This is an immediate vacancy and all qualified Applicants are encouraged to apply
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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.
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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.
This posting is for both Gratiot and Shiawassee Counties.
If you have applied to the individual county postings, you will need to reapply to the combined posting.
The Gratiot county office is located in Ithaca, MI, MI at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 201 Commerce Drive, Ithaca, MI 48847.
The Shiawassee County Office is located in Owosso, MI at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 1720 East Main, Owosso, MI 48867
Why Gratiot County?
Gratiot County boasts small town charm and rural beauty and is a place where folks get to know their neighbors. At a population of 42,476 (according to the 2010 US Census), and the median income for a household in the county was $37,262. Gratiot County maintains a small but stable community.
Gratiot County encompasses the geographical center of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and is blessed with a heritage of abundant natural resources.
Agriculture remains a key component of Gratiot's economy; in fact, almost 80% of land in Gratiot County is in farms. The rich, fertile soils of Gratiot County produce a bounty of corn, wheat, sugar beets, dry beans, soybeans and forages that is matched by a diverse livestock component of beef cattle, dairy, swine and poultry farms. Gratiot County is home to very progressive commercial agriculture operations that use the latest technology and best production practices to take the lead on being environmentally sound and community minded. In addition to strong commercial agriculture, Gratiot County is also home to several certified organic operations. Gratiot County also has a number of agribusinesses that support local communities and the economy of Gratiot county.
A new type of farm is also taking advantage of Gratiot's bountiful landscape-wind farms. The county is now home to two wind farms for a total of 188 wind turbines! Wind development has provided numerous benefits including a $330 million increase to Gratiot's tax base and in additional $10.37 million in tax revenue since 2012.
Throughout the county, there are various outdoor recreational opportunities provided by the Pine and Maple rivers, three state game areas, bicycle rail trails, a canoe trail and multiple county and private parks offering camping, swimming and hiking excursions. The cities and villages in Gratiot County all offer attractive downtown areas with a variety of dining options and unique shopping experiences. A number of festivals and events are held year round in the downtown areas. Additionally, Alma College's recreational and cultural programs are widely enjoyed by the community.
Gratiot's diverse and stable economy is balanced among business, industry, healthcare and education. Gratiot County is strategically positioned to advance in the future due to its collaborative nature; local governments, business & industry leaders, citizens and community partners such as Alma College, Masonic Pathways and MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot (part of the University of Michigan Health System) will continue to work together to make Gratiot County a great place to live, work and play for years to come.
Why Shiawassee County?
- As of the 2010 census, the population was 70,648 in Shiawassee County and the median income for a household in the county was $46,528.
- Shiawassee County is home to Baker College of Owosso. As you enter the Swiss-chalet-style buildings on the Baker College of Owosso campus, you'll discover a high-quality learning environment. Whether you commute or live on campus, you'll appreciate our strong sense of community, and the many opportunities to develop and deepen your knowledge and skills.
- Shiawassee County has eight school districts: Byron, Corunna, Durand, Laingsburg, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, and Perry and five private schools: Laingsburg Christian School, Owosso SDA School, Salem Lutheran School, Spring Vale Academy, and St. Paul School.
- The charming and well-loved, encompassing small towns and villages, Shiawassee County has many treasures awaiting your discovery. Enjoy unique shopping and feel the excitement of our activities and festivals at our fairgrounds, parks and downtowns. Explore scenic biking and walking trails or just sit back and throw out a fishing line along the Shiawassee River. Partake in the multitude of arts and entertainment offerings at our arts center and outdoor summer concerts, or take in a play by the Owosso Community Players. Visit Curwood Castle, tour historic homes, and continue back in time as you visit museums and a historical village. Visit our historic Durand Depot and learn about our proud railroad heritage. Only in Shiawassee County can you see a 220 ton steam locomotive brought back to life at the Steam Railroading Institute. Pause for a bite to eat at one of our many fine restaurants and when your day is complete, stay in one of the comfortable accommodations found throughout the county.
- For other attractions or for places to tour, Shiawassee County has many places to offer! Centrally located in the heart of Michigan, traveling here is convenient and you'll be amazed at all there is to do. We are proud to be home to the world famous Steam Engine Pere Marquette 1225, known all around the world as the real "Polar Express." Other popular attractions include a Historic Village, Train Depot, Castle, Art Center, a Museum with the largest sleigh and carriage collection in the midwest, a historic Performing Arts Theater, historic homes and barns, unique downtowns and miles and miles of biking and walking trails.
- Shiawassee County is home to exciting annual festivals and events which are great for the whole family! See some of the areas featured events are Durand Railroad Days, Laingsburg Lions Springtime festival, North Pole Express, Oktoberfest in Owosso, Christmas at the Depot, Made in Owosso and Artwalk Owosso.
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.
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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 Deb Hahnenberg at HahnenbergD@Michigan.gov