*Women (and/or) minorities may be under-represented in this
position and are encouraged to apply.*
The Department of Public Health and Human Services is the
largest executive branch department in Montana State Government
with over 3,200 employees. We maximize individual and
organizational potential by supporting the agency's most valuable
resource - OUR PEOPLE.
The Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) provides
family-centered services within a trauma-informed system to assure
safety, permanency, and well-being for children who are at risk of
or have been subjected to child maltreatment.
We are looking for you to be a compassionate, energetic,
conscientious, and detail-oriented individual who enjoys making a
difference, being part of a team, and takes pride in your career to
work in our fast-paced office.
- A competitive hourly wage and a comprehensive benefits
package. To learn more about what we offer visit:
-A welcoming office environment where everyone is accountable
for their part and everyone strives to provide the best customer
service to clients and each other.
-A career in which you can feel good every day knowing you're
making a difference in the lives of others.
-Strong communication skills, both verbal and written,
organizational skills both analytical and problem solving, and the
ability to work with confidential documents.
-A positive outlook, dependability, accuracy and pride with your
-Initiative, resilience, and cooperative nature to maintain a
harmonious work environment that exceeds everyone's
-A qualitative customer experience in the service of others.
*Physical and Environmental Demands: *
The work of a Child Protection Specialist is extremely difficult
and involves extensive field work in the homes of families. The
ability to engage and work with angry and violent individuals, make
critical decisions, assess and place children, travel when needed,
and remain flexible while working under demanding timelines with
strict documentation requirements is required. Office time is
limited due to the field work demands of this position.
*Key responsibilities include:*
Places child(ren) in out-of-home care, when necessary, and
ensures that the placement is safe and complies with statutory and
policy preferences and is in the best interests of the child(ren).
Identifies available resources and connects families and children
to these resources.
Engages families and the child(ren) to ensure the safety of the
child through a variety of methods; such as, personal contact,
court ordered treatment plan service provision, and family group
decision-making meetings to name a few.
Prepares timely, clear, factually specific, and accurate
affidavits for the District Court to allow the District Court to
take steps necessary to timely implement permanency plans;
including annual permanency plan reviews for every child.
Stays current and informed about the child's placement
activities and issues and works to ensure stability of placement by
providing services and interventions for the child(ren) and
placement when necessary. Attends regular meetings with placement
Shares outcomes of evaluations with parent(s) and/or placement
and determines if additional services are needed to achieve timely
reunification and/or maintain placement stability for
Establishes frequent contact between parent, child(ren), and
siblings if the child is not placed with siblings when in the best
interests of the child(ren).
Attends educational meetings or discusses the educational
progress with the parent(s) and/or placement to assure child's
educational needs are being met.
For a more detailed job description, please email
*Required for the first day of work:*
Ability to make critical decisions, based on integration of
information from multiple sources that may be discrepant, in
Ability to engage children and families, under difficult
circumstances, to gather sufficient information to make accurate
and precise decisions.
Ability to identify problems, develop and implement
Ability to communicate information both orally and in writing so
others will understand.
Ability to remain calm when being confronted and to develop
constructive and cooperative working relationships with others,
even those who do not share the same point of view and may be
violent or angry and maintain them over time.
Ability to operate a personal computer and general office
equipment as necessary to complete the essential functions,
including using spreadsheet, word processing, database, email,
internet and other computer programs.
Bachelor's degree in social work, human services or psychology,
or directly related degree.
Two years of social services work experience, or directly
related work experience, working with children and families in
difficult and sometimes volatile situations.
Other combinations of directly related education and experience
maybe considered on a case-by-case basis.
Child protection work experience and professional certification
Experience working with tribal government entities and/or other
organizations of native peoples is highly preferred.
Knowledge of child development, child maltreatment prevention
and treatment, and family centered social work practice.
Knowledge of the methods and procedures for Child Protections
Knowledge of the laws and rules pertaining to child protection
services such as child safety, permanency and well-being: Indian
Child Welfare Act.
*To be considered for this position, please attach and submit
the following material with your application:*
* Cover Letter
* 3 Professional References
* Supplemental Question
o In this position, it is required you adhere to strict
deadlines set by both statute and policy. Please tell me how your
past experience has prepared you to adhere to the organization time
frames and how you would use that experience in this current
*(Please type responses in separate Word documents and attach to
application. HELPFUL HINT: When attaching a document, you must
check the "relevant document" box to ensure your attachments are
uploading correctly to the specific application. Please do not
attach more documents than are requested. Failure to attach the
required material will result in your application being
On your first day of work in the office, the Department will
provide you with a cloth face covering. You may also bring and wear
your own face coverings. Please be advised, all DPHHS employees are
required to wear masks/face coverings while at work in the office
and outside the office in official employee capacity.
**Job:** **Community/Social Services*
**Title:** *Child Protection Specialist (51194, 51514,
**Requisition ID:** *21140277*