Protective Services Specialist II
Class Code: PF0202
AKPAY Code: K0112
Class Range: 17
Class Status: Active
Employer: State of Alaska only
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|Scope: State of Alaska only|
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|Class Title:|| Protective Services Specialist II||Class Range:|| 17|
|Class Code: ||PF0202||AKPAY Code:||K0112|
|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 direction, incumbents provide professional social services in response to a broad spectrum of social problems or issues.
This is the full proficiency level of the Protective Services Specialist series. Incumbents apply knowledge of social work principles and methods to help adults, children, and families achieve more adequate, satisfying, and productive social adjustments. The full range of duties and responsibilities common in the delivery of professional social work are performed.
Protective Services Specialist II is distinguished from Protective Services Specialist I in that the latter is a training level characterized by the performance of training assignments designed to prepare incumbents to perform professional social work.
Protective Services Specialist II is distinguished from Protective Services Specialist III in that the latter is an advanced-level caseworker, staff consultant, or subject matter expert in such areas as the Indian Child Welfare Act, Adoption, or facilitator for Team Decision Meetings.
Examples of Duties:
Assess social situations and provide social services to clients including individual and family counseling for adults and children, employment counseling and other social services.
Interpret policies and regulations to clients and others concerning such topics as medical and financial assistance or housing.
Facilitate services between clients and public, private and local social service and law enforcement agencies such as Welfare-to-Work, Medical Assistance, and Public Assistance.
Investigate reports of abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults.
Represent vulnerable adults in legal actions such as guardianship, durable power of attorney, conservatorship, or financial arrangements beneficial to the overall welfare of the individual.
May be required to appear in court on behalf of the adult. Advocate for the vulnerable adult in legal matters and care planning.
Act as the liaison between residents, families, guardians, conservators and other individuals with the legal right to make decisions regarding a resident’s care.
Represent the agency at community meetings and meetings with social service agencies to educate on the policies, procedures and practices of the agency.
Maintain accurate and reliable records which have potential of being used as legal testimony in court.
Provide family and individual therapy and counseling to residents and family members who experience complex problems such as grief, adjustment to institutional living, caretaker guilt and burnout, and multiple losses.
Conduct comprehensive geriatric psychosocial and level of care assessments for new residents.
Use specialized observation, assessment, and interviewing strategies to assess all pertinent risk and safety factors in a situation of suspected maltreatment, and weigh their relative effects on the overall need for protection of the child.
Record and document the findings of the risk assessment using a standardized instrument.
Determine when emergency protection of a child is necessary and when to access in-home supportive services to protect the child and prevent removal of the child from the home.
Use casework methods at the intake and investigation level to begin to establish a supportive casework relationship, and to involve families in a joint assessment of the need for services.
Gather and weigh pertinent information about referrals from family members, children, relatives, and collateral sources, and make appropriate case dispositions.
Initiate the appropriate court proceedings to obtain emergency custody, when necessary; elicit and document pertinent facts to be included in the preparation of a case for court.
Use specialized investigation methods to assess alleged abuse, neglect or sexual abuse in foster homes and residential care facilities.
Identify the physical, behavioral, and emotional indicators of both interfamilial and extra-familial sexual abuse; assess the risk to a child of remaining in his/her family.
Investigate child abuse or neglect reports, using proper investigation practices and procedures; jointly plan and conduct investigations with local law enforcement agencies.
Conduct thorough, joint home study assessments with foster and adoptive family applicants, including engaging the family in the home study process, gathering pertinent family assessment information, drawing accurate conclusions, involving the family in self-assessment, educating the family regarding adoption and foster care, and documenting information in a written report.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Working knowledge of the techniques and principles of social casework.
Working knowledge of the theory and practice of social work.
Working knowledge of dynamics of human behavior of individuals and groups.
Working knowledge of current economic, social and psychological theories and their application to social work.
Working knowledge of the social, economic and cultural problems of a particular geographic area or specialized population.
Working knowledge of basic principles and techniques of case management.
Ability to communicate effectively with others, verbally and in writing.
Ability to develop and implement social work case plans or treatment plans.
Ability to utilize relevant personality theory, casework method and consultation in social work and casework practices.
Ability to maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
Ability to participate effectively in conferences and interviews.
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 closely related field;
One year of trainee-level professional experience in child, adult, family, or group social work. This is met by experience as Protective Services Specialist I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere.
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: