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Services Specialist 9-P11 Clinton - Eaton Co. (Case Manager/Investigator) **OPENINGS EATON CO.

Job Description
This is an immediate vacancy and all qualified Applicants are encouraged to apply
Michigan Families need your help ......
The Services Specialist will utilize child welfare practice skills to ensure children are protected from abuse and neglect. When child abuse or neglect is indicated, specialists work closely with families and the legal system toward a goal of reunification, independent living, or other permanent living situation.
Assessing allegations of child abuse or neglect and taking necessary steps to protect children. This could mean removing a child from a family.
Developing working relationships with people who strongly dislike MDHHS because of their personal history or the reputation of child protective agencies in general.
Learning about cultures, traditions, and lifestyles different from your own and developing cultural competencies to understand how to determine child safety and well-being within that context. Comprehending the impact of historical trauma, and observing protocols of differing cultures.
Maintaining objectivity and empathy for families living in stressful situations.
Preparing comprehensive and accurate court documents. Testifying in court, including defending your actions which will be questioned by defense attorneys and other parties to the case.
Working under deadlines that require prioritizing efforts with constant pressure created by the nature and volume of the cases, documentation and working flexible hours.
This position may be required to work evenings, weekends, and other non-standard work hours as needed and could be placed on a rotating on-call roster.
See complete position description here: Position Description
View the Job Specification
View the 13 minute video "Is This Job For Me?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gtBuckURPk&feature;=youtu.be prior to applying for this position.
Required Education and Experience
Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in one of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology, criminal justice or human services.
Services Specialist 9
No specific type or amount is required.
Services Specialist 10
One year of professional experience providing casework services to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals equivalent to a Services Specialist 9.
Services Specialist P11
Two years of professional experience providing casework services to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals equivalent to a Services Specialist, including one year equivalent to a Services Specialist 10.
Additional Requirements and Information
These positions are located in Charlotte or St. Johns, MI at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offices.
When you apply, your application is valid for 6 months. After 6 months, you MUST reapply for continued consideration.
Why Clinton County
Clinton County is__located in the middle of the state. The county is made up of several vibrant and friendly towns and villages including St. Johns, DeWitt, Ovid, Elsie, Fowler, Bath, Westphalia, Eagle and Maple Rapids. We are proud to offer year-round activities and unlimited recreational opportunities.
As of the 2010 census, the population was 75,382. The median income for a family was $60,491, and the median home value is $167.700.
Clinton County Regional Education Service Agency (CCRESA) is one of the 57 intermediate school districts in the state of Michigan. There are six public school districts and five non-public school districts throughout the county that have a combined total of about 11,068 students. CCRESA's charge is to provide service and support to these 11,068 students and their parents.
Clinton County is a rich and varied agricultural area surrounded by some of the finest farmland in the state, yet located near the urban center of Lansing. The growing of spearmint and peppermint is unique to this area and each year the mint farming heritage is celebrated at the "St. Johns Mint Festival."
Approximately 86% of Clinton County is farmland, with 1,231 farms and 271,558 acres of land in farms. Among the 83 counties within the state, Clinton County agriculture ranks: #2 for milk and other dairy products from cows, #3 for corn for silage and #7 for acres in soybean products and for sheep, lambs & hay.
Through community and state parks we provide playgrounds, fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating, ball fields, camping and community activities. Our parks serve host to many family reunions and numerous company picnics each year. During the summer months you can enjoy festivals throughout the county and in the fall, it's apple picking and cider making time.
For further information regarding Clinton County visit http://www.clintoncountychamber.org/assets/Site-PDFs/Clinton-County-Chamber-Guide-2012.pdf.
Why Eaton County?
Population (2015): 108,801
Median Household Income (2014): $55,223
Eaton County is home to many parks allowing a variety of recreational activities to take place.
Charlotte is home to the Performing Arts Center, the Aquatic Center, a Skate Park, and more.
Hike and discover nature at Woldumar Nature Center, a large and beautiful non-profit corporation that attracts 25,000 visitors every year. Woldumar maintains a mile of shoreline on the Grand River, 5 miles of trails on 178 acres of Maple and Beech woodland, a tall grass prairie, and a pine plantation along 1.25 miles of the Grand River.
Woldumar in Eaton County offers a variety of programs for children such as Camp Discovery, Winter Break Camps, Spring Break Camps, and school field trips. Special events for all ages also take place.
Eaton Rapids is home to 9 parks covering 60 + acres of land. 1,050 lineal feet of riverwalk is also available.
At Fox Memorial Park there is a swimming beach, and at Fitzgerald Park on the Grand there are ball fields, playgrounds, trails, a fish ladder, and sledding.
For children, Eaton County boasts an abundance of opportunities and fun outside of the programs at Woldumar, such as: Eaton Great Start, Imagination Station, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, and Early Childhood Connections.
Wineries, breweries, golf courses and the good ol' Country Mill make Eaton County a comfortable home for all!
For more information on Eaton County, please visit: http://www.eatoncounty.org/
PLEASE READ THROUGH THIS CAREFULLY , To be considered for this position you must:
Apply for this position online via NEOGOV; click on "Apply" in the job posting for instructions on submitting your electronic application. Hard copy applications are not accepted.
__ Attach no more than a 1 page written response to the following questions after viewing the video "Is this job for me?": __
__ If selected for this position what do you believe your biggest challenge will be? __
__ How do you see yourself overcoming this challenge? __
Attach a resume identifying specific experience and dates of employment. Dates of employment should include month and year and hours per week.
Attach a cover letter.
Attach a copy of an official transcript(s). We accept scanned copies of official transcripts. Please see the example below. We do not accept copies of unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts provide the name of the institution, confirmation that a degree was awarded and on what date, and the registrar's signature . _Select this link to see an example of an official transcript._
As a Condition of Employment ? this position requires a valid driver's license and successful completion of a background investigation including fingerprinting and a criminal records check.
Applications will be screened on information provided on the application itself. Please include your resume and cover letter for additional consideration, but it will not be accepted as a substitution for a completed application.
During the online application process any additional documentation that is required must be attached from your master profile to the individual application.
Upon hire, the successful candidate will be required to complete a nine week pre-service training program that includes a total of 270 hours of competency-based classroom and field training. Additionally, the employee must successfully complete a minimum number of hours of in-service training on an annual basis.
Failure to complete any of the above items may result in your application being screened out.
See instructions for attaching files here: _Instructions_
For further information regarding this posting please contact Deb Hahnenberg Stephenson (231) 933-6737 or HahnenbergD@Michigan.gov
Salary: $1,584.00 - $2,447.20 Biweekly
Location: St. Johns, MI
Job Type: Permanent Full Time
Department: Health and Human Services - Counties
Closing: Continuous
Agency: State of Michigan
Address: 400 South Pine Street Lansing, Michigan, 48909
Phone: (800) 788-1766
Website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan

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