State of Massachusetts Fair Hearing Supervisor in 600 Washington Street, Massachusetts

The Department of Children and Families seeks dedicated child welfare professionals who are committed to upholding the Department’s fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. The Department’s vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous learning.

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_GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:_

Provide supervision of Fair Hearing Officers who carry out activities necessary for fair hearings which pertain to DCF investigations, foster care and other related agency decisions. Ensure that hearings are assigned, conducted and completed within the DCF regulatory timeframes. When necessary, may conduct fair hearings and draft fair hearing decisions. Since hearings are held at the area office level; travel is required. This position will require statewide travel.

_EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:_

  1. Ensure that fair hearings are conducted according to DCF regulations and

policies;

  1. Review and approve fair hearing decisions ensuring that the findings and

rulings are in accordance with DCF regulations and policies and those

decisions are analytically sound and written in a clear and cogent manner and within DCF regulatory time frames.

  1. Work with Area Offices and recommend settlement of fair hearing disputes

where appropriate.

  1. Ensure that the fair hearing are timely assigned, held and completed

(decision issued) according to the DCF regulatory time frames.

  1. Enter data into the DCF electronic data base.

  2. Maintain data regarding monthly activity and other reports as directed; assist

in the analysis of Fair Hearing data and make recommendations for system changes.

  1. Travel to DCF Area Offices to conduct trainings as required.

  2. Travel to DCF Area Offices to conduct fair hearings as required.

_PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:_

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1.Thorough knowledge of the Department’s current regulations, policies and

pertinent state statutes.

  1. Strong written and oral communication skills.

  2. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with staff at all

levels of the agency.

  1. Demonstrated ability to organize and analyze complex information and data.

Required work experience:

At least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a licensed social worker or after certification as a child protective worker as permitted by state law. Based on assignment to second-level or higher supervisory positions, at least one year of experience must have been in a supervisory capacity. Based on assignment, at least one year of experience must have included advanced specialized clinical or administrative assignments.

Substitutions:



  1. A Doctorate in Social Work may be substituted for two years of the required non-supervisory experience.

  2. No substitutions will be permitted for the required supervisory experience.

_Required Education_:


A Master’s or higher degree in social work is required.


Licenses:

  1. Current and valid licensure as a Licensed Social Work Associate, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Certified Social Worker, or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Social Work is required.

  2. Based on assignment, a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s license or the equivalent from another state may be required.

_MISSION STATEMENT:_

The Department of Children and Families (formerly, DSS) seeks dedicated child welfare professionals who are committed to upholding the fundamental responsibility of protecting children from abuse and neglect. The Department’s vision is to ensure the safety of children in a manner that holds the best hope of nurturing a sustained, resilient network of relationships to support the child’s growth and development into adulthood. DCF is revising its core work processes and policies to align with its core practice values and is approaching organizational change at three levels: clinical, managerial and systemic. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) strength-based, 4) community-focused, 5) culturally safe, and, 6) committed to continuous learning. A commitment to diversity and cultural competence is central to the agency’s organizational change.

*Please ensure that you attach a resume with your application submission to this requisition. *

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and click on "Information for Job Applicants".

As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

  • Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact the CYF Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


*Applicants must have (A) a Master’s degree, in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education or criminal justice or a relevant human services degree, and (B) a current and valid Licensures as a Licensed Social Work Associate, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Certified Social Worker or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker issued by the Massachusetts Board of Registration, and (C) and four (4) years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience in social work (based on assignment, at least one year must have included advanced specialized clinical or administrative assignments) with at least (D) one (1) year of experience must have been in a supervisory or team leadership capacity or (E) or any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

*Applicants at the Department of Children and Families must obtain the required license in Social Work within the first nine (9) months of employment.

The classification may require possession of a current and valid Motor Vehicle Driver’s License at a class level specific to assignment.

Substitutions:

I. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (C) experience.


An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Community and Social Services

Organization: *Department of Children & Families

Title: Fair Hearing Supervisor

Location: Massachusetts-600 Washington Street

Requisition ID: 170003LC