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Effingham, IL, US, 62401

Job Requisition ID:  38409

DCFS is deeply committed to the welfare and protection of children.  Our goal is to protect children by strengthening and supporting families.  In every effort, from receiving hotline calls to reaching family reunification or foster care and adoption, children and families are our focus.


Agency :  Department of Children and Family Services 

Position Title: Child Welfare Specialist(Upward Mobility Program)-Effingham
Closing Date/Time: 06/17/2024 
Salary:   Anticipated Starting Salary (Effective 7/1/24) $6,005/month; Full Range $6,005-$8,678/month  
Job Type:   Salaried 
County:   Effingham  
Number of Vacancies:   2  
Plan/BU:   RC063

PUC: 90692444   


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.

Your resume, official transcripts, licenses, along with any other supporting documents can be uploaded when applying and is HIGHLY recommended.


REQ# 38409

Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Intact Services Specialist.  Under general supervision, this position will provide experienced, short term, intense child welfare casework services to intact families in high risk categories.  The position will review and evaluate safety and risk factors impacting child safety so that children may remain at home, avoiding separation and/or placement.  This position provides a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about children and interested in playing a role in ensuring the safety and stability of children and youth.  DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program.  The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organizational skills and strong communication skills.  We invite you to join our innovative team to help make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families of Illinois.

Job Responsibilities

1. Serves as Intact Services Specialist

2. Provides follow up to parents and families to ensure appropriate linkages have been made with service providers

3. Provides immediate oversight to families who are requesting non-investigatory prevention services and provides referral services to neighborhood/community resources

4. Prepares and maintains case documentation for planning, implementing, and evaluating services; prepares statistical and narrative reports

5. Works with other Departmental units to facilitate positive outcomes and provision of services for non-child abuse/neglect matters, including prevention services, dependencies, court supervision, runaways, etc.

6. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Minimum Qualifications

1. Preferably requires a master’s degree in social work; OR a master’s degree in a related human service field, supplemented by one year of directly related professional casework/case management experience; OR requires a bachelor’s degree in social work and one year of directly related professional casework/case management experience; OR requires a bachelor’s degree in a related human service field and two years of directly related professional casework/case management experience.

2. The college or university issuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree must be accredited, and the degree program in social work must be approved by the Council on Social Work Education.  The directly related professional casework/case management experience must be related to family preservation, family reunification, adoption, youth development, counseling, and advocacy services or a related field. 

Conditions of Employment

1. Requires a valid driver’s license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance.

2. Requires ability to pass a background check.

3. Requires physical, visual and auditory ability to carry out assigned duties.

The conditions of employment listed here are incorporated and related to any of the job duties as listed in the job description

Work Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM  
Work Location: 401 Industrial Ave Effingham, IL 62401-2841  

Agency Contact: 

Tiffany Norton


Posting Group: Social Services  


This title is within the Upward Mobility Program.  General Program information can be found by clicking on the Upward Mobility Program link or for specific title information at UMP Title Descriptions. There are three categories of UMP titles: 1) certificate titles which require passing a written proficiency exam; 2) credential titles which require the possession of a specified college degree and/or licensure; and 3) dual titles for which a certificate may be earned by following either the certificate or credential pathway.


This position DOES NOT contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).