The State of Alaska Office of Children's Services is recruiting for
Children's Protective Services Specialist I/II Positions in
Alaska's South Central Region
Protective Services Specialist applications are being accepted for Initial Assessment, Family Services, and Generalists positions. Broad-spectrum descriptions are below for each of the three functional areas. As a member of Alaska's Office of Children's Services you will contribute to the protection, health and well-being of Alaska's children and their families
Our field offices (duty stations) are located in the following communities:
Dillingham * Gakona * Homer * Kenai
King Salmon * Kodiak * Valdez * Wasilla
NOTE: you will have the opportunity to apply for a single duty station or all duty stations at the time of application via the supplemental questions
*Dillingham, King Salmon, and Kodiak are categorized as rural duty stations and are only accessible via an airplane.
The State of Alaska has geographic pay differentials for employees who are located at a duty station that has been determined to have a higher cost of living and these employees may have an increased pay scale than peers performing the same duties elsewhere in the state, the geographical differentials are referenced in the **Supplemental Questions included in this recruitment.
The three functional areas of a Protective Services Specialists are as follows:
Initial Assessment – These positions are typically located in Wasilla and Kenai. Initial Assessment caseworkers accurately capture the essence of the decision making process once a report of harm has been determined for intervention. At its core, an initial assessment requires the caseworker to go beyond whether the reported allegations are substantiated or not substantiated, but rather to gather information to make an informed assessment about whether the child is unsafe or at high risk by the parent/caregiver. By employing family centered practices, information can more easily be gleaned to learn the extent of the alleged maltreatment, circumstances surrounding the alleged maltreatment, family/adult functioning, child functioning, parenting practices of the parent/caregiver, and disciplinary practices of parent/caregiver. An Initial Assessment caseworker will rotate with other staff to provide after-hours, emergency, on-call responses to alleged child abuse and neglect situations.
Family Services – These positions are typically located in Wasilla and Kenai. A Family Services caseworker coordinates Services to families with children remaining in their home as well as to families whose children have been placed in out-of-home care. The identified safety threats and/or high risk, and diminished protective capacities will be reviewed with the family, including age appropriate children and youth and tribal representation if appropriate, and will be used to help inform the case plan. The Caseworker will further assess the needs of the child and family members assuring that all safety/risk issues are addressed in the case planning process with the family. Family Services caseworkers may also perform Initial Assessment duties and will rotate with other staff to provide after-hours, emergency, on-call responses to alleged child abuse and neglect situations.
Generalist – These positions are typically located in Dillingham, Gakona, Homer, King Salmon, Kodiak, and Valdez. As a Generalist caseworker duties include the full spectrum of casework including both the duties of an Initial Assessment and Family Services caseworker as described above, and will rotate with other staff to provide after-hours, emergency, on-call responses to alleged child abuse and neglect situations. The balance between investigation and family services is delicate when working with families.
The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.