Are you a current State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) employee seeking a role where you can continue to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal human services environment? If this sounds like you, we invite you to check out this exciting opportunity!
The Department of Children and Families (DCF), is currently recruiting for a full-time (40 hours per week), Children and Families Program Supervisor to work in the Norwich Area office, Two Courthouse Square, Norwich, CT. This office is a part of our Region 3, which covers the territories of Middletown, Norwich and Willimantic.
The Schedule is:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
In this role, we would empower you to manage a component of our programs, including the oversite and development of them. You will discover the opportunity to develop new programs, determine office work priorities, showcase your talents in a lead role by coordinating and managing staff, and act as a liaison with various internal and external partners.
The Ideal candidate will have experience with the following:
- Agency policies and procedures, methods and techniques
- Legal basis for departmental programs and requirements
- Child development, mental health and behavioral challenges facing children, youth, and families
- Written terminations of parental rights and ability to manage and lead a group of supervisors in their direction of effectuating timely permanency on behalf of children
- Participation in the agency's racial justice initiatives
- Communication, verbal and written across all levels of the organization and multidisciplinary stakeholders
Our mission is partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive. We are proud of our diverse and dedicated workforce who strive every day to meet the needs of those we encounter. Our family-centered, strength-based approach to our work seeks to improve the well-being of the children and families we serve.
We offer the same competitive benefits
you are accustomed to, including medical, vision and dental insurance as well as retiree health insurance. Paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. Also group life insurance and other supplemental benefits. We offer outstanding work/life balance
and limitless opportunity.
We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make an impact by serving your state!
In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Children and Families , who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period. For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).
All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .
Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting. Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, performance reviews, attendance reports, supervisory references, college transcripts, licenses, etc. at the discretion of the hiring agency. You do not have to submit these documents with your application.
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If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Lisa Womble, Lisa.Womble@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Children and Families this class is accountable for managing administrative child welfare/protective services programs.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Manages a component of a program within the agency including oversight of the development and evaluation of specific clinical or behavioral programs; ensures specialized services/programs are in compliance with federal, state and department mandates; identifies and develops new programs and funding sources; schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides training and assistance to staff and/or outside providers; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans office work; establishes and maintains office procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies, outside officials and community regarding policies and procedures, available services and coordination of resources; prepares reports and correspondence; consults with staff on difficult cases; oversees maintenance of records; collects and analyzes program data; may interact with clients and caretakers; may interact or hear cases concerning retention of a child in community vs. institutionalization; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge and understanding of case work principles, methods, and techniques; considerable knowledge of factors which influence attitudes and behavior of individuals and families; considerable knowledge of community resources and available services; knowledge of legal basis for departmental programs and requirements; knowledge of child development; knowledge of mental health and behavioral challenges facing children and youth; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of professional experience in the field of child welfare, children's protective services, foster services, adoption or social and human services.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity over professional staff responsible for planning, developing or implementing administrative or program services in child welfare, children's protective services, children's mental health or juvenile justice.
NOTE: For State employees, this is interpreted at the level of Social Worker Supervisor.
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) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree or other advanced degree in behavioral science, public administration, education, social work or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. For State Employees, two (2) years as a Children Services Consultant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
NOTE: Closely related fields are: child welfare, applied sociology, social and/or human services, clinical psychology, child development, criminal justice, counseling, human development and family relations, human service, marriage and family therapy.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.