Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Family Services Specialist ($2,000 Hiring Incentive)

Eagle Butte, SD
***$2,000 Hiring Incentive***

Job ID: 17371
Agency: Department of Social Services/Child Protection Services
Salary: $21.49 plus $2.50 per hour Geographical Differential
Pay Grade: GI
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

This is a full-time position with the Department of Social Services. For more information on the Department of Social Services, please visit https://dss.sd.gov/ .

Protecting Children...Strengthening Families....Preserving Futures. The Division of Child Protection Services impacts children and families' lives every day by assessing safety, providing intervention, and securing stability for children. If you are committed to helping children and families; have excellent customer service, communication, and problem solving skills; and are dedicated to achieving positive outcomes for children and families, this may be an opportunity for you to make a difference in a child's life.

This position is responsible for gathering detailed information from the public regarding reports of alleged child abuse and/or neglect; completing assessments with families alleged to have maltreated their children including analysis of safety threats to children; making a determination about removal of children from unsafe environments; providing intervention services with families after a determination has occurred that conditions in the home threaten child safety; providing ongoing safety management through out-of-home placement of child or an in-home safety plan when children remain in the home; working with the court system including testifying when children are placed in the custody of the state; monitoring children placed in out-of-home care; case planning; assessing needs of resource families and providing support services; identifying and locating relatives for possible placement resources for children placed in out-of-home care; responding to emergencies regarding reports of alleged child abuse and/or neglect on a 24 hour basis

This position requires employees to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings, nights, holidays, and weekend hours. There may also be emergency response duties. In addition, there may be responsibilities to travel in and out of state. This position will also require the successful candidate to possess a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a valid drivers license and be able to lift children (up to 30 lbs.) in a safe manner.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

A bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, public administration, or other human service related fields is preferred. Entry-level knowledge and abilities may be acquired through any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the incumbent to possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Knowledge of:
  • theories and concepts related to culture, child development, family connections and family dynamics and their influence on child and parental relationships and behavior;
  • needs and potential sources of conflict for children in placement and appropriate placement resources;
  • current practices and interventions used in responding to child abuse and neglect and its effect on child safety and in responding to issues caused by children being removed from their homes.

Ability to:
  • establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships and demonstrate compassion, respect, courtesy, and tact when interacting with others;
  • actively Pay attention, elicit needed information and communicate information effectively and accurately;
  • utilize computerized data system (Microsoft Word preferred but not required);
  • prepare clear and concise documentation, reports, and correspondence that reflect relevant facts;
  • effectively plan and organize work activities, adjust to multiple demands, and prioritize tasks to complete assignments and meet schedules and deadlines;
  • gather and analyze data; reason logically and accurately; and solve problems using common sense, reasoning and resourcefulness;
  • assume initiative with minimal supervision;
  • observe and correctly assess situations.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Successful applicant(s) will undergo an abuse and neglect screening.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/ . This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online: https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=FKW

You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources

Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: careers@state.sd.us


"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Family Services Specialist ($2,000 Hiring Incentive)