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DATE ADDED: Wed 20/11/2019

***Immediate Vacancies!*** Services Specialist 9/10/P11 Kalamazoo County (Case Manager/Investigator)

Kalamazoo, MI, US
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COMPANY: STATE OF MICHIGAN

JOB TYPE: Permanent, FullTime

Job Description


**Kalamazoo currently has immediate vacancies!**


**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 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 Description

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

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.


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 at the Kalamazoo County Department of Health and Human Services, 322 E. Stockbridge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49001.



***Why Kalamazoo County?***


* Kalamazoo is unique, in that it combines a big city energy and small town feel. The community combines energy and innovation with friendliness and an easy-going attitude. A vibrant Art Deco downtown sets the stage for quality dining, unique shops and galleries, and live entertainment, including wineries and microbreweries. In Kalamazoo, you're never far from lakes, outdoor recreation, festivals and world-class attractions.
* Kalamazoo is home of Western Michigan University which offers a variety of under-graduate and graduate programs.
* Kalamazoo is also home to the nationally recognized CTAC (Child Trauma Assessment Center) providing innovative, state of the art child assessments
* Kalamazoo offers ample and affordable housing
* Kalamazoo is also home of the Kalamazoo Promise, a 4 year scholarship to college (bachelor degree or 130 credits, whichever occurs first), covering tuition and mandatory fees for eligible Kalamazoo Public School students.
* Located midway between Chicago and Detroit

***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.
* **YOU MUST ATTACH A COPY OF YOUR 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.
* **_Due to COVID-19, we are unable to invite you for in-person interviews. Therefore, to be considered, please write and attach your response to the following scenario:_**
You have been assigned to investigate a home and the allegations are a "dirty house", all concerns listed in allegations are environmental concerns. You arrive at the home about 11 AM and see garbage rotting and overflowing in the entryway. You can hear a toddler running around in the home but when you knock it is apparent you woke the mother as it took her several minutes to answer the door and she was rubbing sleep from her eyes. When you enter the home you notice dog feces on the floor in several spots. The kitchen countertops and table are covered with dirty dishes coated with old food. There are several overflowing ashtrays and what appears to be marijuana "roaches" in them along with the cigarette butts. You see one little girl about 3 years old, dressed in only a soggy diaper and barefoot; an infant is sleeping on the couch wrapped in a fluffy blanket. Even though you woke the mother up she is friendly to you and patient with her young children.
* Applications will be screened on information provided on the application itself. You may include your resume and cover letter for additional consideration, but it will not be accepted as a substitution for a completed 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 at any time if it is determined that a sufficient number of applications have been received.**

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:* Kalamazoo, MI


*Job Type:* Permanent Full Time


*Department:* Health and Human Services - Counties


*Job Number:* SS - Kalamazoo


*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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