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DATE ADDED: Wed 20/11/2019

Services Specialist 9/10/P11 Lapeer (Case Manager/ Investigator)

Lapeer, 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 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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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.
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


**PLEASE READ THROUGH THIS CAREFULLY**, **T****o 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 no more than a 1 page written response to the following questions after viewing the video "Is this job for me?":**
* **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 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._**

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


This position is located in Lapeer, MI at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 1505 Suncrest Drive, Lapeer, MI 48446.


***Why Lapeer County?***


* Lapeer County is located between the Thumb Region and the southeastern region of Michigan's, Lower Peninsula.
* The county's population is 88,373 (2015) with a median income of $53,016 according to estimates by the US Census Bureau.
* The county is within driving distance from the Metro Detroit Area, Flint and Canada.
* Points of interest located in the county are the Lapeer Community Center, Polar Palace Area Complex, County Parks, Seven Ponds Nature Center, Almont Fountain Park and Southern Links Trailway.
* Among the county's historic sites is the Piety Hill Historic District, Lapeer Depot, Imlay City Historical Museum, Lapeer County Courthouse, and Metamora Crossroads Historic District.
* Local events include Lapeer Days, Eastern Michigan State Fair, Almont Heritage Festival, Light up Lapeer, Imlay City Blueberry Festival, Columbiaville Days Festival, Almont Holly Day Light Parade, and North Branch Days.
* Among the county's arts and entertainment institutions and/or venues are the Lapeer Art Association, Center of Arts of Greater Lapeer, Gallery 194, Lapeer Wingnuts, Pix Theatre and Lapeer County, Lapeer County Concert Choir, and__Lapeer Community Theatre
* Among the county's agritourism highlights are Will's Winery, Past Tense, Blueberry Lane Farms, Atlas Berry Farm, Brookwood Fruit Farm, E.B. Blueberries Inc., Fuhrs Valley View Farm and Honeyflow Farm
* Area farmer's markets include the Historic Farmer's Market of Lapeer, Imlay City Farmer's Markets, CSA Farmer's Market, Village of Otter Lake Farmer's Market and Almont Farmer's Market.
* Lapeer has several lakes and ponds scattered around the county among them are Seven Ponds, Long Lake, Millers Lake, Big Fish Lake, Barnes Lake and Hart Lake.
* For more information please visit #removed#/LapNew/index.php

**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.**

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

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 Susan Bowne at #removed#



*Salary:* $1,616.00 - $2,496.00 Biweekly


*Location:* Lapeer, MI


*Job Type:* Permanent Full Time


*Department:* Health and Human Services - Counties


*Job Number:* SS - Lapeer


*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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