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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Child Protection Worker in West Union, Iowa

Child Protection Worker

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Child Protection Worker

Salary

$50,731.20 - $76,502.40 Annually

Location

West Union - 52175 - Fayette County, IA

Job Type

Full-time

Job Number

24-03889

Agency

402 Health & Human Services - Community Services Area

Division

HHS - Eastern Service Area

Opening Date

05/14/2024

Closing Date

5/27/2024 11:59 PM Central

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Point of Contact

nuthoff@dhs.state.ia.us

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Job Description

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Family Well-Being and Protection Division, is seeking a Child Protection Worker (Social Worker 3) to conduct assessments of allegations of abuse or neglect of vulnerable children in the Eastern Service area in Fayette County – West Union, IA. These vital frontline positions require multi-tasking and the ability to gather physical and documentary evidence and analyze information with accuracy and efficiency to assist in protecting the most vulnerable Iowans.

Summary:

This is a full-time opportunity, Monday – Friday with typical hours being from 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM with overtime as needed including nights, weekends, and holiday on-call rotation. Telework may be an option for this position if requested by the employee and approved by management, subsequent successful completion of a training period. Mileage is paid at $0.50/mile travelled according to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) State Accounting Enterprise Procedures. A valid driver’s license is required.

Core Essential Functions:

  • Assess the ongoing risk to children and dependent adults, develop safety plans, assess the strengths, and needs of the child and family, and make recommendations to various county attorneys and courts.

  • Frequent interaction with law enforcement, medical/mental health community partners, schools, etc.

  • This position requires the ability to apply Iowa Code, agency policy, and sound professional judgment to highly complex situations involving crises and or chronic abuse or neglect.

  • All cases assigned to persons in this position require home visits, detailed interviews, and thorough narrative documentation.

  • Troubleshoots problematic situations to find innovative solutions to present to administration and the supervisor. Confronts crisis situations and high stress situations in a calm and orderly manner maintaining confidential information as required by the agency and assuring safety is a top priority for all in the office.

  • Obtain information from a wide variety of sources, including written materials, telephone conversations and through computer databases and to be able to read and interpret the data.

  • Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain reasonable facts, data, or other information that analyzes information and correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.

  • Interacts in a team environment to manage group processes, facilitates, and encourages cooperation pride, trust, and group identity, fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

  • Within an office environment, provides Division support to large segment of agency through managing internal and external requests for information and legislative reviews requiring comprehension of request, independent judgment to assign and adherence to agency formatting of timely response or communication. Interact with employees and customers in a positive customer service manner to resolve problems and answer customer inquiries. Customer contacts may include correspondence, telephone, or walk-ins to the local office.

  • This position will be required to work or be on standby during nights and weekends on a rotational basis.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong observational and analytical skills, as well the ability to respectfully engage families as partners in planning for safety and establish a working relationship with families.

  • Excellent judgment and communication skills and the ability to provide good written documentation in a timely manner.

  • The ability to develop case plans, use critical thinking skills, prioritize work and work under pressure.

  • The ability to use independent judgement to make sound decisions, demonstrate integrity and confidentiality and a strong work ethic.

  • The ability to speak more than one language. Please list any additional languages you speak in your application.

How to Apply:

For help creating a profile or entering your information, please go to the onlineEmployment Application Guide (https://www.governmentjobs.com/Home/ApplicationGuide) . Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

We have a great total compensation package for all our full-time employees, including:

  • Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS) (Employee contributes 6.29%/State of Iowa contributes 9.44%)

  • Retirement Investors Club (RIC) (Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan) (State of Iowa matches up to $75/month)

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance (See below for more details)

  • Vacation Leave (96 hours/year)

  • Sick Leave (144 hours/year)

  • Paid Holidays (9 days/year)

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Life Insurance ($20,000 paid for by the State of Iowa)

  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

For additional information on benefits click here (https://das.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/hr/benefits/documents/Bene%40Glance/2023_Benefits%40Glance.pdf) (Download PDF reader). Our Benefits at a Glance (https://das.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/hr/benefits/documents/Benefits_at_a_Glance.pdf) (Download PDF reader)outlines the amazing benefits for this position.

The State of Iowa is an EEO/AA Employer

HHS values those with “lived experience” and encourages foster youth, foster parents, and/or parents who were in the DHS (HHS) system to apply. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply (Hearing and Speech Impaired – Relay Iowa 1-800-735-2942 TDD).

