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State of Massachusetts Domestic Violence Specialist - Boston Region and Southern Region in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Violence Unit seeks a dedicated individual with deep and documented knowledge of domestic violence, and the effects on child welfare to fill the role of Domestic Violence Specialist. This individual must possess a high level of maturity, strong interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to consult, collaborate and team build with all stakeholders.

Committed to upholding the fundamental responsibility of protecting children from abuse and neglect and furthering the mission of the DCF Domestic Violence Unit the selected candidate must have an extensive knowledge and understanding of both the child welfare and domestic violence in order to support staff and enhance practice strategies.

The Domestic Violence Specialist will ensure the integration of domestic violence best practices within child welfare and must possess advanced problem solving, clinical and consultation skills, strong relationship building and training capacities, as well as an ability to identify practice trends and assist in practice and policy development. This work is done within the context of the DCF core practice values and trauma informed care principles.

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//*Please Note:Position officially reports to Central Office but is based in the Boston Regional Office and will cover the Hyde Park, Arlington, Coastal (Braintree) DCF Area Offices requiring regularly scheduled time in those offices/./

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_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):___

  • Collaborate with DCF staff, State funded domestic violence programs, community partners and particularly regional and area managers, to integrate domestic violence and child protection best case practice on local and statewide levels.

  • Provide case consultation, education and training, technical assistance and resources to DCF staff, community organizations and providers.

  • Promote and support systemic change on behalf of families experiencing domestic violence.

  • Coordinate and liaise between DCF and other agencies and organizations responsible for increasing family safety to enhance their capacity to serve families exposed to abuse.

  • Provide consultation, training and technical assistance to mandated reporters in order to increase their capacity to partner with child protection and safely file reports of child abuse and neglect related to domestic violence.

  • Work with the state-wide DCF Domestic Violence Unit team for consistent delivery of consultation and training information to the DCF staff.

_PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:___

  • Minimum of 5 years and significant experience working with victims of domestic violence, perpetrators of domestic violence, and/or children impacted by domestic violence.

  • Significant experience and understanding of racial equity and its impact on domestic violence.

  • Must have a deep understanding of both the child welfare and domestic violence systems.

  • Understanding of the theory and practice of the child welfare system and ability to navigate between the various levels of DCF.

  • Understanding of substance abuse and mental illness as it overlaps with domestic violence.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with DCF staff and other agencies.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the experience of marginalized communities and their relationship to state agencies and an ability to work collaboratively with both.

  • Proven ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, including immediate consultation and crisis intervention on cases identified by staff as high risk or emergencies.

  • Strong advocacy skills and extensive knowledge of community resources available for families experiencing domestic violence.

  • Ability to provide and facilitate training and public education to all stakeholders.

  • Bilingual skills in any of the following: Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, or Khmer.

_TO APPLY:_


Please upload both Resume and Cover Letter for this position when applying. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

_About the Department of Children and Families:_

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to upholding the fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. DCF’s vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education.

DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and 6) committed to continuous learning.

For more information about our agency and programs visit: www.mass.gov/dcf

_Total Compensation:_

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance program

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Hire Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and click on "Information for Job Applicants."

As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option 2.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, financial management, or professional experience in a particular specialty (i.e. scientific, professional, or technical) or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment.

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Substitutions:

I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in business administration, business management, public administration, financial management, or degree related directly to the specialty may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

II. A Graduate or higher degree with a major in business administration, business management, public administration, financial management, or degree related directly to the specialty may be substituted for the required experience.

II. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management, public administration, financial management, or degree related directly to the specialty may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Administrative Services

Organization: *Department of Children & Families

Title: Domestic Violence Specialist - Boston Region and Southern Region

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-600 Washington Street

Requisition ID: 2100003Z

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