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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/26/24

Applications Due03/12/24

Vacancy ID152073

NY HELPNo

AgencyChildren & Family Services, Office of

TitleChildren and Family Services Specialist 1 (NY HELPS)

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade18

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $65001 to $82656 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 30%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5

Workday

From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Rensselaer

Street Address Capital View Office Park - CWCS

52 Washington Street, North Building

City Rensselaer

StateNY

Zip Code12144

Minimum Qualifications Transfer: One year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service in this title or in a title eligible for 70.1 transfer.

Open to the Public: This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS).*

To be considered for appointment through NY HELPS, candidates must meet the open-competitive minimum qualifications for this position.

The qualifications for the full SG 18 level are: bachelors or higher degree AND two years of professional qualifying experience**; masters or higher degree AND one year of professional qualifying experience*; or masters or higher degree in social work.
**Qualifying experience is defined as: Either 1: providing services to children and their families either in the inspection, management, or administration of: foster care programs; day care programs; adoption programs; domestic violence programs; youth detention facilities; or other providers of care, support, and assistance to children, assuring compliance for certification or licensing purposes; OR 2: providing, supervising, monitoring, or administering services for children, adults, or their families, including but not limited to: providing social casework, case planning, case management, counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy on behalf of clients, or direct investigation of potential abuse and neglect in one or more of the following settings: human services; juvenile justice; criminal justice; local departments of social services; or local voluntary childcare service programs.
This position may be designated 55 b/c and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility.

Duties Description The position of Children and Family Service Specialist (CFSS) is essential to the Albany Regional Office’s (ARO) ability to oversee the Local Social Services Districts (LDSS) and the various child welfare programs that OCFS licenses throughout the state. New York State’s laws and regulations are designed to protect the safety and well-being of youth and families in the child welfare system. Monitoring compliance with these laws and regulations is an essential function of the Regional Office. In addition to monitoring compliance with laws and regulations, the CFSS staff are responsible for providing technical assistance and support to the LDSSs.

Duties: Detailed duties description of what the position will perform.

• Work with Local Department of Social Services (LDSSs), Voluntary Agencies (VAs) and preventive services programs to use a data-informed approach to improve the outcomes of children and families, based on federal and state standards.
• Review and evaluate local district County Plans and/or Annual Plan Updates as assigned. Provide County Plan monitoring and technical assistance to Districts as necessary.
• Participate in program reviews for local departments of social services and voluntary agencies, including reviews of foster boarding homes, Title IV-E eligibility, and ensuring compliance with Family First requirements.
• Provide licensing oversight to agencies and organizations. Prepare application packages for approval and certification of new programs, re-certify, and conduct annual visits to programs as necessary.
• Provide oversight and monitoring of local social services districts (LDSSs), voluntary agencies (VAs) or foster boarding homes as assigned including on-site visits.
• Provide technical assistance and monitoring to LDSSs, VAs and other OCFS licensed programs on numerous program areas including child welfare programs, CONNECTIONS, complaint resolution, regulatory clarification, and Family First Implementation.
• Participate in the management of activities related to the review of complaints involving foster boarding homes, child protective services, preventive services and conduct reviews as necessary.

Additional Comments *For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title maybe filled via a non- competitive appointment, which means no examination is required but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments. In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission Action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, without having to compete in an examination. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in any promotion examination for which they are qualified.

Candidates who took and passed the most recent holding of the Professional Careers Opportunities (PCO) Exam are encouraged to apply.

Background Investigation Requirements:

1) All prospective employees will be investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC), which includes State and federal Criminal History Record Checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application, may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information, and may be required to pay any necessary fees.

2) All prospective employees will be screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees will be required to pay any necessary fees.

3) For Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY) prospective appointees will be checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable.

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is an equal opportunity employer. OCFS does not discriminate based upon age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, military or veteran status, sex, disability (including pregnancy-related conditions), predisposing genetic characteristics, familial status, marital status or status as a victim of domestic violence, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice and recognize that diversity in our workforce is critical to fulfilling our mission. We are committed to the diversity of our staff, and encourage applicants from marginalized communities to apply. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment of inclusion that affirms and celebrates the backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff. Applicants of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to self-identify during the application process.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Telephone 518-473-7936

Fax 518-473-6122

Email Address eoajobpostings@ocfs.ny.gov

Address

Street Bureau of Personnel - TAB

52 Washington Street, 231 North

City Rensselaer

State NY

Zip Code 12144

 

Notes on ApplyingQualified candidates should e-mail their resume and letter of interest to eoajobpostings@ocfs.ny.gov You MUST include the Vacancy number of the position in the subject line of your email and/or cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. In order to qualify you for the position when you have current or prior New York State employment, you may be contacted by OCFS Personnel for your social security number to confirm your employment history.

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