State of Michigan Services Specialist 9/10/P11 Iron County (Case Manager/ Investigator) in Caspian, Michigan

Job Description

This is an immediate vacancy and all qualified Applicants are encouraged to apply

Michigan Families need your help*......*

JOB SUMMARY: The Services Specialist will utilize child welfare practice skills to ensure children are protected from abuse and neglect. When child abuse or neglect is indicated, specialists work closely with families and the legal system toward a goal of reunification, independent living, or other permanent living situation.


  • Assessing allegations of child abuse or neglect and taking necessary steps to protect children. This could mean removing a child from a family.
  • Developing working relationships with people who strongly dislike DHHS because of their personal history or the reputation of child protective agencies in general.
  • Learning about cultures, traditions, and lifestyles different from your own and developing cultural competencies to understand how to determine child safety and well-being within that context. Comprehending the impact of historical trauma, and observing protocols of differing cultures.
  • Maintaining objectivity and empathy for families living in stressful situations.
  • Preparing comprehensive and accurate court documents. Testifying in court, including defending your actions which will be questioned by defense attorneys and other parties to the case.
  • Working under deadlines that require prioritizing efforts with constant pressure created by the nature and volume of the cases, documentation and working flexible hours.
  • This position may be required to work evenings, weekends, and other non-standard work hours as needed and could be placed on a rotating on-call roster.

See complete position description here: Position Description

View the Job Specification

View the 36 minute video "Is This Job For Me ?" at prior to applying for this position. Required Education and Experience

Education Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in one of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology, criminal justice or human services.


Services Specialist 9

No specific type or amount is required.

Services Specialist 10

One year of professional experience providing casework services to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals equivalent to a Services Specialist 9.

Services Specialist P11

Two years of professional experience providing casework services to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals equivalent to a Services Specialist, including one year equivalent to a Services Specialist 10.

Additional Requirements and Information

This position is located in Caspian, MI at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 337 Brady Avenue, Caspian, MI 49915.

Why I*ron Coun*ty?

  • As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,817.
  • On behalf of the residents of Iron County, thank you for your interest in our area. Those who have lived in the county for many years already know that it is a great place to spend some time. The environment is clean, the people are friendly, and activities are abundant.
  • One of Iron County's many strengths is that it supports all four seasons. Snowmobiling and skiing are winter highlights. There's fishing and hunting during the fall. In the spring, there are nature trails for hiking. Summertime is ideal for swimming, boating, camping and sun tanning.
  • Iron County is rich with lakes and rivers. There are over 300 major lakes and numerous smaller water sites. Travel in any direction, and you'll find rivers. The Paint, the Net, the Brule, and, of course, the Iron River are among the waterways that flow freely through the county.
  • There are 4 public schools in Iron County, Michigan, serving 1,317 students. The most diverse school district in Iron County is Forest Park School District.
  • Events include the Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo, Iron County Fair, Winter Fest and Humongous Fungus Fest.
  • Enjoy cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, at local ski areas
  • Iron County has more than 260 miles of groomed and well-marked snowmobile trails
  • The county counts 314 lakes and more than 900 miles of rivers. These bodies of water provide opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and other water activities.
  • Tee off at any one of the counties three golf courses.
  • Iron County has an abundance of wild berries ranging from early strawberries
  • in June to thumb-size blackberries in August.
  • More than 425,000 acres of public land are open to hunters, with roads and hunting trails
  • providing easy access
  • Home to historic small towns and historic sites such as the Iron County Historical Museum
  • The Ottawa National Forest includes the western half of Iron county. The forest provides opportunities for hiking, biking, camping and several other activities throughout the year.
  • P*LEASE READ THROUGH THIS CAREFULLY, *To be**considered for this position you must:**

  • Apply for this position online via NEOGOV; click on "Apply" in the job posting for instructions on submitting your electronic application. Hard copy applications are not accepted.

  • Attach no more than a 1 page written response to the following questions after viewing the video "Is this job for me":
  • If selected for this position what do you believe your biggest challenge will be?
  • How do you see yourself overcoming this challenge?
  • Attach a resume identifying specific experience and dates of employment. Dates of employment should include month and year and hours per week.
  • Attach a cover letter.
  • Attach a copy of an official transcript(s).* We accept scanned copies of official* transcripts.Please see the example below. We do not accept copies of unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts provide the name of the institution, confirmation that a degree was awarded and on what date, and the registrar's signature. Select this link to see an example of an official transcript.
  • As a Condition of Employment –this position requires a valid driver's license and successful completion of a background investigation including fingerprinting and a criminal records check.
  • Applications will be screened on information provided on the application itself. Please include your resume and cover letter for additional consideration, but it will not be accepted as a substitution for a completed application.
  • During the online application process any additional documentation that is required must be attached from your master profile to the individual application.
  • Upon hire, the successful candidate will be required to complete a nine week pre-service training program that includes a total of 270 hours of competency-based classroom and field training. Additionally, the employee must successfully complete a minimum number of hours of in-service training on an annual basis. YOUR APPLICATION FOR ANY POSITION DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE DEPARTMENT/AGENCY FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION. ONLY THOSE APPLICANTS INTERVIEWED WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE RESULTS. Failure to complete any of the above items may result in your application being screened out. DUE TO THE VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT, WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION OVER THE PHONE.

See instructions for attaching files here: Instructions

For further information regarding this posting please contact Kari Salmi at or (906) 228-0745.

Salary: $1,507.20 - $2,329.60 Biweekly

Job Type: Permanent Full Time

Job Number: SS - Iron 2016

Location: Caspian, MI

Closing: Continuous

Department: Health and Human Services - Counties

Agency: State of Michigan

Address: 400 South Pine Street Lansing, Michigan, 48909.

Phone: (800) 788-1766