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Child Welfare Specialist I

Recruitment #120216-H23A-01

Introduction

To apply, please follow the directions below:

DO NOT USE THIS HCM JOB ANNOUCEMENT NUMBER!  The OKDHS Job announcement numbers will be on “OKDHS job announcements” link and are in the following format: 14-XXXX.  A separate application is required for each job announcement.

These positions may be located anywhere in the State of Oklahoma.

Applications for Child Welfare Specialist (CWS) positions must be submitted directly to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS), using the OKDHS application form.  No other form will be accepted.

To review these announcements:
Logon to
www.okdhs.org
Click on “Careers.” 
Click on the “OKDHS job announcements” link.
 
This will bring you to the application instructions page. 

You may read more about application procedures on this page.  If you click “Continue,” then you will see further helpful information.  After reading, you may click “View OKDHS job announcements.”  

A list of job announcements will appear on the page.  Scroll down to locate the Child Welfare II positions, most of them have a level one Child Welfare Specialist I position which is listed under Miscellaneous and Contact Information as alternate hiring level.

DO NOT USE THIS HCM JOB ANNOUCEMENT NUMBER!  The OKDHS Job announcement numbers will be on “OKDHS job announcements” link and are in the following format: 14-XXX.  A separate application is required for each job announcement.

BASIC PURPOSE

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibility for providing child welfare services to children and families in communities, facilities, institutions or hospitals.  Duties include prevention and treatment functions, child abuse/neglect investigations, adoption, foster care, referrals, court liaison, group home and shelter services, volunteer program activities and permanency planning.

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS

This is the basic level where employees perform entry level work in a training status in providing child welfare services to children and families.  Employees at this level will complete the Child Welfare Core Academy training program.  Completed work is reviewed and all decisions are discussed with supervisor or other senior staff.  At this level employees learn adoptive services such as recruiting, screening, evaluating and documenting activities; provide reports to the adoption unit and the courts; learn treatment and preventive services; visit children in placement; refer families and children to services in the community; complete assessments of children and families and implement treatment plans.  Additional duties include participating in investigations of abuse and neglect of children; preparing case reports and other documentation and recommending a course of action with close supervision and case consultation; providing protective services and coordinating referrals to other units, agencies, service providers and the courts.  Prepares legal documentation for presentation to the court with supervisory guidance and approval; attends court hearings and provides testimony; consults with the District Attorney and other attorneys regarding efforts to protect the child, reunite the family or other permanent plan for the child; provides direct services to children in placement; attends staffings; makes decisions regarding treatment plans following supervisory consultation; provides assessments and services to custody children to assist them in making the transition from foster care to independent living.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level I:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree.

NOTES

Additional Information: 

*There is no merit testing for these positions.

*Appointees will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

*A conditional offer of employment will be contingent upon favorable background check and passing a drug screening.

*Veteran’s preference points do not apply for these positions

* Some CWS positions require a valid driver’s license

*If you have any questions or concerns about the CWS application process, please contact OKDHS Employment Services Unit at 405-521-3613 or e-mail jobs@okdhs.org.

Conclusion

Veteran’s preference points do not apply for these positions.

BENEFITS

CWS positions are classified full-time positions with state retirement and insurance benefits, including paid health, dental, life, and disability.  Annual leave of 10 hours per month and sick leave of 10 hours per month begin accruing immediately.

THE POSITION

ESSENTIAL FUNTIONS:
A Child Welfare Specialist manages a caseload, receives intakes, and completes investigations on children alleged to be abused and/or neglected.  Assesses conditions and recommends appropriate level of intervention; recruits foster and adoptive parents; provides training and consultation to foster and adoptive parents and other placement providers; makes referrals to family counseling services; schedules physical examinations; schedules and arranges family visitation periods; arranges transportation of children to and from juvenile courts, medical appointments and placement interviews.  For more information go to: 
http://www.okdhs.org/careers/docs/cwspecialist.htm

ADDITIONAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

DO NOT USE THIS HCM JOB ANNOUCEMENT NUMBER!  The OKDHS Job announcement numbers will be on “OKDHS job announcements” link and are in the following format: 14-XXX.  A separate application is required for each job announcement.



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