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CHILD WELFARE SPECIALIST (UPWARD MOBILITY) - Foster Care

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:  Apr 6, 2021
Location: 

Springfield, IL, US, 62702-7301

Job Requisition ID:  1621

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  

Bid ID Number2113021-135880
Closing Date/Time:  04/06/2021 
Salary:  $4,587 - $6,820 (Anticipated Starting Salary $4,587/mo) 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  RC063 

 

***Do Not Apply Online Send CMS100/B and a legible copy of your official college transcripts to the agency contact email address listed below.***

 

Collective Bargaining Agreement language applies to this posting:

We are currently transitioning away from a paper application process to an electronic application process.  This position has not been transitioned. Please follow the directions below when applying to this position.

 

*****DO NOT APPLY ONLINE*****

Follow the application instructions below to apply to this position.

Job Responsibilities

Under general supervision of the Foster Home Licensing Supervisor, completes the required assessment to ensure that families meet DCFS licensing standards and are prepared to care for children; coordinates with other units and staff, including the Office of Professional Development, caseworkers, investigators, recruiters, and foster parent support specialists; provides support and strengthens Department relationships with foster parents; monitors licensed foster or adoptive homes to ensure the home is in compliance with licensing standards; consults with DCFS staff and C&A LAN’s with recommendations about the selection of foster family resources that will best meet the needs of children; maintains client records in accordance with Department rule, procedure, and accreditation standards, monitoring to ensure that all documentation from other Department sources has been included.

 

40%  1.  Completes the required assessment to ensure that families meet DCFS licensing standards and are prepared to care for children; integrates and coordinates required pre-service training into the assessment process; introduces new families to field/adoptive staff for future utilization; renews licenses at required intervals; responds in a timely manner to all address change applications and new entity applications, as well as Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) requests and Home of Relatives (HMR’s) applications; drives to various locations in the performance of duties.

 

35%  2. Coordinates with other units and staff, including the Office of Professional Development, caseworkers, investigators, recruiters, and foster parent support specialists; provides support and strengthens Department relationships with foster parents; monitors licensed foster or adoptive homes to ensure the home is in compliance with licensing standards and assists families in resolving compliance issues; amends individual licenses relative to capacity, age ranges, etc.

(Job Responsibilities continued)

10%  3.  Consults with DCFS staff and C&A LAN’s with recommendations about the selection of foster family resources that best meet the needs of children, including recommendations for support services to maintain the resources.

 

 5%  4.  Conducts investigations relative to complaints about licensed foster/adoptive homes in accordance with the Childcare Act; identifies issues and assists families in developing corrective action plans; makes recommendations for licensing enforcement when appropriate.

 

 5%  5.  Provides/maintains reports, statistics, records and documentation of activities on a monthly basis or as needed; maintains client records (to include filing documents as needed) in accordance with federal and state statutes and guidelines, Department rule, procedure, and accreditation standards, monitoring to ensure that all documentation from other Department sources has been included; utilizes an automated system for tracking development of foster/adoptive resources.

 

 5% 6.  Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

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.

 

Physical Requirements

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

Employment Conditions

  • Requires possession of a valid driver's license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance.

Education Degree

  • 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.

Education Major

 

  • social work or a related human service field

 

Work Hours:  Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 5:00PM  
Work Location: 1124 N Walnut St Springfield, IL 62702-7301  
Agency Contact:  Zackary.Booher@illinois.gov  
Job Function:  Social Services  

Supervisor: Susan Wilkins

 

SEND YOUR BIDS TO

Posting ID#  2113021-135880

Name:  Karen Wagner

Phone:  312-328-2461

Address:  1911 S. Indiana, Chicago, IL 60616

Email:  DCFS.LicensingPersonnel@illinois.gov (perferred)

 

CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE BID FORM AND CMS-100/B FOR EACH POSTED VACANCY APPLIED FOR. PLEASE USE THE REQUISITION ID FOR THE BID # ON THE APPROPRIATE APPLICATION FORM.

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE.

 

Current State Employees:

  • Seeking a Promotion – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100B Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Older versions of the CMS-100B will not be graded or returned to applicants. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100B(version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Transfer – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid FormTransfer Request, and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting/Bid ID or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Reduction - Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting/Bid ID or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

 Former State Employees:

  • Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting/Bid ID or your bid will be rejected. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

Non-State Employees:

  • Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting/Bid ID or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.