Children's Services CPS Investigator
Closes: When Filled
Department: Children’s Services
Responsible for conducting initial and ongoing investigations of cases involving allegations of abuse and neglect of Indian Children within the Puyallup Tribal Jurisdiction as mandated by the Children and Family Protection Code of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides consultation and training to caseworkers.
- To include completion of safety assessments, which may result in an out-of-home placement, safety contract, or filing a dependency petition. Establishes CPS contracts when appropriate. Monitors the progress of parents involved and makes referrals to service providers as identified in contract.
- Facilitates out of home placement when necessary in collaboration with law enforcement and or the court. Determines placement resources and alternatives for children.
- Promptly follows up with supervisor and initiates appropriate actions if requested.
- Initiates court actions through appropriate petitions and motions in conjunction with Tribal presenting officers.
- Testifies and presents CPS evidence and case plan needs in tribal hearings.
- Completes comprehensive reports to court.
- May be required to promptly respond to after-hours CPS situations.
- Participates in staff training.
- Will make appropriate collateral contacts when conducting investigations in reported cases of child abuse/neglect.
- Maintains complete case records of the CPS investigation; includes but not limited to court documents, collateral contacts, face to face interviews, medical records, police reports, all CPS history available and any financial records collected.
- Maintains and ensures highest level of confidentiality regarding client issues.
- Must be willing to travel and transport clients.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Qualifications and Requirements
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s degree (B.A. in a related field or a B.S.W.) from a four-year college or university and two years experience in CPS investigations required. Casework services also preferred. Experience interviewing children and families is required. Intermediate word processing skills (Microsoft Word) is required. Knowledge and experience using spreadsheet applications (Microsoft Excel) is preferred.
Note: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-month period you will be credited with 6 months of experience).
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Licenses Or Certificates
Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted Washington State drivers license and proof of insurance.
Must have and maintain a current First Aid and CPR certification and HIV/AIDS training certificate.
Must pass Washington State DSHS criminal history and CPS background inquiry every two years unless otherwise indicated.
Willing to attend training for professional development.
Other Skills And Abilities
Must pass tuberculosis test.
Must be available on nights and weekends.
This position may be required to telework on either a part time or full time basis depending upon the needs of the department and the organization. If required to telework, employee agrees to complete the Telework Agreement and abide by the Telework Policy and work expectations.
- Requires the ability to operate a typewriter, personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier.
- Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.
- Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel and taste or smell.
- The employee is frequently required to climb or balance.
- The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
- The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
- The noise level is low to moderate.
- The physical exertion is low to moderate.
- Work is performed in an office setting with regular local travel.
- There are frequent employee contacts and interruptions during the day.
- Position may be stressful at times due to the sensitive or confidential issues being addressed.
- Requires occasional travel using employee’s personal transportation.
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law
- Pay Type Hourly
- 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA