The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) provides a wide range of human services designed to promote self-sufficiency, safety and we/I-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. OHS 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 Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), a division of the Georgia Department of Human Services, investigates reports of child abuse; finds foster and adoptive homes for abused and neglected children; issues SNAP, Medicaid, TANF and childcare assistance to low-income families; helps out-of-work parents get back on their feet; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help families in need.
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: F
Under broad supervision, provides a broad range of social services to patients/clients/consumers and their families. Conducts patient/client/consumer intakes, participates in treatment team planning, and performs crisis intervention. Assists in dealing with personal and social problems. May provide supportive counseling to consumers and families and/or serve as a liaison for social services. May perform case management duties. Performs lead worker functions.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
- Performs job responsibilitieswith minimal supervision.
- Serves as job expert or organization resource in assigned areas.
- Performs Lead worker functions including assigning and reviewing subordinates work.
- Assists clients in locating and utilizing community resources including legal, medical and financial assistance and other referral services.
- Completes client intakes based on interviews with clients, their families, significant others and appropriate community agencies.
- Counsels clients living in group homes and halfway houses; assists in pre-release and release planning.
- Implements and organizes the delivery of specific social services within the community.
- Implements like skills workshops and programs in behavior management, youth services, community and social services.
- Maintains contact with other social services agencies and health care providers involved with clients to provide information and obtain feedback on client's overall progress.
- Maintains program statistics for purposes of evaluationand research.
- Monitors client's progress towards treatment goals.
- Prepares intake reports and case history records.
- Provides crisis intervention and emergency shelter services.
- Provides short-term case management and referral services to clients with emergency situations.
- Bachelor's degree in a social services related field from an accredited college or university AND One year of experience in a social services related field
- High school diploma or GED AND Three years of experience in a social services related position
- One year of experience at the lower level Social Svcs Tech 2 (SST011) or position equivalent.
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(Download PDF reader)(Download PDF reader)(Download PDF reader)(Download PDF reader)(Download PDF reader)
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.
DHS is 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
- Bachelor's Degree
- Associate's Degree
- Some College/Tech
- High School Diploma
- None of the Above
- Less than 1 Year
- 1+ Years
- 2+ Years
- 3+ Years
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