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Protective Services Specialist III

Company: Workplace Alaska
Location: wasilla
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description

This position is open to Alaska Residents only.
Please check our
residency definition to determine if you qualify.

The Department of Health & Social Services, Office of Children's Services (OCS) is
recruiting for a full-time Protective Service Specialist III located in
Wasilla, Alaska.

What you will be doing
The individual in this position is an advanced-level caseworker providing highly skilled services in cases that are complicated by topics such as media reporting or multiple social problems and cultural issues that require incumbents to have a considerable knowledge of the social work practices and principles and client base.

Our organization, mission and culture
The mission of the Office of Children's Services in Alaska is : safe children, strong families, by ensuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of children by strengthening families, engaging communities, and partnering with tribes.

Come and help us meet our goal by following our Guiding Principles, which include :
  • Every child has the right to be safe.
  • Children remain in their home whenever safely possible.
  • Children need lifelong connections to their family, community, and culture.
  • Foster care is temporary, every child deserves a safe and permanent home.
  • Empower young people to succeed.
  • Community partnerships are essential to engaging and supporting families.
  • Tribes and OCS have a respectful government-to-government relationship.

Everything we do is underpinned by our Core Values of Hope, Integrity, Respect and Empathy.

Benefits of joining our team
Your first 12 months in the agency are probationary and considered a training period, with formal and on-the-job training with your supervisor and your colleagues.

Working environment you can expect
The Office of Children's Services, South Central Region in partnership with the Palmer Courts, is excited to announce recruitment for a Protective Services Specialist III (PSS III) position for the Palmer Families with Infants and Toddlers (FIT) Court.

This is an exciting position within the child protection system that will specialize in achieving permanency for Children In Need of Aid (CINA) cases within a one year time frame. The interview committee will be seeking an individual who is capable of balancing strong relational, organizational, court reporting and testimony skills. Candidates who are strength based, solution focused and who believe in a team oriented approach to change are encouraged to apply.

The successful PSS III candidate will provide advanced level case management, coordination of services, and function within the Palmer FIT court team consisting of PSSIII, Tribal representatives, Guardian ad Litem, Assistant Attorney General, Parent's Attorney, Project Coordinator, Judge and identified Service Providers within the Matsu Borough. They will possess superior written and oral communication skills, and will be able to engage team decision making.

For information on the Wasilla community (including schools, hospitals, housing) please review the Alaska Community Profiles .

We are seeking a candidate with the following competencies:
  • Conflict Management: Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
  • Influencing/Negotiating: Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Teaches Others: Helps others learn; identifies training needs; provides constructive reinforcement; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.
  • Teamwork: Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
  • Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.

  • Special Notice:
    Screening for COVID-19 symptoms is required of all staff each workday. All new employees working in the field will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing with negative test results on a monthly basis, or more if travelling. This position requires the use of Personal Protective Equipment, including the ability to pass the respirator fit test. The Department of Health and Social Services complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). All medical inquiries will be job-related, consistent with business necessity, and conducted only after a job offer is made. The Department will not request or require genetic information of an individual or an individual's family member, except as specifically allowed by law.

    Special Note
    • All positions require a valid Alaska driver's license and successful completion of a background investigation, including fingerprinting and a criminal records check.
    • Additionally, while the Division does have vehicles assigned to it, they may not always be available for staff use. Mileage reimbursement is available when a personal vehicle is used for work-related matters. Current automotive insurance must be in place prior to use of a personal vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the State.
    • Relocation reimbursement costs may be provided by the State of Alaska
    • For positions in this job class, a child protective history check will be performed per AS 12.62.160 and/or 13 AAC 68.315 including a background and fingerprint check.
    • The successful candidate may be required to attend multiple training courses normally located in Anchorage.

    A cover letter is NOT required for this position. Your complete application, including supplemental questions, will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

    To view the general description and example of duties for a Protective Services Specialist III please go to the following link: classspecs

    Minimum Qualifications
    Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the applicant with competencies in
    • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving: Uses a logical, systematic, and sequential approach to address problems or opportunities or manage a situation by drawing on one's knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary.
    • Customer Service:(***) Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
    • Integrity/Honesty:(***) Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
    • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
    • Oral Communication:(***) Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
    • Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
    • Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.
    equivalent to those typically gained by
    Training in a social science, behavioral science, health science, guidance and counseling, or a closely related field and/or progressively responsible professional experience providing assistance, information or referrals to the general public related to social services, health care, or legal services; in child, adult, family, or group case management, licensing, or probation services; or providing care or services to delinquent juveniles.

