STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B17

Class No. 5026

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES SPECIALIST IV

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs highly complex (senior-level) child protective services work. Work involves investigating and analyzing protective services problems and taking corrective action for children. May supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Conducts specialized investigations of the alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation of children; investigates emergency situations; and takes corrective action.

Investigates complaints alleging illegal child care and of standards violations in licensed and registered child care facilities, and documents finding of investigations.

Reviews referrals and makes case assignments.

Instructs staff on procedures and case documentation techniques.

Develops community resources to serve the needs of clients and participates in community awareness activities.

Develops individualized service plans to meet the needs of a protective services client.

Participates in developing policies, procedures, and standards.

Gathers and interprets statistics; and prepares reports on statistics, protective services, and activities.

Testifies in court.

May approve the movement of children into or out of placement.

May supervise the work of others.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Experience in social work. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in social work, counseling, early childhood education, psychology, criminal justice, elementary or secondary education, or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the laws and regulations related to child care, abuse, and neglect; of child development principles and theories; of community social services resources; of the laws and regulations related to child protective services; and of crisis intervention techniques.

Skill in interviewing.

Ability to conduct investigations, to develop client programs, to evaluate living conditions, to prepare reports, to testify in court, to develop community resources, to communicate effectively, and to supervise the work of others.


State Auditor’s Office

Revised 9-1-17