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Child Services Engagement Specialist

Date Posted:  Sep 23, 2022
Requisition ID:  397277
Location: 

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

 

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.

 

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

 

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

 

About the Department of Child Services:
Join a team that engages with families and children to improve lives in meaningful and significant ways. DCS engages authentically with children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family support and preservation. The Department also administers family preservation and prevention services, foster care, and child support throughout the State of Indiana. You will relentlessly pursue permanency for children and families through reunification, guardianship, adoption or support youth in making a successful transition to adulthood. While this job is difficult and may have long and sometimes unconventional hours, this is more than a job—it is a calling to improve your community and neighbors. Will you join us in supporting our Mission, Vision, and Values?


Mission: The Indiana Department of Child Services leads the state’s response to allegations of child abuse and neglect and facilitates child support payments. We consider the needs and values of all we serve in our efforts to protect children while keeping families together whenever possible.
Vision: Children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities.
Values: We at the Indiana Department of Child Services empower our team, in collaboration with state and local partners, to make decisions in the best interest of every child in our care by embracing:
•    Respect for all
•    Racial justice
•    Diversity and inclusion
•    A culture of safety
•    A commitment to continuous improvement

 

Salary:
This position traditionally starts at a salary of $42,328 but may be commensurate with education and work experience.
 
Role Overview:
As the Child Service Engage Specialist, you will be responsible for providing expertise in the area of training, developing, coordinating, and consulting within respective program areas, as well as providing support to public state and federal offices and industries. In this position, you will provide mentoring and coaching to the DCS staff and regulated communities. Your additional duties may include facilitating coaching sessions to provide education to different DCS program areas. You may work as a partner with other agencies as well.  

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • You will develop and provide regional pre-service sessions for the assigned division/department.
  • You will also provide content expertise, through research and experience to curriculum writers on topics identified for curriculum development. This will be done through seminars/workshops, videoconferencing, and webinars for the agency.
  • You will assist resource parents with accessing online training modules necessary to complete both pre-service training and ongoing training through coordination with local libraries and local offices as appropriate.

Additionally, through research and experience, staff development trainers become experts when a new curriculum is needed and provide additional insight to weave the DCS mission vision and values as well as the DCS Practice Model throughout DCS resource parent training. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

You must have the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Education, or other related fields with at least three (3) years of experience in teaching or training, and some experience in child welfare is desired.  
  • Extensive knowledge of and subject matter expert in child development, child welfare, family systems or related behavioral health topics. 
  • Ability to promote teamwork by working with other staff development members and field operations personnel to achieve established goals. 
  • Ability to provide positive feedback as well as address concerns as they arise 
  • Knowledge of issues related to resource and/or adoptive parents regarding the Resource Parent Trainers position. 
  • Excellent computer skills with Microsoft Word products including Word and PowerPoint and willingness to learn basic information regarding MS Excel and Access if requested. 
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to convey written information in a clear, concise manner.  Writing samples will be requested. 
  • Candidates must have the ability to travel statewide overnight to deliver training and in-services.  
  • Ability to provide training during evening and weekend hours to accommodate resource parents’ schedules.                                                      

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access

     

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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