About Position

Perform duties investigating alleged child abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment in accordance with Chapter 39, Florida Statutes. Must possess a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification at the time of hire.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

  • Investigate alleged abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment of children to determine if abusive or unsafe conditions exist and take appropriate action to ensure the safety of children in accordance with state mandated timeframes.
  • Interview children and adults concerning allegations of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment to ascertain the validity of allegations, document living conditions, and determine the need to remove children from an unsafe environment.
  • Inform clients of and implement available social service programs to assist them with their needs.
  • Conduct follow up visits to ensure the safety of children is being maintained and support programs are in place.
  • Testify in court to accurately relate the circumstances of cases investigated.
  • Establish and manage case files to include accurate and timely documentation of investigative activities in the statewide child welfare information system.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the theories and practices used in child protection and family support.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws governing child protection.
  • Working knowledge of professional ethics related to child protection investigations.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and county community social service programs available for child protection and family support.
  • Working knowledge of investigative techniques.
  • Working knowledge of court procedures related to child protection proceedings.
  • Working knowledge of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Ability to collect, organize, and evaluate information and develop logical conclusions.
  • Ability to interview children and adults to determine the validity of allegations.
  • Ability to apply crisis intervention techniques.
  • Ability to maintain professional demeanor during court testimony and cross examination.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage time effectively.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Required Minimum Education & Experience

  • Possession of a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification.
OR
  • Successful completion of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigator Trainee program.

Required Pre-Employment Testing

  • A passing score on pre-employment testing.
  • 30 net words per minute on a typing test; or 100 gross keystrokes per minute with 90% accuracy on a data entry test.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 24 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph; reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; medical evaluation; and drug screening.

We believe that diversity and inclusion among our applicants and employees is critical to our success as a community partner. We seek to offer employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical/mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, and military/veteran status. We proudly recognize veterans' preference and are committed to a drug-free and tobacco-free workplace. Job information is updated daily at noon.