Child and Family Services Specialist/Trainee

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of children and families across Nebraska? The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is hiring outstanding individuals to join our team. If you are mission driven, action oriented, and want to help those in your own community, DHHS is looking for you! We are hiring candidates to join our upcoming training classes. Depending on the location of the training, you may be required to travel.

Trainees are hired at $15.861 per hour and after successful completion of initial training are promoted to $18.600 per hour

Monday-Friday- 8am - 5pm; after hours and on call required.

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This position is federally funded and may be governed by the Federal Hatch Act. Click here to review the Act. (the web page address is: DHHS is hosting an upcoming hiring event for several openings!

When: Saturday, September 7th Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Where: Lincoln Regional Center, 801 W. Prospector, Lincoln, NE Hiring teams will be interviewing interested candidates on-site – we look forward to seeing you there!
Examples of Work
In this position, you will serve as a case manager for families referred to the Department of Health and Human Services. As a Child and Family Services Specialist, you will:
  • Investigate allegations of abuse/neglect, visit homes, conduct safety assessments, establish safety plans, and initiate court interventions. •
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate treatment plans, authorize, coordinate, and provide family services.
  • Prepare cases with appropriate legal staff and testify in court.
  • Develop community resources; work with schools, law enforcement, and mental health providers; inform the public of protection and safety services.
  • Perform crisis intervention.
  • Prepare documentation, correspondence, and court reports.
  • Casework may be with children/juveniles who have been adjudicated as delinquent or status offenders. Promotion to Child & Family Services Specialist will occur after successful completion of required classroom and on-the-job training programs. Casework is handled out of offices in Gering, North Platte, Alliance, Chadron, Lexington, McCook, Ogallala, Sidney, Norfolk, Seward, York, Columbus, Dakota City, Fremont, Pender, Pierce, Ainsworth, Broken Bow, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, O'Neill, Omaha, Lincoln, Beatrice, Nebraska City, and Geneva. Applicants will be requested to designate preferred office locations on the application. Submitting an application for a continuously advertised position does not guarantee that a job is available for your preferred location. Applications can be submitted every 30 days in consideration for opportunities across the state. As positions in new locations become available, eligible applications will be considered.
Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS:A Bachelors degree in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, human development, mental health care, education, criminal justice or other closely related area. Consideration will be given to applicants who will receive a Bachelor's degree within 90 days of the open position closing date.

PREFERRED: Experience in child welfare and/or case management experience, internships with human services/child welfare agencies will also be considered, demonstrated ability to provide excellent written and verbal communication, and ability to effectively manage time and deadlines.

OTHER: Valid driver's license or the ability to provide independent authorized transportation.Mandatory Attendance Required for Classroom and On the job training consisting of 14 weeks which may require travel to alternate training sites.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Family life issues and dynamics; community services; child adolescent and adult behavior. Skill in: Interviewing clients to collect and elicit essential information and assess client's needs and progress; openly and honestly discussing concerns with others in a non-judgmental way. Ability to: Learn the importance of commitment to individuals and families; protect confidential information; communicate effectively with community service providers, law enforcement, the court and legal systems and vulnerable adults' families and/or advocates; organize and maintain case records; learn and apply the principles and practices of direct case management including assessment, analyzing critical information, plan development and implementation in setting up individual case/treatment plans; respond flexibly and adapt to new or changing circumstances; manage time and work flow to work independently and meet deadlines; exhibit a sense of fairness; be available through regular and predictable work attendance; demonstrate professionalism and operate basic computer software and hardware.