Child and Family Services Trainee / Specialist - State Wide Opportunities Available

  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Sep 21, 2020
Full time Other Behavioral Health Positions

Job Description

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of children and families across Nebraska? The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is hiring outstanding individuals to join our team. If you are mission driven, action oriented, and want to help those in your own community, DHHS is looking for you! We are hiring candidates to join our upcoming training classes. Depending on the location of the training, you may be required to travel.

Trainees are hired at $15.861 per hour and after successful completion of initial training are promoted to $18.600 per hour.

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Examples of Work

In this position, you will serve as a case manager for families referred to the Department of Health and Human Services. As a Child and Family Services Specialist, you will:

  • Investigate allegations of abuse/neglect, visit homes, conduct safety assessments, establish safety plans, and initiate court interventions.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate treatment plans, authorize, coordinate, and provide family services.
  • Prepare cases with appropriate legal staff and testify in court.
  • Develop community resources; work with schools, law enforcement, and mental health providers; inform the public of protection and safety services.
  • Perform crisis intervention.
  • Prepare documentation, correspondence, and court reports.

Casework may be with children/juveniles who have been adjudicated as delinquent or status offenders. Promotion to Child & Family Services Specialist will occur after successful completion of required classroom and on-the-job training programs. Casework is handled out of offices in Gering, North Platte, Alliance, Chadron, Lexington, McCook, Ogallala, Sidney, Norfolk, Seward, York, Columbus, Dakota City, Fremont, Pender, Pierce, Ainsworth, Broken Bow, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, O'Neill, Omaha, Lincoln, Beatrice, Nebraska City, and Geneva. Applicants will be requested to designate preferred office locations on the application. Submitting an application for a continuously advertised position does not guarantee that a job is available for your preferred location. Applications can be submitted every 30 days in consideration for opportunities across the state. As positions in new locations become available, eligible applications will be considered. 

Job Requirements

REQUIREMENTS:A Bachelors degree in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, human development, mental health care, education, criminal justice or other closely related area. Consideration will be given to applicants who will receive a Bachelor's degree within 90 days of application date.

PREFERRED: Experience in child welfare and/or case management experience, internships with human services/child welfare agencies will also be considered, demonstrated ability to provide excellent written and verbal communication, and ability to effectively manage time and deadlines.

OTHER: Valid driver's license or the ability to provide independent authorized transportation.Mandatory Attendance Required for Classroom and On the job training consisting of 14 weeks. 


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