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at Louisiana Department of Civil Service

Posted: 8/23/2019
Job Reference #: 1301810
Categories: Childcare/Daycare
Keywords: children, child

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Supplemental Information

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Disclaimer: portions of this video contain graphic photos of child abuse and poor living conditions.

This job announcement vacancy is located in one of the following parishes:  Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, or Jefferson Davis.

Applicants who possess a Bachelor's and/or Master's degree and who are using this degree to qualify for this job must either attach the transcript when applying for this position or be prepared to submit an official transcript before any final job offer will be made. 

Selected candidates that have a Baccalaureate degree or Master's degree in Social Work are required to possess a Social Work License.  A copy of the current license must be provided before any final job offer will be made.

In accordance with La. R.S. 46:51.2 the department shall conduct a State Central Registry (SCR) check for a potential employee of the department to determine whether or not said individual's name appears on a SCR subsequent to December 31, 2009, and whose duties include: investigations of child abuse or neglect, supervisory or disciplinary authority over children, direct care to a child, or performance of licensing surveys.

In accordance with state laws, selected candidates must pass the following checks before any final job offer will be made: Drug Test, Criminal Background, State Central Registry, and Louisiana State Police Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry.

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as a Child Welfare Specialist Trainee, 1, 2, or 3 depending on the level of education and experience of the selected applicant(s). The annual salary range is $29,640.00 minimum and $80,267.00 maximum. Please refer to the "Job Specifications" tab located at the top of the LA Careers "Current Job Opportunities" page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.


These positions have a Special Entrance Rate (SER) see below: 

Child Welfare Specialist Trainee (Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or Related ) – SER:  $1143.56/bi-weekly – Pay Level SS-411

Child Welfare Specialist 1 (Master's Degree in Social Work or Related ) – SER:  $1333.00/bi-weekly – Pay Level SS-412

Child Welfare Specialist 2 (Master's Degree in Social Work or Related ) – SER:  $1523.00/bi-weekly – Pay Level SS-414

Child Welfare Specialist 3 (Master's Degree in Social Work or Related ) – SER:  $1630.00/bi-weekly – Pay Level SS-415

Before applying, applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements.

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy. 

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.

Must possess a valid driver's license.

Applicants can check the status of their application at any time by selecting the 'Application Status' link after logging into their account. Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.

Application Status Message

What it Means

Application received - Your application has been submitted successfully.
Checking for required test score - We are making sure you have an active, passing score for the required written test.
Written Exam – See History – Click on the History link for test results.  Candidates with an active, passing score will designate as "Pass".  Candidates with a failure on the written exam designate as "Fail".  If no information is present, you have no present written exam results.
Evaluating experience - Your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
Minimum Qualification Review – See History – Click the History link for the results of your application review.  Passing candidates will designate as "Pass".  Failing candidates will designate as "Fail".
Eligible for consideration - You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.
Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.
Referred to hiring manager for review - Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager.  You may or may not be called for an interview.
Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.
Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.

The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers, and at the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.  If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.  
(Please note:  Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process.  Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process.  Such questions should be directed to the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available.  Information is also provided on our job seeker website at https://jobs.civilservice.louisiana.gov/).

For additional information please contact:
Janie Horton, HR Analyst
Phone:  (337) 475-3033
Email:  Janie.Horton@LA.GOV

DCFS is an "Equal Opportunity Employer" and Louisiana is a "State as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities"  


Any of the following will qualify:
1. A baccalaureate degree in social work; psychology; psychiatric nursing; psychiatry; mental health counseling; rehabilitation counseling; psychological counseling; criminal justice; sociology; applied sociology; human services counseling; education with a concentration in special education; family and consumer sciences with a concentration in child, family and social services; guidance and counseling; human development counseling; social services counseling; vocational rehabilitation; or human services.
2. A baccalaureate degree in a non-related field plus one year of professional social services work.
3. A master's degree in a non-related field.
A valid driver's license and access to a personal vehicle.
Individuals occupying this job who are subject to state licensing or registration laws administered by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners must possess and keep current the license or registration.
Preference will be given to qualified candidates with a master's degree in social work.
The incumbent of this position must not have been convicted or pled nolo contendere to a crime listed in R.S. 15.587.1 (c).
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Job Concepts

To train in performing professional child welfare services for the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families as mandated by state and federal laws.
Direct from a Child Welfare Supervisor.
Department of  Children and Family Services.
Differs from Child Welfare Services Assistant by the presence of training to perform professional child welfare services.

Differs from Child Welfare Specialist 1 by the absence of independence in the performance of assigned duties.
See allocation criteria memo.

Examples of Work

Under very close supervision, may perform the following duties based upon program assignment:

Participates in developing case plans and objectives in family team conferences and agency staffings, and prepares cases for presentation to the multi-disciplinary team for consultation.
Provides supportive counseling and other supportive services for clients and arranges for the provision of services from community resources based on the case plan.
Interviews clients and families and composes correspondence to compile social histories and psychosocial assessments.
Prepares and submits appropriate reports to the court and the district attorney on cases in compliance with state laws and agency policy, prepares and submits necessary affidavits, and testifies in court proceedings.
Conducts regular home visits to assess safety factors and works with the family toward reunification or some other permanent placement for the child.
Searches for relatives and locates, selects, and oversees the most appropriate placement or change of placement for a child.
Obtains identifying information, determines if the report meets intake requirements as established by state law, determines the current status of the child and/or adult to evaluate extent of danger/risk, determines priority level of report, and prepares complaint form.
Investigate allegations of abuse and/or neglect of children and/or adults in accordance with agency policy and state law. Provides those services required for the child's immediate safety.
May serve on 24-hour on-call duty to respond to child abuse and/or neglect reports.
Assesses needs in response to identified problems with particular focus on those affecting the parent/child relationship, parenting ability, or other factors contributing to the abusive and/or neglectful environment in the family.
Conducts regular home visits with the familiy to assess safety and risk factors and determine further treatment needs.
Develops a case plan with the family to address identified issues and to link the family to community resources.