Child Protective Investigator
Company: Florida Department of Transportation
Posted on: September 21, 2022
Requisition No: 707205
Agency: Children and Families
Working Title: CHILD PROTECTIVE INVESTIGATOR - 60021909
Position Number: 60021909
Salary: $43,000 annually/$1,653.85 bi-weekly
Posting Closing Date: 09/02/2022
Child Protective Investigator
Department of Children and Families
This position serves Sarasota, Charlotte, Hendry, Naples and
Collier Counties, Florida
This posting will be used to fill position vacancies in OPS and
Current employees will be compensated in accordance with the DCF
What you will do:
WHEN SECONDS COUNTA CHILD CANNOT WAIT!!!
Children in crisis need quick action from strong, compassionate
individuals dedicated to ensuring their safety. This demanding and
challenging career could be your opportunity to speak for those
with no voice and fight to help ensure the safety of those who
cannot protect themselves. We are looking for people who are
detailed-oriented, possess good decision-making skills, and can
thrive in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment. When seconds
count, your career decision may be the critical difference in the
life of a child.
How you will make an impact:
* Conduct investigations of abuse, neglect, abandonment and/or
special conditions for children;
* Collect information through observation and interviews with the
children, parents, relatives, and neighbors;
* Assess danger threats, child vulnerabilities and caregiver
protective capacities in order to determine whether a child is
* Arrange emergency placement for any child that cannot safely
remain in their home;
* Notify state attorney, law enforcement and child protection
* Provide families with service linkages to agency and community
* Conduct initial/ongoing child present and impending danger
* Report indication of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment to the
Florida Abuse Hotline.
* A high school diploma or GED equivalent and four years of law
enforcement experience or active military service; or
* An associate degree or 60+ credit hours from an accredited
college or university and two years of professional work experience
(see examples below) or two years of law enforcement experience or
active military service; or
* A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Examples of professional work experience could be, although not
* Guardian Ad Litem or similar child advocate role
* Family Support Worker
* Group Home Worker
* Teacher's Assistant/Aide
* Daycare Provider/Worker
* Therapeutic Assistant
* Behavioral Health Technician
* Family Intervention Specialist
* Home Health Aide
* Nurse (LPN or RN) or similar profession
* Nursing Facility Assistant
* Other professional jobs that occur in high-paced, high-stress
environments that require critical decision-making to occur
* An official letter from the college/university registrar or
unofficial transcriptions with anticipated graduation dates and
credits earned must be provided for all diploma/degree
requirements. Proof of conferred degree such as official
transcripts or copy of diploma/degree must be provided within 30
days of hire as a condition of employment.
* Bachelor's or master's degree in social work or related field
* Must obtain Child Welfare Certification from the Florida
Certification Board within 12 months after obtaining provisional
certification. All Investigators must maintain certification as a
condition of employment. Information regarding certification can be
found at: Florida Certification Board
* Valid Driver License; and
* Must possess operational private vehicle for use in the
performance of daily work activities. Selected candidates are
required to provide proof of vehicle registration and documentation
of the appropriate insurance coverage within 30 days of hire as a
condition of employment. The Department provides a Vehicle
Insurance Allowance to assist with the cost of insurance coverage
due to the use of private vehicle for work purposes.
* Ability to attend an 8 - 12 week mandatory training course. This
training could be scheduled during day, weekend, and evening
* Language proficiency may be considered in the selection process
as determined by Agency needs at the time of selection.
* May require successful completion of pre-interview assessment or
work sample to be eligible for interview.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Following policy and procedures, Managing Time, Assessing,
Planning, Intervening, Evaluating, Documenting, Engaging, Teaming,
Taking appropriate actions related to Domestic Violence, Mental
Health, and/or Substance Abuse, Establishing Effective
Relationships with Colleagues, Professional Competencies, ,
Candidate Profile (application) must be completed in its
* Include supervisor names and phone numbers for all periods of
* Account for and explain any gaps in employment so that the hiring
process is not delayed.
* Experience, education, training, knowledge, skills and/or
abilities as well as responses to pre-qualifying questions must be
verifiable to meet the minimum qualifications.
