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Area Administrator – Child Protection Service (SPSA, opt 6)

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Job description

Job Responsibilities

Serves as Area Administrator of Child Protection Services

  • Plans, develops, and oversees the administration and integration of comprehensive child protective services for assigned areas within the region
  • Maintains authority and accountability for system outcomes and continuity of care in designated areas
  • Directs, coordinates, and reviews the activities of program personnel
  • Provides extensive input into the formulation and development of policies and procedures for program services and directs their implementation within area of oversight
  • Interacts with and coordinates community and field office support with the appropriate Area Administrators for Permanency Services
  • Advises the Associate Regional Administrator of program needs, achievements, and problematic issues, developing strategies and proposals to address problem areas and enhance operations
  • Drives or travels to various locations in the performance of duties

Serves as full line supervisor of subordinate supervisory staff

  • Assigns and reviews work
  • Provides guidance and training to assigned staff
  • Counsels staff regarding work performance
  • Reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs
  • Establishes annual goals and objectives
  • Approves/disapproves time off requests
  • Adjusts first level grievances
  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline, up to and including discharge
  • Works independently with Labor Relations regarding disciplinary issues, providing significant input regarding proposed disciplinary actions
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs

Provides input into all regional planning activities for child protection and coordination with child welfare services

  • Interprets and enforces state and federal statutes and Department policies and procedures
  • Designs and implements evaluation tools
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of programs and communicates recommendations to the Associate Regional Administrator

Coordinates program support services within the region

  • Reviews and assesses the quality and effectiveness of individual child protection team functioning
  • Considers results of random review and performance indicator measurements in planning and implementing corrective action

Consults with and advises community and regional advisory councils, committees, and private agencies on program needs, standards, and services

  • Provides input and speaks to community groups and agencies concerning the development and coordination of a system of community-based services relevant to child welfare and protective services
  • Provides input into the development and implementation of local, county, and statewide programs and initiatives

Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Education Degree

  • Requires an MSW or master’s degree in a related human services field, in business administration, or a juris doctorate
  • Requires four years of administrative child welfare experience with an MSW or five years of administrative child welfare experience with a master’s degree in a related human services field, in business administration, or a juris doctorate

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Prefers 5 years of experience managing or conducting child protection investigations
  • Prefers a minimum of 3 years of experience supervising professional staff
  • Prefers professional experience in the oversight of a large program with multiple sites or multiple teams of subordinate professional staff
  • Prefers experience conducting quality review of team functioning
  • Prefers professional experience in the development and implementation of policies and procedures
  • Prefers professional experience conducting planning activities for a social work program on a regional or statewide basis in a management capacity
  • Prefers professional experience conducting community outreach as a representative of a public or business organization

Employment Conditions

  • Requires the ability to pass a background check
  • Requires possession of a valid driver’s license and ability to travel
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