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DCS Investigator

Date Posted:  Aug 14, 2019
Requisition ID:  15470

Fort Wayne, IN, US, 46806

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


About the Department of Child Services:

DCS protects children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family support and preservation. The Department also administers child support, child protection, adoption and foster care throughout the State of Indiana. 

Mission:  The Indiana Department of Child Services engages with families and collaborates with state, local and community partners to protect children from abuse and neglect and to provide child support services.

Vision: Indiana children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities.

Values: Respect, Prevention, Safety, Stability, Permanency, Responsibility, Accountability, Continuous Improvement


Hire Salary:

The minimum starting salary for this position is $37,778

About the Job:

The DCS Investigators assist local staff by providing information to locate parents (including absent fathers), relatives and any other person (over 18 years of age) who is a possible connection/person of interest at the onset of a case as well as any time during the life of a case for a child.  This requires complex, challenging, and time-consuming investigative work.  This position is responsible for their DCS local offices and/or regions as assigned.

What You'll Do:
  • Utilize a variety of internet search tools (i.e., Accurint, White Pages, Public Records Now, etc.) social media, public records, and other databases (court records, BMV, child support) to identify and locate absent parents, relatives or other involved individuals.   
  • Complete initial searches for parents, relatives or other individuals in new cases as well as any time during the life of a case.
  • Complete searches for parents who are unable to be located during an assessment or on-going case.
  • Provide pertinent information to FCM’s for ADI use and testify in court if necessary.
  • Complete searches for out of state criminal or child welfare history.
  • Provide information to DCS attorneys in instances where there have been unsuccessful attempts to provide notice for CHINS/TPR.
  • Complete searches and provide information involving youth in runaway status and DCS care.
  • Verify, when possible, no contact orders when child safety is at stake.
  • Verify and obtain, when possible, birth records.
  • Verify and obtain, when possible, death records.
  • Other duties as approved by Permanency and Practice Support Management. 
What You'll Need to Succeed:
  • Minimum of five years Law Enforcement experience, other Law Enforcement Agent experience, or Military Criminal Investigation experience or a combination of two or three equal to five years preferred.
  • Demonstrate experience in utilizing internet search engines, social media, and other person search databases to successfully locate people. 
  • Experience in utilizing a variety of media, such as computer databases, social media, telephones, public records, court systems/records, and the Internet in order to gather information. 
  • Knowledge of state and/or federal laws, regulations, guidelines and standards affecting child protection services, foster care, family preservation, and adoption.
  • Working knowledge of computers and the operation of investigative software programs.
  • Ability to prepare clear and accurate reports.
  • Ability to communicate articulately for court testimony.
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Required to maintain a valid drivers’ license and appropriate automobile insurance coverage at all times. 
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time. 


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Current Employee? Click here to apply.

Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne

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