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Job Title:  CHILD SAFETY SPECIALIST 
Agency:  DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SAFETY 
Job Reference ID:  56474 
Category:  SOCIAL AND HUMAN SERVICES 
Grade:  16 
Posted Date:  06/03/2020 
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Job Description



Arizona Department of Child Safety

A New Beginning for Arizona’s Children

DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SAFETY SPECIALIST

Northeast

1600 E. Woolford Rd

Show Low, AZ, 85901

https://dcs.az.gov

OUR VISION AND MISSION

Our Vision is to ensure Children thrive in family environments free from abuse and neglect.

Our Mission is to successfully engage children and families to ensure safety, strengthen families, and achieve permanency.

WHAT DOES A CHILD SAFETY SPECIALIST DO?

The job functions of a DCS Specialist include, but are not limited to, the following:

-          Assessing child safety and risk.

-          Conducting interviews and gathering information.

-          Making in-and-out of home contacts with families and children.

-          Attending Court hearings.

-          Preparing case plans and conducting case plan staffing.

-          Authoring professional reports and filling-out documentation.

-          Coordinating and monitoring services.

-          Placing children, transporting children, and moving a child’s possessions when needed.

-          Managing cases throughout the respective county and assigned area.

-          Using a computer and the Department’s Child Welfare Software Programs.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHILD SAFETY SPECIALIST?

Currently there are two different types of DCS Specialist: Investigative Specialists and Ongoing Specialists.

Investigative Specialist:

-          Investigate claims of child abuse and neglect and document all information assessed.

-          Interview and gather information in order to assess the family, in order to determine if abuse or neglect claim is substantiated.

-          Respond to crisis situations and explore options of child removal if warranted.

-          Explore placement options such as foster homes, kinship homes, or group homes when a child is removed.

Ongoing Specialist:

-          Assist families in achieving permanency through reunification, guardianship, adoption, or the Young Adult Program.

-          Assess and facilitate services to assist families in making changes to protect and ensure their children’s safety.

-          Help families engage with community partners and contracted agencies to assist in achieving safety for their children.

-          Organize Child and Family Team (CFT) meetings to ensure all participants are aligned on the goal of helping the children.

-          Continuously document client activity to ensure accuracy and consistency.

* Please note, new employees may be placed in an Investigation’s or Ongoing unit at time of hire depending on region needs.

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS?

Applicants must have a Bachelor's or Master's Degree from an accredited college or university, OR have five (5) years of experience as a DCS Case Aide, and:

-          Successfully pass a writing exam and an oral interview.

-          Successfully clear background and employment reference checks.

-          Obtain a Department of Public Safety Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card.

-          Have a valid Arizona driver license and clear a three (3) year Motor Vehicle Report check.

Additional Considerations:

-          In-state travel is required. Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver license record checks, required to maintain acceptable driving records and complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

-          Employees may be required to use their own transportation, as well as maintain valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration.  Mileage will be reimbursed when this occurs.

-          As a condition of employment, employees will be required to obtain and maintain a CPR certification while employed as a DCS Specialist.

IS THERE TRAINING AVAILABLE?

Yes, during the first 22 weeks of employment you will be classified as a DCS Specialist Trainee, and will be in training full time.

-          Your training will be a mix of classroom and on-the-job training.

-          Classroom training will take place at our Downtown Phoenix, Learning and Development facility.

-          Hotel accommodations will be paid for, and staff will be reimbursed at the State rate for meals and mileage, if eligible.

-          The on-the-job training will require you to report to a regional field office location.

-          It is important that staff complete the required training uninterrupted and as scheduled to ensure successful completion of the Learning and Development training tracks, region-specific trainings, and acquisition of a CPR certification.

WHAT IS THE PAY?

The DCS Specialist has a step pay schedule that complies with the following:

 

Job Title

Pay Grade

Salary

DCS Specialist Trainee* (22 weeks of Training)

16

$16.81 hourly /

$34,978.11 annually

DCS Specialist – Step 1 (Promotion after successful completion as a DCS Specialist Trainee)

18

$18.58 hourly /

$38,665.12 annually

DCS Specialist – Step 2 (Completion of 1 year and meeting expectations)

18

$20.51 hourly /

$42,673.07 annually

DCS Specialist – Step 3 (Completion of 3 years and meeting expectations)

18

$22.56 hourly /

$46,940.19 annually

*Applicants possessing previous experience as a DCS Specialist with the Arizona Department of Child Safety, may be placed at higher salary as determined by Human Resources.

ARE THERE CAREER ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES?

Once an employee attains the foundations and experience as a DCS Specialist, there are a wealth of career growth opportunities within the Department of Child Safety.

DCS Program Specialist Career Track:

-          As a DCS Program Specialist, employees can follow numerous specialized disciplines to include Team Decision Making Facilitation and Quality Assurance for our Child Abuse Hotline.

Management Career Track:

-          For those employees who wish to join our Leadership Team, there is a progression to DCS Program Supervisor, DCS Program Manager, and DCS Program Administrator.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

As an employee of the Department of Child Safety you will be entitled to a comprehensive benefits package that can become effective as soon as two weeks after starting!

Benefits include:

-          Paid sick leave.

-          Paid vacation that includes ten (10) holidays per year.

-          Competitive health and dental insurance plans.

-          Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.

We also offer optional employee benefits that include:

-          Vision coverage.

-          Short-term disability insurance.

-          Deferred compensation plans.

-          Supplemental life insurance.

-          Employee wellness plans.

IS THERE A RETIREMENT PLAN?

All DCS Specialist positions participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).

-          Enrollment eligibility becomes effective after 27 weeks of employment.

-          ASRS is a defined benefit plan which means at retirement you are guaranteed a lifetime benefit that does not run out and can never be reduced!

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

Choosing a career as a DCS Specialist can be challenging, but ultimately very rewarding. Below are a few keys to success:       

-          Some cases can be rough, stressful, and emotional, so it’s important remember that “training prepares you and teamwork sustains you.”

-          Maintain a balance of objectivity and empathy for the families and children you are assigned to.

-          Keep your case records organized.

-          Ensure your communications are clear and consistent.

-          Prepare yourself for a dynamic working environment, which may require you to adapt to changes frequently.

-          Practice patience.

-          Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT?

You can review the video link below to learn more about the role and responsibilities of a DCS Specialist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQDOvSHfk_Y&feature=emb_logo

 

You can also visit the Arizona Department of Child Safety’s, Career Opportunities page for more information: https://dcs.az.gov/careers/career-opportunities

 

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-255-2903. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

 

 

 
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