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Child Welfare Specialist II

OKLAHOMA COUNTY

Recruitment #190212-H23B-H03

Introduction

Child Welfare Specialist – Oklahoma County
Control ID # 19-Q1R3
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN TO ALL SOURCES
TRAVEL: EXTENSIVE

Some positions might work outside normal business hours, including on-call hours. 

Region 3 County Offices
Oklahoma County | Oklahoma City (offices are located throughout the metro area)

Is making a real and lasting difference in the world your ultimate career goal?

You are a compassionate and genuine advocate for people with the determination to seek flexible solutions and opportunities for children and their families to build the skills needed to thrive together.

DHS is looking for full-time Child Welfare Specialists across Oklahoma. Applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any field and pass a criminal background check, drug screen, and reference check to qualify. 

We offer amazing benefits:
• Excellent health, dental, vision, supplemental life, and flexible spending plans available
• Generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of benefit premiums
• Annual and Sick leave accrual starting immediately
• 11 paid holidays per year
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Perkins Loan Cancellation eligible employment
• Excellent retirement plans for your future

Why Should You Apply?
• Top benefits
• Excellent personal growth and advancement opportunities
• Make a real difference in your community
• Ongoing training and career development

Application Process
When filling out your application, be sure to include all relevant experience under Employment History and select the county offices in which you are interested under Employment Preferences.  All DHS experience must be listed on your application.  HR-Talent Acquisitions will review only the application to verify the Minimum Qualifications have been met. 

HR-Talent Acquisitions will send all applications meeting the minimum qualifications to the Hiring Managers for review twice a month.  Applicants should receive an email within 30 days of submitting the application for each county office in which you have expressed interest.  Be sure to check your Spam or Junk folders prior to contacting us. 
Email STO.HRM.TA@okdhs.org with any questions.

Applicants must upload a copy of their official transcript or official letter from the registrar’s office certifying their degree in the application submission.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

If an offer of employment is extended by more than one County Office, it is the responsibility of the Applicant to notify the offices of their decision in a timely manner.

For more information on the many Child Welfare Services Programs, Job Descriptions, and Realistic Job Preview videos, please go to:
http://www.okdhs.org/careers/Pages/CWSSpecialistProgramDesc.aspx

Child Welfare Education Incentive (CWEI)
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work = Eligible for 5% monthly CWEI
Master’s Degree of Social Work = Eligible for 10% monthly CWEI

STATE EMPLOYEE INFORMATION

Intra-Agency Transfer Instructions (Internal DHS Transfers: CWS to CWS)
If you are a current, Permanent Classified DHS CWS employee and would like to move to another CW unit or CW county office, you may send an email to the District Director/Administrative Assistant II to request a lateral transfer.  If you are unsure who the District Director/Administrative Assistant II is for the office in which you are interested in, please contact STO.HRM.TA@okdhs.org for assistance.

Intra-Agency Transfer Instructions (Internal DHS Transfers)
If you are a current, Permanent Classified DHS employee and would like to become a Child Welfare Specialist, you must apply online. 

BASIC PURPOSE

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibility for providing child welfare services to children and families in communities, facilities, institutions or hospitals.  Duties include continuous assessment of child safety in regard to family-centered and community services, child abuse/neglect investigations, adoption, foster care, intake, court liaison, group home and shelter services, volunteer program activities and permanency planning.

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS

This job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the level of complexity and diversity of the specific job assignments, the extent of responsibility assigned, the expertise required for the completion of the duties assigned and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I:
This is the basic level where employees perform entry level work in a training status in providing child welfare services to children and families.  Employees at this level will complete the Child Welfare Core Academy training program.  Completed work is reviewed and all decisions are discussed with supervisor or other senior staff.  At this level, employees learn adoptive services such as recruiting, screening, evaluating and documenting activities; provide reports to the adoption unit and the courts; learn treatment and preventive services; visit children in placement; refer families and children to services in the community; complete assessments of children and families; implement individualized service plans.  Additional duties include participating in investigations of abuse and neglect of children; preparing case reports and other documentation and recommending a course of action with close supervision and case consultation; participation in conferences/meetings, and providing protective services and coordinating referrals to other units, agencies, service providers and the courts.  Prepares legal documentation for presentation to the court with supervisory guidance and approval; attends court hearings and provides testimony; consults with the District Attorney, other attorneys, and tribal partners regarding efforts to protect the child, reunite the family or other permanent plan for the child; provides direct services to children in placement; attends staff meetings; makes decisions regarding individualized service plans following supervisory consultation; and provides assessments and services to children in custody to assist them in making the transition from foster care to independent living.

Level II:     
At this level employees are assigned responsibilities at the full performance level in providing child welfare services to children and families.  Employees receive intakes and assess or investigate allegations of abuse or neglect completing appropriate documentation, and assess child safety and recommend the appropriate level of intervention. Employees initiate procedures to remove the child from the home if in present danger; coordinate actions with law enforcement entities and district attorney; and initiate placement process.  Provides social work services to families applying or approved for adoption or foster care; recruits and trains foster and adoptive parents; conducts home visits; reviews child’s psycho-social, medical, developmental and education histories; completes evaluations and approves or disapproves applicants; facilitates or participates in meetings, such as Family Team Meetings.  Identifies emotional needs of residents assigned to a shelter or group home and prepares a treatment plan including short and long range goals; and prepares reports and narratives.  In addition, employees at this level will prepare and coordinate legal documents for presentation to the court; attend court hearings and provide testimony; inform court of agency policies and procedures, and may serve as an expert witness.  Visits children in placement to assess safety and needs; provides information or other appropriate services; maintains sibling and other relationships.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

This job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the level of complexity and diversity of the specific job assignments, the extent of responsibility assigned, the expertise required for the completion of the duties assigned and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree.

Level II:     
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a Master’s Degree; or a Bachelor’s Degree and one year of experience in professional social work.

NOTES

Applicant must upload and a copy of their transcript or official letter from registrar’s office certifying degree to their application submission

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


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View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.

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