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Services Specialist 9/10/P11 Clare County (Case Manager/ Investigator)

Job Description
This is an immediate vacancy and all qualified Applicants are encouraged to apply
Michigan Families need your help ......
JOB SUMMARY:
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
View the Job Specification
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
_Education_
Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in one of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology, criminal justice or human services.
_Experience_
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 Harrison, Michigan at the Clare County Department of Health and Human Services, 725 Richard Drive, Harrison, MI 48625.
_Why_ _ Clare County?_
Located a little northeast of the middle of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Clare County was originally named 'Kaykekee', after an Indian Chief; in 1843, Irish immigrants renamed the county to 'Clare' in honor of their homeland. Today, the county serves as a paradise for sportsman and fisherman, with the many lakes, streams and woods that are ripe with fish and game. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average median income in 2010 was $40,983, and the county is home to around 30,926 people.
Clare County claims to be the point "Where the North Begins", as it greets many travelers on their way to the northern part of the state. With year round recreational activities and their 4-day Irish Festival in March, the county has much to offer to those interested in taking advantage of the area, as illustrated in their yearly Vacation and Business Guide that can be found at http://www.clarecounty.net/.
For educational and job training opportunities, the Clare-Gladwin Region Education Service District provides support and programs across the county. The Mid Michigan Community College provides courses and opportunities for continuing education and professional development.
To learn more about the history, services and area attractions in Clare County, visit their site at http://clareco.net/.
PLEASE READ THROUGH THIS CAREFULLY , T o 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._
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
For further information regarding this posting please contact Amy Solak at (231) 933-6726 or SolakA@Michigan.gov.
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Salary: $1,552.80 - $2,399.20 Biweekly
Location: Harrison, MI
Job Type: Permanent Full Time
Department: Health and Human Services - Counties
Job Number: SS - Clare
Closing: Continuous
Bargaining Unit: UNITED AUTO WORKERS (UAW)
Agency: State of Michigan
Address: 400 South Pine Street Lansing, Michigan, 48909
Phone: (800) 788-1766
Website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan


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