The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) delivers a wide range of human services designed to promote self-sufficiency and well-being for all Georgians. The department is one of the largest agencies in state government with an annual budget of $1.8 billion and nearly 9,000 employees.DHS is comprised of three Divisions: the Division of Aging Services, the Division of Child Support Services, and the Division of Family and Children Services.
The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) is seeking candidates for the position of Advocate2. This position is based at the DCSS office located in Carrollton, CarrollCounty, GA.
DCSS is the division within DHS that enhances the well-being of children by locating non-custodial parents; establishing paternity and support orders; enforcing and modifying support obligations; and collecting and distributing child support payments. This program promotes parent accountability and self-sufficiency while reducing the public responsibility for providing financial and medical support to children. DCSS also administers several outreach programs to include but not limited to Fatherhood, Prison Re-Entry and Problem Solving Court. All of these outreach initiatives are devoted to increasing non-custodial parental involvement in the child's life.Job Description
Pay Grade: H
- Establishes child support obligations and ensures that such obligations are met.
- Communicates with clients and other constituents via telephone, email correspondence and direct contact to ensure that support obligations are met.
- Manages a caseload to ensure that child support obligations are met.
- Promotes Problem Solving Case resolution efforts and performs the core work and activities to include enforcement of orders, attending court hearings, addressing case management alerts, responding to customer inquiries, conducting weekly meetings, etc.
- Engages in outreach efforts to recruit community partnerships to supplement existing services.
- Identifies and meets with employers to secure employment for program participants.
- Develops and maintains a comprehensive public relations process through the assessment of needs and referrals to resource providers who can provide necessary support and resources to address identified barriers.
- Performs other professional responsibilities as assigned.
- Ability to use customer service skills to include active listening and sound judgment.
- Excellent oral, written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills.
- Strong proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, and/or standard software applications typically use in a corporate environment.
- Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university.
- High school diploma or GED equivalent and two (2) years human services or legal services case management work experience.
- Three (3) years military experience as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer with an honorable discharge or serving as an active reservist.
- One (1) year work experience as a DCSS Agent 1, Agent 2 or Agent 3.
Preferred Skills/Qualifications:Preference will be given to candidates who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, demonstrate some or all of the following skills/experience:
- Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science (criminal justice, psychology, sociology, etc.) or a business degree (management, public relations, hospitality, marketing, etc.) from an approved, accredited college or university and two (2) years' work experience within a government judicial system as a parole/probation officer, court counselor/advocate, officer of the court, etc. for low risk offenders.
Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.
The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DHS will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.
Criminal Background Checks/Applicant Privacy Rights
All applicants may be subject to a drug screen, a motor vehicle report check andmay be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of criminal history information
through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Applicants have the right to challenge the contents of any criminal history record obtained for the purpose of employment with DHS. For an explanation of these rights, please read, "Applicant Privacy Rights" at:http://gbi.georgia.gov/sites/gbi.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/ApplicantPrivacyRights.pdf(Download PDF reader)
NON-CRIMINAL JUSTICE APPLICANT'S PRIVACY RIGHTS
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As an employee of DHS, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.
DHSis an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of DHS to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.
This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.
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In addition to a competitive salary, DHS offers a generous benefits package, which includes employee retirement plan; paid holidays annually; vacation and sick leave; health, dental, vision, legal, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, health and child care spending account. Visithttp://team.georgia.gov/for more information.
Health, dental, vision, legal, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, healthcare and childcare spending accounts, and life insurance plans are available.
Health Benefits: 1-800-610-1863State Health Benefit Plan
Flexible Benefits:1-877-342-7339GA Breeze Portal
State employees participate in the Employee's Retirement System. Contributions are based on a percentage of salary and service date entry
Employee Retirement System: 1-800-805-4609ERS Website
Tax shelter plans are available that enable employees to provide for greater retirement security. Fund programs are available in both 457(k) and 401(k) plans.
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