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CHILD PROTECTION SPECIALIST - Bloomington

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties.  Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov or call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

Sponsorship for Employment

The State of Illinois does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent employment with the State of Illinois, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Disclosure of Salary Information

In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  May 13, 2022
Location: 

Bloomington, IL, US, 61701-3720

Job Requisition ID:  15486

 Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time: 05/27/2022 
Salary:  $4793-$7089 monthly-Anticipated Starting Salary: $4,793/mo.  
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time  
County:  McLean  
Number of Vacancies:  4  
Plan/BU:  RC062  

PIN:  856143\856896\856350\856351

This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.

All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through SuccessFactors.  Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.

Posting Identification Number (15486)

Job Responsibilities

Under direction of the team supervisor, receives and investigates reports of child abuse and neglect within mandated time limits; assesses immediate safety of children and initiates appropriate levels of protection needed; conducts home evaluations, observing family situations relating to allegations of abuse and neglect; interviews clients and professionals to obtain information for the purposes of making a finding and determining protection and service needs; conducts service assessments; on a rotating basis, assigned to 24 hour “on call” duty in addition to normal assignments; prepares investigation reports; selects, summarizes, and presents case material for transfer to permanency caseworker or community agencies; determines the need for and coordinates the placement of children in substitute care facilities.

 

  • Receives and investigates reports of alleged child abuse/neglect within mandated time limits; assesses immediate safety of children and initiates appropriate levels of child protection needed; drives to conduct home evaluations, observing family situations relating to allegations of child abuse/neglect; interviews clients and professionals to obtain information for purposes of making a finding on the allegations and determining protection and service needs; conducts service assessments; provides information and referral services to community agencies, purchase of service agencies, and the permanency unit; briefly monitors families referred to community services; on a rotating basis, assigned to 24 hour “on call” duty in addition to normal assignments, to ensure that services are provided as mandated by statute and policy. 
  • Prepares investigation reports for assessing validity of reports of allegations; completes forms authorizing payment for services provided to clients; prepares other statistical and narrative reports, which include documentation in the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System; completes service assessments and opens case records. 
  • Selects, summarizes, and presents case material for transfer to permanency caseworker or community agencies; attends supervisory conferences and consults with other disciplines regarding casework planning; makes recommendations for additional follow-up services.

 

(Job Responsibilities continued)

  • Determines the need for and coordinates the placement of children in substitute care facilities; provides recommendations and testifies in court regarding investigative findings. 
  • Attends multi-disciplinary diagnostic and technical staff conferences to assess needed services; develops and maintains working relationships with community and other state agencies; explains agency responsibilities to the community.
  • Transports clients when taking protective custody, when placing them in substitute care, and when changing placement location; transports clients to appointments (i.e., court hearings, medical appointments, counseling sessions, police station, etc.) and to necessitate the delivery of client services. 
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

     

Minimum Qualifications

  • Preferably requires a master's degree in social work;
  • OR
  • Requires a master's degree in a related human service field, in criminal justice, criminal justice administration, or law enforcement and one year of directly related professional experience;
  • OR
  • Requires a bachelor's degree in social work and one year of directly related professional experience;
  • OR
  • Requires a bachelor's degree in a related human service field, in criminal justice, criminal justice administration, or law enforcement and two years of directly related professional experience.

Conditions of Employment

 

  • Requires ability to satisfactorily pass an in-depth background check as a condition of employment.
  • Requires possession of a valid driver's license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance.
  • Requires ability to serve on 24-hour "on call" duty

 

Physical Requirements

  • Requires physical, visual and auditory ability to carry out assigned duties.

Education Major

  • social work
  • or a related human service field, in criminal justice, criminal justice administration, or law enforcement

Work Hours:  8:30am - 5pm Mon - Fri.  
Work Location: 401 Brown St Bloomington, IL 61701-3720  

Supervisor:  Vacant

Agency Contact: 

Mary Goetten

Email: mary.goetten@illinois.gov

Phone #: 618-583-2605

Job Function:  Social Services  

This position DOES NOT contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

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If you have questions about how to apply, please see the following resources:

State employees: Log in to the career portal for State employees [KS(1]  and review the Internal Candidate Application Job Aid HERE [KS(2] 

Non-State employees: on work.Illinois.gov – click “Application Procedures” in the footer of every page of the website.

 

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