The Suquamish Tribe Child Protective Services Investigator


The Suquamish Tribe is recruiting for a Child Protective Services Investigator in the Tribal Child Welfare Department. The incumbent is responsible for conducting investigations of cases involving allegations of abuse and neglect of Native American Children within the Suquamish Tribal Jurisdiction as mandated by the Suquamish Family Code. Provides back up case management services for Tribal Child Welfare clients as directed.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:
Performs thorough investigations from reports of child abuse and/or neglect in conjunction with Suquamish Family Code, and within tribal jurisdiction.

Assesses risk and safety of children in familial homes and other placements. To include completion of safety assessments, which may result in an out-of-home placement, safety contract, prevention plan or filing a dependency petition. Establishes CPS contracts and or Prevention Plan's when appropriate. Monitors the progress of parents involved and makes referrals to service providers as identified in contract.

Must be able to demonstrate knowledge in one or more areas of juvenile justice, child abuse and neglect, family dynamics, and child development.

Knowledgeable about and sensitive to the clients cultural needs and shall apply the prevailing social and cultural standards of the community in order to maintain the client's social and cultural ties.

Facilitates out of home placement when necessary in collaboration within our jurisdiction, in collaboration with law enforcement and or the court. Determines placement resources and alternatives for children.

Receives and documents reports of child abuse/neglect allegations. Promptly follows up with supervisor and initiates appropriate actions within defined policies and procedures to include a thorough investigation and makes a determination regarding the nature of the allegations.

Initiates court actions through appropriate petitions and motions in conjunction with Tribal Attorney's.

Testifies and presents CPS evidence and case plan needs in tribal hearings.

Completes comprehensive reports to court.

May be required to promptly respond to after-hours CPS situations. Participates in staff training and on-going staff meetings.

Participates in weekly staffing's with immediate supervisors to update on all cases currently working on.

Will make appropriate collateral contacts when conducting investigations in reported cases of child abuse/neglect.

Maintains complete case records of the CPS investigation; includes but not limited to court documents, collateral contacts, face to face interviews, medical records, police reports, FAMLINK history searches, background check documents, all CPS history available and any financial records collected.

Maintains and ensures highest level of confidentiality regarding client issues. Must be willing to travel and transport clients.

SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Must exhibit fundamental expressive and receptive communication skills including but not limited to a proficiency in reading, writing, and verbal discourse; the philosophy of the interdisciplinary team process and procedures of individual behavior management and skill acquisition.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Knowledge of community, tribal, county and state resources, and ability to maintain positive relations with those resources.

Effective oral and written communication skills.

Ability to respond calmly to crisis situations. Resourceful, with strong problem solving skills. Experience and knowledge in providing crisis intervention.

Ability to assess safety and risk of harm to children. Ability to maintain strict client confidentiality.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Must complete child abuse and neglect interviewing training within 6 months of employment. Must have CPR/First Aid certification and tuberculosis test.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree (8.A. in a related field or a 8.S.W.) from a four-year college or university and two years' experience in CPS investigations in Indian Country is preferred. Casework services also preferred.


Salary D.O.E., plus benefits package. You may apply at www.suquamish.nsn.us. To request a job description, call the Suquamish Tribe Job Line at (360) 394-8414 or e-mail bdumford@suquamish.nsn.us CLOSES 6/21/17.

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