CPS FAD Spec II- 464468

Texas Human and Health Services

Full Time
Houston, TX
Posted 4 months ago
Category: FLSA Exempt/
Non-Exempt:
Non-Exempt
Agency: Dept of Family & Protectve Svc Department: Region 6A CPS Dir Del – FAD
Job Title: CPS FAD Spec II Posting Number: 464468
Full Time/Part Time : Full Time Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Location: 2525 MURWORTH City: HOUSTON
Contact: AccessHR Service Center Telephone: 888-894-4747
Salary Range: $4,098.31 – $4,309.00 Salary Group: B16
Shift: Days (First) Travel: 60%
Closing Date: 10/05/2020
Job Description:
CPS FAD Spec I -IV

The position recruits, studies, licenses, and develops foster homes for the Child Protective Services program. The position interacts routinely with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services staff, clients, and the general public.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is responsible for protecting the unprotected — children, elderly, and people with disabilities — from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. DFPS accomplishes this responsibility by employing over 12,000 workers who live up to the agency’s Mission, Vision, & Values in service to the 27 million citizens of Texas.

WHY WORK FOR DFPS?
DFPS is not only a qualifying organization for the Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which forgives the remaining balance on college student Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying monthly payments, but also offers excellent health benefits, special discounts on many products and services through the Discount Purchase Program, a lifetime monthly retirement annuity as well as Texa$aver 401(k) and 457 Programs under the Employees Retirement System of Texas. As a state-certified caseworker, you will also have an exciting opportunity to increase your base salary by 20% in the first 18 months through our training and certification process. An additional benefit you will receive is 12 days of paid annual leave, 12 sick days, and the potential to earn up to four days of administrative leave each year. Your annual paid leave accrual increases as your tenure increases.

Essential Job Functions:
The position recruits, studies, licenses, and develops foster homes for the Child Protective Services program. The position interacts routinely with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services staff, clients, and the general public.

• Conducts Parent Resource Information and Development Education training groups and completes foster home studies to certify homes for child placement. Provide on-going training to families. • Conducts monthly visits, quarterly visits, completes revalidation studies and update studies on licensed foster homes to ensure continued compliance with standards for child placement. • Investigates reports of standards violations in verified/approved homes and assess current or future risk to children by interviewing parents, family members, and others, interviewing and examining children; assessing home environment; and gathering pertinent formation from other sources. • Recruits prospective foster parents through media contact and speaking engagements. Manage TARE (Texas Adoption Resource Exchange) and corresponds with inquiries regarding children • Performs other duties as assigned and required to maintain unit operations. • Promotes and demonstrates appropriate respect for cultural diversity among coworkers and all work-related contacts. • Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of agency policies and procedures. • Skill in effective verbal and written communication. • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. • Skill in investigative techniques. • Ability to operate a personal computer and use various software packages including, the Information Management Protecting Adults and Children System and Word. • Ability to travel within the region and work evenings and weekends as needed
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Applicants for positions which require, as part of the essential functions of the job, driving a motor vehicle, must have a reliable motor vehicle, an acceptable driving record for the past five years, and a current, valid Texas driver’s license appropriate for the vehicle and passenger or cargo load. Applicants must provide proof of driving record and license.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Child Protective Services Specialist I: Bachelor’s degree OR an Associate’s degree plus two (2) years of relevant work experience OR 60 college credit hours plus two (2) years relevant work experience OR 90 college credit hours plus one (1) year of relevant work experience.

Example of relevant work experience in social, human, or protective services include paid or volunteer work within social service agencies or communities providing services to families or other at-risk populations.

Child Protective Services Specialist II: Employed as a Child Protective Services Specialist I for 9 months AND have received Child Protective Services Specialist Certification OR currently employed as a Child Protective Services Specialist II in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services OR previously employed as a Child Protective Services Specialist II in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Child Protective Services Specialist III: Employed as a Child Protective Services Specialist II for 9 months AND have received Advanced Child Protective Services Specialist Certification OR currently employed as a Child Protective Services Specialist III in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services OR previously employed as a Child Protective Services Specialist III in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Child Protective Services Specialist IV: Employed as a Child Protective Services Specialist III for 24 months AND have received Senior Advanced Child Protective Services Specialist Certification OR currently employed as a Child Protective Services Specialist IV in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services OR previously employed as a Child Protective Services Specialist IV in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Additional Information:
REQ 464468

This position may be filled at any level from a CPS FAD Specialist I to CPS FAD Specialist IV. Factors such as education and experience may be considered when establishing the starting salary. The starting salary for former agency employees and employees transferring directly from other Texas state agencies may exceed the range above.

Applicants considered for placement in this position will be required to pass a drug screening. At the point of offer, candidates will be referred to a testing site. Note that it is important to maintain current contact information in the event you are referred for testing. A final offer of employment will not be extended until the agency receives confirmation of successful test results.

Newly hired DFPS employees in eligible positions will be assigned a DFPS cellular phone.

During the 83rd Legislature (2013), the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 427 which requires prospective and current child placing agency (CPA) employees to complete a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) fingerprint check. Child Protective Services functions as a CPA therefore a fingerprint check will be required for each Conservatorship (CVS) and Foster/Adoption home (FAD) direct delivery staff or applicant being considered for employment.

MOS Code:
Note: There may be no military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
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