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SOCIAL SERVICES ANALYST 1/2

at Louisiana Department of Civil Service

Posted: 7/31/2017
Job Reference #: 1405727

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Supplemental Information

  1. This job announcement vacancy is located in one of the following parishes:  Ascension,  Lafourche, St John or Terrebonne.

Applicants who possess a Bachelor's and/or Master's degree and who are using this degree to qualify for this job must either attach the transcript when applying for this position or be prepared to submit an official transcript before any final job offer will be made. 
 
As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as a Social Services Analyst 1 or 2 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). The maximum salary for the Social Services Analyst 2 is $57,179Please refer to the 'Job Specifications' tab located at the top of the LA Careers 'Current Job Opportunities' page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level. 
Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 8100-Professional Level Exam (PLE) in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy.  If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being considered.

Applicants without a current test score can apply to take the test here.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.  Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process by selecting the 'Applications' link after logging into their account.  Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.
 
Application received - Your application has been submitted successfully.
 
Checking for required test score - We are making sure you have an active, passing score for the required written test.
 
Written Exam – See History – Click on the History link for test results.  Candidates with an active, passing score will designate as "Pass".  Candidates with a failure on the written exam designate as "Fail".  If no information is present, you have no present written exam results.
 
Evaluating experience - Your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
 
Minimum Qualification Review – See History – Click the History link for the results of your application review.  Passing candidates will designate as "Pass".  Failing candidates will designate as "Fail".
 
Eligible for consideration - You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.
 
Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.
 
Referred to hiring manager for review - Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager.  You may or may not be called for an interview.
 
Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.
 
Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.
 
TThe State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers, and at the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.  If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.  
 
(Please note:  Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process.  Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process.  Such questions should be directed to the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available.  Information is also provided on our job seeker website at https://jobs.civilservice.louisiana.gov/).


For further information about this vacancy, you may contact:
Haley Blanchard
DCFS/Thibodaux Region
1416 Tiger Dr.
Thibodaux, LA 70301

For additional information, e-mail
haley.blanchard@la.gov

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A baccalaureate degree.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS:
Six years of full-time work experience in any field may be substituted for the required baccalaureate degree.
 
Candidates without a baccalaureate degree may combine work experience and college credit to substitute for the baccalaureate degree as follows:
 
A maximum of 120 semester hours may be combined with experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
 
30 to 59 semester hours credit will substitute for one year of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
60 to 89 semester hours credit will substitute for two years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
90 to 119 semester hours credit will substitute for three years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
120 or more semester hours credit will substitute for four years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
 
College credit earned without obtaining a baccalaureate degree may be substituted for a maximum of four years full-time work experience towards the baccalaureate degree. Candidates with 120 or more semester hours of credit, but without a degree, must also have at least two years of full-time work experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
 
NOTE:
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
 
NOTE:
An applicant may be required to possess a valid Louisiana driver's license at time of appointment.
 
Willingness and ability to handle and carry firearms.

Job Concepts

FUNCTION OF WORK:
To assess, evaluate, and provide social services that are administered by the Department of Children and Family Services.
 
LEVEL OF WORK:
Entry.
 
SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Close from a higher level supervisory or managerial position.
 
SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
None.
 
LOCATION OF WORK:
Department of Children and Family Services.
 
JOB DISTINCTIONS:
Differs from the Social Services Analyst 2 by the presence of less independence and complexity of work.

Examples of Work

EXAMPLES BELOW ARE A BRIEF SAMPLE OF COMMON DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JOB TITLE. NOT ALL POSSIBLE TASKS ARE INCLUDED.
 
Under close supervision, the entry level Social Services Analyst learns to perform the following duties:
 
Interprets and applies complex federal, state and local laws and regulations, program directives, and agency policies and procedures.
 
Interviews clients/applicants to obtain information, assess employment and educational history, work abilities, and training interests in order to determine the support services needed.
 
Serves as case manager for assigned caseload by recording findings, recommendations and services provided; completes case record forms and any necessary correspondence in connection with assigned cases.
 
Explains program to applicants and discusses its rules and procedures, assesses clients' willingness and ability to comply with program mandates, identifies barriers to participation, and selects resources to eliminate barriers.
 
Monitors program participation to determine compliance and takes appropriate action to ensure that participants fulfill program obligations.
 
May assist with representing the agency on client appeals and appeal hearings by compiling the Summary of Evidence and other agency documentation.
 
Performs investigative and enforcement function of child support cases in the areas of intake services, absent parent location, collection of payments, and probation services regarding criminal neglect of family cases.
 
Assesses financial resources to determine an absent parent's ability to provide support.
 
Monitors all support payment activity on assigned cases and follows up on delinquent payments.
 
Prepares and submits appropriate documents for court proceedings and serves as court liaison for the agency in coordination of docket scheduling, affidavit completion, case testimony, judicial reviews, etc
 
Makes field contact which includes probation supervision, serving of notices, orders, subpoenas, and writs.
 
May issue warrants and makes arrests.
 
Adjudicates disability claims filed under the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Program.
 
Reviews disability applications to determine appropriate sources of medical, psychological, vocational, and social information to document the claimant's disability or non-disability.
 
Confers with medical professionals on determination of disability and need for medical appliances.
 
Prepares an assessment to determine the claimant's ability to function by applying a multiple step sequential evaluation process to identify the claimant's capability to perform work activity.
 
Conducts Claimant Conferences to fully explain the disability process to claimant.
 
Assesses program eligibility for children placed in the care and/or custody of the Department of Children and Family Services, special needs children who have been adopted and are receiving subsidies, and certain juveniles who are in the custody of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
 
Reviews court orders and other documents to assure that reasonable efforts were made to prevent children from coming into state custody.