State of Nebraska Child and Family Services Specialist Trainee - Adult Protective Services - Gering in Gering, Nebraska

Child and Family Services Specialist Trainee - Adult Protective Services - Gering


$15.62 Hourly


Gering, NE

Job Type



Health & Human Services Department

Job Number



7/23/2018 11:59 PM Central

  • Description

  • Benefits


The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking outstanding individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of children and families in Gering. We are looking for individuals for this essential position who are mission driven, action oriented, and possess excellent communication skills. We are seeking candidates to fill positions for openings throughout the state and are hiring for spots in our upcoming training classes. The location of the training has not yet been determined, but depending on the locale, some candidates may be required to travel to attend training class. Trainees are hired at $15.627 per hour and after successful completion of mandatory initial training are promoted to $18.058 per hour. Please view the following link for a Realistic Job Preview of the position:

Schedule:Mon- Fri 8am- 5pm, Some On-call, Weekends, Holidays, After hours required

This position is federally funded and may be governed by the Federal Hatch Act. Click here to review the Act. (the web page address is:

Examples of Work

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

• 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 mandatory classroom and on-the-job training programs. This position will be located in Gering but the coverage area includes 29 area counties.

Qualifications / 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.

OTHER: Valid driver's license or the ability to provide independent authorized transportation. Ability and willingness to travel throughout coverage area.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Family life issues and dynamics; community services; child adolescent and adult behavior. Skill in: Interviewing clients to collect and elicit essential information and assess client's needs and progress; openly and honestly discussing concerns with others in a non-judgmental way. Ability to: Learn the importance of commitment to individuals and families; protect confidential information; communicate effectively with community service providers, law enforcement, the court and legal systems and vulnerable adults' families and/or advocates; organize and maintain case records; learn and apply the principles and practices of direct case management including assessment, analyzing critical information, plan development and implementation in setting up individual case/treatment plans; respond flexibly and adapt to new or changing circumstances; manage time and work flow to work independently and meet deadlines; exhibit a sense of fairness; be available through regular and predictable work attendance; demonstrate professionalism and operate basic computer software and hardware