Department of Administrative Services

Assistant Child Advocate (0957MP)

$40.58-$55.33 Hourly / $3,246.63-$4,426.71 BiWeekly /
$84,737.00-$115,537.00 Yearly


PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Office of the Child Advocate, this class is accountable for directing and evaluating statewide programs to ensure the legal, civil and special rights of children who reside in the State of Connecticut.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Receives administrative direction from the Associate Child Advocate or other administrative official of higher grade.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

May direct staff as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Directs staff and operations of statewide programs related to monitoring and evaluating private and public agencies including state agencies 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 preparation and maintenance of records, reports and correspondence;
  • Shares investigatory/review findings and recommendations with agencies and others as indicated;
  • Develops or assists in 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;
  • Participates in the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

  • Considerable knowledge of
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • child welfare systems;
    • mental health and behavioral challenges facing children and youth;
    • factors which influence attitudes and behaviors of individuals and families;
  • Knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • research methods and principles;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to utilize computer software. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Eight (8) years of professional experience in the field of child welfare, children's protective services, foster services or adoption.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a consultative or supervisory capacity.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) yeas for a Bachelor's degree.
  2. A Master's degree in social work, public policy or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

JOB CLASS DESIGNATION

Classified/Competitive

OCCUPATIONAL GROUP

(33)-Social Services

BARGAINING UNIT

(02)-MANAGERIAL

EEO

(1)-Officials And Administrators

SALARY INFORMATION

MP 62

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.

CANCELLATION CLAUSE

This replaces the existing specification for the class of Assistant Child Advocate in Salary Group MP 62 approved effective November 14, 2014. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final No. 22-007

EFFECTIVE DATE

04/22/2022

CLASS: 0957MP; EST: 1/16/2009; REV: 4/26/2022;