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 more than 9,000 employees.DHS is comprised of three divisions:Division of Aging Services, Division of Child SupportServices, and the Division of Family and Children Services.
The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is working to implement significant child welfare reform through the Blueprint for Change plan, which is the Division's roadmap to improving the lives of the children and families we serve. It is about strong practice, a committed workforce and the authentic internal and external engagement with our staff and the community. The Blueprint for Change has three pillars:
- Practice Model: Adoption of a practice model that will serve as the foundation to keep kids safe and strengthen families; and inclusion of guiding principles, vision and mission statement.
- Robust Workforce Development: Increased staffing and expertise for Child Welfare and Family Independence; research-based caseload ratios; mentoring for supervisors; improved compensation based on proven competency; and development of a career path.
- Constituent Engagement: Creation of advisory boards at state, regional and local levels; organized "roadshows" to engage the public, local stakeholders and media; and build consensus and collaboration among partners, staff, and stakeholders.
Pay Grade: J
DFCS is seeking candidates for the positions of Social Services Specialist Supervisor. This position reports to the Permanency Social Services Administrator and will be based in Fulton County. Supervises, guides, and/or instructs the work assignments of subordinate staff. Supervises a social services unit that provides investigative and comprehensive case management for child/adult abuse or neglect. Directs profession staff in delivery of services, sets unit goals, and regulates workloads in accordance with agency goals. Ensures that immediate and follow-up actions for at risk clients occur in a timely manner.
Role and Responsibilities:
Under limited supervision, the Social Services Specialist Supervisor:
- Supervises and plans work of assigned staff.
- Accesses and records client and community resource information.
- Collects evidence, interviews witnesses, and prepares necessary reports according to rules and regulations, state and federal laws.
- Compiles records and prepares reports; performs follow-up to determine the status of client's case.
- Conducts home-visit evaluations for information gathering to be used in assessments.
- Coordinates and monitors children in out-of-home placements and in-home Interventions.
- Coordinates and monitors services, Including comprehensive tracking of client's activities.
- Develops case plans that effective utilize community resources to meet needs of individual custodial client.
- Identifies placement resources for children within the foster care system.
- Initiates the legal process for guardianship, protective services, placement and/or adoption.
- Maintains required documentation and completes reports.
- Makes immediate assessments regarding safety of clients and responds according to established protocol and policies.
- Performs initial investigations of protective services referrals to determine the appropriateness of protective services Intervention.
- Works In collaboration with legal system to ensure safety and achieve desired outcomes.
- Directs professional staff in developing their skills, delivering quality services and documenting efforts.
- Establishes unit goals.
- Reviews, approves/disapproves, or renders decisions on casework being performed by staff.
- Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited college or universityANDOne year of experience in a lead/supervisory capacity.
- Master's degree in any behavioral science from an accredited college or universityANDtwo years case management experience.
- Bachelor of Social Work degree from an accredited college or universityANDtwo years case management experience*
- Bachelor's degree in any behavioral scienceANDthree years case management experience.
- One year of experience at lower level Social Svcs Spec 3 (SSP072) or position equivalent.
Note:Behavioral Science degrees include but are not limited to the following: social science, psychology, sociology, child development, family studies, criminal justice, education, public health, public administration, nursing. Additional Information
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, motor vehicle history check and may 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
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.
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.
Peach State Reserves: 1-877-342-7339ERS / Peach State Reserves
Employees are eligible to become members of theAtlanta Postal Credit UnionandGeorgia United Credit Union
- 1+ Years
- 2+ Years
- 3+ Years
- Master's Degree
- Bachelor's Degree
- Associate's Degree
- None of the Above
- Less than 1 Year
- 1-2 Years
- 3-4 Years
- More than 4 Years
* Required Question