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295 Main St. 5th Floor Suite 545
Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree and four years of family and children services experience* including or supplemented by two years in the planning, development or delivery of child abuse and/or neglect programs.
This experience must include or be supplemented by one year of investigative experience and one year of professional level supervision. (The one year of professional level supervision may be substituted by two years of successful permanent experience as a Child Abuse Specialist 1)
*Children and family services experience may include, but is not limited to, adoption services, foster care services for children and/or adults, preventive services and protective services for children and/or adults.
Duties Description Oversee on-going investigations of child abuse/maltreatment in facilities caring for children.
Arrange investigation assignments and monitor workflow.
Provide investigative techniques and training to staff.
Implement child abuse prevention training in facilities and due to high workload, will assist in the investigations.
Manage the Child Protective Surveys, as well as the implementation of corrective action to guarantee and improve child safety in this region.
Conduct case consultation regarding child protective cases found to be out of compliance with NYS legislation and regulation.
Review CPS investigations of foster families that are certified by the local district and voluntary agencies.
Keep local district supervisors informed of NYS policy and practice.
Manage corrective action resulting from fatality reviews in order to ensure and improve the health and safety of children.
Supervision of the licensing and oversight of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs
Supervises and trains Buffalo Regional Office staff in all areas related to child protective services, including follow up activities required of Local Departments of Social Services in the aftermath of a child fatality review
Additional duties will be discussed in detail during the interview.
Additional Comments A valid NYS Driver’s license is required.
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.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. OCFS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. OCFS is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities and workplace diversity. It is the policy of OCFS to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying or for which they are employed. OCFS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.
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52 Washington Street, 231 North
Notes on ApplyingQualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter giving the Title, Location, and EOA Number of the position being applied for. Please provide your email address and your work, home and cell phone numbers. 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.