- Bachelor's Degree
- Master's Degree
- Driver's License
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This is an immediate vacancy and all qualified Applicants are encouraged to apply
Michigan Families need your help......
The Services Specialist will utilize child welfare practice skills to ensure children are protected from abuse and neglect. When child abuse or neglect is indicated, specialists work closely with families and the legal system toward a goal of reunification, independent living, or other permanent living situation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE:
Assessing allegations of child abuse or neglect and taking necessary steps to protect children. This could mean removing a child from a family.
Developing working relationships with people who strongly dislike DHHS because of their personal history or the reputation of child protective agencies in general.
Learning about cultures, traditions, and lifestyles different from your own and developing cultural competencies to understand how to determine child safety and well-being within that context. Comprehending the impact of historical trauma, and observing protocols of differing cultures.
Maintaining objectivity and empathy for families living in stressful situations.
Preparing comprehensive and accurate court documents. Testifying in court, including defending your actions which will be questioned by defense attorneys and other parties to the case.
Working under deadlines that require prioritizing efforts with constant pressure created by the nature and volume of the cases, documentation and working flexible hours.
This position may be required to work evenings, weekends, and other non-standard work hours as needed and could be placed on a rotating on-call roster.
See complete position description here: Position Description (Download PDF reader)
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View the 13 minute video "Is This Job For Me?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gtBuckURPk&feature=youtu.be prior to applying for this position.
Required Education and Experience
Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in one of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, forensic psychology, interdisciplinary studies in social science, education, community development, law enforcement, behavioral science, gerontology, special education, education of the emotionally disturbed, education of the gifted, family ecology, community services, family studies, family and/or child development, counseling psychology, criminal justice, human services, or in a human services-related counseling major.
Possession of a bachelor's degree in any major with at least 30 semester (45 term) credits in one or a combination of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, forensic psychology, interdisciplinary studies in social science, education, community development, law enforcement, behavioral science, gerontology, special education, education of the emotionally disturbed, education of the gifted, family ecology, community services, family studies, family and/or child development, counseling psychology, criminal justice, human services, or in a human services-related counseling major.
Services Specialist 9
No specific type or amount is required.
Services Specialist 10
One year of professional experience providing casework services to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals equivalent to a Services Specialist 9.
Services Specialist P11
Two years of professional experience providing casework services to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals equivalent to a Services Specialist, including one year equivalent to a Services Specialist 10.
Additional Requirements and Information
When you apply, your application is valid for 6 months. After 6 months, you MUST reapply for continued consideration.
Positions are located in Ogemaw and Roscommon counties at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Offices.
Ogemaw - 444 East Houghton, West Branch, MI 48661
Roscommon - 715 South Loxley Road, Houghton Lake, MI 48629.
Why Roscommon County?
Roscommon County is located in the north central region of Michigan's, Lower Peninsula
The county's population is 23,898 (2015) with a median income of $ $33,540 according to estimates by the US Census Bureau.
Roscommon is home to three large inland lakes; Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, and Lake St. Helen.
The counties large inland lakes make it a popular destination for water sports such as boating, fishing, swimming and paddle sports.
Local events include Tip up Town USA, Bud Bash, "Catch Us If You Can" Fishing contest, Firemen's Memorial Festival, South Higgins Lake State Park Halloween Festival, Historical Village Days, St. Helen Bluegill Festival and Kirtland Warbler Festival.
Local entertainment venues include Merritt Speedway, Roscommon Craf Center, Kirtland Center for Performing Arts, Limberlost, Trestle Park and the Stone Hall, Pines Theatre and the Houghton Lake Historic Theatre.
The Houghton Lake area has several arts and crafts stores and shows throughout the year. Roscommon county has a Quilt Trail and the town of Roscommon hosts an Arts Festival each July.
Historical sites include the CCC Museum, Houghton Lake Historical Village, Gallimore Boarding House & Richardson Schoolhouse, Anchor Inn and AuSable River Center.
Cross-Country Skiing trails include the Lost Twin Lakes Trail, Marl Lake, West Higgins Cross-Country Ski Trail, North Higgins Lake State Park and Cross Country Ski Headquarters.
Roscommon county has nearly 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and connects to trails in neighboring counties.
Please visit www.visithoughtonlake.com and www.roscommoncounty.net
Why Ogemaw County?
Ogemaw County is located in the eastern region of Michigan's northern, Lower Peninsula
The county's population is 20,937 (2015) with a median income of $35,850 according to estimates by the US Census Bureau.
Notable land features include the Rifle River and Au Sable National Forest. Ogemaw County is also home to dozens of small lakes.
Local events include the Ogemaw County Fair, Fourth of July Heritage Days, Victoria Art Fair and Rose City/Lupton Pumpkin Bash.
Ogemaw Hills Pathway offers trails for biking, hiking and cross country skiing.
There are at 4 public libraries in the county which are located in Rose City, Prescott, and West Branch.
West Branch is great place for shopping and also home to the West Branch Outlet mall and as well as antique, gift, home furnishing, jewelry and many other types of stores and shops.
The Ogemaw County Genealogical & Historical Society has compiled 4 different driving tours which each focus on different aspects of local history.
The Rifle River Recreation Area is located in the Au Sable National Forest and offers an assortment of outdoor recreational activities including camping, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, canoeing and boating.
There are 4 golf courses near West Branch and one near Lupton.
There are approximate 95 miles of groomed snowmobile trails throughout the county.
Please go to http://www.visitwestbranch.com/index.html or www.ogemawcountymi.gov/ for more information.
PLEASE READ THROUGH THIS CAREFULLY, To be considered for this position you must:
Apply for this position online via NEOGOV; click on "Apply" in the job posting for instructions on submitting your electronic application. Hard copy applications are not accepted.
Attach no more than a 1 page written response to the following questions after viewing the video "Is this job for me?":
If selected for this position what do you believe your biggest challenge will be?
How do you see yourself overcoming this challenge?
Attach a resume identifying specific experience and dates of employment. Dates of employment should include month and year and hours per week.
Attach a cover letter.
Attach a copy of an official transcript(s). We accept scanned copies of official transcripts. Please see the example below. We do not accept copies of unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts provide the name of the institution, confirmation that a degree was awarded and on what date, and the registrar's signature. Select this link to see an example of an official transcript (Download PDF reader).
As a Condition of Employment – this position requires a valid driver's license and successful completion of a background investigation including fingerprinting and a criminal records check.
Applications will be screened on information provided on the application itself. Please include your resume and cover letter for additional consideration, but it will not be accepted as a substitution for a completed application.
During the online application process any additional documentation that is required must be attached from your master profile to the individual application.
Upon hire, the successful candidate will be required to complete a nine week pre-service training program that includes a total of 270 hours of competency-based classroom and field training. Additionally, the employee must successfully complete a minimum number of hours of in-service training on an annual basis.
YOUR APPLICATION FOR ANY POSITION DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE DEPARTMENT/AGENCY FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION. ONLY THOSE APPLICANTS INTERVIEWED WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE RESULTS.
Failure to complete any of the above items may result in your application being screened out.
DUE TO THE VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT, WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION OVER THE PHONE.
See instructions for attaching files here: Instructions (Download PDF reader)
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is committed to hiring a diverse workforce. MDHHS Diversity Equity and Inclusion
For further information regarding this posting please contact Susan Bowne at (517) 373-6940 or BowneS@michigan.gov.