Our agency uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visitwww.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree and the equivalent of three years of full-time experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency;

OR

graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in social work and the equivalent of two years of full-time experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency;

OR

a Master's degree in social work from an accredited college or university;

OR

an equivalent combination of graduate education in the social or behavioral sciences from an accredited college or university and qualifying experience up to a maximum of thirty semester hours for one year of the required experience;

OR

employees withcurrentcontinuous experience in the state executive branch that includes the equivalent of one year of full-time experience as a Social Worker 2 shall be considered as qualified.

For additional information, please click on thislink to view the job description (https://das.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/hr/documents/class_and_pay/JobClassDescriptions/SocialWorker3-03016-23016.pdf) .

Additional Qualification Requirements

For designated positions in case management, the appointing authority may request those applicants possessing a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major or at least 30 semester hours or its equivalent in the behavioral sciences, education, health care, human services administration, or social sciences and the equivalent of 12 months of full-time experience in the delivery of human services in the combination of: chronic mental illness, developmental disabilities, and intellectual disabilities as a Targeted (Medicaid) Case Manager;

OR

an Iowa license to practice as a registered nurse and the equivalent of three years of full-time nursing or human services experience with the above population groups.

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Enjoy a competitive salary that reflects directly on your skills and expertise.

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Health and Wellness:

Prioritize your well-being with our comprehensive health plans, including medical, dental, and vision coverage. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that the State of Iowa covers 90% of the premiums, providing you and your loved ones with excellent coverage at a remarkably low cost.

Retirement Planning:

We are proud to offer the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS). A defined benefit plan, IPERS benefits are guaranteed for life, meaning once you retire, you will receive the same monthly benefit for the remainder of your life (once vested). We invest in your long-term financial well-being, so you can retire with peace of mind.Click here to learn more about IPERS (https://ipers.org/members) .

Paid Time Off:

Life is unpredictable, and at the State of Iowa, we understand the importance of work-life balance. Our leave policies, including paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave with unlimited accrual, ensure you have the flexibility you need for personal and family matters.

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Elevate your career with continuous learning opportunities. We support your growth through training programs, workshops, and tuition reimbursement.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP):

We care about your well-being beyond the workplace. Access confidential counseling, resources, and support through our Employee Assistance Program.

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Have you filed a registration statement pursuant to the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. §611 et seq?

  • No - I have NOT filed a registration statement pursuant to the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. §611 et seq

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    Have you COMPLETED a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university?IF YES- How many years of full-time work experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency do you have?

  • Not applicable - I have not COMPLETED a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university

  • No experience to less than one year of work experience in the identified areas

  • One year to less than two years of work experience in the identified areas

  • Two years to less than three years of work experience in the identified areas

  • Three years or more of work experience in the identified areas

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    Have you COMPLETED a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university?IF YES- How many years of full-time experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency do you have?

  • No experience to less than one year of work experience in the identified areas

  • One year to less than two years of work experience in the identified areas

  • Two years or more of work experience in the identified areas

  • Not applicable - I do not have a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work

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    Do you have a Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university?

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    PLEASE READ ALL PARTS OF THIS QUESTION - Have you completed a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university?IF YES- Do you have three years of a combination of GRADUATE (post bachelor's degree) education in the social or behavioral sciences from an accredited college or university AND qualifying experience in a social work capacity?

NOTE 1:Applicants must have a MINIMUM of two years of the required experience.

Note 2:A maximum of thirty semester hours in the specified area of graduate study can substitute for one year of experience.IF YESDo you have at least two years of experience in a social work capacity AND a combination of ONE year of the following: one year of additional work experience in a social work capacity (not used to count for the first portion of the question) OR GRADUATE (post bachelor's degree) education in the social or behavioral sciences from an accredited college or university? 30 semester hours of the GRADUATE LEVEL courses equals one year of experience.

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    If you are a CURRENT employee for the State of Iowa (executive branch): How many years of work experience do you have in the classification of Social Worker 2?

  • Not applicable - I am not a State of Iowa Employee

  • No experience in the classification of Social Worker 2

  • Less than one year of experience in the classification of Social Worker 2

  • One or more years of work experience in the classification of Social Worker 2

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