Protective Services Specialist I
Class Code: PF0201
AKPAY Code: K0111
Class Range: 15
Class Status: Active
Employer: State of Alaska only
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|Scope: State of Alaska only|
|Type: Classified Service/Partially Exempt/Excluded|| Viewable by the public|
|Class Title:|| Protective Services Specialist I||Class Range:|| 15|
|Class Code: ||PF0201||AKPAY Code:||K0111|
|Class Status:||Active||Use MJR Form:|| Standard|
|Class Outline Category:||B-Professional/Managerial||Group:||PF - Social, Benefit, and Employment Services|
|EEO4:||B - Professionals||Family:||PF02 - Social Work|
|SOC:||21-1020 - Not Applicable||State/Local:||02 - Professional|
|Original Date:||04/23/2012||Census EEO:||201|
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|07/01/2012 Established; Replacing Social Services Specialist, Social Worker, Social Worker (CS), Children Services Specialist, and Children Services Manager class series (RWeber).|
The Protective Services Specialist class series includes job classes that perform and/or supervise social work program functions at the line level.
Under immediate supervision, incumbents learn and apply the concepts and techniques of professional social work by attending training, assisting experienced caseworkers with their caseloads, and carrying a caseload.
This is the trainee level in the Protective Services Specialist series. Incumbents participate in classroom and on-the-job training designed to develop the employee’s ability to independently perform the broad spectrum of professional social work case management duties, including tasks such as carrying and monitoring a caseload, assessments, implementing case plan activities, and accepting and investigating reports of harm or protective services reports.
Protective Services Specialist I is distinguished from the Social Services Associate II in that the latter provides technical assistance, information and referrals to individuals, families, groups and communities in need of social services.
Protective Services Specialist I is distinguished from the Protective Services Specialist II in that the latter applies knowledge of professional social work principles and methods to a full range of duties and responsibilities common in the delivery of professional social work.
Examples of Duties:
Attend agency orientation training. Learn the statutes, regulations, policies and procedures for providing social services. Become familiar with state, federal and local agencies and the resources they provide to individuals in need of services.
Attend training in areas specific to child welfare casework, such as child abuse and neglect, separation and reunification, foster care and adoption.
Become familiar with the social services resources available in the community. Explain available community resources to applicants and clients and assist them to make use of such resources as appropriate to their needs.
Learn how to conduct guided interviews, home visits and collateral investigations with applicants and clients to assess social situations and to determine the extent and type of services needed.
Learn how to conduct studies and prepare reports to identify and recommend solutions to social service problems and needs. Evaluate effectiveness of programs and make recommendations to the supervisor.
Provide casework and maintain contact with clients by reviewing their economic and social situations, conducting interviews and home visits as indicated in the case plan.
Review and screen prospective placements and prepare reports of findings. Prepare and conduct a case disposition and assessment for review and decision.
Provide limited individual counseling as directed by the supervisor or as contained in the case plan.
Schedule appointments and coordinate services with other agencies.
Prepare reports and correspondence; keep accurate and current information on case records; maintain other records as required.
Attend and participate in staff and individual training, conferences and meetings.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Some knowledge of behavioral science theory.
Some knowledge of needs, problems, attitudes and behavior patterns of individuals and groups.
Some knowledge of casework theory, principles and procedures.
Some knowledge of interviewing techniques.
Some knowledge of community resources and services.
Ability to communicate effectively with others, verbally and in writing.
Ability to learn, interpret and apply rules, instructions, policies and regulations.
Ability to meet, interview and deal effectively with individuals in their own environment.
Ability to understand and interpret feelings, attitudes and trends among residents and clients in order to evaluate and interpret data in developing social plans.
Ability to apply required knowledge to individual cases, analyze situations accurately and take prompt, effective action.
Ability to gather and analyze data, reason logically and accurately and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to use computers and program databases to document casework and prepare reports and correspondence.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major in a social, behavioral or health science, law or a related field.
Four years of any combination of postsecondary education (3 semester/ 4 quarter hours equal 1 month of experience) in a social, behavioral or health science, law or a related field and/or paraprofessional experience (any level) providing assistance, information or referrals to the public related to social services, health care or legal services may substitute for the bachelor’s degree.
Required Job Qualifications:
(The special note is to be used to explain any additional information an applicant might need in order to understand or answer questions about the minimum qualifications.)
Some positions require a valid Alaska driver’s license and/or a background investigation including fingerprinting. These requirements will be indicated at the time of recruitment.
Minimum Qualification Questions: