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DATE ADDED: Wed 20/11/2019

Services Specialist 9/10/P11 - Calhoun County (Foster Care Case Manager/CPS Investigator)

Battle Creek, MI, US
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COMPANY: STATE OF MICHIGAN

JOB TYPE: Permanent, FullTime

Job Description




This is an immediate vacancy and all qualified Applicants are encouraged to apply**

**Michigan Families 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.

**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 MDHHS 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 Description

**__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. __Attach no more than a 1 page written response to the following questions after viewing the video.__

* __If selected for this position what do you believe your biggest challenge will be? __
* __How do you see yourself overcoming this challenge?__
Required 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.

Position Job Specification

Additional Requirements and Information


**When you apply, your application is valid for 6 months. After 6 months, you MUST reapply for continued consideration.**

This position is located in Battle Creek at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 190 East Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014.


**_Why Calhoun County?_**

* Population according to the US Census (2015): 134,314
* Median Household Income (2014): $43,199
* Binder Park Zoo-A trip to the Zoo d features a variety of rides and exhibits like the award-winning Wild Africa. In Wild Africa, guests go on safari through a 50-acre African national park; including an 18-acre savannah hosting herds of impala, zebra, antelope, gazelle, and ostrich, and giraffes.
* FireKeepers Casino is home to 2,900 of the latest slot & video poker games, 70 hand-dealt table games, headline entertainment in the event center, and a luxurious hotel.
* Cornwell's Turkeyville USA which includes the Country Junction gift shop, the Ice Cream Parlor, the General Store, the Dinner Theater, and a variety of events throughout the year. Camp Turkeyville features modern RV facilities
* Full Blast, Kids 'N' Stuff Children's Museum, the American Museum of Magic, balloon rides, and horse-drawn carriage tours provide fun for the whole family.
* Marshall and Battle Creek both feature trails and natural areas including Wilder Creek Conservation Area, Willard Beach and Park, Woodland Park & Nature Preserve, Children's Garden at Leila Arboretum, Brooks Nature Area, Historic Bridge Park, Stuart's Landing, and Calhoun County Trailway for various recreational activities.
* Marshall is a National Historic Landmark District and Albion is home to the historic Albion College.
* Arts and Entertainment in Calhoun County include, The Art Center of Battle Creek, The Bobbitt Visual Arts Center at Albion College, The Battle Creek Symphony, The Brass Band of Battle Creek, Kellogg Areana, The What A Do Theatre, the Augusta Barn Theatre and the Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall.
**PLEASE READ THROUGH THIS 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 resume identifying specific experience and dates of employment.__** Dates of employment should include month and year and hours per week.
* **__Attach a cover letter.__**
* **__Attach a copy of an official transcript(s).__******_We accept scanned copies of official transcripts_**.**Please see the example below. We do not accept copies of unofficial 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._**
* **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 itself. Please include your resume and cover letter for additional consideration, but it will not be accepted as a substitution for a completed application.
* During the online application process any additional documentation that is required must be attached from your master profile to the individual 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.
**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. Failure to**
**complete** **any of the above items may result in your application being screened out.**
**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.**

**The department reserves the right to close this posting prior to its original end date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.**

**See** **instructions** **for** attaching files here: Instructions

**The department reserves the right to close this posting at any time if it is determined that a sufficient number of applications has been received.**

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is committed to hiring a diverse workforce. MDHHS Diversity Equity and Inclusion

For further information regarding this posting please contact Tami Strzyzykowski at 269-934-2277, or #removed#

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*Salary:* $1,685.60 - $2,496.00 Biweekly


*Location:* Battle Creek, MI


*Job Type:* Permanent Full Time


*Department:* Health and Human Services - Counties


*Job Number:* SS - Calhoun


*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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