Full Job Description
The Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an employee eager to support the safe and successful outcomes for children and families. This applicant has a wonderful opportunity to gain significant work experience in a rewarding job with Child Welfare. The applicant would serve as a professional administrative support to the child welfare case worker. Additionally, duties of this position will require contact with children and/or agency clientele. The applicant is not required to have a background in the Child Welfare field but should possess genuine care, compassion and concern for supporting the mission of keeping children safe while helping families become self-sufficient.
Preference may be given to applicants who possess the following skills, abilities and/or characteristics:
Team oriented - willing to work in and support a team of approximately 5 people
Time management and organizational skills
Ability to accept training and constructive direction from authority
Good oral and written communication skills
Schedule flexibility – this position may require some extended hours
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
A valid driver's license and access to a personal vehicle
In accordance with La. R.S. 46:51.2 the department shall conduct a State Central Registry (SCR) check for a potential employee of the department to determine whether or not said individual's name appears on a SCR subsequent to December 31, 2009, and whose duties include: investigations of child abuse or neglect, supervisory or disciplinary authority over children, direct care to a child, or performance of licensing surveys.
In accordance with state laws, selected candidates must pass the following checks before any final job offer will be made: Drug Test, Criminal Background, State Central
This vacancy is located in Calcasieu Parish, La.
This position may be filled as a probational appointment or a job appointment that may last up to 48 months. Job appointments may convert to probational appointments. Also, it may be filled as a detail and promoted within 12 months.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. You must include all relevant education and experience on your official State application.
Applicants qualifying based on college training or receipt of a baccalaureate degree will be required to submit an official college transcript to verify credentials claimed prior to appointment. Please make every effort to attach a copy of your transcript to your application. The transcripts can be added as an attachment to your online application. The selected candidate will be required to submit original documentation upon hire.
Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 8100-Professional Level Exam in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy. If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being considered.
Applicants without current test scores can apply to take the test here.
To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.
DCFS is an "Equal Opportunity Employer" and Louisiana is a "State as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities"
For further information about this vacancy contact Janie Horton via:
A baccalaureate degree.
Six years of full-time work experience in any field may be substituted for the required baccalaureate degree.
Candidates without a baccalaureate degree may combine work experience and college credit to substitute for the baccalaureate degree as follows:
A maximum of 120 semester hours may be combined with experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
30 to 59 semester hours credit will substitute for one year of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
60 to 89 semester hours credit will substitute for two years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
90 to 119 semester hours credit will substitute for three years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
120 or more semester hours credit will substitute for four years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
College credit earned without obtaining a baccalaureate degree may be substituted for a maximum of four years full-time work experience towards the baccalaureate degree. Candidates with 120 or more semester hours of credit, but without a degree, must also have at least two years of full-time work experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
An applicant may be required to possess a valid Louisiana driver's license at time of appointment.
Willingness and ability to handle and carry firearms.
FUNCTION OF WORK:
To assess, evaluate, and provide social services that are administered by the Department of Children and Family Services.
LEVEL OF WORK:
Close from a higher level supervisory or managerial position.
LOCATION OF WORK:
Department of Children and Family Services.
Differs from the Social Services Analyst 2 by the presence of less independence and complexity of work.
Examples of Work
EXAMPLES BELOW ARE A BRIEF SAMPLE OF COMMON DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JOB TITLE. NOT ALL POSSIBLE TASKS ARE INCLUDED.
Under close supervision, the entry level Social Services Analyst learns to perform the following duties:
Interprets and applies complex federal, state and local laws and regulations, program directives, and agency policies and procedures.
Interviews clients/applicants to obtain information, assess employment and educational history, work abilities, and training interests in order to determine the support services needed.
Serves as case manager for assigned caseload by recording findings, recommendations and services provided; completes case record forms and any necessary correspondence in connection with assigned cases.
Explains program to applicants and discusses its rules and procedures, assesses clients' willingness and ability to comply with program mandates, identifies barriers to participation, and selects resources to eliminate barriers.
Monitors program participation to determine compliance and takes appropriate action to ensure that participants fulfill program obligations.
May assist with representing the agency on client appeals and appeal hearings by compiling the Summary of Evidence and other agency documentation.
Performs investigative and enforcement function of child support cases in the areas of intake services, absent parent location, collection of payments, and probation services regarding criminal neglect of family cases.
Assesses financial resources to determine an absent parent's ability to provide support.
Monitors all support payment activity on assigned cases and follows up on delinquent payments.
Prepares and submits appropriate documents for court proceedings and serves as court liaison for the agency in coordination of docket scheduling, affidavit completion, case testimony, judicial reviews, etc
Makes field contact which includes probation supervision, serving of notices, orders, subpoenas, and writs.
May issue warrants and makes arrests.
Adjudicates disability claims filed under the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Program.
Reviews disability applications to determine appropriate sources of medical, psychological, vocational, and social information to document the claimant's disability or non-disability.
Confers with medical professionals on determination of disability and need for medical appliances.
Prepares an assessment to determine the claimant's ability to function by applying a multiple step sequential evaluation process to identify the claimant's capability to perform work activity.
Conducts Claimant Conferences to fully explain the disability process to claimant.
Assesses program eligibility for children placed in the care and/or custody of the Department of Children and Family Services, special needs children who have been adopted and are receiving subsidies, and certain juveniles who are in the custody of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
Reviews court orders and other documents to assure that reasonable efforts were made to prevent children from coming into state custody.