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Job Description

Job Title:   Child Protection Specialist/Child Protection Investigator

County:   Saline

Req. No:   190281

Agency Name:   Dept for Children and Families

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

Applications accepted through:    ,

Job Description:

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

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.
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.)

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 social worker with 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.
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 or 2 – years of work experience in Children and Family Services.
Click on the link to download position description CP Investigator  http://content.dcf.ks.gov/hr/careers/K0232801A.pdf  or for the CP Specialist http://content.dcf.ks.gov/hr/careers/K0232801.pdf

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, West Region.
STEP 3:  Email these additional required documents to (DCF.WestJobs@ks.gov).  Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.
*Letter of Interest
*Copy of college transcripts (if applicable)
*Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

*Copy of Driver's license

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED:  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 620-342-2505 x211.

Recruiter Contact:
Name:   Vicki Kvaal
Phone:   620 342-2505 x211
Email:   Vicki.Kvaal@ks.gov
Fax:  620 342-2808

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.

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 minimum qualifications and competency factors of the position. The veterans’ preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job.  Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determine by the hiring manager.  Additional VPE information can be found here.
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 accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

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



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