Department of Public Health & Human Services Child Protection Specialist (22310, 0027 in Billings, Montana

To be considered for any DPHHS Agency position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials. Successful applicant(s) are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background check(s) relevant to each position. Materials required Materials Required of Applicants: (To be considered in this pool, please submit the following) - Cover Letter - Resume - Supplemental question(s): 1. How has your education and experience prepared you to be successful at this job? - References: Please provide contact information for three (3) professional references (Please type responses in a Word document 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 than requested. If you have more than 25 attachments in the system you will need to email these to: hhshumanresources@mt.gov. Failure to attach the required material will conclude in an incomplete application. You must also keep those relevant boxes checked once you submit your application; if you uncheck the box with an active application it will delete the attachment.) This position 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. Responsibilities include: 1) Assessing child safety; 2) Determining appropriate interventions to control for safety threats; 3) Developing treatment plans for parents to build protective capacities and strengthen families; 4) Implementing timely permanency plans for children that ensure placement stability and meet requirements of established laws; and 5) Assuring positive outcomes with regards to children’s and families’ well-being; including physical and mental health issues. Child Safety - Conducts timely assessments of reports of child maltreatment, in accordance with requirements of state and federal statutes and agency policy, using standardized safety assessment tools and decision-making guides. - Documents and communicates safety threats to all involved, including preparation of affidavits for District Court when necessary. Provides appropriate level of intervention to assure safety of all families in need of Child Protective Services (CPS); continuously reviews progress made by families to eliminate safety threats. - 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. Permanency Plans for Children - Engages families in the establishment of a permanency plan when needed and required, and assures plan follows order of placement preference as set forth in statute and policy. - Provides ongoing reasonable efforts to implement the permanency plan in a timely manner consistent with the best interests of the child(ren). - 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