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State of Montana Resource Family Specialist (37446, 51825) in Billings, Montana

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. We Offer: - A competitive hourly wage and a comprehensive benefits package. To learn more about what we offer visit: statecareers.mt.gov and click on Holidays & Benefits Overview -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. -Advancement opportunities. -Work/life Balance You Have: -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 work. -Initiative, resilience, and cooperative nature to maintain a harmonious work environment that exceeds everyone’s expectations. -A qualitative customer experience in the service of others. Physical and Environmental Demands: Office environment with requirements of in-state (and as directed out of state) travel to other CFSD offices and to homes or other youth placement locations statewide at least 25% of the time. Key responsibilities include: • Recruits families by a variety of means to ensure adequate family resources for a wide variety of children in need of care. • Completes initial off-site review, in person assessments of home/residence and family/household members and determines compliance with federal, state and agency health and safety requirements. • Makes recommendations for approval/licensure including the number, behaviors and needs of children allowed to be in home. • Provides technical assistance to families in need of resources such as parenting techniques, compliance with policies and procedures, and licensing issues. Interprets policies, rules and regulations to resolve issues as they arise to ensure the stability of the placement. • Identifies training needs for resource families to ensure the permanency, safety and well-being of children placed in the home throughout the placement period. • Provides family resource expertise in family engagement meetings, permanency team meetings, foster care review meetings and dependency and neglect hearings. • Conducts reviews as required or necessary to ensure continuing adequacy of resource families. • Provides training to agency staff and stakeholders regarding licensure and approval of families/homes • Participates in compliance audits, reviews and assessments For a more detailed job description, please email Travis.House@mt.gov Required for the first day of work: • Strong knowledge of Child Welfare practices. • Solid understanding of confidentiality. • Ability to work independently. • Ability to work effectively in emotionally charged environments. • Effective written and oral communication skills. • Ability to develop cooperative working relationships. • Ability to analyze diverse and large amounts of information and evaluate results. • Ability to operate a personal computer and general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, including using spreadsheets, word processing, database, email, internet and other computer programs. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience • Bachelor’s degree in Human Service’s or a related field. • One year experience working in professions related to providing services for children or recruitment. Licensing or retention of foster parents. • Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis; however, a bachelor’s degree is required. To be considered for this position, please attach and submit the following material with your application: * Cover Letter * Resume * 3 Professional References * Supplemental Question o How has your education and/or work experience prepared you to be successful in this position? (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 incomplete. * 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: *Resource Family Specialist (37446, 51825) Location: Billings Requisition ID: 21140679

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