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Protective Services Specialist IV

Company: Workplace Alaska
Location: Anchorage
Posted on: August 17, 2019

Job Description:

Save Education - Bachelor's Degree Skills - Crisis Management - Child Welfare - Leadership Experience - Social Work - Supervising Experience This position is open to Alaska Residents only. Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify. The Office of Children's Services is recruiting for an Initial Assessment, Protective Services Specialist IV Supervisory position in the Anchorage Regional Office. The Alaska Office of Children's Services is contributing every day to the protection, health and well-being of Alaskans and their families - If you are interested in joining us in our mission, please take a moment to view our recruitment video and also visit our website. Then review the Key Responsibilities, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for the position and today! Distinguishing Characteristics: In this position, the Protective Services Specialist IV will be responsible for direct oversight and supervision of their unit members to ensure compliance with State policies, procedures and Federal requirements. The PSS IV will function effectively in a very demanding, fast-paced environment that often requires reprioritization of tasks. The PSS IV will demonstrate the ability to work well under pressure and will have strong crisis management skills. The PSS IV will understand and adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and will conduct themselves in a culturally sensitive, respectful and professional manner at all time. The PSS IV is expected to demonstrate professionalism at all times and this includes refraining from using curse words in the office. The PSS IV must see the value in the OCS Practice Model, demonstrate expertise in the application of the Practice Model, and demonstrate the ability to hold their unit members accountable for adhering to the Practice Model. The PSS IV must understand how enhancement of diminished protective factors serves to strengthen families and must be able to coach their teams to operate from a Strengthening Families perspective. The PSS IV will have a thorough understanding of the Initial Assessment process, procedures and protocols and must be willing and able to hold their team members accountable for meeting Initial Assessment expectations. The PSS IV in this position will be responsible for coaching unit members on how to use the Practice Model to gather, process and organize information to make informed decisions that directly impact child safety. Using the competency based evaluation, the PSS IV will be expected to evaluate the performance of their unit members, provide coaching and feedback to them via weekly supervision and unit meetings, set performance goals and when necessary take disciplinary action. The PSS IV will demonstrate that they have the ability to think critically and the ability to develop critical thinking skills within their unit. The PSS IV will demonstrate emotional intelligence. The PSS IV must have self-awareness, social awareness and the ability to manage themselves and other professional relationships in a respectful and professional manner. The PSS IV will have an understanding of trauma informed practice and will ensure that their unit has a working knowledge of how trauma impacts the children and families that OCS works with. The PSS IV will be required to actively engage in the recruitment and retention of employees by participating on interview panels, attending job fairs and participating on workgroups about recruitment and retention. The PSS IV will understand what Trauma Stewardship is and how our collective work in child protection exposes us to our own trauma. The PSS IV will support their own self-care and will endorse the self-care of their unit members. Examples of Duties: Independently or as member of a hiring team, interview applicants; take action or effectively recommend appointments, promotions, transfers; direct and evaluate the work of subordinates, prepare performance evaluations. Investigate allegations of employee misconduct, take or effectively recommend disciplinary actions. Organize and direct the social service programs in rural or urban social services offices. Provide supervision and in-service training for staff; plan workloads and assign cases. Develop and team building and leadership skills; model appropriate behavior during interactions with clients and the community. Organize, develop, and coordinate regional resources to provide licensing and to maintain controls in foster care, day care, adoption, and institutional programs. Participate in public education programs on established and needed care facilities. Represent the agency in child protection court proceedings. Collaborate with the Assistant Attorney General's office for trial preparation. Collaborate with Tribal partners to improve compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act, reduce disproportionality and ensure culturally relevant services. Work with advisory committees to develop and recommend policies and procedures to program management. Organize or attend conferences and workshops with members of social work and allied professions on standards of specialty. Exercise initiative in identifying need for services and assist in research and development of resources to meet such needs. Establish and maintain effective public relations and working relationships with Tribal entities, local and private agencies and with related federal agencies. Prepare records and reports. May be assigned special projects, to serve on a task force or other related duties. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, and legal aspects of social work. Considerable knowledge of the techniques and practices of casework management. Considerable knowledge of the dynamics of human behavior. Considerable knowledge of current economic, social and psychological theories and their application to social work problems relating to particular geographic or subject areas. Considerable knowledge of community, federal and other state resources. Working knowledge of methods and practices of client supervision, administration, and consultation. Considerable knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act, Tribal entities in Alaska and Alaska Native resources. Considerable knowledge, understanding, and ability to respond to the effects of all types of trauma and instruct others in Trauma Informed Care. Skill in using computers and program databases to document casework and prepare reports and correspondence. Skill in communicating effectively with others, verbally and in writing. Ability to instruct and supervise subordinates. Ability to evaluate safety plans and case plans. Ability to analyze administrative problems and take appropriate action. Ability to maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of the work. Ability to participate effectively in conferences and interviews. Ability to use data in decision making and in prioritizing work. Ability to function with a high degree of independence. Ability to triage and prioritize