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DATE ADDED: Wed 20/11/2019

Services Specialist 9/10/P11 Ottawa County (Case Manager/Investigator) **IMMEDIATE RECRUIT EFFORT

Holland, MI, US
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COMPANY: STATE OF MICHIGAN

JOB TYPE: Permanent, FullTime

Job Description**There are anticipated vacancies and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply!****There are Michigan families that need your help.****JOB SUMMARY:**The Services Specialist will utilize child welfare practice skills to ensure children are protected from abuse and neglect. When child abuse or neglect is indicated, specialists work closely with families and the legal system toward a goal of reunification, independent living, or other permanent living situation.**View the 13 minute video** "Is This Job For Me?" at https://#removed#/watch?v=8gtBuckURPk&feature=youtu.be prior to applying for this position.**ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE:*** Assessing allegations of child abuse or neglect and taking necessary steps to protect children. This could mean removing a child from a family.* Developing working relationships with people who strongly dislike DHHS because of their personal history or the reputation of child protective agencies in general.* Learning about cultures, traditions, and lifestyles different from your own and developing cultural competencies to understand how to determine child safety and well-being within that context. Comprehending the impact of historical trauma, and observing protocols of differing cultures.* Maintaining objectivity and empathy for families living in stressful situations.* Preparing comprehensive and accurate court documents. Testifying in court, including defending your actions which will be questioned by defense attorneys and other parties to the case.* Working under deadlines that require prioritizing efforts with constant pressure created by the nature and volume of the cases, documentation and working flexible hours.* This position may be required to work evenings, weekends, and other non-standard work hours as needed and could be placed on a rotating on-call roster.See complete position description here: Position DescriptionView the Job SpecificationRequired Education and Experience**_Education_**Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in one of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, forensic psychology, interdisciplinary studies in social science, education, community development, law enforcement, behavioral science, gerontology, special education, education of the emotionally disturbed, education of the gifted, family ecology, community services, family studies, family and/or child development, counseling psychology, criminal justice, human services, or in a human services-related counseling major.***OR***Possession of a bachelor's degree in any major with at least 30 semester (45 term) credits in one or a combination of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, forensic psychology, interdisciplinary studies in social science, education, community development, law enforcement, behavioral science, gerontology, special education, education of the emotionally disturbed, education of the gifted, family ecology, community services, family studies, family and/or child development, counseling psychology, criminal justice, human services, or in a human services-related counseling major.**_Experience_***Services Specialist 9*No specific type or amount is required.*Services Specialist 10*One year of professional experience providing casework services to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals equivalent to a Services Specialist 9.*Services Specialist P11*Two years of professional experience providing casework services to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals equivalent to a Services Specialist, including one year equivalent to a Services Specialist 10.Additional Requirements and Information* This position is located in Holland at the Department of Health and Human Services 12185 James St, Ste 200, Holland, MI 49424* This posting is to recruit applicants to potentially fill positions that are permanent or limited term appointment.***Why Ottawa County?**** Ottawa County is unique in that it truly offers something for everyone. The county has impeccable education systems, impressive parks, a variety of service industries, and overall works to achieve social and community well-being.* Geographically, Ottawa County is located in the south-western section of Michigan's lower peninsula. The western boundary is beautiful Lake Michigan and its sandy beaches. It shares borders with Allegan, Kent and Muskegon Counties - all of which offer great cultural and social experiences. Ottawa County is 565 square miles, 38% of the county is farmland. Each year Ottawa County welcomes millions of visitors for large, traditional, entertaining festivals such as Tulip Time and the Coast Guard festival. Ottawa County has over 5,000 acres of county parks, beautiful Lake Michigan beaches, and over 307 miles of rivers and streams.* Ottawa County has been the 3rd fastest growing county in the state of Michigan over the past 10 years! Ottawa County has a rich ancestry, founded by Ottawa Indians and settled by Dutch immigrants. 45 % of the population claim Dutch ancestry, 26% claim German ancestry and there is a substantial population of persons of Mexican-American descent. There is no shortage of churches and spiritual support in Ottawa County! The resources provided by our faith community are unique and ambitious. The county has over 380 manufacturing facilities including furniture, office equipment, and automotive. Ottawa County leads other counties in Michigan in the production of turkeys, ornamental nursery crops, blueberries and perennials.* In sum, Ottawa County truly has something for everybody. The county cares about its members, and works to maintain a high quality of life. Ottawa County also ranked #1 in overall health in 2015 according to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program. When you couple this with the beauty of the county, one would be hard pressed to find a better place to live.**_PLEASE READ THROUGH THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY_****To be considered for this position you must:*** **Apply for this position online via NEOGOV; click on "Apply" in the job posting for instructions on submitting your electronic application. Hard copy applications are not accepted. *** Attach a written response to the following questions after viewing the video "Is this job for me?": (No more than a 1 page response is required.)* If selected for this position what do you believe your biggest challenge will be?* How do you see yourself overcoming this challenge?* Attach a **resume** identifying specific experience and dates of employment. Dates of employment should include month and year.* Attach a **cover letter**.* Attach a copy of an **official transcript(s)**. __We accept scanned copies of OFFICIAL transcripts.__ Official transcripts provide the name of the institution, confirmation that a degree was awarded and on what date, and the registrar's signature**. _Select this link to see an example of an official transcript._** We do not accept unofficial transcripts.* **_As a Condition of Employment_**** - **this position requires a valid driver's license and successful completion of a background investigation including fingerprinting and a criminal records check.* Applications will be screened on information provided on the application.* During the online application process any additional documentation that is required must be added as an attachment to the application.* Upon hire, the successful candidate will be required to complete a nine week pre-service training program that includes a total of 270 hours of competency-based classroom and field training. Additionally, the employee must successfully complete a minimum number of hours of in-service training on an annual basis.***Failure to complete** **any of the items above may result in your application being screened out. ****YOUR APPLICATION FOR ANY POSITION DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU WILL BE** **CONTACTED BY THE DEPARTMENT/AGENCY FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION. ONLY** **THOSE** **APPLICANTS** **INTERVIEWED WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE RESULTS.DUE TO THE VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT, WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION OVER THE PHONE. YOUR APPLICATION IS VALID FOR 6****MONTHS. AFTER 6 MONTHS, YOU MUST REAPPLY FOR CONTINUED CONSIDERATION.**For further information regarding this posting please contact Angel Stout at #removed# or (269) 934-2273.The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is committed to hiring a diverse workforce. MDHHS Diversity Equity and InclusionMDHHSJobs*Salary:* $1,616.00 - $2,496.00 Biweekly*Location:* Holland, MI*Job Type:* Permanent Full Time*Department:* Health and Human Services - Counties*Job Number:* SS - OTTAWA*Closing:* Continuous*Bargaining Unit:* UNITED AUTO WORKERS (UAW)*Agency:* State of Michigan*Address:* 400 South Pine Street Lansing, Michigan, 48909*Phone:* (800) 788-1766*Website:* https://#removed#/careers/michigan
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