Child Protective Investigator Trainee
- Job Code: W3520
- Pay Grade:WL
- Pay Scale:$20.11-$36.36 Hourly; $41,828.80-$75,628.80 Annually
$1500 signing bonus to be divided in three (3) equal payments at start of employment, completion of certification as a Child Protective Investigator, and completion of initial probation.
Learn to investigate alleged child abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment in accordance with Chapter 39, Florida Statutes. Trainees must obtain their Child Welfare Protective Investigator Certification from the Florida Certification Board within one year of hire.
Duties & Responsibilities
Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.
Note for Trainees: Trainees are expected to learn the following duties while in a trainee status.
- 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 within 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.
- Implement and inform clients of 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.
- 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.
Minimum Education & Experience
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with preferred major in behavioral sciences, community development, criminal justice/criminology, education, health science, human development, human sciences, human services, law, political science, public administration, psychology, social policy, sociology, and social work.
Additionally, the following is required:
- Live within Hillsborough County or within Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, or Sumter County as long as the residence is located within the 60-mile parameter of Falkenburg Road Jail at the time of appointment/employment.
Required Pre-Employment Testing
- A passing score on pre-employment testing.
- 20 net words per minute on a typing test.
Additional Job Requirements
- Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
- 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, head, and neck. Tattoos determined to take away from the professional appearance of the Sheriff's Office must be covered with an appropriate white, black, or neutral covering.
- No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
- No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 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 background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.
General Benefit Information
Benefits include but are not limited to:
- Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
- Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
- Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
- Employee Assistance Program
- Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
- Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
- Tuition reimbursement
- Paid training