- Regional Consultant - Residential Licensing Unit
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is professional consultative and technical field work in the regulation, evaluation and licensing of private twenty-four hour child care facilities and child placing agencies.
An employee of this class is responsible for licensing and supervising residential care facilities, and child placing agencies and for monitoring their foster homes. Work includes responsibility for reviewing and assessing each agency's physical plant, qualifications of staff, and compliance of program components to laws and applicable rules. Work includes conferring with boards of directors, agency administrators and other staff, potential applicants, juvenile courts, and other social agencies when conducting reviews. Work also includes reviewing documents and materials related to policies, personnel, finances, statistical reports, case records and adequacy of treatment programs or placement plans. Technical assistance and consultation are provided to agencies concerning compliance issues, casework and administrative practices. Supervision is received from the State Supervisor, Residential Licensing Unit, but the employee is expected to work independently.
Plans, develops, revises and implements procedures for making initial and follow-up evaluation or monitoring visits to residential care facilities and to the child placing agencies and their foster homes.
Develops, establishes and maintains files, record keeping systems, regulation compliance reports, records, forms and operating procedures necessary to the monitoring and evaluation activities.
Visits licensed residential facilities, child placing agencies and their foster homes several times annually to observe and review the activities, required records and reports, programs and treatment plans in relation to compliance with the law, accepted practices and applicable rules.
Interviews board chairmen, administrative directors, other staff, children and referral agencies to assess quality of care and adequacy of programs.
Provides on-going technical assistance and consultation concerning compliance with the law and applicable rules.
Makes recommendations on the issuance, re-issuance, denial or revocation of licenses.
Works with other state and local authorities, such as fire and safety, sanitation and zoning authorities, and consults with other professionals in fields of law, medicine, education, nutrition, psychiatry, psychology, and architecture.
Participates in revision of licensing rules and regulations.
Serves as a resource to staff responsible for substitute placement of children to assist in appropriate referrals.
Studies professional literature to maintain or improve knowledge and competency in the area of residential licensing.
Travels throughout assigned region in order to determine eligibility for licensure of private residential care facilities and child placing agencies, group homes and private agency foster homes.
Performs related work as assigned.
(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. (Additional experience as described above may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required undergraduate college. Graduate study in an accredited college or university in the areas of social work, family and child development, education, psychology, business administration or related areas may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required specialized experience.)
1. Consultative services to residential facilities for children with behavioral, emotional or developmental problems; or to child placement agencies providing foster and adoptive services.
2. Administrative, consultative or training experience; or supervisory experience of which one year must have been above the first supervisory level.
3. Experience in a twenty-four hour residential care facility for children with behavioral, emotional or developmental problems; or in a child placement agency providing foster and adoptive services.
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.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Thorough knowledge of causes and effects of problems encountered in child care, with an ability to evaluate and recognize effective solutions.
Thorough knowledge of what constitutes quality care for children who must live away from their natural family.
Thorough knowledge of the administration of private child welfare programs and the organization and operation of residential facilities.
Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of social work, particularly as it applies to families and children, unmarried parents, adoption and foster care.
Considerable knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to services to children and families, including licensing statutes.
Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques and trends in child welfare services and programs.
Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques for conducting independent professional reviews of residential care facilities and child placing agencies.
Considerable knowledge of individual and group behavior.
Working knowledge of resources available to children and families throughout the state.
Working knowledge of the rules, regulations, procedures, and policies of the Division of Family Services and the Department of Social Services as they apply to the social services section and the residential licensing program.
Ability to express self clearly both orally and in writing.
Ability to evaluate the program and services of child welfare agencies and facilities.
Ability to use independent judgment in evaluation of agency programs.
Ability to work tactfully with individuals or with groups and to provide leadership.
Ability to interpret administrative and professional policies to staff, courts, residential administrators and community officials.
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