State Consultant On Child Welfare

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Class Number: 
5197
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$39,708.00 – $56,520.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,654.50 – $2,355.00
Pay Grade: 
A25

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Definition

This is responsible consultative and administrative child welfare work in the central office of the Division of Family Services in the areas of Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board liaison or in the Missouri Children's Trust Fund office in the area of program development, implementation, and evaluation for child abuse and neglect prevention.

An employee in this classification is responsible for planning and developing specialized child welfare programs, which may include implementation of state statutes and federal laws. Responsibilities may include community relations and public education directed toward developing and maintaining community interest in the identification, treatment and prevention of child abuse/neglect and assisting in the development of community councils. Responsibilities in the area of child abuse and neglect prevention include program development, program evaluation, technical assistance and training, and public education. An employee is expected to work with independence and initiative under the general supervision of an administrative superior.

Job Duties

Acts as Division of Family Services consultant to the Child Abuse/Neglect Board (CANRB) regarding agency program and policy issues; keeps board members updated on changes in agency program and policy and sets up training for new members.

Provides consultation to central office administration and to field staff regarding CANRB process; interprets written policy as needed to field staff.

Assists in the development of program and policy issues relating to CANRB process.

Responds to written inquiries regarding general information about the CANRB and/or specific cases.

Plans and delivers program evaluation methods for community-based prevention programs, focusing on program outcomes.

Evaluates existing multi-disciplinary services of the Division of Family Services.

Provides consultation, training, and technical assistance to community groups and organizations concerned with preventing child abuse and neglect.

Participates in public and community education activities to inform the general public, community organizations, agency staff, public officials and other interested groups about agency sponsored child welfare programs.

Develops methods for statewide coordination of child abuse and neglect prevention programs.

Prepares analytical reports concerning evaluation of prevention programs.

Develops materials, in cooperation with the staff training unit, for training of supervisors and workers.

Coordinates professional review process of funding proposals.

Gathers and maintains information necessary for evaluating problems and needs of the State's abused or neglected children, and their parents.

Monitors contacts with community-based organizations, ensuring delivery of quality services to families and children.

Assists in the development of the state plan, as required by Federal and State laws and regulations and in making applications for federal grants.

Keeps abreast of legislation related to problems of child abuse and neglect, foster care and adoption.

Maintains working relationships with public and private institutions and agencies, courts, and other organizations concerned with child welfare.

Represents the Division of Family Services in cooperative efforts with state and national child welfare agencies and juvenile court officials regarding such matters as child abuse and neglect prevention programs.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
Social Service, Public Welfare & Mental Health

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Five years of professional employment in the provision of social services to families, children, or adults, of which two years must have been in one or more of the areas of special qualifying experience defined below; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. (Graduate study in an accredited college or university in the areas of child development, social work, sociology, psychology, counseling, public administration or related areas may be substituted on year-for-year basis for the required general experience and/or for a maximum of one year of the required specialized experience.)

Special Qualifying Experience

1. Supervisory employment in the area of social welfare services of which one year must have been above the first supervisory level.

2. An administrative, consultative, or training capacity in the area of social welfare services.

3. Direct professional experience in a program of adoptions, foster care, child abuse prevention and/or treatment.

4. The development, implementation, and evaluation of voluntary, community-based services for families at risk of child abuse and neglect.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Thorough knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to child welfare.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of social work, particularly as it applies to work with children and their parents.

Thorough knowledge of available preventive and adoptive child services.

Considerable knowledge of community organization and the development of services for children and their families.

Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of program planning and development in the area of public social services.

Considerable knowledge of public social services programs and their legislative base.

Considerable knowledge of the problems and principles of child welfare administration, and of the functions of child welfare agencies and their relationships of other agencies and resources.

Working knowledge of individual and group behavior.

Working knowledge of the organization and procedures of a public agency.

Some knowledge of training techniques and procedures.

Some knowledge of general survey and data collection methods.

Some knowledge of the operation of State and local government and courts.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, public officials, community groups, etc.

Ability to present effective interpretations of programs orally and in writing.

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