Full Job Description
This vacancy is in East Baton Rouge Parish.
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 completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.
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.
Preference will be given to those who possess a MSW.
No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.
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 Melissa "Maiello" Kenyon via email at: Melissa.Maiello.DCFS@LA.Gov.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Any of the following will qualify:
1. A baccalaureate degree in social work; psychology; psychiatric nursing; psychiatry; mental health counseling; rehabilitation counseling; psychological counseling; criminal justice; sociology; applied sociology; human services counseling; education with a concentration in special education; family and consumer sciences with a concentration in child, family and social services; guidance and counseling; human development counseling; social services counseling; vocational rehabilitation; or human services plus four years of professional social services experience, three years of which must have been in child welfare.
2. A baccalaureate degree in a non-related field plus five years of professional social services experience, three years of which must have been in child welfare.
3. A master's degree in social work; psychology; psychiatric nursing; psychiatry; mental health counseling; rehabilitation counseling; psychological counseling; criminal justice; sociology; applied sociology; human services counseling; education with a concentration in special education; family and consumer sciences with a concentration in child, family and social services; guidance and counseling; human development counseling; social services counseling; vocational rehabilitation; or human services plus three years of professional child welfare social services experience.
4. A master's degree in a non-related field plus four years of professional social services experience, three years of which must have been in child welfare.
Strong preference will be given to candidates with a Master's degree in social work.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
A valid driver's license and access to a personal vehicle.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
Individuals occupying this job who are subject to state licensing or registration laws administered by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners must possess and keep current the license or registration.
The incumbent of this position must not have been convicted or pled nolo contendere to a crime listed in R.S. 15.587.1 (c).
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.
FUNCTION OF WORK:
To provide consultation and program guidance to managers and other child welfare staff.
LEVEL OF WORK:
Broad from a Child Welfare Manager or equivalent/higher level personnel.
May have functional supervision over staff in assigned program areas.
LOCATION OF WORK:
Department of Children and Family Services.
Differs from Child Welfare Supervisor by the absence of direct supervisory responsibility.
Differs from Child Welfare Manager 1 by the absence of responsibility for managing a field operations unit or a state office section responsible for the administration of child welfare programs.
Examples of Work
EXAMPLES LISTED BELOW INCLUDE BRIEF SAMPLES OF COMMON DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JOB TITLE. PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL TASKS ARE INCLUDED.
STATE OFFICE CONSULTANT FUNCTION
Develops and recommends goals and objectives for specific program area on a statewide basis.
Participates in statewide organizational goal setting and monitoring.
Develops and/or interprets policy issues related to specific major program areas, and participates in program data collection and analysis.
Provides technical assistance and consultation to all staff statewide.
Coordinates programmatic and client services needs with other state and private agencies.
Proposes and analyzes legislation for assessment of operational or programmatic impact, assures implementation of enacted legislation to assure agency compliance, and may testify before legislative committees.
Maintains responsibility for budget planning and monitoring in specific program areas, which may include the coordination of Federal funding, grant applications and management, etc.
Manages professional service contracts on a statewide basis; contracts with multidisciplinary team consultants and assists with problem resolution statewide.
Represents assigned area(s) in department meetings to give input and share in decision-making.
Reviews local office compliance with policy through on-site visits and case record review.
Identifies and reviews training needs of service delivery and staff; participates in training sessions.
Makes presentations to the public about service program and assists with public awareness.
Assures agency compliance with prevention of removal and family preservation effort requirements as mandated by Federal legislation.
Provides ongoing monitoring of program payments and expenditures by reviewing computer and monitoring reports or by collecting and analyzing raw data.
Responsible for developing additional placement resources for children including foster family homes, residential facilities, and adoptive homes.
Responsible for addressing programmatic, operational, and/or client-specific legal issues with staff attorneys, Attorney General, and private attorneys.
May serve as agency representative/liaison to support groups, community, and organizations.
REGIONAL CONSULTANT FUNCTION
Provides case consultation for problem areas/difficult cases and assumes the role of consultant at staffings involving development of case plans designed to maximize the chances of achieving permanency plan goals.
Conducts case reviews and staffings by developing, monitoring, and assessing report findings.
Responsible for program development including identification of policy needs, clarification and/or revisions.
Identifies training needs of local office staff and works in conjunction with the regional trainer in provision of training.
Provides case consultation of local and regional staff when written policy is not available.
REGIONAL PLACEMENT SPECIALIST FUNCTION
Assists staff with hard to place children needing restrictive placement through coordination of service delivery with public and private agencies and other offices.
Monitors bed-caps at residential facilities and approves emergency placements that exceed limitation.
Attends preservation staffings on children who have experienced at least three failed placements.
Provides consultation to restrictive facility staff and therapeutic foster care providers.
Serves as community liaison to community resources in development of programs to meet client needs.
Provides supervision of the Therapeutic Family Care Programs and Restrictive Care facilities.