The position serves as a Residential Child Care Licensing Investigator and is responsible for conducting child abuse/neglect investigations of children placed in 24-hour childcare facilities and child placing agencies licensed or certified by Residential Child Care Licensing. In addition, the Residential Child Care Licensing Investigator conducts investigations to determine the facility’s compliance with related Minimum Standards. The position documents the conduct and findings of both investigations. The abuse/neglect investigation deals with victims and perpetrators of child abuse/neglect. The compliance investigation determines the facility’s role by assessing compliance with Minimum Standards. The position is accountable for promoting sound residential childcare and child placement principles in accordance with Texas licensing law, Minimum Standards, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services policies and procedures. The position interacts routinely with administrative and professional staff of private and public facilities and child placing agencies licensed or certified by Residential Child Care Licensing, other state agencies, Law Enforcement entities, Child Care Licensing Legal staff and the general public.
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Essential Job Functions:
Investigates referrals that allege abuse/neglect of children placed in facilities licensed or certified by Residential Child Care Licensing. Coincidentally, investigates the facility’s compliance with applicable Texas Law, especially Minimum Standards.
Documents findings of investigations regarding abuse/neglect and compliance with Minimum Standards.
Prepares for and testifies in criminal and civil courts, including State Office of Administrative Hearings.
Performs other duties as assigned and required to maintain unit operations.
Promotes and demonstrates appropriate respect for cultural diversity among coworkers and all work-related contacts.
Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of the Family Code and other laws and regulations relating to children and their care such as the Texas Child Care Licensing Act.
Knowledge of mental retardation, emotional disturbance, physical handicaps, development disabilities, and treatment measures as applied to children.
Skill in assessing immediacy of harmful situations, which might result in injury or death to a child and ability to take appropriate action.
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
Skill in effective verbal and written communication.
Ability to manage hostility and resistance to regulation in a professional, non-defensive manner.
Ability to travel.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Applicants for positions which require, as part of the essential functions of the job, driving a motor vehicle, must have a reliable motor vehicle, and acceptable driving record for the past five years, and a current, valid Texas drivers license appropriate for the vehicle and passenger or cargo load. Applicants must provide proof of driving record and license.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Residential Child Care Licensing Investigator I: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university OR currently employed as a Residential Child Care Licensing Investigator I.
Residential Child Care Licensing Investigator II: Employed as a Residential Child Care Licensing Investigator for two years AND Child Care Licensing Specialist Certification OR currently employed as a Residential Child Care Licensing Investigator II OR previous experience as a Residential Child Care Licensing Investigator II in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
This position may be filled at any level from an RCCL Investigator I to an RCCL Investigator II. The starting salary range is $2970.91 to $3178.83 per month and will be based on the qualifications of the selected applicant. Factors such as education and experience may be considered when establishing the starting salary. The starting salary for former agency employees and employees transferring directly from other Texas state agencies may exceed the range above; however, the starting salary for this position may not exceed 5086.16 if filled at the highest classification.
Applicants for this position who are screened and selected for further consideration are required to complete an on-line assessment as part of the hiring process. Applicants must pass the on-line assessment to be eligible to progress through the process and may receive an interview. If the applicant fails/does not pass, the applicant will not be selected for an interview. The applicant must wait 6 months to re-take the assessment test. The applicant will receive an e-mail providing instructions on how to proceed. The subject of the email is “State of Texas DFPS Pre-Employment Test”. The assessment is web based and may be completed from any computer with internet access. Please refer to the systems requirements page for more information at: http://starktalent.com. It is confidential and takes approximately two (2) hours to complete. The user will receive a password, known as a “token”, that will allow him/her to
complete the assessment during multiple sessions. Please note the password will expire after five (5) days and candidates with incomplete assessments will not be able to move forward in the process.
This position may be filled within a mobile unit.
Newly hired DFPS employees in eligible positions will be assigned a DFPS cellular phone.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.