    "Typically gained by" means the prevalent, usual method of gaining the competencies expected for entry into the job.

    "Training" and "education" in this guidance are synonyms for the process of acquiring knowledge and skills through instruction. It includes instruction through formal and informal methods (such as classroom, on-line, self-study, and on-the-job), from accredited and unaccredited sources, and long-duration (such as a post-secondary degree) and short-duration (such as a seminar) programs.

    "Progressively responsible" means indicating growth and/or advancement in complexity, difficulty, or level of responsibility.

    "Professional experience" means work that is creative, analytical, evaluative, and interpretive; requires a range and depth of specialized knowledge of the profession's principles, concepts, theories, and practices; and is performed with the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment.

    Special Note:
    Some positions require a valid Alaska driver's license and/or a background investigation including fingerprinting. These requirements will be indicated at the time of recruitment.
    Additional Required Information
    At time of interview applicant must submit :
    • A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial are acceptable but must include the institution name/URL on documents provided) if required to meet minimum qualifications.
    • A list of three (3) professional* references including daytime telephone numbers and email address; at least two (2) of these must be from a current or former supervisor.
      • Professional is defined as a supervisor or an individual who has direct knowledge of your work performance.

    Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.

    For your application to be evaluated you must answer the Supplemental Questions. Be specific in your answers and tell us how you acquired the relevant experience. Please use complete sentences and proof-read your submissions when answering the supplemental questions. Your responses will be considered a writing sample and will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process.

    To verify education being used to meet the required minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials being used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application, provided at the time of interview or if not provided, transcripts will be required prior to appointment.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.

    When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application. If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment. A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying.

    If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level. Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position. This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.

    NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

    The State of Alaska does not provide VISA Employer sponsorships.

    RECRUITMENT SCOPEThis position is open to Alaska Residents only. Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify.

    This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

    You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here:

    Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the '' domains. For information on allowing emails from the '' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at .

    The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

    Contact Information
    Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to

    For applicant password assistance please visit:

    For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:

    Name: Broyline Ligow, Administrative Assistant II
    (907) 352-8993
    (907) 357-9763

    Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits

    The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.

    For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits . (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)

    Insurance Benefits
    • Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental
      • The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See for additional information.
        • AVTEC
        • Confidential
        • Correctional Officers
        • Marine Engineers
        • Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
        • Supervisory
        • Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union
        • Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)
  • The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.
    • General Government
    • Labor, Trades and Crafts
    • Public Safety Employees Association
    • Masters, Mates & Pilots
  • Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)

  • Optional Insurance Benefits
    • Group-based insurance premiums for
      • Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
      • Long-term and short-term disability
      • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
      • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
      • Supplemental Survivor Benefits
  • Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses

  • Retirement Benefits
    • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)
    • Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)
    • Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)
    • Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security
    • Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program
    • Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options

    See for additional information

    Paid Leave & Other Benefits
    • Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
    • Eleven paid holidays a year
    • Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.

    See for additional information


    I acknowledge I understand the education and/or experience being used to meet the minimum qualifications for this position must be adequately documented in this application in order to be considered.
    • I acknowledge and I understand this requirement


    (Conflict Management) Describe a situation where you were involved in a conflict that led to a negative outcome, how you handled it, and what you learned from the experience. (Experience must be supported in your application)


    (Influencing/Negotiating) Describe an occasion where you had to use your negotiation skills to bring about a resolution that was in everyone's best interest? (Experience must be supported in your application)


    (Teaches Others) Describe a time when you mentored a coworker successfully (Experience must be supported in your application)


    (Teamwork) Describe a time when you had difficultly working with a manager or other team members. How did you deal with the situation? What was the outcome? (Experience must be supported in your application)


    (Self-Management) Describe a situation when you couldn't get everything done that you had planned? How did you handle it? (Experience must be supported in your application)


    How/where did you first hear about this job opportunity?
    • Google
    • Linkedin
    • Facebook
    • Workplace Alaska
    • NASW
    • Friend
    • Current OCS Employee
    • Other

    Required Question

    Agency State of Alaska

    Address PO Box 110201

    Juneau, Alaska, 99811

    Phone (800) 587-0430 (Statewide toll-free number)
    (907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)


Keywords: Workplace Alaska, Anchorage , Protective Services Specialist III, Other , wasilla, Alaska

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