the multiple, competing priorities you will be faced with every day. Prior to submitting your application, you will need to review the below links which will provide you information on Children's Services in Alaska, as well as Alaska Community Profiles. Then if you are interested in working together with us toward the ultimate goal of 'Safe Children, Strong Families,' then for the position today. Office of Children's Services website Office of Children's Services Practice Model Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and Tribal Partnerships Alaska Office of Children's Services Realistic Job Profile Video University of Alaska, Child Welfare Academy Please read through this entire recruitment carefully! All positions require a valid Alaska driver's license and successful completion of a background investigation, including fingerprinting and a criminal records check. The successful candidate will rotate with other staff to provide after-hours emergency on-call responses to alleged child abuse and neglect situations. Relocation reimbursement may be considered by the State of Alaska for this job to the above location. Please inquire at the time of job offering. 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. The successful candidate will be required to attend multiple training courses in Anchorage. If you feel you embody the strengths and abilities to complete these duties, then we want to hear from you! To view the general description and example duties for a Protective Services Specialist IV please go to the following link: ***************************************************************************************************************** & pagetype=classSpecifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a major in a social, behavioral or health science, law or a related field; AND EITHER One year of advanced-level professional experience in child, adult, family, or group social work. This is met by experience as a Protective Services Specialist III with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent elsewhere. OR Three years of full-proficiency level professional experience in child, adult, family, or group social work or licensing experience where the required experience is met by service as a Protective Services Specialist II or Community Care Licensing Specialist I with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent elsewhere; OR Two years of advanced/lead and/or supervisory level experience in child, adult, family, or group case management and/or probation work. This may be met by any combination of experience as an Adult Probation Officer III, Juvenile Probation Officer III or Investigator III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere; OR Three years of full proficiency experience in child, adult, family, or group case management and/or probation work. This may be met by any combination of experience as an Adult Probation Officer II, Adult Probation Officer II ASAP, Juvenile Probation Officer II or Investigator II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere. Substitution: Four years of any combination of postsecondary education (3 semester/ 4 quarter hours equal 1 month of experience) in a social, behavioral or health science, law or a related field and/or technical experience (at any level) providing assistance, information or referrals to the public related to social services, health care or legal services may substitute for the bachelor's degree. 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. ITIONAL REQUIRED INFORMATION: At time of application, applicant must attach the following items as separate documents (If unable to attach please fax or email the contact listed below): Cover Letter - please read the below information carefully for cover letter requirements. A copy of academic transcripts, if education is used to meet the minimum qualifications for this job class. A list of three (3) professional references including daytime telephone numbers and email ress; at least two (2) of these must be from a current or former supervisor. At the time of interview applicant must submit: Copy of your two (2) most recent performance appraisals; if unavailable, two (2) documented supervisor letters of reference may be substituted. Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission. COVER LETTER A cover letter is required. The cover letter must describe your knowledge, skills, abilities, as they pertain to the job description listed above. Please attach the cover letter as a separate document to your application beforeing online. If unable to attach to your application, email or fax the cover letter to the contact number provided in the job posting prior to the closing date of this recruitment. Your cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process. Omission of any required documentation will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration. The PSS IV must be able to recognize and strategically ensure compliance with program priorities while balancing the day-to-day supervision of a diverse team of child protection workers. Please describe, if offered this position, how you would ensure skilled, competent delivery of these requirements within the first year. EDUCATION 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/when requested prior to scheduling an interview. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION 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 whening. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration. WORK EXPERIENCE 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 areing. 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 SCOPE This position is open to Alaska Residents only. Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify. MULTIPLE VACANCIES 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 to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies. APPLICATION NOTICE You can ONLY 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. Instructions on how to with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska 'How to' webpage, found here: *********************************************** NOTICE Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at ************ (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email ress 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 ********************************************** & topheader=alaska. EEO STATEMENT 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-************ in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-************ or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box ******, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer. CONTACT INFORMATION: WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-************ (toll free) or ************** if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to *******************************. For applicant password assistance please visit: *********************************************** & topheader=alaska For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at: Name: Britt Pederson Phone: ************** Fax: ************** Email: *************************

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