Residential Licensing & Special Investigations Family Services Worker
State of Vermont | Home Based, VT
This position resides within the central office Residential Licensing & Special Investigations Unit. The position is home based. It will primarily cover the central/southeastern region of the state but there is an expectation of regular statewide travel. Duties include a broad range of social work activities. The unit's workers oversee licensing and regulation of foster homes, child placing agencies for foster care and adoption, residential treatment programs, and Commissioner designated shelters while also responding to child abuse allegations within these settings and within the additional settings of child care and schools. The candidate can expect to engage in Chapter 49 child safety interventions, complete home studies for the Interstate Compact for Placement of Children, assess and license foster and kinship foster care homes, perform regulatory licensing assessments and interventions in all regulated facilities, and maintain an ongoing and collaborative relationship with Family Services district office staff and other state departmental agencies.
Who May Apply
This position, Residential Licensing & Special Investigations Family Service Worker (Job Requisition #1266) , is open to all State employees and external applicants.
This position will primarily cover the central/southeastern region of the state but there is an expectation of regular statewide travel.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Jennifer Benedict at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting
AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS: Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.
Professional level social services casework for the Department for Children and Families (DCF) of the Agency of Human Services (AHS) involving the management and delivery of services to children and families. Incumbents may be assigned to participate in intake/investigation, child protective services, juvenile services, adoption services, and/or residential licensing. All employees of the AHS perform their respective functions adhering to four key practices: customer service, holistic service, strengths-based relationships and results orientation. Work is performed in a district office under the supervision of an administrative superior, but with significant opportunity for individual discretion and judgment.
Duties are performed in a variety of setting ranging from departmental offices to client homes to courtrooms. Considerable field travel is required, for which private means of transportation must be available. Crisis situations may arise at any hour and may require evening or weekend responses. Incumbents predictably encounter high levels of stress and emotional situations, strong differences of opinion, and potentially exposure to physical danger. Class incumbents may be required to be on available or standby status during night, weekend, and holiday hours.
Master's degree in social work.
Bachelor's degree AND eighteen (18) months of human services casework, including at least six months with a child or youth services caseload where duties included direct responsibility for client intake, assessment, plan development, monitoring, service procurement, and case closure in a formal human services delivery system.
Satisfactory completion of 12 to 18 months experience as a Family Services Worker trainee in DCF. (The trainee period is normally 18 months, but may be shortened to 12 months upon recommendation of the supervisor and approval of the Family Services Division Director.)
Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
- 80% State paid medical premium
- Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
- Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
- Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
- Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
- Low cost group life insurance
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Incentive-based Wellness Program
- Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.