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HUMAN SERVICE SPECIALIST III

TITLE IV-E SPECIALIST

Recruitment #18-001915-0005

Introduction

This Position Specific Recruitment is for the Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration.  The minimum qualifications and Selective Qualification(s) must be met to be approved.

GRADE

14

LOCATION OF POSITION

Department of Human Services

Social Services Administration

Geographical Location is at

6401 York Road

Baltimore, MD 21212

Main Purpose of Job

This position reviews Foster Care cases to determine client eligibility for Title IV-E Federal Funding for the Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration. The position will be primarily located in Baltimore County Department of Social Services. The incumbent in this position functions as a Title IV-E Specialist to ensure compliance with Federal laws, rules and regulations for the delivery of services; reviews out-of-home Foster Care placements to ensure that a positive eligibility determination is made for children who are eligible to receive Title IV-E funding; completes retroactive and prospective federal claim adjustments; works independently to determine eligibility based on State and Federal regulations and policies; and decides on appropriate funding adjustments to the State's accounting records. This is a highly proficient level position, which requires the ability to work independently and have a thorough knowledge of State and Federal regulations to assure the maximum allowable federal fund reimbursement is received for the delivery of child welfare service.

POSITION DUTIES

This position completes initial eligibility determinations for children entering out-of-home care; utilizes several databases such as: Maryland Children Electronic Social Service Information Exchange (MD CHESSIE), Maryland Automated Benefit System (MABS), SVES, and Client Automated Resource and Eligibility System (CARES) to obtain, verify, and assess information including supporting documentation to determine and meet federal eligibility requirements; completes IV-E Redetermination at 180 days for voluntary placement cases to ensure unique federal requirements for continued eligibility; completes Applicable Child Assessments, Adoption Subsidy Eligibility Determinations and Guardianship Assistance Eligibility Determinations; updates and inputs accurate data into the MD CHESSIE database; maintains supporting documentation for determinations that meet Federal standards; collects, compiles and researches data including court orders, and other pertinent legal documents that assist in making accurate eligibility determinations; applies Federal and State policies and procedures in order to determine eligibility; and performs other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Please read the job announcement in its entirety before applying for this recruitment. Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire.

Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two years of experience in the administration of a human services program or experience conducting studies and analyses of programs, procedures, practices and organizations.  

Notes:  

1. Additional professional or technical experience in the administration of a human services program or experience conducting studies and analyses of programs, procedures, practices and organizations may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Education at the graduate level at an accredited college or university in a human services related field may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester hours per year for the required experience.  

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Administrative Officer classifications or Administrative Officer specialty codes in the General, Administrative, Clerical, and Officer Services field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

One year of required minimum qualifications must have included coordinating federal funding for a child welfare program.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding the qualifications.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:  

1. Two years experience in the administration of a federal program at the state or local government level.  

2. One year of experience using Microsoft windows, Word, Excel, Access, Power-Point, Internet, Client Information System (CIS) Foster Care and Adoption Tracking System (FACTS), Maryland Children's Electronic Social Services Information Exchange (MDCHESSIE), Client Automated Resources and Eligibility System (CARES), SVES, Maryland Automated Benefit System (MABS).         

3. Strong written and oral communication skills.  

4. Experience prioritizing and multi-tasking effectively.  

5. Flexibility in a busy environment.

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies. 

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position. 

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred.  If the online application process is not available, please send your paper application and supplemental questionnaire (if applicable) to:

Department of Human Services  

Examination Services Unit

Attention: Leslie Wigfield

311 W. Saratoga Street, First Floor

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Or fax requested information to: 410-333-0882; leslie.wigfield@maryland.gov: Voice 410-767-7316, toll-free: 1-800-332-6347.

Do not submit unsolicited documentation.

The paper application must be received by 5 PM on the closing date for the recruitment. 

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay, 1-800-925-4434.

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.