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.
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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 position is located in Manistique, MI at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 300 Walnut Street, Courthouse, Rm. 175A, Manistique, MI 49854.
Why Schoolcraft County?
- Schoolcraft County is located in the south-central portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and has an extensive shoreline along Lake Michigan.
- As tourists have known for more than 150 years Manistique, the heart of Schoolcraft County, is a peaceful place where no one rushes and no one rushes you. We welcome you to live in our beautiful area.
- Our Central Park, has a walkway surrounding the limestone quarry, a Bandshell featuring Music in the Park, June to the end of August at 7pm, on Wednesday evenings. The Farmers Market, with our local farmers & crafters, gather together every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm. They are here May to the end of October.
- We have a beautiful boardwalk on the North Lake Michigan shoreline that stretches over two miles. With very easy access from our Marina. Shoreline, sunrises and/or sunsets with serene beauty to capture at your own pace. The Lake Effects Art Gallery & The Antique Mall with the famous Upper Crust Cafe' are also located across the river from our Marina.
- Our specialty small town stores are filled with their own "touch of personality". Everything from Ben Franklin, The Mustard Seed (unique gifts, chocolates,Art work, etc.) to our Nelson Shoe Store & Petique Shop. On US Hwy 2 we have the U.P's largest gift shop "Treasure City"... AMAZING. They are all fun to investigate.
- Other local attractions include Kitch-iti-kipi (Michigan's largest freshwater spring), Indian Lake State Park, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Rainey Wildlife Area, Kewadin Casino and The Hiawatha National Forest.
- Local Events include the Blaney Park Rendezvous Annual Motorcycle Event, The Manistique Trout and Salmon Derby, Halloween at Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse, Nahma Music Festival, and Manistique Folkfest.
- Manistique is 45 miles from Munising, MI; less than 60 miles from Newberry, MI and Escanaba, MI, about 90 miles from Marquette and approximately 120 miles from Sault Ste. Marie, MI and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
- As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,485.
- The median income for a household in the county was $38,367, and the median income for a family was $49,561.
- COST OF LIVING - Compared to the rest of the country, Schoolcraft County's cost of living is 17.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
- There are 4 public schools in Schoolcraft County, Michigan, serving 1,065 students. There are 2 private schools in Schoolcraft County, MI, serving 217 students.
- For more detailed information on all that Schoolcraft County, has to offer, visit http://www.visitmanistique.com/
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.
See instructions for attaching files here:
- 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.
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 Kari Salmi at (906) 228-0745 or SalmiK1@michigan.gov