Goverment Jobs
Published
February 26, 2020
Location
21 - Greene County, Mississippi
Category
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Description

Characteristics of Work

This is the entry level in the Licensure Specialist series. The work involves professional social services, which encompasses the provision of case management services designed to identify and maintain resources for children requiring foster care placement until the children can be safely reunited with his/her family or adopted. As part of the Licensure Unit, incumbents focus on the recruitment, retention, training, and licensure of resource parents. The work includes developing and utilizing all agency and community resources to carry out the above objectives. Incumbents remain on call on a 24-hour basis and may be expected to intervene and/or assist law enforcement in volatile situations involving removing at-risk children from abusive parents or guardians. The incumbents receive training related to the job content and must pass a comprehensive test prior to continued employment and/or advancement. Work is performed under the supervision of an administrative superior; and close supervision is received through the review of casework plans, recorded narratives, and frequent casework conferences.
Examples of Work

Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

Recruits, studies, and recommends foster homes for approval.

Assists with the placement and supervision of children requiring foster home placement.

Provides foster care families continuous need training and/or services prior, during, and after placement.

Appears and testifies in Youth Court, Chancery Court, and Circuit Court when subpoenaed to do so.

Documents activities and time spent with clients in the case file, case management systems, and/or agency time studies.

Interviews clients to determine what services are required to meet their needs.

Maintains case history records and prepares reports.

Keeps records of assigned cases.

Participates in case conferences and/or staff meetings.

Consults with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior.

Develops and reviews service plans in consultation with clients.

Coordinates counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and/or social workers.

Makes referrals to other community/agency resources for clients as necessary.

Conducts preliminary intake interviews.

Conducts recruitment activities, orientations, and screenings for prospective foster home applicants.

Performs foster home licensure activities including ongoing training, maintaining active licensure status, and establishing/monitoring corrective action plans.

Implements administrative procedures and the agency's practice model to meet objectives set by senior management.

Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Education:
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in social work, social services, psychology, educational psychology, sociology, nursing, criminal justice, counseling, marriage and family therapy, family studies, or a related field.

Required Document:
Incumbent must possess a valid driver's license and proof of vehicle insurance, which will be verified by the hiring agency.

Health/Prescription Insurance

Eligible employees have the opportunity to participate in the state?s health and prescription insurance program. Employees may select either single or family coverage with affordable co-payments. More detail can be found at Know Your Benefits.

Wellness Benefits
Employees are eligible for a wellness and health promotion program.This plan provides annual benefits for certain services with first-dollar coverage with no deductible.
Life Insurance
All eligible employees receive an actual term life insurance policy upon employment. The policy coverage is two times the employee?s annual salary to a maximum of $100,000. More detail can be found at Life Insurance Choices.
Optional Insurances
Many agencies offer discounted premiums for dental, vision, and cancer insurance.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Many state agencies provide opportunity for employees to participate in pre-tax spending accounts.These accounts allow employees to withhold childcare expenses and unreimbursed medical expenses prior to application of state and federal taxes.

Paid Personal Leave and Sick Leave

Full-time employees receive paid time off for personal needs and for sick leave.Leave begins accruing after one month of employment and may be used as it is accrued.Employees earn approximately 18 days of personal leave annually and 12 days of sick leave annually.

Military Leave
In accordance with federal law, all employees serving in the armed forces or the military reserves are entitled to 15 days per year for military training.
Holidays
Employees receive up to 10 paid holidays to enjoy many of our nation?s celebrations with family and friends.
Retirement Programs
The State of Mississippi provides all its employees a Defined Benefit/Defined Contribution Retirement Program.Employees become vested in the State?s retirement system after 8 years of employment.Both you and your employing agency contribute toward your retirement. More detailed information regarding the State?s retirement program can be found at http://www.pers.state.ms.us
Deferred Compensation
State agencies offer several opportunities for their employees to participate in a deferred compensation voluntary retirement savings plan.More information can be found at Deferred Compensation.
State Credit Union
All state employees are eligible to participate in the Mississippi Public Employees? Credit Union.This organization offers state employees special savings and borrowing plans.For more information about this program, call 601.948.8191.

Tuition Reimbursement

Many state agencies provide opportunities for their employees to achieve higher education through tuition reimbursement.Common programs include medical and nursing fields, accounting, and business/administrative fields.

Career Development and Training
The Mississippi State Personnel Board offers several management and administrative certification programs, as well as professional development courses to enhance employee value to the agency.Individual agencies also offer technical training and allow membership in professional organizations to employees in their specific fields of employment.
Promotional Opportunities
Employees who have completed 6 or more months of service are eligible for promotional opportunities within state government employment.Minimum qualifications must be met.
Career Ladders
Many job classifications provide career-ladder opportunities based upon attainment of competencies.These career ladders can increase an individual?s salary, provided funds are available within the agency.
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What is the highest level of education (or semester hours of college) you have completed in social work, social services, education psychology, sociology, nursing, criminal justice, counseling, marriage and family therapy, family studies, or a related field?

  • None
  • GED or High School Equivalency Diploma / High School Diploma
  • 1 year / 30 semester hours
  • Associate's Degree / 2 years / 60 semester hours
  • 3 years / 90 semester hours
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Specialist Degree
  • Doctorate Degree
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Do you have a valid driver's license and proof of vehicle insurance? (Hiring agency will verify.)

  • Yes
  • No

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