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!
At DCF, we have a mission of 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 are currently recruiting for two full-time Children and Families Program Supervisors to work in the Foster Care Unit for the Regional 4 and Regional 2 Area Offices. Although these positions are stationed at the Hartford and New Haven Area Offices, statewide travel will be required to the Manchester and Milford Area Offices. This is a 40 hours per week position, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Telework may be authorized with the approval of the Program Director.
You will discover the opportunity to:
- Lead the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement plans;
- Lead the development and implementation of performance outcomes;
- Ensure accurate measurement and reporting of strategies and activities to improve performance and outcomes;
- Partner with other divisions and external stakeholders on quality improvement strategies impacting practice at all levels of the agency;
- Ensure business needs and federal compliance with data reporting are met through collaboration with IT as needed.
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 advance your career with us and make an impact by serving your state!
*The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
- In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
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- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
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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 Work 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.
- Experience assessing individuals and homes to assure that they meet licensing standards within the last five years.
- Experience with foster care statues and regulations within the last five years.
- Experience supervising Intake and Permanency functions within the last five years.
- Experience generating and analyzing various performance metrics using Excel and other reporting tools.
- Experience establishing, maintaining and representing the agency with internal (across divisions) and external stakeholders (providers, other state agencies, etc.).
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.