* It is unacceptable to use the statement "See Resume" in place of
entering work history.
* If you experience problems applying online, please call the
People First Service Center at (877) 562-7287.
* This position will require night, weekend, and holiday work. It
has also been designated as an essential position. Incumbents are
expected to work during emergency situations or natural disasters
and may be required to work before, during and beyond normal work
* Incumbents may be exposed to possible hazardous conditions in the
Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The
State's total compensation package for employees features a highly
competitive set of employee benefits including:
* No state income tax for residents of Florida;
* Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
* Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
* State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life,
dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
* Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For
more information, please click www.myfrs.com);
* Flexible Spending Accounts;
* Tuition waivers;
* And more!
For a more complete list of benefits, visit
With 12,000 employees across the state DCF promotes opportunities
and training for all. Our jobs are among the most challenging,
complex, and difficult in State government. They are also among the
most rewarding. All employees are encouraged to take advantage of
available Department opportunities for advancement and professional
DCF is focused on investing in its world-class workforce! The CPI
Career Ladder opens the door to CPIs and CPI supervisors for
advancement opportunities, professional development, and pay
increases ranging from 2.5% to 15%.
Where you will work:
Florida is the only state that borders both the Atlantic Ocean and
the Gulf of Mexico. In other words, no matter where you land in
Florida, you're never more than 60 miles from a body of saltwater.
And if the beach isn't your scene, there are 175 state parks to
explore! Meanwhile, Floridians hail from a wide range of
backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, and walks of life, making it an
incredibly diverse melting pot that many residents and visitors to
Florida love. The Sunshine State is a great place to live and work
- Come join our team!
About Department of Children and Families:
Mission: The mission of the Department of Children and Families is
to work in partnership with local communities to protect the
vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient
families, and advance personal and family recovery and
Vision: We are a highly skilled workforce committed to empowering
people with complex and varied needs to achieve the best outcomes
for themselves and their families. In collaboration with community
stakeholders, we will deliver world class and continuously
improving service focused on providing the people we serve with the
level and quality that we would demand and expect for our own
Values: A workforce that operates with integrity maintains loyalty
to a code of ethics that requires the courage to take
responsibility for providing the highest quality of service to the
vulnerable. We are a solutions-focused learning organization built
on a foundation of transparency in action and accountability of
results. Both within the organization and among our stakeholders,
we thrive in a culture of respect for diversity of opinion that is
nurtured through open communication. High performing and committed,
we are unified in our goal of excellence in achieving quality
outcomes for those we serve.
To learn more please visit https://www.myflfamilies.com/.
* If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS),
please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be
affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your
current retirement benefits may be suspended or voided, and you
will be required to repay all benefits received depending upon the
date of your retirement.
* The position will perform all job tasks in accordance with laws,
rules, regulations, policies, and requirements applicable to state
and federal laws or procedures.
* We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien
* Participation in the State of Florida Direct Deposit Program is
required as a condition of employment per F.S. 110.113, and
enrollment must be completed within the first 30 calendar days of
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male candidates born on or after October 1,
1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion into an authorized
position unless they are registered with the Selective Service
System (SSS) before their 26th birthday or have a Letter of
Registration Exemption from the SSS. Verification of Selective
Service registration will be conducted prior to hire. For more
information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov.
BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENT: It is the policy of the Florida
Department of Children and Families that any applicant being
considered for employment must successfully complete a State and
National criminal history check as a condition of employment before
beginning employment, and also be screened in accordance with the
requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and, if applicable, Chapter 408,
F.S. No applicant may begin employment until the background
screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying
offenses, and approved by the Agency. Background screening shall
include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and
Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
and may include local criminal history checks through local law
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative
Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence
in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the
Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring
authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735).
Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to
allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees
are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with
Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes,
candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive
preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are
encouraged to apply. Certain service members may be eligible to
receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.
Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting
documentation with each submission that includes character of
service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any
other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida
Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation
requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is
due by the close of the vacancy announcement.
Nearest Major Market: Fort Myers
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