welfare Supervisor or equivalent level supervisory position.
Functional supervision may be provided to Child Welfare Specialists 1 or 2 on complex and sensitive investigations or cases.
LOCATION OF WORK:
Department of Children and Family Services.
Differs from Child Welfare Specialist 2 by presence of lead worker duties and/or regular assignment of advanced assignments.
Differs from Child Welfare Supervisor by the absence of direct supervision over Child Welfare Specialists.
Examples of Work
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
EXAMPLES LISTED BELOW INCLUDE BRIEF SAMPLES OF COMMON DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JOB TITLE. PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL TASKS ARE INCLUDED.
May perform the following duties based upon program assignment:
Provides supportive counseling and other services for clients; arranges for the provision of services from community resources based on the case plan.
Interviews and establishes working relationships with children and families. Participates in developing case plan goals/objectives with the family and formalizing it in conferences and agency staffing.
Composes correspondence to compile social summaries and/or assessments. Prepares and submits appropriate reports and affidavits to the Court and/or District Attorney on cases, and testifies in court proceedings.
Serves as the agency liaison to other social service, educational, or law enforcement agencies.
May serve as the sole assistant supervisor of any child welfare unit by performing any of the following: accepting and/or assigning cases to workers, reviewing, and/or approving routine correspondence, compiling and reporting caseload statistics, serving as the child welfare representative on panels, and serving as the Child Welfare representative at public speaking events.
May serve as lead worker by participating in the training of new Social Services Specialists and/or Counselors, modeling onsite visits with new workers, and providing technical assistance and case consultation.
Prepares and submits material to the Regional Attorney for termination of parental rights, abandonment or voluntary surrender, when this action is determined to be in the best interests of the child.
CHILD PROTECTION INVESTIGATION
Obtains identifying information, determines if the report meets intake requirements, determines the current status of the child to evaluate the extent of any danger/risk, determines priority level of the report, and prepares complaint form to give to supervisor for assignment.
Conducts investigations of allegations of abuse and/or neglect of children; manages routine or specialized investigations.
Carries a caseload of complex cases in which abuse and/or neglect has been validated requiring highly specialized diagnosis, assessment, intervention techniques and complex service plans.
Evaluates and provides those services required for the child's immediate safety during the investigative process and makes appropriate referrals to family services or community resources.
Presents investigative findings to child death review, citizen review, and internal child fatality review panels.
Prepares and submits appropriate affidavit reports to the Court and/or District Attorney, and testifies at court proceedings.
May serve on 24-hour on-call duty to respond to child abuse/neglect reports.
Recruits adoptive homes for children who are legally available for adoption and do not have an adoptive resource.
Completes assessment of children available for adoption and prepares children and families for adoptive placement.
Completes comprehensive background history that is made available to children and adoptive families.
Represents the agency in juvenile court proceedings by presenting service plans and progress reports on children in caseload.
Carries a caseload of selected complex cases in which abuse, and/or neglect has been validated requiring highly specialized diagnosis, assessment, intervention techniques and complex service plans.
Assesses service needs in response to identified problems and directly provides intensive intervention to families and children in a complex/specialized caseload.
Conducts regular home visits with the family to assess safety and risk factors and to determine further treatment needs.
Provides specialized child welfare services to a caseload of children placed in residential care for various reasons.
Participates in developing case plans and objectives with the family in conferences and agency staffings, prepares cases for presentation to the multi-disciplinary team for consultation, and coordinates with other professionals regarding the needs of the child, family, and/or parent.
Interviews and establishes working relationships with children and families and composes correspondence to compile social summaries and/or assessments.
Prepares and submits appropriate reports and affidavits to the Court and/or District Attorney on cases in compliance with state laws and agency policy, and testifies in court proceedings.
Continuously assesses safety of the child and service needs of the child(ren) and families through interviews, observations and other information sources.
Prepares and conducts extensive orientation and training for potential foster and adoptive homes identified for a specific child and for relative placements.
Acts as a leadworker and provides supervision as needed.
Through written home studies, examines and evaluates information gathered about families, housing, and environment in relation to agency criteria and licensing regulation for certification of prospective adoptive and foster homes.
Evaluates for annual recertification for foster and adoptive homes. Develops and implements a corrective action plan for any deficiencies.
Maintains listing of all foster and adoptive homes in area and recommends resources to workers placing children.