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Job titles at the Office of Children’s Services

Protective Services Specialist I

This is the trainee level in the Protective Services Specialist series. Incumbents participate in classroom and on-the-job training designed to develop the employee’s ability to independently perform the broad spectrum of professional social work case management duties, including tasks such as carrying and monitoring a caseload, assessments, implementing case plan activities, and accepting and investigating reports of harm or protective services reports.  more information

Protective Services Specialist I is distinguished from the Social Services Associate II in that the latter provides technical assistance, information and referrals to individuals, families, groups and communities in need of social services.

Protective Services Specialist I is distinguished from the Protective Services Specialist II in that the latter applies knowledge of professional social work principles and methods to a full range of duties and responsibilities common in the delivery of professional social work.

Protective Services Specialist II

This is the full proficiency level of the Protective Services Specialist series. Incumbents apply knowledge of social work principles and methods to help adults, children, and families achieve more adequate, satisfying, and productive social adjustments. The full range of duties and responsibilities common in the delivery of professional social work are performed.

Protective Services Specialist II is distinguished from Protective Services Specialist I in that the latter is a training level characterized by the performance of training assignments designed to prepare incumbents to perform professional social work.

Protective Services Specialist II is distinguished from Protective Services Specialist III in that the latter is an advanced-level caseworker, staff consultant, or subject matter expert in such areas as the Indian Child Welfare Act, Adoption, or facilitator for Team Decision Meetings. more information

Protective Services Specialist III

This is the advanced-level for the Protective Services Specialist series including positions serving in one of the two options:
(1) As an advanced-level caseworker the Protective Services Specialist III provides highly skilled services in cases that are complicated by topics such as media reporting or multiple social problems and cultural issues that require incumbents to have a considerable knowledge of the social work practices and principles and client base.

(2) As a staff consultant or subject matter expert the Protective Services Specialist III provides consultative and program analysis services to individuals, agencies, and organizations or works in a specialty area of social services at the line level. This option includes work such as facilitating Team Decision Meetings, serving as a specialist for the Indian Child Welfare Act or Adoption Specialist.

Protective Services Specialist III is distinguished from the Protective Services Specialist II in that the latter applies knowledge of professional social work principles and methods to a full range of duties and responsibilities common in the delivery of professional social work.

Protective Services Specialist III is distinguished from Protective Services Specialist IV in that the latter are the staff supervisor for journey-level professional staff that perform social work in either a rural or urban office. more information

Protective Services Specialist IV

Protective Services Specialist IV is the supervisory level of the Protective Services Specialist series. Protective Services Specialists IV over see a line unit, supervise staff, and perform advanced-level assignments.

This is a supervisory job class with substantial responsibility for the exercise of independent judgment in appointing, promoting, transferring, suspending, discharging and adjudicating the grievances of subordinate personnel.

Protective Services Specialist IV is the bridge between management and line staff. At this level incumbents supervise at least two subordinate positions (one must be at the professional level) that perform social work in a rural or urban office. Protective Services Specialist IV works closely with subordinate staff in managing their caseloads, observe staff and recommend training to improve performance, role model proper behavior, review work, staff cases, handle particularly complex cases, and recommend policies and procedures at the line level.

Protective Services Specialist IV is distinguished from Protective Services Specialist III by the latter’s responsibility as an advanced-level casework, staff consultant, or subject matter expert.

Protective Services Specialist IV is distinguished from the Protective Services Manager I by the latter’s overall administrative and management responsibility for a social work program or programs. more information

Community Care Licensing Specialist I

Under direction, Community Care Licensing Specialists I perform licensure of child and adult residential facilities, foster homes, child day care facilities, and child placement agencies, to include on-site program assessment and investigation of complaints and allegations.
Community Care Licensing Specialists provide state licensing and consultative services to child and adult residential care facilities, foster homes, child day care facilities, and child placement agencies.

Community Care Licensing Specialist I is the journey level of the series whereas the Community Care Licensing Specialist II serves as either the supervisor of a licensing unit or a staff assistant to a statewide licensing program
manager.

The Community Care Licensing Specialist series differs from other social services classes by having responsibility for the licensing and development of care facilities as outlined in Alaska Statute 47.35, which may be used by public, state, and private agencies. Other social services classes have responsibilities for individual placement and management that may utilize these facilities.

The Community Care Licensing Specialist series is distinguished from the related Health Facilities Surveyor series by the Community Care Licensing Specialist’s program emphasis directed toward living situations and social interaction rather than certification of health care institutions according to Medicare and Medicaid regulations. more information


Community Care Licensing Specialist II

Under general direction, Community Care Licensing Specialists II serve as either:
1) The first supervisory level responsible for licensing functions in a large region. These positions have substantial responsibility for the exercise of independent judgment in appointing, promoting, transferring, suspending, discharging and adjudicating the grievances of subordinates. OR
(2) A headquarters staff assistant engaged in research, analysis, planning and coordination duties in support of the state's community care licensing and program.

Positions allocated under Option 1 have substantial responsibility for the exercise of independent judgment in employing, disciplining, or adjudicating grievances of subordinates.

Community Care Licensing Specialists provide state licensing and consultative services to child and adult residential care facilities, foster homes, child day care facilities and child placement agencies.

The Community Care Licensing Specialist II serves as either the supervisor of a licensing unit or as a staff assistant to the statewide program managers.

The Community Care Licensing Specialist series is distinguished from other social services job classes by the responsibility for the licensing and development of care facilities as outlined in Alaska Statute 47.35, which may be used by public, state, and private agencies. Other social services classes have responsibilities for individual placement and management that may utilize these facilities.

The Community Care Licensing Specialist series is distinguished from the Health Facilities Surveyor series by the Community Care Licensing Specialist's program emphasis directed toward living situations and social interaction rather than certification of health care institutions according to Medicare and Medicaid regulations. more information