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 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. **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? _ 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, 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. OR 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.
Position Job Specification
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 Grand Rapids at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at 121 Franklin Street, S.E., Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Why Kent County?
Kent County is a diverse location that offers:
- A population according to the US Census (2015) of: 636,369
- A Median Household Income (2014) of: $52,716
- Entertainment in minor league professional sports such as the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Grand Rapids Griffins, and the Grand Rapids Drive.
- Historical, cultural and educational places to visit such as the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts
- Venues such as the VanAndel Arena and DeVos Hall
- 42 properties and trails offering picnicking, swimming, hiking, cross-country skiing, and a four star golf course
- At least 22 farmer's markets, local orchards, cider mills, and wineries
- Entertainment such as Artfest, Laughfest, Tulip Time, Experience Pink, Cool Brews, Hot Eats, Meijer LPGA Classic, and the State Games of Michigan.
- Nationally renowned hot spot for high quality micro breweries, including Founder's Brewing Co., and Grand Rapids Brewing Co.
- Attractions and events suitable for all ages such as ArtPrize, Higher Ground Rock Climbing Center, Frederik Meijer Garden's & Sculpture Park, Lamar Park & Splashpad, AJ's Family Fun Center, Ball Park Zoo, Craig's Cruiser's and much more!
- Diverse, high quality, lower priced eateries, often locally sourced
- Short distance to Lake Michigan and its beaches, dunes, lakeside communities, fishing and boating.
- For more information on Kent County, please visit: http://www.experiencegr.com/ or https://www.accesskent.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 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 indi