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Employees in these positions protect children’s safety and support families. CPS workers conduct child safety assessments of alleged child abuse or neglect to determine if a child has been or is at risk of being harmed. Child welfare professionals must balance an array of issues, including needs of the child and the family, as well as legal requirements.
Child welfare professionals conduct assessment and fact-finding interviews to obtain and assess mental, physical, environmental, and social status of caregiver. Assess interview information to determine appropriate child placement and ensure least restrictive environment, take action to reduce risk to child by providing emergency, crisis intervention. Determinations are made in consideration to each family’s circumstances.
- Requires some travel.
- The duties in this position include working in an environment with challenging and possibly hostile clients, in sometimes unsafe and unsanitary home environments.
- Requires the ability to prioritize work related to child safety and respond quickly to emergent situations.
- This work is performed during various shifts that may include the traditional work week, swing shift, evenings, and weekends. Working hours may be adjusted within a given week to provide services. This also includes participation in an on-call rotation schedule to provide after hours CPS response. During their on-call rotation, workers must be available by pager after business hours and on weekends. When on-call, workers may be paged to transport children or conduct safety assessments.
- Workers are consistently asked to make critical decisions regarding the safety of children under adverse circumstances including workload pressure, time constraints and conflicting opinions as to the necessary course of action.
- At all times during the workday, workers must be available by pager and cell phone.
- As part of your job with DHS, you are expected to work competently within the agency’s electronic information system. Your competencies shall minimally be in GroupWise for Windows, Word for Windows, IIS and FACIS. You may be required to develop competencies in other software applications, depending on your job assignment.
- Valid driver’s license is required.
Qualification & Experience:
- A bachelor’s degree in Human Services or a field related to human service;
- A bachelor’s degree unrelated to Human Services and either: One year of Human Services related experience; OR Completion of coursework equivalent to certification consistent with Oregon Caseworker Competency;
- An associate’s degree and either: Two years of Human Services related experience; OR One year of Human Services related experience and related training, coursework or certification consistent with Oregon Caseworker Competency.
- Knowledge or skill with behavior management techniques.
- Skill in interviewing to gather data needed to assess needs of individuals and families.
- Skill in preparing written case narratives and reports.
- Skill in interpreting and applying laws, rules, and guidelines.
- Ability to use informed practices that are inclusive of the child and family’s language, race, and culture.
Company: State of Oregon
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Functions: Information Technology
Job Location: Beaverton, OR, US
Application Deadline: N/A