Kansas State Employment Center

Job Description

Job Title:   Child Protection Specialist or Child Protective Investigator

County:   Labette

Req. No:   189685

Agency Name:   Dept for Children and Families

Posting Type:   External  --> Click here for Definition of Posting Type

Applications accepted through:    ,

Job Description:

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), East Region, currently has an unclassified Child Protective Investigator or Child Protection Specialist position in the Prevention & Protection Services Division, in the Parsons Service Center.  Annual salary is $40,000 for a Licensed Protection Specialist, $38,000.00 for an Unlicensed Protection Specialist, or $32,760.00 for a Child Protective Investigator.

As a Child Protection Specialist, you will:
Provide protective and preventive services. Prevention is defined as prevention for out of home placement for children. The Protection Specialist will investigate allegations of abuse and neglect, perform risk and safety assessments, develop safety plans, provide information about and referrals to community resources for at risk families, and make appropriate referrals to contracted family preservation and foster care providers.
This position works in a cooperative fashion with customers, staff, and agency partners to provide efficient and effective service. At DCF, the customer is placed at the center of planning, policy development, program implementation, and practice with customer outcomes driving decision-making at all levels. By integrating services, we create and maintain a prevention focus as a way of doing business by interacting and engaging with others to proactively foster well-being.

Minimum Requirements: Four-year degree in a Human Services or Behavioral Sciences field of study, or education determined relevant by the agency. Valid Driver’s License must be maintained throughout employment. A copy of Valid Driver’s License is to be provided upon hire.
Preferred Criteria:
One or more of the following: Bachelor’s in Social Work (Licensed Social Worker), Master’s in Professional Counseling (Licensed Professional Counselor), Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist). Licensed Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) professional as determined relevant by the agency. A minimum of 2-years of work experience in Children and Family Services. 

As a Child Protective Investigator, you will:
As a member of the Joint Investigative Team (Supervisor, Child Protection Specialist, Child Protective Investigator) receives assignment reports of families where child(ren) are suspected of being abused or neglected or in need of care as defined by K.S.A. 38-2202.   Reviews preliminary data and in conjunction with the Child Protections Specialist, develops an investigative plan.  Establishes timely face to face contact with one or more family members to included alleged victims to gather facts regarding issues.  Conducts interviews and obtains documented evidence.  Confers and shares results of facts gathered with the Specialist and Supervisor and assists in making case finding decisions.  Prepares final investigatory report for review and approval by the Child Protection Specialist.

Minimum Requirements:
Two years investigation, fact finding or enforcing state or federal laws and regulations.  Associate’s Degree in social work, criminal justice (law enforcement or corrections) may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.  Valid Driver’s License. A copy of Valid Driver’s License is to be provided upon hire.
Preferred Criteria:
Two years of experience doing field investigative work as a law enforcement officer, corrections/parole officer, social worker, or special/private investigator.  Bachelor’s degree in social work, criminal justice (law enforcement or corrections.)

Click on the link to download position description, CP Specialist  or for CP Investigator

The application process has 3 STEPS.
STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form
(Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)
STEP 2:  Complete the State of Kansas Application Form and submit to the Department for Children and Families, East Region.
STEP 3:  Email these additional required documents to Mary Isley at Mary.Isley@ks.gov .  Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.
Letter of interest
Verification of degree, if applicable
Copy of BSRB License, if applicable
Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website . A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws.  A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days.  All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.  If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785 543-5258 x214.

Recruiter Contact:
Name:  Mary Isley
Phone:  785-296-5851
Email:  Mary.Isley@ks.gov
Fax:  785-296-2087

NOTE:  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification documentation upon hire.

Veterans Preference’ Eligible (VPE):
Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran" under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the competency factors of the position, including any preferred selection criteria established in accordance with K.A.R. 1-6-3.  The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job.  Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager.  See Veterans' Preference for additional information.

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation.  Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements.  Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred selection criteria and competencies for the position.

What To Expect Next:
After your application is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is completed.  You may call or email the recruiter contact listed to inquire about your application.

Security Clearance:
A background check (KBI – criminal background, welfare fraud, driver’s license, and Child/Adult Abuse and Neglect Central Registry) is required for all positions with the Department for Children and Families (DCF) as a condition of employment, which may include fingerprinting and FBI check.  Security clearance must be obtained prior to employment with DCF.

Please visit our website  to learn more about DCF and the services we provide.

Please contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Department for Children and Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Find out more about us at our web site

Class/Uncl Full/Part Time: Grade: Hiring Rate: Pay Frequency:
U F 001 $0.00 Hourly

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