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CHILD WELFARE SPECIALIST - PERMANENCY - (UPWARD MOBILITY TARGET TITLE) - Metropolis

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

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Sponsorship for Employment

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Date:  Jun 22, 2022
Location: 

Metropolis, IL, US, 62960-1810

Job Requisition ID:  16705

DCFS is deeply committed to the welfare and protection of children. Our goal is to protect children by strengthening and supporting families. In every effort, from receiving hotline calls to reaching family reunification or foster care and adoption, children and families are our focus.

 

Agency:  Department of Children and Family Services  

Closing Date/Time:  07/13/2022 

Salary:  $4,793 - $7,089 Monthly (Anticipated starting salary $4,793/mo.) 

Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 

County:  Massac 

Number of Vacancies:  1 

Plan/BU:  RC063 

PIN: 383528

Requisition ID: 16705

 

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. 

Official Transcripts must be uploaded with your resume to be considered for this position.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.

*This title is subject to the Upward Mobility Program, however you do not have to be enrolled in the Upward Mobility Program to apply. * 

 

 

Job Responsibilities

Under general supervision, provides experienced professional casework services to children and families; determines the need and coordinates the placement of children in substitute care facilities; establishes goals for children and parents; coordinates the development of a comprehensive, family-centered, culturally relevant assessment of children and families; works with intact families and children in home and/or substitute care; conducts interviews with clients and professionals to obtain information for the continued diagnosis of problems and development of treatment plans; counsels on available concrete and supportive services and available therapeutic services and provides same; implements service plans with families; prepares and maintains case documentation for planning, implementing, and evaluating 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.

 

1.  Provides experienced professional casework services to children and families; determines the need and coordinates the placement of children in substitute care facilities; provides recommendations and testifies in court as to client history and future plans of client behavior; provides assistance in the preparation of witnesses for testifying and prepares studies ordered by the court; participates in the administrative case review process; informs clients of their appeal rights and procedures and assists clients in the initiation of appeal rights; establishes goals for children and parents; prepares reports on progress or lack of progress toward goal; coordinates the development of a comprehensive, family-centered, culturally relevant assessment of children and families; maintains ongoing assessment of needs and strengths; evaluates the progress of the family toward attainment of minimum parenting standards, as well as the effectiveness and appropriateness of utilized services toward the goals of family preservation, family reunification, or another appropriate permanency outcome for the child; provides feedback to the family regarding progress; 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.

 

2.  Works with intact families and children in home and/or substitute care; develops service plans to address needs of families within agency timeframes; evaluates service delivery and reviews service plans and permanency goals, making changes to meet the needs of the child and family.

(Job Responsibilities continued)

3.  Conducts interviews with clients and professionals to obtain information for the continued diagnosis of problems and development of treatment plans; counsels on available concrete and supportive services and available therapeutic services and provides same; implements service plans with families; provides services directly and/or makes referrals for services; provides support, guidance, and coordination to foster parents and service providers; monitors to ensure appropriate visits occur between parents and children in placements and siblings not placed together; drives to field locations to conduct on-site interviews.

 

4.  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.

 

 5.  Prepares and maintains case documentation for planning, implementing, and evaluating services; completes various agency forms, including case notes, payment, eligibility, visitation, and court reports; prepares statistical and narrative reports.

 

 6.  Participates in case staffings to facilitate case transfer and participates in multi-disciplinary diagnostic and technical staff conferences to assess needed services; provides input into supervisory conferences and consultation with other disciplines for casework planning; obtains information of community and agency resources seeking specialized services for clients; develops and maintains working relationships with community and other state agencies, providing interpretation of agency responsibilities.

 

 7.  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 a master's degree in a related human service field, supplemented by one year of directly related professional casework/ case management experience related to family preservation, family reunification, adoption, youth development, counseling and advocacy services or a related field;
  • OR
  • Requires a bachelor's degree in social work and one year of directly related professional casework/ case management experience related to family preservation, family reunification, adoption, youth development, counseling and advocacy services or a related field;
  • OR
  • Requires a bachelor's degree in a related human service field and two years of directly related professional casework/ case management experience related to family preservation, family reunification, adoption, youth development, counseling and advocacy services or a related field.
  • The college or university issuing a bachelor's or master's degree must be accredited, and the degree program in social work must be approved by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • This class is included as an Upward Mobility Program credential title.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

  • Requires a working knowledge of the principles and techniques in the child welfare field.
  • Requires a working knowledge of Department of Children and Family Services rules and regulations covering the child welfare field.
  • Requires knowledge of child growth and development.
  • Requires ability to resolve problems in a calm manner as they arise - often in a hostile environment.
  • Requires ability to prepare complex written and oral reports.
  • Requires the ability to successfully complete agency-sponsored training programs and meet mandated licensure requirements.
  • Requires the ability to satisfactorily pass an in-depth background check as a condition for employment.
  • In addition to having a written and spoken knowledge of the English language, candidates may also be required to speak and write a foreign language at a colloquial skill level in carrying out position duties in conjunction with non-English speaking individuals.

 

Conditions 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

 

Work Hours:  Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 5:00PM  
Work Location: 200 W 5th St., Metropolis, IL 62960-1810  

Supervisor: Pamela Houston

Job Function Social Services  

 

Agency Contact: 

Name: Ariana K. Sprague

Phone: (618) 583-2145

E-mail: ariana.sprague@illinois.gov (preferred)

 

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

 

 

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