Arizona Department of Economic Security
Division of Children, Youth and Families
Child Welfare Investigative Specialist
The position will respond to and investigate cases which involve criminal conduct allegations of physical abuse or sexual abuse of Arizona's children. The cases will most likely involve complex investigations into child fatality, sex crimes, cases involving serious physical injury to a child, and any other case designated high risk. Investigators will conduct training for child protective services staff related to the techniques and strategies necessary for performance of sensitive investigations into allegations of child abuse and neglect, including observation, conducting interviews, detecting signs of child abuse and neglect, interrogations, forensics and collecting evidence and other documentation; conduct and document interviews with children, family members, neighbors, school officials and other community members, which necessary; testify in court regarding Child Protective Services investigations; assist and train Child Protective Services staff in the navigation of interagency databases. Position will require knowledge of safety plans, in-home and out of home dependency actions. Position will require availability for after-hours and weekend response. This position is non-sworn.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES (KSA's): KNOWLEDGE of: Arizona law related to special victims, forensics, homicide, domestic violence, missing persons or a closely related law enforcement unit; multi-disciplinary approach, including Child and Family Advocacy Centers; child welfare practices; policy pertaining to abuse and neglect of children; conducting high profile, complex and sensitive investigations. SKILLS in: working with the public-public relations; conducting interviews with children and family members; training investigative techniques and approaches with families and children; identifying criminal or neglect and abuse in an investigation; verbal and written communication; preparing reports; working with diverse groups and individuals; training staff in investigative techniques. ABILITY to: conduct a high profile, complex and sensitive investigations; identify and analyze highly confrontational situations and resolve; testify in court; document investigations; recognize issues/concerns at the inception and take appropriate action; share and enhance the understanding of investigative techniques; demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution.
SPECIAL/SELECTION FACTOR: At the time of appointment, candidates must possess a motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of Arizona. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment. Must comply with the Fingerprint requirements of Section 41-1968
PREFERRED/IDEAL CANDIDATE: Former or retired law enforcement experience; should possess a law enforcement background specializing in crimes against children and child abuse investigations and experience supervising child abuse and sex crimes investigations; a four year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and five years of satisfactory full time experience in the field of law enforcement; at least three years of this experience must have been obtained while working in sex crimes, child crimes, forensics, homicide, domestic violence, missing persons or a closely related law enforcement unit, or two years of post-high school education and at least three years of the above experience, including at least two years obtained while working in a listed specialized unit.
NOTE: Applicants for this position will be required to apply for and show proof of receipt of a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card that meets DES requirements for a Level One card.
All newly hired employees are subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.
Comprehensive benefits package includes 12 days sick leave, 13 days vacation, 10 holidays per year, health & dental insurance, retirement plan, life & long-term disability. Optional benefits for short-term disability, deferred compensation & supplemental life insurance are available.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting Human Resources Administration at (602) 771-2870. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. AZ State Gov't is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
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