$36.96-$50.39 Hourly / $2,956.78-$4,031.57 BiWeekly /
In the Office of the Child Advocate, this class is accountable for managing and evaluating statewide programs to ensure the legal, civil and special rights of children who reside in the State of Connecticut.
Receives general direction from the Associate Child Advocate or other administrative official of higher grade.
Manages statewide programs related to monitoring and evaluating private and public agencies, including State agencies, that are charged with protecting children; manages staff and operations as assigned; determines priorities and work assignments; develops and implements prevention and/or advocacy strategies; develops and implements operational objectives; conducts investigations and periodic reviews; develops monitoring and investigation plans based on best practices, law, regulations and/or federal and state accreditation standards; oversees the preparation and maintenance of records, reports and correspondence; shares investigatory/review findings and recommendations with agencies and others as indicated; develops or assists in the development of legislative testimony, regulatory, policy and/or practice initiatives; collects and analyzes programmatic data to ensure optimal tracking of trends and outcomes; prepares reports and correspondence; participates in activities to educate and inform the public of laws and services that affect children and families; acts as a liaison with local and national institutions and organizations; assists with evaluating staff and monitoring budgets; performs related duties as required.
Considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of child welfare systems; considerable knowledge of mental health and behavioral challenges facing children and youth; considerable knowledge of factors which influence attitudes and behaviors of individuals and families; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; knowledge of research methods and principles; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; supervisory ability; ability to utilize cpmputer software.
Eight (8) years of professional experience in the field of child welfare, children's protective services, foster services or adoption.
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a consultative or supervisory capacity.
NOTE: Closely related fields are child development, child welfare, psychology, counseling, criminal justice, human development and family relations, social and/or human services, marriage and family therapy, nursing, education and public administration.